PREVIEW: 6th Ranked Irion County to Battle May Tigers in Playoffs Opening Game


ROBERT LEE- The Irion County Hornets are taking on the May Tigers in the first round of the playoffs this Thursday in Robert Lee.

Last season, the Hornets had a successful year, going 8-3 overall and 3-1 in district but their playoffs were cut short by none other than the May Tigers in the opening round. The Tigers beat up the Hornets 68-20 in that game on their way to AT&T Stadium where they’d lose for a second year in a row, this time to the Westbrook Wildcats.

This season, Irion County has been on a tear, shutting out four opponents and only allowing one score to two teams. The only close game was in Week 1 to Buena Vista who lost to the Hornets, 80-60.

This Hornet team is currently ranked sixth in the state in 1A-1 football. They’ve scored a total of 588 points this season on their way to a perfect season and have only given up 134, which works out to just under 15 points a game. The Hornets have scored more than 45 points than their opponents in every game except Week 1.

The May Tigers, 8-1 overall, 3-1 in district, have had two great seasons leading up to this one. The Tigers have been to state the past two years but lost both championship games. In 2020, they drew a mercy rule to Sterling City, 68-22, and in 2021, played a close one with Westbrook, 72-66.

Also, the Tigers are also ranked fifth in the state in 1A-1 football right behind Irion County. May has scored 551 points this season and given up 247 points to opponents. The Tigers started of 8-0 until they went to Jonesboro in Week 9 and lost 65-40.

COVER1 will be there when the Hornets play for redemption against the Tigers this Thursday so tune into COVER1 on Friday for exclusive coaches’ interviews, score updates, highlights, and more for this game plus others at around 4:00, 8:00, and 10:00 p.m. only on San Angelo LIVE!

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