One TPSN Broadcasters' Thoughts on the Tascosa Rebels
Posted By: Mike Roden - 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
By Jon Mark Beilue 

Amarillo ISD athletic director Brad Thiessen and I were talking on the Jones Stadium field turf Saturday night in frigid Lubbock after Tascosa continued to write school history with a 48-27 win over previously unbeaten Haltom in the Class 6A-DII quarterfinals.

As he said, this Tascosa team has the athletes, has the players to compete at the highest level in the best high school football state in the country. Teams don't average 45.7 points in four playoff games at the 6A level without some serious talent.

These Rebels are no fluke. They are not the Little Team That Could. That's not the narrative as it so often is when a Panhandle team advances deep in December, especially in the higher classes.

Tascosa is simply a very good football team that's peaking at the right time and playing with confidence. They just defeated their second previously unbeaten team in these playoffs in 33-degree chill.They will play yet a third unbeaten team, the nation's No. 18 team in the nation in Longview, next Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium for the right to play for a state championship.

There are many things to admire about the Tascosa program, but none more so than this: Tascosa is the Class 6A outlier in the AISD and Panhandle. While the other AISD schools are in 5A and play each other in all sorts of geographic rivalries, Tascosa -- one of the smallest 6A enrollments in the state -- hits the road.

But Tascosa takes it cue from head coach Ken Plunk and his staff. They don't complain. They don't make travel excuses. They don't say, "Poor us." All they ask is who do we play next and what time do we leave?

So they've been to San Antonio, Midland THREE times, Frenship and Wichita Falls. They haven't faced a school yet since district play began nine games ago with a smaller enrollment -- like they care.

In the HISTORY of Amarillo ISD, only the Amarillo High state semifinalist team in 1992 has won as many playoff games -- four -- as these Rebels.

Tascosa faces one of the most talented high school teams in the country next Saturday in the Longivew Loboes at Cowboys Stadium. A huge challenge on the road against an unbeaten team. Sound familiar?

That's just the way these Rebels like it.