TEAMS: Pleasant Grove (1-0) at Henderson (1-0)
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Lion Stadium
LAST WEEK: Pleasant Grove defeated Paris, 22-16, at Hawk Stadium. Henderson shut out Whitehouse, 23-0.
LAST YEAR: The Hawks earned a 9-point win, 33-24, over the Lions.
GAME FACTS: Pleasant Grove plays in District 6-4A, Division II, and Henderson is in District 10-4A, Division I. The Hawks won the D-II state title in 2017 and were runner-up in 2018. Bruce Garrett led PG in rushing against Paris with 129 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Outside linebacker Nick Martin paced the Hawks in tackles with 13, while outside linebacker Landon Jackson had three sacks. Henderson has averaged about 10 wins each season within the last five years. The Lions have gone four rounds deep in the playoffs the past two seasons.
COACH'S COMMENTS: Pleasant Grove's Josh Gibson—"We will need to play a clean game, not turn the ball over, play physical, not have a lot of penalties, and execute in special teams.
"Henderson played a great game against Whitehouse. They have a lot of athleticism on the defensive side of the ball. They have really fast kids that pursue the ball well. The effort that they play with is special. I think they are ranked sixth or seventh in the division above us. Offensively, they have one of the best athletes in the state of Texas (Caleb Medford). He is going to play wide receiver and safety at the next level. He is a special talent, and they have talent around him. Their running back can fly; he is pretty good. They have some receivers who can run well."