There’s the notion of wanting to be the fly on the wall. The Temple Tem-Cats would rather be the hovering fly.
“Whenever our defense is on, it’s like a fly by your ear, like a menace,” Temple junior Keziah Dilworth said. “So, when it’s clicking and we are getting stops, you can just feel that energy and see the other team getting frustrated — they’re smacking their lips, yelling at their teammates — and that’s what we want.”
Whether it’s a pestering defense or an interchangeable offense, Temple has proven to be a postseason handful when the plan goes as written up in winning three of four playoff games dating back to last season, including Monday’s 51-42 victory over Lindale in the Class 5A bi-district round.
Moments after the first-round win, Temple coach Tamarah Sanders reasoned that the Tem-Cats’ success has much to do with in-game matchups and going with the ever-changing flow. As she eyed her players working through drills Wednesday ahead of tonight’s area-round bout with No. 9 Tomball Memorial at 7 in Caldwell, Sanders elaborated.