FAIRFIELD – What held Temple back? The hour delay before its Class 5A bi-district playoff game — and that’s it.
Once a substitute officiating crew arrived 60 minutes after Monday’s scheduled 6 p.m. start, the Tem-Cats went to work in a hurry. A swarming full-court press defense set the early tone, an equally pestering half-court press also overwhelmed Jacksonville, and Temple rolled to a convincing, one-sided 60-8 victory over the Maidens at Johnson Activity Center.
“That was the plan coming out. We hadn’t run that defense in a long time and we watched film, and I figured that they were young and wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure,” said 10th-year Temple head coach Tamarah Sanders, whose team’s previous season-low for points allowed was 22 against Bryan in January.
District 18-5A champion, eighth-ranked Temple (26-5) — winner of 10 straight — advanced to the area round for a third consecutive season and will face Georgetown at a time, day and place that was not solidified by press time. Sanders said the game likely would be Thursday at Lampasas or Harker Heights. Georgetown defeated Huntsville 52-26 on Monday night.