Floyd Betts was not the first coach at Temple High School when he was brought onto campus 100 years ago, but he was the first to be hired to do just that.
LONGVIEW — Going up against defending state champion Longview on the Lobos’ home turf Friday night, Temple committed zero turnovers and had 66 fewer penalty yards than the host team. And Wildcats star wide receiver Quentin Johnston produced his best game in more than a month, with a touchdown among his three catches of 40-plus yards.
The fact that Longview still won in runaway fashion despite those things is a testament to how strong a team the Lobos have.
From Fort Bend Ridge Point in 2014 to Manvel and Richmond Foster in 2016, the Temple Wildcats have a recent history of beating previously undefeated teams come playoff time. Those wins helped Temple reach two Class 5A Division I state championship games.
At times demonstrating their potential, Temple and Belton labored through growing pains and tough stretches last season while guided by coaches in their first campaigns with the programs. Those experiences could cultivate upside for the local Class 6A squads this winter as each welcomes back…
Every season has ups and downs, moments of triumph mixed with times of difficulty.
Temple’s offense has been productive all season with one constant source of strength — its offensive line of senior center Markel Carter, senior left guard Dakari White, senior right guard Daniel Lopez, senior left tackle Dayton Lewis and junior right tackle Alex Rodriguez.
Wilashia Burleson produced a game-high 24 points, Nyteria Colbert scored 15 and the Tem-Cats turned up their defensive intensity to limit turnover-plagued Waco University to one fourth-quarter point as Temple earned a 57-39 victory Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym.
It was one more Friday night — a spectacular first half, to be more specific — to remember for the Temple Wildcats’ tandem of Jacksons.
Mikal Harrison-Pilot and Taurean York seem to be a packaged deal. Close friends since meeting as fourth-grade students at Kennedy-Powell, they have spent a large amount of time together, including as successful teammates in various sports at Travis Science Academy.
RaShonta LeBlanc made it clear and kept it concise when explaining what she expects from her team. Entering her second season as head coach of the Temple Tem-Cats, LeBlanc doesn’t seek perfection, but she does want maximum effort out of her players in every practice and every game.
Committing six turnovers was the biggest culprit in Temple’s season-opening 35-29 loss at Round Rock Cedar Ridge, where the Wildcats nearly came all the way back from a 28-9 deficit.
HEWITT — Two weeks after a turnover-plagued performance sabotaged Hewitt Midway’s 38-game district winning streak, the Panthers flipped the script at the Temple Wildcats’ expense Friday night.
Temple’s football coaches thought defense was the best side for Tyson Magana during his first two years of high school. He played linebacker on sub-varsity teams and was a backup defensive lineman entering his junior season on varsity.