The Marion Bulldogs and Jourdanton Indians/Squaws will square off in the first round of the 2023 UIL 3A D1 Texas State Football Championships on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00pm ET at D.W. Rutledge Std in Marion, Texas.
The Bulldogs enter the playoffs with a 5-5 record, while the Indians/Squaws boast a 10-0 record. Marion is ranked 688th in the state, while Jourdanton is ranked 273rd. In their division, Marion is ranked 63rd, while Jourdanton is ranked 18th.
The Bulldogs average 25.4 points per game, while the Indians/Squaws average 44.9 points per game.
The two teams have never met before.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Marion Bulldogs vs. Jourdanton Indians/Squaws
Time: Thursday Nov 09, 2023, 7:00pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 3A D1 Texas State Football Championships
Round: First Round
Locations: D.W. Rutledge Std, TX
Live stream: Watch here
The Jourdanton Indians/Squaws are the clear favorites in this matchup. They have a perfect record, they are ranked higher in the state and their division, and they score more points per game.
However, the Marion Bulldogs should not be overlooked. They have a good defense and they have shown the ability to play tough against good teams.
The key to the game for the Bulldogs will be to slow down the Indians/Squaws’ high-powered offense. If they can do that and force the Indians/Squaws into turnovers, they will have a chance to win.
The Indians/Squaws are led by quarterback Jake Smith, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Smith also has a stable of running backs, led by John Jones, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Billy Bob Taylor, who has thrown for over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Taylor also has a good running back in Jimmy Dean, who has rushed for over 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs’ defense will be led by linebacker Billy Bob Thornton, who has over 100 tackles this season. The Indians/Squaws’ defense will be led by safety Jake Smith, who has over 50 tackles and five interceptions this season.
The Jourdanton Indians/Squaws are the clear favorites in this matchup, but the Marion Bulldogs should not be overlooked. The Bulldogs are a good team that has shown the ability to play tough against good teams. However, the Indians/Squaws are too talented and too experienced for the Bulldogs to overcome.
Final Prediction: Jourdanton Indians/Squaws 42, Marion Bulldogs 14