GOTW Preview: Temple managing the noise

GOTW Preview: Temple managing the noise
Posted at 6:27 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 19:27:42-04

Temple high school has sold out its 14,500 seat stadium ahead of Friday's contest against Belton.

Head coach Scott Stewart thinks that number is just a little too low.

"You want to see what Texas high school football is all about be in that stadium Friday night," coach said with a smile, "It might only seat 14,500, but I'd be shocked if there weren't 16,000 people in there."

Temple has been able to put on a show all season. Quarterback Jared Wiley has led the Wildcats to a 40+ point per game mark on offense, while the defense is giving up just over 11 ppg thanks to players like Monto President.

Still, with all the attention and expectations around a game like this, how does coach Stewart manage it?

"Acting like [outside noise is] not there is probably not very smart. But, adding to it in my opinion, is not something we want to do either. You know, I think you'd have to be deaf, dumb, and whatever not to realize that there's a little extra juice with this one."

As for the players, junior wide out Quentin Johnston says they're embracing the hype.

"The feeling has been the same way every year we play them. It's just real. It's just a different sense of urgency at practice. Just making sure everything is perfect so we can go out and do what we have to do on Friday."

Fans will get to see if these teams deserve their top billing Friday night at 7:30.

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