THROCKMORTON — Opponents have decided to frequently double team Throckmorton's Gary Farquhar.
The past three playoff opponents have sent extra attention the receiver's way, which is understandable considering Farquhar is a nightmare matchup who has 50 catches for 1,262 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Throckmorton coach Mike Reed said the last time he remembered that happening at the six-man level — where a double team consists of using 33 percent of your defense for one guy — was in the early 2000s with Whitharral's Brandon Hoskins.
"I'm sure there have been kids who have that capability and it's been done before, but it's the first time it's been done against me and I've been doing it a long time," said Reed, who praised Farquhar for his unselfishness. "Because of Gary, these other kids are starting to reap a lot of benefits from that."
Throckmorton enters Saturday's title game against Abbott averaging 67.3 points and almost 400 yards despite six games ending early because of the 45-point mercy rule.
Saturday night's Six-Man Division I state championship game is a rematch of last year's state semifinal matchup.
Throckmorton pulled away for a 78-52 victory with four consecutive defensive stops, but Abbott was tied with the Greyhounds at the half.
Although Throckmorton has that win under its belt and is a 27-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com, don't expect the Greyhounds to overlook the Panthers (12-2).
"They're at the game for a reason," Farquhar said. "They're very well-coached, execute very well on offense. They're fundamentally sound."
Abbott beat Gordon 74-60 in the semifinals, preventing Reed from coaching against his hometown this weekend.
Throckmorton's Levi Taylor said his team will have an advantage because this is the Greyhounds' third straight appearance at Abilene's Shotwell Stadium.
That experience seemed to play a role in last year's 48-36 win over Borden County as the Coyotes made some mistakes early and couldn't recover. Throckmorton had lost to Garden City the year before on the big stage.
"It's huge when you walk out of that locker room and you see all those people out there. It sends chills up your spine," Taylor said. "Even last year, it's pretty crazy. A lot of us have been there before, so we do have that feeling we know what it's like."
going for 45
Throckmorton will be gunning for its third state football championship and the Greyhounds have advanced to the title game for the third year in a row.
But that's nothing compared to Richland Springs, which faces Follett in the Division II final earlier Saturday.
The Coyotes have won 44 consecutive games — the longest current streak of any in the country according to Texas Football — and five titles since 2004.