Crosby face Vidor in district opener following 0-2 start, three weeks off

It will be exactly three weeks between games for the host Crosby Cougars football team when they hit the field 7:30 p.m. Friday night in a District 12-5A II opener.

Vidor (1-1) comes to town following a bye week and now, things get real for the Cougars who had last week’s game at West Orange-Stark rained out because of Tropical Storm Imelda after coming off a bye week.

The Cougars (0-2) have to take on a disciplined, old school attack with almost a quarter of the season having passed without any action on the field.

Both programs were affected by the storm one way or another, with both having members of their community taking hits from Imelda.

Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto said his staff has tried different ways to keep his team in game shape.

“We’re trying to do some things in practice to hopefully amp up the speed,” Prieto said. “We want them a little more comfortable with game speed. Vidor missed a game last week too and they are dealing with things in their community so we both have our challenges heading into this week.

“We are trying to get back to as much normalcy as we can. They’ve responded pretty well.”

Crosby gets a reprieve with the games that count beginning against Vidor.

“This is definitely a reboot,” Prieto said. “Everybody is 0-0 after what they did in the non-district slate. We’re still a pretty confident group and can see the progress we’ve made from our first scrimmage to our last game against Manvel.

“Vidor is a proud program, their kids work extremely hard to execute what they do extremely well. It will be a battle. They’ve been doing their system for a quite a while and quite well.”

Prieto says the team will need to fix its turnover problems or they could be in bigger trouble than normal when facing a slot-T attack.

“If we turn the ball over, our possessions will be limited,” Prieto said. “With how well they control their offense, turnovers are something we need fixed for Friday night.”

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