The Barbers Hill football program put the train back on the track last week with a 42-21 win over Montgomery. The Eagles were able to pass the ball effectively and closed the game out strong to even their record at 1-1.
“We coached better and played better,” Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg said. “We kind of got rolling in the second half. Hopefully, we can build on that. We started to play better and have fun.”
The fun began early as Barbers Hill drove the field and scored on the first possession. Montgomery answered with a 16-play drive that was helped by Eagle mistakes. Westerberg said there were issues with players not carrying over drills into the game.
The defense kept with it and improved, shutting down Montgomery over the stretch. Westerberg said Ethan Hagler was moved to bolster the defensive line and made an impact. The defensive line was able to provide pressure, which helped the secondary.
This week, the Eagles will prepare for a Kingwood Park team that pulled off a win last season. Quarterback Cameron Cauthen was injured in the game and the Eagles were not able to recover.
“We weren’t ready for that,” Westerberg said.
This season the two teams are non-district opponents and Westerberg said revenge is not an issue. But there would be something nice about going into the bye week with a 2-1 record and Dayton on the horizon.
“We would like to build some momentum,” he said.
Kingwood Park is coming off of a 45-21 win over Houston Waltrip. The Panthers like to work out of the spread and have been able to run the football effectively.
The team is averaging 475 yards of offense a game and is led by Desmond Benjamin, who has racked up 353 yards and four touchdowns. Sam Johansen has also gained 199 on the season.
Johansen has thrown the ball 40 times and only completed 16 for 242 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns. He likes to target Canen Adrian, who has seven receptions for 91 yards and a 29-yard score this season.
Defensively, the team has been gashed pretty well. A number of yards can be attributed to a season-opening loss to Angleton.
Westerberg said the Panthers are not as aggressive as they were last season. They like to work out of the 4-3 and have given up an average of 565 yards a game including 442 through the air.
Kingwood Park vaulted itself to a playoff berth after knocking off Barbers Hill last season while the Eagles stayed home. Westerberg feels the Eagles are better prepared and said it would be great to start 2-1. But the lesson was learned last season.
“Every Friday night is different,” he said.