Following a 35-10 loss at Magnolia to start the season, Barbers Hill wants to focus on playing four good quarters.
That didn’t take place in the opening loss and the Eagles will hope to see improvement when they open their home schedule at 7:30 tonight when Montgomery comes to Mont Belvieu.
Montgomery won its opener 33-32 over Vidor, a District 12-5A II rival of the Eagles.
Last year, Barbers Hill rolled to a 42-21 win at Montgomery.
Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg believes the first three weeks of the season are more about tinkering with his team and getting them ready for district play.
“The main thing this time of year is to straighten out yourself,” Westerberg said. “We correct mistakes you made from the previous Friday night and not make the same ones the next Friday night. It’s been about overall dissecting what we did against Magnolia and concentrating on ourselves and getting better.
“Montgomery is a good team. When we played them last year, they weren’t sure who they were going to go with at quarterback and ended up going with a freshman who ended up starting for the rest of the year after that.”
Now a sophomore, Brock Bolfing led Montgomery into the playoffs last season, and in last week’s game against Vidor he threw for 246 yards and three scores.
“We have to stop the quarterback and play good pass defense,” Westerberg said. “We have to play better overall as a team. All that matters is that we bounce back and correct our mistakes. The outcome will be whatever the outcome is.”
The coaching staff hopes to get the entire team on the same page on every play.
“It’s hard to pinpoint one thing,” Westerberg said. “I told the kids, that offensively, the plays that were bad it was one person, but not the same person. Anytime we had a bad play, someone made a mistake. When we had everyone going in the right direction, we had good plays.
“On defense, it was one person sitting in the wrong gap. It’s all about gap control. It’s mistakes that happen in football. When everything fit right, we stopped the play.”
Senior free safety Branden Heffernan felt it wasn’t as much about the Eagles not playing hard, but more of a good example of not finishing.
“If you watch the game it wasn’t that far of a difference,” Heffernan said. “We competed until the fourth quarter and that’s when they pulled away. It’s a loss and it’s disappointing, but we know we are better than that.
“We didn’t give up and fought until the very end and it showed we have heart. We’re not discouraged because we lost last week.”
Key numbers: Barbers Hill threw for only 97 yards last week but did manage to gain 154 on the ground. Garrett Hagler led the Eagles rushing attack with 52 yards while Keagan Gibbs added 38 … Cameron Cauley had six receptions for 52 of the Eagles yards through the air. Andrew Galvan recorded four catches … In the loss, Barbers Hill surrendered 429 yards to Magnolia. They did however pick off two passes.