The Anahuac Panthers are geared up for their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bridge City comes to town on the heels of a 65-14 loss to Jasper and the Cardinals, like Anahuac, will enter the contest seeking their first win.
“They are a lot like us and both sides feel confident and see a big opportunity,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “They are an off-tackle team. They got some big-sized linemen that come off the line really well. They were just outmatched last week.”
The Panthers fell 45-33 at No. 12 Edna a week ago.
Neece has a good core of players he can count on and a group that wants to be there and turn this ship around. The Edna performance – trailing by a score late in the game – has helped.
“Going into the game I don’t think anyone thought we had a chance to win,” Neece said. “I told the kids how close they were to shocking the whole state of Texas 3A.”
“We got better from week one to week two and we were able to rush the football both games,” Neece said. “We are learning who are playmakers are.”
Senior quarterback Foster Kreutzer finished last week’s game with 118 rushing yards and 55 more through the air.
“We are going to put it in Foster’s hands and let him run,” Neece said. “We will still throw it once and a while, but probably a little less. We are going to try to get more creative and open up some more runs for him.”
Landyn Fanus (50 yards) and Teriyan Nyaribo (33 yards) also have provided a spark to the running game with the latter also providing firepower in the receiving and return games.
But the defense will need to improve after giving up 405 yards, 355 on the ground, against Edna.
“Our rush defense has a long ways to go. We have had a lot of breakdowns against the pass and that’s where it hurts us,” Neece said.
Covenant Christian at BCA
Home sweet home is the mantra this week for the home standing Bulldogs.
After back-to-back wins on the road, BCA (2-0) enters its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday on a 16-game winning streak as the Cougars from Conroe come to Baytown.
The Bulldogs head into the contest following a 54-32 win at Brazosport Christian while the Cougars are rolling behind two big wins including a 54-0 route of Faith Academy a week ago.
“Finally we are home,” BCA head coach Jeromey Anderson said. “The guys are pretty hyped up. We are supposed to have a big turnout.”
Anderson still wants his team to clean up play in the backfield – especially solve its fumble-itis of late.
He also noted that this year’s home opener is a bit more of a challenge than year’s past.
“We didn’t know what we were going into this year and the front-end of the season really doesn’t matter,” Anderson said. “We wanted to test our guys right off the bat and see what we had.”
The BCA defense needs to improve according to Anderson and be able to defend myriad looks.
He’ll get a good look this weekend against Covenant Christian who has not been tested so far this season.
“They always have a good-sized, physical team that stays pretty vanilla at what they do, but do it really well,” Anderson said. “They haven’t had a whole lot of tough opponents like we have. We didn’t get a really good look at them.”
Crosby is off for the week
The Cougars (0-2) enter their bye week and will prepare for their 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 game at West-Orange Stark.