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Sterling High quarterback Jacob Landry, left, had a difficult time making plays against the Barbers Hill defense during Thursday’s scrimmage in Mont Belvieu.

More athletic Eagles overcome RSS ‘passion’

MONT BELVIEU – It was a strong night for one team and another one had a lot of things to think about.

In Thursday night’s football scrimmage at Barbers Hill High School, the host Eagles used a strong first half to finish with seven scores while visiting Sterling was held without a touchdown.

“We did well and I thought we executed for the most part,” Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg said. “Sure, you make mistakes in your first live look, but that’s what you correct and move on. We looked good coming off summer workouts and fall camp.”

Westerberg said in the preseason his team was getting more athletic and it was evident in three touchdown receptions by Cameron Cauley and the running of Garrett Hagler who scored one via rush.

“We are getting better athletically and there were a couple plays where you could tell that,” Westerberg said. “We still have to play pretty good to compete at the level we want to compete at.”

Sterling head coach Robert Toomer was disappointed in how things went after a preseason of optimism.

“It wasn’t a very good performance and I told the team that,” Toomer said. “We all agreed. We had some formation issues, some missed assignment issues and missed tackles issues. We have to coach better and the kids have to receive the information better. It wasn’t a true representation of how good this team is. We didn’t play well and the only way to go is up.”

“Hats off to Barbers Hill. The coaches do a good job over there.”

Toomer liked the team’s willingness to get tough and physical and recognizes most of the errors were football ones and not for a lack of effort.

“I did see the willingness to make contact, run to the ball and get to be where you are supposed to be,” Toomer said. “But I tell them: Don’t play with your heart, play with your eyes. Whatever you see, react to it. That night we played with our heart. Passion for the game was there, but the execution of playing with your eyes wasn’t.”

Sterling opens its season at Stallworth Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday against Clear Creek. Barbers Hill travels to Magnolia for a 7:30 kickoff that same night.

“We have to be able to make some open field tackles – some that we missed – and can’t put ourselves in some long-yardage situations that we saw,” Westerberg said. “We have to play the game pretty good and we can’t put ourselves behind the sticks where it can hurt us.

“It was a lot of fun. Now the kids are in the routine of practicing and playing against someone else.”

Crosby makes improvements

Its second scrimmage bore out some good things for Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto to evaluate going into the Cougars season opener at 7 Friday against New Caney.

So improvement was the 

word of the day at Crosby following Friday’s scrimmage at Splendora.

“There were a lot of areas where we improved upon,” Prieto said. “We executed a little better offensively. Our kids played hard again. It was a good scrimmage for us.

“We played with a better tempo, we improved on some assignment deals.”

Prieto knows the three turnovers they committed need to be cleaned up as he deemed them unforced.

“I am pretty confident we will get them shored up,” Prieto said.

He also noted the strong play of both the offensive and defensive lines. 

Anahuac wins live action 

So far so good for the Anahuac Panthers.

In a controlled half and live-action two quarters of play against Hardin-Jefferson, the Panthers came out feeling good about its prospects.

Anahuac won the live part of the scrimmage, 17-7, while getting past the 50-yard-line on multiple drives during the controlled part of the action.

“Things went pretty well, but we have a long ways to go,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “Our defense played really well. We rotated a lot of guys in and our defensive coordinator Stewart Bond did a great job along with the staff. We definitely out hit them.

“Offensively, we did really well on the tempo during the controlled part of the game. It was really affecting Hardin-Jefferson. They were really tired.”

Neece said during the live action he would like his team to be able to play with more energy over the long haul.

“We managed though,” Neece said. “

Anahuac touchdowns were scored by Foster Kreuzer and Thai Phan on a quarterback sneak and a fumble recovery respectively.

Anahuac opens the season Friday at 7:30 at Tarkington.

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