Dayton is an improved football team this year and they will open District 12- 5A II play against a Barbers Hill squad that may also have discovered what will make it tick going forward.
The Eagles (2-1) host Dayton (1-2) at 7:30 tonight expecting a new offense and feisty defense to potentially make things difficult.
“This district is pretty wide open for everybody and those first three games are gone,” Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg said. “It all starts over Friday night. They’ve changed offensively and have gone more to an option attack. They are always going to be pretty good on defense.”
Barbers Hill comes in off a Jekyll-Hyde performance in a 42-35 win at Kingwood Park. The Eagles led 35-7 at halftime.
Senior safety Branden Heffernan says the Eagles have found time to refocus.
“We came out strong against Kingwood Park and then fell off,” Heffernan said. “We went into the half and we just didn’t have the same energy in the second half. I don’t know if it’s because it was a Saturday ... the guys wanted to get the game over with and it showed.
“It’s good that it happened then and not when it matters.”
Westerberg used the bye week to evaluate a team he enjoys working with, but his defense must improve its gap control.
“I like where we are at,” he said. “We had to correct a bunch of stuff and we had some time to do that defensively over the course of the open week. We have to play a lot better than we have in the first three weeks.”