Crosby, Anahuac to face tough road tests in Week 2
For Baytown Christian football it is now about establishing consistency.
Following a big, 42-34 win over the TCAF six-man champions Haslet Community Christian, the Bulldogs are now on a 15-game winning streak dating back to their TAPPS Division III title a year ago.
They will put that streak on the line at 7 p.m. Friday at Brazosport Christian in Lake Jackson.
“We didn’t get a really good look at them on the scout,” BCA head coach Jeromey Anderson. “They play an odd defense and we can tell who their athletes are. It should challenge us in terms of containment.
“We still have a game plan going in and I don’t think it’s going to be out of the normal realm. It’s basic, one-on-one, six-man football.”
Brazosport won its opener, 56-16 over Katy Faith West, but BCA may have the edge in terms of competitive value coming into the matchup.
“We won a battle and sure they have confidence coming in, but I think we are going to come out even harder than we did against Haslet which is going to put pressure on them,” Anderson said. “They definitely will have to make an adjustment from last week to this week. They haven’t seen speed at all.”
Last year BCA beat Brazosport Christian 50-0 in Baytown.
Now the Bulldogs need to continue to improve and not take last week’s win to too much heart.
“We just have to clean it up,” Anderson said. “We had so many missed transactions in the backfield. The game shouldn’t have been as close as it was. We did everything we wanted to do and we didn’t make mistakes as far as penalties and we played well fundamentally. We just had too many offensive mistakes.”
Crosby at Manvel, Thursday, 7
It’s been a rough first week or so of the regular season for the Crosby Cougars.
First, their starting quarterback James Woodruff went down with an injured knee and then a strong New Caney squad delivered a 28-8 defeat of the Cougars last week in Crosby.
Next, the Crosby squad travels to Manvel for a matchup with the perennial powers trying to avoid an 0-2 start.
Last year, Crosby won a 49-47 shootout over the Mavericks, who won 34-6 last week over Clear Lake.
“We are going to have to be better at executing our offense and making plays when they are presented to us,” Crosby head coach Jerry Prieto said. “They replace nine starters from their offensive unit, but they are still explosive. We are just focused on trying to get better every day and do the little things right.”
Junior Deniquez Dunn was the emergency starter under center and Prieto says he has handled the challenge.
“Confidence-wise it would be great to come away with a win,” Prieto said. “Our kids’ attitudes are good. Deniquez was put in a tough spot and he had only three days to practice. Another week of practice and working with the receivers should help us this week.
“Deniquez is excited because he gets to touch the ball every single play.”
Anahuac at Edna, Friday, 7:30 pm
A week ago, Anahuac was on the doorstep of taking a lead, trailing 33-28 when a turnover on downs in the Tarkington red zone would ultimately lead to a 53-28 road defeat.
Now, the Panthers have to battle a perennially competitive Edna squad.
Edna won last year’s contest between the teams, 49-7 and comes off an opening day, 29-16 win over Caldwell.
“They are a physical, slot-T team and they don’t throw the ball very much,” Anahuac head coach Greg Neece said. “They have a couple of good running backs. They have a real athletic defense too. They will be the best team we face through our first two scrimmages and our first game so far.”
Neece said Edna’s team has a strong offensive line that helps the squad kill a lot of clock before turning the ball back over.
“They are a frustrating offense because if they start moving the ball it’s hard to stop,” Neece said.
Anahuac’s offense may not be as refined as of yet.
“We are still in the infant stages of our offense so we are going to run some things they haven’t seen yet,” Neece said.
Neece has junior running back Landyn Fanus coming off of a 189-yard game on 17 carries that will lead the ground attack.
“We’re a run-first offense and I do like throwing the football,” Neece said. “I don’t like to throw it just to throw it. I like to throw it with a purpose. At Kirbyville and Newton, we’d throw the ball for over 2,000 yards a season. We aren’t at that point yet.
“The other night we didn’t throw the ball very well.”