Second-year head coach Heath Ragle is confident about his team following the first three weeks of the season.
The Eustace Bulldogs (1-2) will be battle tested this week as they face a Scurry-Rosser Wildcat team that is 2-1 on the season. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“They are extremely athletic and probably one of the most athletic teams we have seen this year,” Ragle said. “The athleticism of Scurry is amazing and the quarterback is going to be amazing this year. He threw for over 3,000 yards as a sophomore so he is a stud.”
Quarterback Paten Snell is a junior who threw for 3,230 yards with 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions during a regional semifinalist season last year. He ran for 995 yards and eight touchdowns for coach Jason Bachtel.
Ragle said the goal for the Bulldogs is to keep the ball out of his hands as much as possible to have a chance to win the game.
“Controlling the clock and keeping the ball away from their offense will be the biggest challenge,” Ragle said. “We can’t let the quarterback get loose and make big plays with his legs. We need to play well in the secondary.”
The Wildcats play in the same district as the Sunnyvale Raiders, who knocked off the Bulldogs, 51-40, earlier this season in Eustace.
Ragle said the talent on the Wildcats is more athletic than the powerful Raiders team that visited the Boneyard earlier this season.
“It is a big test for us and defensively they do a good job over there,” Ragle said. “They get after you and it will be a good contest to see where we are at and where we can improve offensively.”
In their 45-14 win over the Mabank Panthers last week, the offensive line allowed the backs to rush for 438 yards of offense. Quarterback Brandon Morgan attempted one pass in the game but it was incomplete.
Ragle said he was pleased with the way the offensive line took care of business.
“We ran the ball well and the offensive line played well once again,” Ragle said. “We were really good up front and I thought we won the game up there.”
The Bulldogs come into the game as 10-point underdogs according to the Harris Ratings.