Mid Week Thoughts 09/26/06
By Rick Hollenbeck
September 26, 2006
Versus Big Spring:
To all of those that sat through the entire game I think you can agree with me… YAWNNNNNNN. It was great to see the Bulldogs roll and get lots of kids on the field but it wasn’t much of a contest. With the Defense taking control of the game from the first snap to another special teams dominating performance the Bulldogs pounded the visiting Steers. The offense was also able to put together several long drives that resulted in points which has been a deficiency this fall.
For those of you that do not follow panhandle or 4A football, strap your cleats on tight because these guys are good! With deep playoff runs the norm Frenship plays a schedule that is even more brutal than the visiting Bulldogs. Frenship opened their season with games against Wichita Falls Rider (W 14-12), Odessa High (W 38-15), a loss to Lubbock Coronado (who Cooper hosts this weekend), and a win over the Hereford Whitefaces (W 35-21) last weekend. If your into comparing scores Hereford squeaked by Big Spring by a touchdown two weeks ago, but I advise against such a tactic. While last weeks effort by the Bulldogs was much improved it will take their best effort to pull off the victory this Friday.
Offensively the game plan has to be the same as last week. Spread the field, establish the running game early, and complete long sustained drives. To use some more tired old football clichés they must also play mistake free. After turning in their best offensive performance of the year last week they must continue to keep the momentum in their favor.
It has been so much fun watching this years defense. They attack and play solid against the pass. The run defense has gotten better and must make significant strides this week to stop the Frenship attack. The defensive line must stay at home and play their keys leaving the linebackers free to make stops close to the line of scrimmage. Producing turnovers will also be huge this week. In last weeks effort the defense was stifling and pressure led to several key Big Spring mistakes that resulted in points. While it is every team’s goal to shut out an opponent it might be unrealistic to hold this Frenship offense scoreless but keeping your team in the game will be crucial this Friday.
Once again I must praise kicker Bryce Channell. He has provided great kicks off the tee and has been flawless with his field goal and extra point attempts this season. Kick off coverage has been the best I have witnesses in about 4 years for the Bulldogs and the deep kick offs by Channell have been a big part of that success. Returns have also been exceptional this season and will field position will be critical in this weeks battle of 3-1 teams.
To the Coaching Staff for the game plan put together last week. It was if Big Spring was forced to change their game plan on the run after falling behind early and not being able to run their offense.
To Stetson Chamness for his kick off return and offensive play. He does a great job keeping the fans pumped up each week and it was great to see him get in the game last week!
To Justin Parker who seemed to make every other tackle on defense.
To J'Lyn Robinson for sitting through the entire game with me despite the score.
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