Wylie vs. Big Spring
By Rick Hollenbeck
September 22, 2006
Let the game begin. With the Wylie Bulldogs hosting the only game in town tonight and homecoming festivities in full swing look for a standing room only crowd at Bulldog Stadium as the Big Spring Steers come to town. The Steers stampeded into town with a 0-3 record but as Hugh Sandifer stated in this morning Abilene Reporter News they have basically been playing a 5A schedule to this point. While their star QB and Aggie recruit Ryan Tannehill listed as probable for the game make no mistake that their back up can’t get the job done. Sandifer stated Tuesday night that the back up will be the best QB we have faced to date.
I have not had the pleasure of seeing the Steers play yet this season but if the past is any indication they will field a very big and athletic group of kids. There has never been a shortage of speed in Big Spring either. The combination of those three items and the memories of their last visit to Bulldog Stadium should have the Steers ready to rumble. Big Springs last visit to Wylie ended in overtime when John Lampert stuffed the Steers two-point conversion sweep attempt two yards short of the goal line. Wylie must play physical on both sides of the ball to come out victorious this evening. Offensive line play will be crucial as the Bulldogs will need to sustain long drives ending in points to keep the Big Spring offense off the field.
Defensively the Bulldogs must keep pressure on the Steers signal callers and force bad decisions. Tackling and avoiding the big play will also be key in tonight’s contest. The Wylie secondary has shown they are more than capable this season and must turn in their most valiant effort of the young season tonight to push the record to 3-1.
Kicker Bryce Channell must continue to be consistent when given the opportunity to put points on the board. Channell has proven to be a valuable asset especially in his place kicking duties often pushing the return men inside their own 10-yard line.