Owls Look to Gain Steam Vs. Bulldogs
The Reagan County Owls will face their first road test of the year this Friday as they travel to Coahoma to take on the Bulldogs.
“I am very pleased with how our guys bounced back last week after that loss to McCamey,” Owls’ Coach Blake Weston said.
Across the field from Weston this week is a man hoping for his own post-McCamey bounce back.
“McCamey has a quality team,” Coahoma Coach Fred Dietz said. “They played extremely hard, and caused us to do some things that didn’t go our way.”
Coahoma stands at 1-1 with a close win over Forsan, and a 46-26 loss to McCamey.
“We weren’t mentally prepared to play last week and it showed,” Dietz said. “Our kids are hungry to get back on the field and play another game. Put that loss behind us.”
The Owls had their post-McCamey bounce back last week with a 58-8 win over Irion County.
“I don’t think we played great,” Weston said. “We had good intensity. We also were better at knowing what to do.”
Weston said he is expecting a good game this week against Coahoma.
“I think I will give the size advantage to us,” Weston said. “We both have the same numbers though, so it will be interesting to see who is in better condition as the night goes on.”
Weston said Owl Fans should expect to see Coahoma’s defense in the 3-3 Stack.
“They will bring six guys each play, but from different spots,” Weston said. “They will force us to block them all to have any success.”
Weston said his staff has implemented some things on offense to offset the oncoming blitz.
“We will be quick with a lot of our passes,” Weston said. “We will also take calculated shots down field. Add to that our ability to get Alex on the move from the quarterback position, we should have a good night.”
Coahoma’s Dietz said Alex Chavez is one of the Reagan County players he is looking to stop.
“Reagan County is unique with their quarterbacks,” Dietz said. “Alex Chavez operates very well. He moves well and throws a good ball. Number 15 has good size, and runs well. It is a lot to think about.”
Dietz said he is also concerned about the Owls’ backfield.
“That Goodloe kid is a threat,” Dietz said. “He looks explosive.”
The player Dietz is game planning the most for is Reagan County’s Tristan Ortiz.
“You don’t see many big men like him that can move,” Dietz said. “He is a good football player. A really good football player.”
Dietz said he feels his team has a slight edge because of their experience.
“We have 15 seniors on our 24 man roster,” Dietz said. “These guys have seen a lot, and I think they will put it together this week.”
Weston said the Owls will have Samuel Goodloe back this week after a shoulder injury sidelined him last week against Irion County.
“We have a deadly backfield with Samuel, Cahel and Nathan,” Weston said. “They are all guys with great size and ability.”
The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Owl fans are encouraged to make the trip to support your Reagan County Owls.
If you can’t make the game, check the Big Lake Wildcat’s Facebook page prior to the game for our game update post.