Bishop Gorman enters district play unbeaten and ready

 

Bishop Gorman head coach Randy McFarlin acknowledges it's good to be undefeated, but cautions his players the task set forth in the fall is not close to being accomplished.

The Crusaders defeated Waskom 56-38 on Friday to finish their four non-district games 4-0. TKG did it against a formidable schedule of Garrison (41-35), White Oak (39-29), Ore City (31-7), and finally, Waskom.

"The kids are playing well; we just hope this doesn't go to their heads," McFarlin said. "We have been playing good competition and I am proud of them."

Friday's win over Waskom impressed McFarlin as the Crusaders were able to withstand the Wildcats relentless option rushing attack. Gorman did it by forcing mistakes from its opponent.

"Waskom is a great football team and they could run the football," McFarlin said. "But they turned it over too much. We created a bunch of them. We were also unstoppable on offense in the second half."

The Crusaders forced five turnovers from Waskom while TKG quarterback Jake Smith tossed six touchdowns and passed for 378 yards overall.

McFarlin credited Gorman's backs and receivers with combining for 23 catches, but also said offensive linemen Luke Miller, Justin Duffie, Matthew Navarro, Casen Salitore and Parker Brown kept Smith's uniform relatively clean too.

"Our offensive line had a tremendous ball game," McFarlin said. "We've had a couple injuries over the last two weeks and are getting some kids back, but that group has held together and done well."

Gorman turns to district play beginning this week as the Crusaders host Carrollton Prince of Peace in their first TAPPS Division II, District 2 matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at McCallum Stadium.

Prince of Peace enters league play 2-1 and is coming off a 20-0 loss two weeks ago. The Eagles are a wishbone option team, similar to Waskom.

"It gives a little headstart preparing for them because they run the same offense we just faced," McFarlin said. "But (the film from last week) also shows Prince of Peace how we played against it.

"On offense, we have had to adjust each week because teams keep showing different things against us. The kids have done well with adjustments at halftime and taking what people give us."

Gorman is two years removed from beginning the season 7-0. McFarlin said he has impressed upon his players the importance of keeping the momentum during the most important part of the season, and adds Prince of Peace will be ready to take advantage of TKG if it loses focus.

"You are 4-0, but that doesn't matter right now," McFarlin said. "You are starting over and Prince of Peace is coming here just like you are, looking for that first district win.

"We are going to have to great effort from our kids and play physical on defense and have great execution on offense and we should come out 1-0 in district."

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