Garrison gets a rare treat on Friday night. For the second straight week the Bulldogs will play on the road against a defending state champion.

After an 18-6 loss to Class 1A D-II state champion Tenaha, Garrison travels to play TAPPS D-III winner Bullard Brook Hill, tonight at 7:30 p.m. from Herrington Stadium.

The Bulldogs (1-1) brings some playoff experience themselves, having won 25 games the last two years. Last year Garrison fell to eventual champion Mason in the Class 1A D-I state semifinals.

"They are used to winning and have some very good skill athletes," said Guard coach Terry Pirtle, whose team has 22 wins the last two years. "Garrison is very athletic and has a very good coaching staff."

Brook Hill has been idle since a season-opening win over Frankston on Aug. 30. Pirtle said he hopes his team comes out sharp after the week off and begins to put together solid series on offense.

Tonight's matchup will feature two talented quarterbacks in Brook Hill's Will Weathers and Garrison's Cameron Rodriguez. Weathers had a stellar game passing and running against Frankston, racking up 334 total yards and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing).

Pirtle said his defense has to stay home and execute individual assignments to contain Rodriguez and the Bulldogs offense, which utilizes jet sweeps and misdirection.

"Obviously we're going to have to win the turnover battle and execute on defense like we're used to doing," Pirtle said.

 

KEMP AT GRACE COMMUNITY

After playing a couple teams that Grace Community knew would be good, the Cougars play a Kemp team that, while winless, still has their respect.

Grace defeated state-ranked San Augustine in Week Zero and then topped a Mineola squad that beat the Cougars the year before. Though Grace won those two games by a combined 97-48, the Cougars don't expect Kemp to be a pushover.

"They're always a type of team that's dangerous," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "They're capable of having a good game in them. They're ready to break into the win column and I'm sure they're coming over here with this mindset that this is their time to do it.

"We respect them; we respect what they can do."

The Cougars offense has been flying high the last two weeks, averaging 472.5 yards per game. Senior quarterback Blake White has accounted for 782 yards and eight touchdowns.

But in Grace's final tune-up before TAPPS D-II District 2 play begins, Maddox said he's looking for a little more consistency from the offense, as well as improved tackling.

"I'm looking to iron out a few things," Maddox said.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from Clyde-Perkins Stadium. Grace is idle next week before the league opener at Dallas Christian on Sept. 28.

 

ALL SAINTS AT BECKVILLE

All Saints and Beckville opened their seasons on back-to-back nights in the Tyler Football Classic at Clyde-Perkins Stadium.

Tonight they'll get more acquainted as the two squads face off with both looking to finally tally in the win column. The Trojans and Bears kickoff at 7:30 p.m. today from R.C. Beauchamp Stadium in Beckville.

Although All Saints coach Mike Hall got a good look at Beckville in its season-opening loss to Bishop Gorman, he's not quite sure what to expect.

Bears starting quarterback Jaylon Allison was hobbled early against the Crusaders in a 34-7 loss, missing most of the first half before returning with limited mobility. Last week against Overton, Beckville opted for speed at the quarterback position.

"Now our predicament is not knowing if the starting quarterback is back," Hall said, adding that his team will prepare for both scenarios.

On offense, Hall noted how Gorman was able to get to the edge to put up good yardage on the ground against Beckville and may look to do the same today.

Tonight's game is the second of a three-game road swing for the Trojans, who will play their first home game Sept. 28 against Union Hill.

CAPSULES

Garrison Bulldogs at Brook Hill Guard

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Herrington Stadium, Bullard

Records: Garrison 1-1; Brook Hill 1-0

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Tenaha 18, Garrison 6; Brook Hill idle

Players To Watch:Garrison — QB Cameron Rodriguez, RB Logan Clark, OL/DL Derrick Johnson. Brook Hill — RB D'Louis West, WR Chase McDermott, RB/P Jacob Dumesnil.

Who's Next?: Garrison at San Augustine, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21; Brook Hill at Spring Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

 

Kemp Yellowjackets at Grace Community Cougars

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Clyde-Perkins Stadium

Records: Kemp 0-2; Grace 2-0

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Grace 56, Mineola 28.

Players To Watch:Grace — WR/CB Lin Gillham, OL/LB Levi Crozier, RB/LB/K David Fraga.

Who's Next?: Eustace at Kemp, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Grace at Dallas Christian, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

 

All Saints Trojans at Beckville Bears

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Players To Watch:All Saints — WR William Young, RB Merritte Greene, OL/DL Grant Bengston. Beckville — RB Colten Allen, WR Dalton Etheredge, RB Colton Searcy.

Who's Next?: All Saints at Bishop Gorman, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21; Beckville at Maud, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

 

 

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