MOUNT PLEASANT — If there's not one challenge, there's another. That ‘s certainly the case for a couple of unbeatens as they square off tonight when Kilgore (2-0) visits Mount Pleasant (3-0).
Kilgore coach Mike Wood knows the challenge facing his defense when it faces the high-octane Tiger offense featuring quarterback Monty James — aka the human highlight reel -— after James completed 25 of 35 passes for 441 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in a 76-33 win over Terrell last week.
"They'll be very fast and the way they operate," Wood said, "they (will) spread you out and throw the football with quick passes. James extends plays because of his ability to run or pass. Defensively my hope is we play well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We've got our work cut out for us. They are much-improved over last year."
The Kilgore defense, anchored by linebacker A.J. Davis, has allowed only one touchdown this season and it came in the third quarter of the Sweeny game which Kilgore won 24-7. Other statistical leaders on the Kilgore defense are linebacker Jake Brantley, defensive end Josh Daniels and free safety Hector Perelez.
Through two games, Wood is pleased with the way quarterback Cooper Coldiron is managing the offense, which is averaging 33 points per game. Coldiron was a standout defensive back a year ago that made the move to quarterback this past off season.
Mount Pleasant has not beaten Kilgore since 2006. … This is the final non-district game before District 16-3A play begins next week. Kilgore opens District of Doom II against Spring Hill at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore.