When All Saints travels to Overton on Friday Trojans coach Mike Hall hopes his team doesn't fret over how the Mustangs look.
"They've got great size in the offensive line; they've got some awesome-looking skill kids," Hall said. "I think the challenge is that we don't get out there and get enamored looking at them in their uniforms."
All Saints, which looked good in a season-opening win, takes on Overton at 7:30 p.m. Frifrom Coach Chester Roy Stadium.
The Trojans (1-0) won their season opener for the first time since 2011, a 23-15 triumph over Timpson. A win today would give All Saints back-to-back wins for the first time since 2012.
"We want to stay on a win streak," Hall said. "We realize we're climbing a mountain and it's a little bit at a time. It will be a great second step in the climb if we can get it accomplished (Friday)."
The Mustangs (0-1) meanwhile are coming off a 55-21 setback to Ore City. Overton will be hoping to find the win column earlier than they did last year after it took until Oct. 11 to record the Mustangs' first victory in 2013.
Both Overton and All Saints are young; combined the game will have eight seniors, four from each team.
All Saints will look to pound the ball at Overton and wear them down. Last week senior quarterback Matt Brunson led the Trojans with 75 yards rushing while sophomore Jace Evans added 62 yards on the ground.
"We're real excited about this season," Hall said. "I'm excited about these guys. It's been a good week."
QUITMAN AT BISHOP GORMAN
Bishop Gorman is doing everything it can to prepare for a tough district slate. That continues tonight when the Crusaders host Quitman, a second straight opponent with a run-oriented offense.
"They have some kids that are very physical and we look for another physical challenge for us, which is what we wanted going into a rugged district schedule," TKG coach Coby Gipson said.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. from McCallum Stadium.
Gorman (1-0) won its season opener 28-25 over Eustace, which ran it 50 times with four pass attempts. Quitman will again try to run on Gorman with a wishbone offense that will occasionally go for the big play on play action.
"It's another challenge for us to prepare for defensively," Gipson said.
Eustace racked up 323 yards on the ground against the Crusaders, something Gipson will want to improve upon.
"What I did like is we made some fourth down stops, we forced some turnovers and we hit (their running back) pretty hard sometimes," he said. "We gave up too many yards but at the same time we showed the potential to be a good run defense."
On the other side of the ball, Gorman's spread offense will have to contend with a Quitman's 3-3 stack, giving the Crusaders a different look.
Today's game is military appreciation night at McCallum Stadium. Veterans are invited to come free of charge and will be honored on the track for the national anthem.
NEW DIANA AT GRACE COMMUNITY
Grace Community and New Diana have never met in an actual game, though they have seen each other before on the gridiron.
"They thumped us pretty good in a scrimmage (last year)," Cougars coach Mike Maddox said.
Friday the two teams play for real at Clyde-Perkins Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Both squads are coming off season-opening losses. Grace fell 49-28 to Canton while New Diana was beaten 21-14 by Jefferson.
Maddox pinpointed areas for the Cougars (0-1) to improve on to pick up their first win of the season.
"I'm looking for us to tackle a little bit better, contain a little bit better," Maddox said. "I'm looking for our offense to be consistent with their drives."
Grace will hope for another standout performance from running back Zach Tatman, who rolled up 200 total yards against Canton, 189 of which came on the ground.
"We knew that Zach had that in him," Maddox said. "He really got stronger as the game went on. Not only is he a good power runner, we saw some things when he gets into space. He's learning to make a double move to get those extra yards."
The Eagles (0-1), who like Grace went 7-4 last year, are opening a three-game road trip and won't play at home again until October.
TENAHA AT BULLARD BROOK HILL
Bullard Brook Hill coach Bobby Brasher will be pleased with his team's offensive performance to open the season — the Guard put up 676 yards of total offense in a 49-42 win over Edgewood.
But Brasher might be hoping for a better defensive showing when Tenaha rolls into town today — the Guard allowed 573 yards to the Bulldogs last week.
The Tigers (1-0) are coming off an 11-2 season and will come into Herrington Stadium at 7:30 p.m. looking to remain undefeated after a 39-8 pasting of Joaquin to start the season.
Both Tenaha and Brook Hill have been state powers in their respective divisions in recent years. Both teams have won state championships as recently as 2011.
The Guard offense started the season in stellar form. Quarterback Grant Hanks was named American State Bank Player of the Week after throwing for 447 yards and six scores on 21 of 30 passing. Seth Brasher caught 10 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns.
Not to be forgotten, the ground game ran for 229 yards, 114 from Gabe Lucio.
Tenaha is the first of three-straight state powerhouses Brook Hill will face. The Guard travel to Alto next week before opening district play against Dallas Christian on Sept. 26.