Brazos head football coach Ryan Roecker said there couldn’t have been a better time in their schedule for an open week to come and of course, it helped that a multitude of student-athletes took care of their fair projects and can focus more on football moving forward.
That focus will be needed as District 15-2A play starts at the end of this week with the Cougars hitting the road to face the Yorktown Wildcats who dropped their district-opening game, 71-7, at the hands of the Shiner Comanches.
Following the two-hour journey, Roecker and the Cougars will look to apply pressure as soon as they step off that bus in hopes of shutting down an offense that can score in bunches, according to the coach.
“They’ve got some playmakers and a big tight end but to keep the focus on us, if we can win in the trenches it will set the tone for us,” Roecker said. “On top of that, we need to dominate the time of possession and minimize the turnovers and penalties and we should be good.”
Yorktown comes in with a 3-4 overall record and fresh off three straight losses although they’ve scored 180 points for an average of 25.7 points per game. In the three wins, however, they’ve put up 118 points for an average of 39.3 points per game. On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats have allowed 258 total points for an average point allowance of 36.8.
Brazos owns a 2-4 overall record with its second win coming in the most recent game, a 58-7 homecoming win over Louise. The Cougars are averaging 27.3 points per game with an average of 43 over their two wins. On defense, they’ve let up 172 total points for an average allowance of 28.6 in six games played.
However, those games won't determine the playoff standings and Roecker elaborated on how important the pre-district games are even though they end up as just numbers.
“We’ve got a good mentality, non-district teaches you a lot about where you’re at as a team and what we’re good at and where we can improve,” he said. “I’d like to think our pre-district was harder than (the Wildcats’) and hopefully it properly prepared us moving forward.”