More often than not, teams come off a bye week refreshed, reloaded and ready to rock once more.
It can be argued that a team that has been on a roll could lose momentum or go off the tracks a little bit with a whole week of not preparing for a game at the end of it.
The former is the route Head Coach Shane Mobley is taking, implementing an important plan over the weekend to counteract that train falling off the track.
However, the open week did conveniently come at a time when the County Fair was also on the schedule.
Mobley mentioned Monday morning; “[We were] very fortunate to have our open week and fair week come at the same time … A lot of young men participate in both so it was good to not have to split time and schedule a practice in the morning so they can do things at night or vice versa.”
But now with all of the fair happenings over, it’s back to gridiron business with the next venture involving the El Campo Ricebirds.
El Campo owns a 3-4 overall record and currently sits at 1-2 in the district. Most recently, the Ricebirds traveled to Freeport to face the most recent opponent of the Tigers. The Exporters of Brazosport weren’t as nice to these visitors and took a 34-28 decision to send El Campo packing without a victory in its bag.
Before that, the Ricebirds earned their first win in the district over the Fulshear Chargers, albeit needing a goal-line stop as time expired to seal the deal.
But now, that wing-t offense gears up for a matchup with the last remaining undefeated team in District 13-4A that has allowed an average of 12.6 points per game.
Mobley mentioned that El Campo’s offense has shown more spread-out looks than traditionally speaking, forcing the defensive coordinator to harp on some of the original basics of the game.
“It’s hard to get stuff in when you go an hour on offense, defense, and special teams … by the time you’re conditioning, practice is over,” Mobley stated. “So you really get bogged down on the team you’re playing that week and so yesterday we got back up here and got our game plan ready.”
That game plan may involve a little interference from Mother Nature, but the Head Coach has wanted that piece of adversity all year long.
“I think weather will have a big part, and I said that we had to play a game in the rain before district’s over and this could be the one.”
On top of that, with the sub-.500 record, Mobley knows there won’t be much else on the line, so he knows these visitors will not be holding back once the ball is kicked off at T.J. Mills Stadium.
“El campo’s kind of got their backs against the wall a little so I think they’re going to come out and play the game as if they have nothing to lose,” Coach Mobley noted. “We’re going to have to be on our toes for four quarters of football.”
Mobley spent little time talking about his team’s 1.000 winning percentage, quickly shifting the credit to the rest of his family, and then even quicker back to the Ricebirds.
“Proud of our coaches and our boys ... but we have to stop #8 this week, get pressure on the quarterback and move the ball on offense,” he finished.