Following the conclusion of the non-district schedule, quarterback Garret Zaskoda said plain and simple, “These games didn’t matter.”
Out of context, it seems a bit harsh.
But in reality, those first four games do nothing for the standings that determine who goes to the playoffs, and now that they are out of that purgatory, everything changes.
“Now everything matters and everything counts so we gotta take it one week at a time,” Zaskoda finished. His receiver Clay Roberts echoed that sentiment, maintaining the team needs to “Stay focused,” heading into the first matchup with a team in their district.
That new public enemy number one is the Fulshear Chargers, embarking on a year of firsts in the school’s initial varsity football program.
A couple years in the sub-varsity ranks led the coaching staff to feel as though they’re ready for the real shot and grabbed their first win in program history in on their second try.
The Chargers now own an even 2-2 record and although they’ve eclipsed the 100-point mark over their two wins, only 22 points were put on the board in a pair of losses where they surrendered 85 points.
The offense is capable of lighting up that scoreboard with senior signal-caller Keaton Huebner able to eat up big chunks of yards with long legs at the bottom of his 6-1 frame. That is exemplified by him ranking second in the district so far in rushing yards.
“They do a great job of doing a lot of zone read and a lot of quarterback read,” Head Coach Shane Mobley noted. “They do have two really good running backs as well and the offensive line does a great job of getting to the next level.”
Said running backs are Taelyn Fields (junior) and Tosin Ogunlana (sophomore), who supplement the run game out of the spread attack for Fulshear, looking to make some noise as the fresh-faced team in class 4A’s district 13.
However, as the saying goes, offense will win games, but defense will win championships.
In the tale of the tape through four games, the Tiger defense has let up 54 points, an average of 13.5 points against per game.
On the other side, the Chargers had already given up more points through their first two games as opposing offenses have scored 150 points through the first four games, an average 37.5 points per game.
That’s right about on schedule with Sealy’s offense, which puts up 38.5 points per game, 154 overall in four consecutive wins.
Although those are really only numbers and those statistics won’t be the ones throwing the ball and tackling a receiver, as that gets left to the athletes.
They get to start making new numbers with a 7:30 scheduled kickoff at T.J. Mills Stadium, Friday night.
At that game, Sealy will recognize local Special Olympics athletes by having a group of them join the Tigers for the opening coin toss.
After that, it’s a brand new season and similar to what Zaskoda mentioned, the records teams own coming into this week don’t matter.
“Everybody comes in with a clean slate, doesn’t matter if you’re 4-0 or 0-4, this is when it counts and this is when it matters,” Mobley stated. “I thought we had a lot of good stuff out of the pre-season, a lot more than we were expecting.”
And now, Mobley and his squad will embark into unknown territory, serving as the first district-representative to welcome Fulshear to their home for the next two years.
“For us to be the first school in the district to face the new program, I think that will answer a lot of questions for other coaches district-wide…I am glad that we play them here the first time because the home-field advantage plays a big role,” he mentioned.