Coming off a win over a team in the next class up, Head Coach Shane Mobley and the Sealy Tigers get set for their homecoming matchup with the crosstown-rival Bellville Brahmas.
Despite the natural feelings to stomp down the bordering team, the two head coaches actually share quite the amicable relationship.
“I’ll probably talk to Coach [Grady] Rowe once a week,” Mobley noted.
“I talked to him last week to see how they’re doing, check up on their opponents, he asked the same of me; I fully respect Coach Rowe in the profession. Life’s too short to have too many enemies especially in our profession where there are a lot of really good coaches out there,” he finished.
Mobley mentioned all the work they can do by helping each other and even mentioned loaning out the end zone camera to give Coach Rowe and the Brahmas’ coaching staff a better view at their team last year in the playoffs.
However, on that one day out of the year where they have to play each other, Mobley mentioned he’ll surely be all business if it comes down to it.
“The only time we’d have to be intense is a meeting at the 50-yard line during the game, before the game we’ll be alright, after the game we’ll be alright and we both know there’s gotta be a winner and a loser and to take the positive things out of the game,” he stated.
Rowe echoed those sentiments, emphasizing that although they are indeed friends, “that won’t change them wanting to get after us and us wanting to get them.”
However, he followed that up by mentioning they do share the mindset where this game will be a big step toward preparing for the district while also playing a major role in both communities.
The pair of teams both enter on a positive streak, owning identical 3-0 records.
Coach Rowe runs a similar ground-and-pound offense to Waller’s Wishbone, but his Brahmas operate out of the slot-t formation.
“We’re not a big-play offense so we’re going to have to wear teams down and everyone knows it,” he stated.
Quarterback Jake Harris still has yet to eclipse the 100-yard mark through the air on the season, completing four out of 17 passing attempts for 99 total yards.
Although Bellville’s defense is young, Rowe has liked what he has seen so far and will look for them to continue to play strong. In preparing for Sealy’s high-powered offensive attack, there are a few things he knows he has to instill.
“We’re going to have to prevent the big plays and mix things up,” Rowe said. “They’re very dangerous so we have to continue to tackle well.”
Although the Brahmas’ offense is close to Waller’s there are a few key differences.
“This week is going to be more about key reads, Coach Rowe does a great job and they’ve been doing this for years. His players are very, very scrappy and they’re going to be very physical,” Mobley said, knowing it will take all four quarters this week.
“Size-wise they’ve got some big boys up front on the offensive line; I thought we’ve done a good job so far playing at a low pad level and winning that battle up front the last couple weeks.”
Not only for them, but Mobley was also sure that Rowe and Bellville will certainly see spread attacks in their district schedules and both sides should come away ready to take on the games that matter for post-season seeding.
Outside of the rivalry, both coaches will be sure to curtail the extracurricular activities in order to maintain the essence of 11-on-11 football and the man cultivating the handlebar mustache put things simply.
“Just from learning over the years, if the boys want to box and fight, they’re in the wrong sport,” Mobley mentioned. “I firmly believe that if they’re more worried about mouthing or talking, their mind’s not right and they’ll be on the sideline.”
He and Rowe will go to toe-to-toe, making move and counter-move in the chess game that will decide the Crosstown Showdown.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 with the Homecoming King and Queen being revealed at halftime.
Tickets are on pre-sale now at any Sealy ISD campus where adult tickets are $6 and students are $3. All tickets at the gate will be $7.