Following the first regular-season loss since 2017, the Sealy Tigers regrouped and recuperated on their bye week to reset and prepare for a tough matchup with 6-1 (3-1 in District 13-4A) El Campo on Friday.
Although some athletes able to rest sore bodies and tend to aches and pains, others didn’t have quite the same luxuries and made trips up to the fairgrounds in Bellville to participate in the Austin County Fair, an aspect Sealy head football coach Shane Mobley enjoys.
“This has been a really good week for us first of all, because we do have a lot of kids involved in FFA, which is huge,” he said. “I still see this as I love doing what I do and not just the game itself, it’s not just football, but it’s what you see in these young men and these young ladies.
“It’s good for the kids who do the FFA, they had (our support) 100%; ‘Y’all go do what you got to do and get after it and represent well,’” Mobley told the students. “I heard we’ve had a lot of success, John Owen has done very well, Rhys Reichardt, Avery Oliver, so I know a lot of our kids that are athletes as well have done good at all the shows so very proud of them.”
Now with the fair behind them, the student-athletes can get back in the laboratory to work on their specific sports where the football team shifts its focus to the ground-heavy attack from the El Campo Ricebirds.
“They’ve got three really good running backs,” Mobley explained. “They got a freshman that is very fast. They’ve got a shorter kid, he was their stud last year and he was all over the place, he’s No. 8. They’ve got another really good one, but I haven’t exchanged rosters yet. They’ve got a good offensive line that does a great job of coming downhill and running the ball and from what we’ve seen, they spend more time running the ball with those three guys.”
With such a tendency to run, however, El Campo mixes up their formations plenty to try to keep the defense guessing.
“They’re probably more multiple than any team we’ve seen up to this point,” Mobley said. “They do like to run a tight end every time but they’re gonna set up the wing, they’re gonna go to a pro set with twins
and a tight end on the back side. They’re gonna go two-back, one-back, three-back. They do a really good job, and this is what they’ve always done.”
The game plan was still to be finalized but come Friday night, Mobley knows his boys will be ready to go.
“My hat is off to Brazosport for what they did last week, and we’ve gone to work,” he said. “We spent this time to do some healing and we’ve gone back to a lot of our basics with some special teams stuff, our tackling and just throwing and catching.”
Through their first seven games, the Ricebirds have totaled 239 points for an average of 34.1 per game while yielding 126 points overall for an average allowance of 18 per game. Their lone loss came in the first week of district play in 47-27 fashion at the hands of the Needville Blue Jays.
On the other side, the Tigers have put up 179 points through five full games for an average of 35.8 per game. On defense, Sealy has surrendered only 42 total points with a pair of shutouts to start the season, setting up an average point allowance of 8.4 per game.
One side will have to give and it will all be determined this Friday night at Ricebird Stadium in El Campo. Fans can’t make the trip for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, be sure to stay tuned to The Sealy News Facebook page as well as on Twitter (@SealyNews) and (@CMac217).