By Raymond Linex II
Corsicana Daily Sun
Among the many reasons Mildred’s football program has played 51 games over the last four years is the Eagles ability to create turnovers. Over that span of games, which includes semifinal and finals appearances, the Eagles are a plus-85 in takeaways.
As the Eagles (7-3) get ready to open the playoffs with Henrietta (6-4) Friday night at Forth Worth Brewer, coach Billy Dan Chambliess would like to reverse the most recent trend: the Eagles have eight turnovers in the last three games, including four last week in a 27-7 loss to Scurry-Rosser for the district title.
“We have to quit turning over the ball,” Chambliess said. “We’ve never turned it over this much.”
The Eagles have had at least one turnover in six straight games. It’s enough to make Chambliess have heartburn, but Mildred is still a plus-9 in those games. In their three losses, the Eagles are a minus-1, with a minus-4 last week being a big reason why. They won the turnover battle (2 takeaways, no turnovers) in a 27-24 loss to Centerville Sept. 6.
In Henrietta, the Eagles face a scrappy, hard-nosed team, Chambliess said. The Bearcats operate out of the spread offense, but like to run it more than they throw it with quarterback Riley Watson and running backs Hayden West and Cody Fletcher.
“The quarterback’s got a good arm, and he’s accurate,” Chambliess said. “(And) they have some size on the offensive line.”
West also spearheads the defense from his linebacking spot. The Bearcats have been prone to give up points, allowing 29.1 per game. In the team’s three-game win streak, Henrietta has allowed 100 points, almost half in a 55-48 win over Wichita Falls City View.
Mildred gave up 328 yards to Scurry-Rosser last week, but 132 of those came on two long touchdowns plays.
A fumble set up another Scurry-Rosser score.
“We’ve played better defensively at times (of late),” said Chambliess, who team is giving up only 11.3 points in wins.
Region II-2A DII
Mildred vs. Henrietta
7:30 p.m. Friday,
106.9 The Ranch
At Fort Worth Brewer’s Bear Stadium
RECORDS:Henrietta is 6-4, Mildred is 7-3.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB/S Draylon Sterling, L Nic Stone, WR/CB Russell Holden, WR/LB Mikey Muncy. Henrietta: RB/LB Hayden West, QB/LB Riley Watson, RB/LB Cody Fletcher, WR/DB Conner Fletcher. UPDATE: Mildred is coming a 2A-DII state finals appearance, and semifinals appearance in 2011 ... Henrietta was 2-8 in 2012, and was winless in district ... Sterling is 29 yards from 1,000 for the season, and eight career TDs from 100 ... with injuries forcing Devin O’Sullivan back to MLB, coach Billy Dan Chambliess called junior OLB Dalton Horner a pleasant surprise, “coachable and does what you tell him to the ‘T’” ... Henrietta went loss-win-loss-win through the first eight weeks of the season ... the Bearcats average 26.1 ppg., and allow 29.1.
— Raymond Linex II