Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 16, 2013

GC Football Game of the Week: Scurry-Rosser at Blooming Grove

Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Maybe the Las Vegas odds makers know what they’re doing, but you have to wonder about the high school football predictions that have Scurry-Rosser listed as a 31-point favorite over Blooming Grove.

Sure, the Wildcats have been running wild, but Blooming Grove should be ready for what could be a decisive game in the District 6-2A D-II race.

“They’re a real good team,’’ Blooming Grove coach Gary Grubbs said. “They’re talented all over the field, defensively, offensively and special teams. We’re 31 point underdogs. I don’t feel like we are.’’

Grubbs knows his kids will show up because the ultimate goal is to make the playoffs and a win against unbeaten Scurry-Rosser could redefine Blooming Grove’s season.

The Lions played Mildred tough before falling to the defending district champs at Mildred, and the hope at Blooming Grove is to find a way to slow down Scurrry-Rosser.

It could be raining on Friday, and maybe the rain and mud can — along with a physical defense from Blooming Grove — dampen the Wildcats’ offense. No one in the district has been able to put the brakes on Scurry.

Scurry-Rosser has outscored its three district opponents, 157-30, and is coming off a 41-14 win over Tolar, which was considered one of the top teams in the district in August .

Forget August, Scurry-Rosser has surprised everyone.

“I would have to say they are the most improved team in the district,’’ Grubbs said. “They have some young kids who played last year who have grown up and they have a move-in running back who is pretty good. He’s averaging about 200 yards a game. And their receiver, Jaylen Blanton is one of the best receivers in the district.’’

But Blooming Grove has its own weapons and the Lions might slow down Scurry with an offense that can not only move the ball but control the game.

“Obviously, we have to score,’’ Grubbs said. “We want to control the football and not give up big plays on defense. They are a big play team. We have been a bend but not break defense. What hurt us against Mildred is we played great for three  quarters and then gave up big plays.’’

The Lions can hit teams with a lot of players coming out of the backfield. Tyler Morris has gained 588 yards (7.6 average) and Travis Whiteside has rushed for 396 yards (8.6 average) and those two have combined to run for nine touchdowns. QB Tyler Ellis has run for 462 yards and thrown for 627, and he’s also one of the best kickers in this part of the state.

Blooming Grove’s big, physical line (on both sides of the ball) has been a big part of the team’s success.

“I don’t think it’s been one or two kids for us,’’ Grubbs said. “I think it’s units of kids. The offensive line has improved vastly and the defensive line has improved vastly. On defense, I think we’re better in space against teams that spread it out. We’re a better tackling team. That’s been a big key for us. I think we have one of the best kickers in Ellis. We’ve done a good job in field position.’’

 It will take that kind of game, and Grubbs knows it .

“Scurry-Rosser is a big play team and we have to execute if we want to win the football game.’’

Scurry-Rosser at Blooming Grove

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Lion Stadium

Scurry-Rosser is 6-0, 3-0 in District 6-2A DII. Blooming Grove is 4-2, 2-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:RB Rodney Sample, QB Paten Snell, L Leal Sample, WR Jalen Blanton. Blooming Grove: RB/LB Tyler Morris, QB/K Tyler Ellis, LB Jody Kirby, L Hank Seabolt.

UPDATE: Blooming Grove won last year’s meeting, 55-35 ... the Wildcats are the surprise team of the district, perhaps of North Texas, and beat Tolar — a district favorite, 41-14 last week; Blooming Grove beat winless Dallas Oak Cliff Life, 20-0 ... the Wildcats are averaging 44.3 ppg., allowing 15.8, both of which rank second in district ... Sample ran for 92 yards and 3 TDs in a 53-9 win over Rice, while Paten threw for 276 and 3 TDs in that game ... Lions QB Tyler Ellis ran for 111 yards and TD, passed for another, kicked 2 FGs and had two punts for 60 and 58 yards last week ... Morris leads the Lions with 588 yards rushing ... Brandon Hays leads the Lions with 13 receptions for 179 yards, and 3 INTs ... the Lions are a first quarter team, outscoring their opponents 58-20 ... they average 31.0 ppg., and allow 17.2.

— Raymond Linex II