A familiar face will be on the other side of the field for Blooming Grove when they play Riesel tonight.

Former Lions head football coach Ronnie Wilson is now at the helm for the Indians.

Wilson, who spent the previous five seasons at Blooming Grove and took the Lions to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years last season, finished his tenure with a 21-30 record.

First-year Blooming Grove head coach Scott Doring said that facing Wilson this week against Riesel will not influence him to make any changes to the Lions style of play.

“We will run what we run,” Doring said. “It doesn’t make it any more difficult having [Wilson] on the other sideline.

“We just go at it like it’s another game that we want to win.”

Riesel (0-0, 1-1 District 22-1A) is coming off of a 34-26 win over Wortham, while the Lions will be looking to get back in the win column after falling to Maypearl 25-18.

“There are still a lot of things we need to fix,” Doring said. “The defense has played well, but we need to get better at tackling and getting off the field on third downs.

“It has gotten better, but is not where we want to be. We want to start to peak in that first district game.”

On offense, it has been the strength of the Lions’ (0-0, 1-1 District 14-2A) offensive line that has allowed quarterback Darius Harris to throw for 382 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Despite Wilson’s knowledge of Harris and his capabilities on the field, Doring said he is confident that the offensive line will give his senior quarterback plenty of time to make plays.

“Harris is a very good player,” Doring said. “But it has been the front five on the offensive line that have really stepped up for our offense.

“They are doing a good job of giving [Harris] time to throw the ball.”

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