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The Chico Dragons started their 2013 campaign a day later than the rest of Wise County, but they started hot with a 38-14 win over the Frost Polar Bears Saturday.
They hope to build on that momentum this Friday.
Chico (1-0) battles Wortham (1-0) at Burleson’s Elk Stadium, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Frost didn’t put the ball in the air against Chico, but that won’t be the case this week. Wortham is a spread team, and the young Dragon defense will need to rise to the challenge.
Chico’s defense owned Frost, forcing four turnovers and scoring twice. It’s something they hope to carry over to a tougher opponent this week.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Chico head coach Stephen Carter said of last week’s win. “I looked out there one time, and we had eight sophomores and two freshman, so I was pleased with how the young kids played.”
Wortham defeated Texas Wind 16-6 in their opener.
“They will be better than Frost,” Carter said. “We’ve put together a good game plan for them.”
Wortham returns nine offensive starters and eight defensive starters from their playoff team a year ago.
Carter says his team is ready for the challenge after their performance Saturday.
“Our kids had fire in their eyes,” Carter said. “They had a good time. I told them to have fun and play. We just need to keep it going.”
After 262 yards of total offense, the Dragons feel they can open things up again Saturday.
“I feel we can move the ball on them,” Carter said. “We should be able to give their defense problems with our passing game.”
CHICO (1-0) VS.
at Burleson’s Elk Stadium
Chico: Harris Rating 191
Notable: The Dragons defense forced four turnovers and scored two touchdowns against Frost.
Wortham: Harris Rating 167
Notable: Wortham went 4-7 and advanced to the playoffs in 2012.
Harris line: Chico by 24