The Alvord Bulldogs opened the season with an impressive 30-point win over former district foe Nocona last week. But as the season rolls into its second week, Alvord coach Pete Hart points out the team still has plenty of room to improve.
“After watching the film, I saw a lot of good things, but we still have a lot to work on,” Hart said.
The Bulldogs will need to show that improvement Friday night when they play host to Grapevine Faith at 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium.
Grapevine Faith is coming off 52-7 thumping of Rio Vista.
“They are pretty talented,” Hart said. “It’s going to be a challenge for us.”
Grapevine Faith quarterback Cam Roane torched Rio Vista for 273 yards and three touchdowns last week through the air. Casey Wasseman hauled in three passes for 76 yards and two scores.
Noah Postema added three catches for 61 yards.
“Their quarterback is good. You think you have him trapped and he gets away and can throw the ball a mile,” Hart said. “Their receivers are big and can run.”
Hart said the Bulldogs can’t focus too much on Grapevine Faith’s passing game because of talented runner Keyshawn Wyatt, who rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns last week.
“They throw 75 percent of the time, but if you spend too much time and effort on their passing game, you’ll get hurt by the run,” Hart said.
The Bulldogs did the opposite last week against Nocona. With the Indians stacking the line to stop Alvord’s Joe Randall, quarterback Cassidy Patterson threw for touchdowns of 30, 31, 42 and 43 yards.
Randall also had 176 rushing yards and two scores.
“We wanted to focus on being more balanced,” Hart said. “Our good running game opened up the passing game. They committed eight guys to the line of scrimmage and that opened up the vertical throws for Cassidy.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs limited Nocona to 167 yards. Nocona’s only score came on special teams.
GRAPEVINE FAITH (1-0) AT ALVORD (1-0)
7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium
G. Faith: Not rated
Notable: Faith rolled to a 52-7 win over Rio Vista last week.
Alvord: Harris Rating 192
Notable: Quarterback Cassidy Patterson threw for four touchdowns last week.
Harris line: No line