The Chico Dragons will wait a day longer than the rest of Wise County to get their season started.
The Dragons will open the year Saturday evening at Bedford’s Pennington Field against Frost.
Chico coach Stephen Carter admitted it’s tough to wait.
“We’re excited to go out and play in a nice stadium like Pennington and see what we’ve got,” Carter said.
“Saturday is important to us. We need to get off to the right start and compete.”
But with the added anticipation, Carter and his team is trying to keep the game in perspective.
“We try to treat it like any other game,” he said. “We have six weeks before district. We’ll use those six weeks to get better.”
Against the Polar Bears of Frost, the Dragons’ defense – led by the linebacking duo of Hagen and Garon Davis – will be tested by running back Alex Cruz.
“He’s a talented back,” Carter said.
The Chico coach pointed out that Frost will line Cruz up at several spots, including quarterback, just to get the ball in his hands.
“He’s one of those special kids you get the football to, however you can,” Carter said.
Offensively, the Dragons bring back Jericoe McGuire at quarterback with Crese Redman beside him at tailback. Carter wants to see the Dragons push the tempo from the opening whistle Saturday.
“With each scrimmage, we got better,” Carter said. “We had a lot of kids moving around. The second scrimmage we started with a faster pace and I was impressed. I feel good about where we are at.”
CHICO (0-0) AT FROST (0-0)
7:30 p.m. at Pennington Field
Chico: Harris Rating 184
Notable: The Dragons went 6-4 last season.
Frost: Harris Rating 156
Notable: The Polar Bears made the playoffs after going 6-6.
Harris line: Chico by 28