Bridge City snapped its losing streak and won a thrilling district game last week. The Cardinals (3-3, 1-1) hung on to beat the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks by one point stopping a two-point conversion attempt late in the contest.
Coach Cody McGuire reflected on the importance of the Cardinals’ first victory in district this season. It was a great win the coach announced ending the Bridge City losing streak and getting some much needed momentum for the Cardinals with four district games remaining.
The Cardinals played hard and continued giving great effort to the end. McGuire expressed, “We needed a win after three straight losses, we needed that, and I was just proud of the kids for fighting and not giving up and making that play on the goal line to end the game.”
The Cardinals face a very good Silsbee team this week. McGuire looked at the weapons the Tigers use on offense starting with wide receiver Dre’lon Miller. McGuire described Miller as incredible with his athleticism.
Quarterback Mason Brisbane will throw the ball to Miller and other fast Tiger receivers like Ashton Cartwright and Geremiah Jackson. Marquis Dodd is the leading ground gainer for Silsbee with 719 yards averaging 6.1 yards a carry.
The offensive line is big and fast as well. “They’re just a real solid team,” McGuire evaluated.
The Silsbee Tigers have many of the same star personnel on defense that they use on offense. Coach McGuire identified Miller as a top college recruit despite being only a sophomore who the Tigers do rely on heavily for their defense.
The Tigers play the 3-4 on defense. Jarmarion Elam is another athlete who must be neutralized on the Silsbee defense if Bridge City hopes to move the football. McGuire reported, “You watch film and you’re like man these guys they’re really solid they do a great job, their coaching staff does a great job, so it’s going to be a tough game.”
The Cardinals and the Tigers both have one district win entering Friday’s game. McGuire believes Bridge City needs to duplicate the effort the Cardinals gave against Hardin-Jefferson to pull off a second straight win.
The coach credits the Cardinals with being tough kids that are playing hard. Avoiding mistakes like turnovers and executing the defense properly are the keys for Bridge City to have a shot against the Tigers.
McGuire analyzed the importance of this game for Bridge City and earning a second win in district. “We’ve got a little momentum by getting a win, anytime you can get a win it helps with practice, it helps with attitudes, and roll that momentum into the next game. This would be a huge win for the Cardinals, we’re looking forward to the opportunity, we’re looking forward to the challenge, and we’re going to get after it,” McGuire concluded.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-
Aug. 27 – at Buna 27-14
Sept. 3 – Tarkington 48-0
Sept. 10 – Huffman 2-38
Sept. 17 – at Anahuac 0-33
Sept. 24 – OPEN
Oct. 1 – at H-Fannett 21-56
Oct. 8 – H-Jefferson 21-20
Oct. 15 – at Silsbee
Oct. 22 – Orangefield
Oct. 29 – at Liberty
Nov. 5 – West Orange-Stark