Last Friday night was tough for the Bridge City Cardinals. They lost the game to Huffman and lost the services of a couple of their starters.
Coach Cody McGuire evaluated his first loss with Bridge City as coming down primarily to the five turnovers committed by the Cardinals. It is always difficult to overcome giveaways, but McGuire points out it is especially hard against a perennial playoff team like the Huffman Falcons.
One Cardinal was cited by the coach for his effort in the loss. Mason Pruitt got after it on defense for Bridge City with 16 tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss, and a safety. The Cardinals did play hard even to the end of the game.
The injury list included quarterback Ethan Oceguera with a hamstring injury in the third quarter and end JT Fielder hurt his knee. McGuire added, “Fielder is getting an MRI so we don’t know the actual depths of his injury yet.”
Bridge City will try to bounce back this week against Anahuac. McGuire analyzed the Panthers’ old school Wing-T on offense. They are led by Landon Corbitt who is the go to guy for the Panthers at quarterback, but will lineup as a running back as well.
Anahuac has some big guys in the offensive line to open holes for Corbitt and running back Christian Sanchez. The Panthers most dangerous receiver is Zyon Clark who has started for them since he was a freshman.
The Panthers do have skilled players that can make the big play. “They’re two and one, so they’ll present a challenge for us,” McGuire admitted.
Coach McGuire indicated that many of the same Panthers that stand out on offense are also key players on their defense. Corbitt and Clark especially are key starters for Anahuac’s defense which uses the 3-3 Stack.
The Panthers run to the ball well and they play hard. The coach thinks it will be a good test for Bridge City on offense.
McGuire is hopeful to have quarterback Ethan Oceguera back to lead the Cardinals’ offense. McGuire stated, “We’re preparing that he will play, but we’ll see how he progresses through the week and try to right the ship this week.”
The Cardinals will need to rebound on the road against Anahuac, and McGuire believes they will put their last game behind them and be ready for the Panthers. He said the great thing about playing a game the week after a loss you have to have a short memory, just like during the game when bad things happen you’ve got to be ready for the next play.
Other areas in addition to avoiding turnovers Bridge City will need to address this week against Anahuac is recognizing defenses and picking up blitzes better. “Our kids are working hard, and they will do better,” McGuire concluded.