The last two weeks Coach Randy Crouch said he has seen an improvement in the attitude of the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears. The coach is happy for the players and the coaches as the Bears achieved their first win of the season against the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks.
A bye week has LC-M getting ready for the start of district with a more positive mental approach and the hope to build on the recent victory according to Crouch. “There’s a lot of new challenges that begin this week as we start the district play,” Crouch reminded.
The district schedule opens with cross-county rival Bridge City, a game that will be broadcast on KOGT. Coach Crouch pointed out the Cardinals run the same offense as Hardin-Jefferson did two weeks ago. They do a good job running the football out of their Slot-T Offense. Crouch admitted, “You have to play good sound defense against them so that will be a real challenge.”
The fullback Andy Lara has experience and is outstanding Crouch informs. The offensive line for Bridge City is good at opening holes for Lara and the other backs including Rylan Ply. Quarterback Cace Skinner does a good job directing the offense for the Cardinals.
Crouch examined the Bridge City defense which has shown improvement each week this season. The Cardinals line up in a 50 Defense which has been patterned somewhat after that used by West Orange-Stark.
The defensive line is led by Adam Snyder at defensive end. At linebacker is returning starters Jackson Tims and Logan Hamm. Ethan Morgan is a leader in the secondary for Bridge City.
The coach is emphasizing the Bears on offense knowing their assignments, staying with their blocks, and hopefully minimize mistakes. “As you get into district play I think everything gets revved up a little bit better and higher because everybody’s zero and zero,” Crouch advised.
Crouch sees all the teams in the district as being very competitive. He predicts it will come down to the last week of the season before the order of finish and which schools advance to the playoffs is determined.
This is just the first game of district so it will not determine a playoff berth. As Coach Crouch stated it is always important to start the race with a good first step. He believes both teams will be ready to go when the game kicks off on Friday night. “We’ve got to cut our mistakes down, we’ve got to know our assignments, we have execute what we’re being taught, play fundamental good football, you’ve to have a good kicking game, it’s all the things you’ve been building for as you start the district play,” Crouch concluded.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-