Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 29, 2013

Area schools all in grid action during ‘zero’ week


Mineral Wells Index

— By TONY EIERDAM

For those high school football coaches wishing to have an “open” date later on their football schedules, scheduling a game during “zero week” is a necessity.

All six area schools – Community Christian School, Santo, Perrin, Millsap, Gordon and Strawn will open their respective 2013 football seasons this weekend.

Four of the six high school football teams covered by the Index will play on Friday. CCS will face Johnson County Homeschool at 7 p.m. at Miller Stadium; Millsap will host Alvord at 7:30 p.m.; Santo will travel to Ranger with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff; and Perrin is on the road at Meridian, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

As is their usual custom, state-ranked six man schools Gordon and Strawn are invited to play on “Super Saturday” (Saturday, Aug. 31) in Hico. The annual “Super Saturday” event in Hico is in its 10th consecutive year and is always played during “zero week.”

This year the event will feature four games played in a row beginning with the Longhorns facing Dallas Covenant at 11 a.m. Strawn will play at 3 p.m. against Ira.

Other “Super Saturday” games include Abbott against Valley at 1 p.m. and concludes with Jonesboro against Walnut Springs at 5 p.m.

Santo head coach Randy Thornton lost many seniors from last year, but he will have six games to evaluate his talent before district begins on Oct. 11.

“Our job as a coaching staff is to get this new group of players ready by district,” Thornton said. “But we are in good shape because this group had a productive August and is a very hungry group of players.

“They have been waiting for a long time for this opportunity.”

Millsap head coach Kyle Coker cannot wait to unveil his new offense, the slot T, mainly a running offense. For the past two seasons the Bulldogs have run our of a spread offense.

“We feel this offense bests suites our personnel,” Coker said. “Our philosophy on offense is to keep the ball and wear down our opponent.”

At Perrin, a team that missed the playoffs by one game – an overtime loss– coach Brad Hutton and the Pirates cannot wait to begin the season, despite starting the 2013 campaign with a new quarterback, Chase Akin.

Although Hutton has several new starters, he is particularly excited about his offensive line.

“We have some big guys, and we are faster as a whole offensively,” he said. “I expect our offensive line to carry our offense.”