“We’re looking to see if Isaiah can do some things; go athlete-on-athlete and see if he can kind of contain him, see if we can force some of these other kids to beat us,” he said. “I don’t have the kids for a zone and (Bartell will) eat us up in any kind of zone we run. The big difference between Hill School and Azle is that Azle’s got some other kids that are going to be able to haul in passes and respond. It’s going to be a tough battle. Azle’s going to score 60 points on us. I’m counting on us matching up and running the ball... I’m hoping to win 62-60.”
It’s a long shot, but it may just happen. This CCS team is developing a pedigree. They are undefeated in road games this season and have already pulled one shocking upset on the road against Saint Jo in late September. After all, stranger things have happened in the world of sports. Horton’s goal is clear.
“My goal in this game is to make it a dogfight,” he said. “These guys want to beat Azle. This is one of those teams that is not only talented at every position, but those kids are smart and they work hard. We have to go do what we need to do on offense, make plays and not give them stuff. If we do that, we’ll make it a dogfight and I really feel like if we make it a dogfight, if we go in there and bang heads with them for four quarters, we’ve got as good a chance as anybody to surprise them. They’re expecting to run over us. If we play our best game, we’ve got a chance.”
Win or lose, CCS has the opportunity to make a statement in this game. And in Horton’s words, that would put everybody else on notice that the second place team in TCAF District 3 doesn’t necessarily reside outside Mineral Wells.