By CLINT FOSTER
Fresh off their first win of the season, the Community Christian School Warriors (1-2) return home for another tough non-district game against the North Central Texas Academy Pioneers (0-2) at 7 p.m. tonight in historic Miller Stadium.
Last year, CCS found itself on the short end of a 56-30 defeat at the hands of the Pioneers – formerly known as Happy Hill – in Granbury. But this time around, the Warriors are riding the momentum of a close win over Ovilla Christian and will look to get their first home victory against another team that head coach Bryan Horton called “really good from top to bottom.”
Horton pointed to NCTA’s speed as a mismatch for the Warriors going into tonight’s game, but he said he has high hopes.
“It’s a game we can win,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to improve what we’re working on... We can’t continue to make mistakes on the offensive side of the ball because they’re going to work our defense pretty hard. It’s going to be a dogfight. They’re going to be hungry for a win.”
The Pioneers will be coming off a bye week, so just like Ovilla last Saturday, Horton said NCTA will have had plenty of time to focus solely on beating CCS. NCTA’s disappointing 0-2 start makes this all the more troubling for the boys in purple.
But Horton’s optimism primarily stems from the Pioneers’ turnover issues he has seen in the film room.
“The biggest thing for us is taking advantage of when they make mistakes,” he said. “They put the ball on the ground a little too much in their first two games.
“I never really hope that somebody doesn’t play well, but maybe there’s a little part of me that hopes they do us a few favors, we certainly will take them.”