Bring on the Friday night lights.
With high school football season beginning this week it is time to look at a few story lines involving our area grid teams.
This is the time of the year when teams are healthy and hopes are high, and it is a time where fans look ahead on their teams’ respective schedules in search of when “the big game” will be played.
The Index covers sevens football-playing schools including Mineral Wells, Community Christian School, Santo, Millsap, Perrin, Gordon and Strawn. And fans of the Rams, Warriors, Wildcats, Bulldogs, Pirates, Longhorns and Greyhounds have probably circled one or two games on the schedule that is a “must see” contest.
Of course, each team has strengths and weaknesses, and coaches use the pre-district season to determine both – to fix the problems before district and to find out what works best for their respective teams.
For the Rams, in the early games it will be interesting to see last year’s leading tackler, junior Josh Hardee, playing full time at running back. While this is a bold move it is also a move that plays to the Rams’ strengths.
The Rams have more depth at linebacker and less at running back, and since Hardee showed flashes of brilliance last year in limited snaps at running back by averaging more than 10 yards a carry and scoring four touchdowns, it will interesting to see how Hardee will do by getting most of the carries.
If Hardee is successful, that puts less pressure on junior quarterback Caleb Acosta, who will be starting his 11th varsity game as signal caller when the Rams host Graham on Friday.
If teams are forced to key on Hardee, that will leave the speedy and dangerous Rams receivers in single coverage, and I feel Acosta can pic defenses apart in those situations.