Springtown's throw-first, run when the defense softens approach should bear fruit for an offense led by sophomore Landry Turner, who was the beneficiary of a few starts last season when Moore went down. The Porcupines 7-on-7 team was proficient enough for another state appearance this summer, building confidence and some intuitive execution among the skills players. The receiver corps is touted to be among the most talented group in the past decade.
Accomplished prowess from the Springtown O-line will be the decisive boost for the Pojo offense to light up the scoreboard.
To help increase the margin of victory, the Porcupines defense will need to rise to levels above past seasons. Head coach Brad Turner set priority in that area for the 2013 season and, non-district aside, will be Springtown's best chance to snatch a district championship from perennial title-bearing Kennedale.
Millsap vs. Alvord
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bulldog Stadium (Millsap)
Type: Season opener, non-district.
Last year’s result: Alvord 62, Millsap 7
Alvord Bulldogs (0-0)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 2-3 in District 5-2A, DII
Last week: N/A
Players to watch: RB Joe Randall (5-10, 180, 4.6), LB Keelan Nivens (5-9, 195, 4.6), OL Colby Windham (6-3, 285, 5.5), WR Jonathan Musgrave (5-9, 155, 4.6), QB Cassidy Patterson (6-1, 175, 4.9).
Millsap Bulldogs (0-0)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: N/A
Players to watch: LB Timothy Newberry (6-1,195, 4.8) RB/LB Dylan Burton, OL/DL Tre Newby, OL/DL Mitchell Coker, RB/DB Coleman Hutchison, WR/DB Kaden King, OL Clint Holloway.
Game notes: Alvord returns few starters from last year's squad, tasking its relatively young group with maturing early to compete in Division II's District 5-2A. While there are talented leaders at the core of the offensive and defensive units, Alvord will still be forced to field some inexperience on both sides of the ball. Facing a burgeoning amount of competition in its own district, Alvord will be apt to get as many early victories as possible, as Millsap was its only non-district win last season.