The Millsap faithful will see a very new look on both sides of the ball in 2013, perhaps a good thing — another change to help erase the final vestiges of a disappointing 2012. But for more reasons than just change, head coach Kyle Coker believes the Split-T offense is suited to the Bulldogs' skill sets and is counting on the players to embrace the ball control and ball security scheme. Junior QB Bradley Bottoms will be under center for the 'Dogs, who look to be deep and talented at running back, a handy requisite in the run-heavy offense.
The fresh-faced kids who were hurled into the varsity mix last season have a little tougher exterior and interior, and are the most determined to reverse fortunes.
Millsap will also introduce a new defense, designed to deal with the spread offenses, the scheme du jour for most teams in District 6. Prolific offensive changes are usually a step ahead of the defense as a matter of course in the game of football, but the Millsap staff is hoping to narrow the gap with its 4-2-5 setup.
Brock vs. Dallas Gateway
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Eagle Field (Brock Jr. High)
Type: Season opener.
Last year’s result: N/A
Dallas Gateway Gators (0-0)
Last season: 4-6 overall, 2-3 in District 6-1A, DI
Last week: N/A
Players to watch: Athlete Michael Jimmerson (6-1), OL Avery Harris (6-0), OL/DL Javan Toney (6-1), LB Kelvin Williams (5-8), LB Mark Garcia (5-7), DL DeAndre Porter (6-2).
Brock Eagles (0-0)
Last season: 2-0 varsity record
Last week: N/A
Players to watch: QBs Joseph Earl, Seth Boleman, RBs Leddy French, Matthew McCartney, Kolbin Mills, O-line Jake Earl, Cooper Gore, Tyler Collier, D-line Hunter Pittman, Billy Tedford, Titus Gossett.
Game notes: The recovery process for a Class 1A school who bids farewell to a large group of seniors is never easy, but that is the prospect facing Dallas Gateway in 2013. ATH Jimmerson will be the prime focus (and likely, Brock target) for the Gator offense, in hopes he can carry the load proficiently. Gateway will also bring a young defense into play, with the risk of some fatigue factor for talent being deployed on both sides of the ball, although not uncommon at the smaller schools.