Site: Porcupine Stadium
Last year: Springtown 43, Trimble Tech 0
FW Trimble Tech Bulldogs (1-1)
Last season: 1-9 overall, 0-7 in District 7-4A
Last week: Beat Dallas White, 29-27.
Players to watch: QB Austin Davis (5-11, 185, 4.8), FS Carsen Medlin (5-10, 160, 4.6); OL Dakota Williams (6-0, 260, 5.2), RB/LB Daylon Tarkington, RB Reggie Powell.
Springtown Porcupines (0-2)
Last season: 6-5 overall, 4-1 in District 6-3A
Class 3A, Div. II, bi-district finalist.
Last week: Lost to Decatur, 35-28.
Players to watch: LB Kolyn Waldrop (6-1, 225, 4.7), WR Ryan Hester (6-0, 190, 4.8), DB Collin Rector (5-7, 160, 4.7), RB Ryan Snow (6-1, 170, 4.6), WR Dillon Springfield (6-1, 160, 4.4), QB Landry Turner (5-10, 165), WR Dylan Ray (5-11, 160, 4.8).
Game notes: Fort Worth Trimble Tech eked out another win last week over the only team to contribute to its win column last season. With just seven total starters returning for 2013, the Bulldogs will be hard-pressed to significantly change its fortunes, but hope to spoil Springtown’s home opener on Friday.
One of Tech’s best bets for an ambush of the Porcupines would likely be senior Daylon Tarkington, a 2-way player (running back/linebacker) who should lead the team’s categories for the season in rushing yards and tackles if his endurance holds up.
The Bulldogs are probably a couple of years from making noise at the district level, but are determined to change the culture of the program now by grabbing some ‘sleeper’ wins. After the way Tech was mistreated by Pojo last year, slipping up on Springtown, and in their own yard, would be a nice confidence boost going into a bye week.
Speaking of confidence boosts, the Porcupine defense is still looking for complete-game effectiveness after digging another early hole against an opponent last week by ceding four touchdowns to Decatur in the opening half. Pojo’s second-half performance was much stronger, but gave up a 4th-quarter TD that proved to be the difference in the game.