Millsap at Life Oak Cliff
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Lion’s Den
4400 So. R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas
Type: District 6-2A-Div II contest
Last year’s result: Life Oak Cliff 49, Millsap 0
Life Oak Cliff Lions (1-6, 1-3)
Last season: 1-9 overall, 1-6 in District 6-2A. Div. II
Last week: Beat Rio Vista, 31-22
Players to watch: LB/RB Brandon Jackson (5-11, 185); WR Justin Holden (6-1, 185); QB Chris Fellows; RB Hector Alfredo (5-10, 170).
Millsap Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Lost to Tolar, 48-7
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: Since putting up three touchdowns per contest in its two wins earlier in the season, the Millsap offense has swooned a bit over the past three outings. Against Rice, the Bulldogs were held to 107 rushing yards, its lowest output of the year. Though the passing game produced very modest numbers, there was still improvement, with QB Nick Lucia connecting six times while distributing tosses to Timothy Newberry, Jaxon Martin and WR/DB Aaron Peninger.
Despite its sketchy success through the air, Life Oak Cliff persists in throwing the ball 20 times per game, even though its interceptions outnumber the TD count. Sophomore QB Chris Fellows had a big turnaround last week though, throwing for three scores and no picks against Rio Vista. But given its history, the Millsap DBs could pick up a couple of game changers in what figures to be a battle to get back into the middle of the district mix.
Every snap from the Millsap offense offers a step closer to familiarity with the new scheme and potential effectivity of the system. With three games left in district play, the Bulldogs hope they can win the race before the end of the slate.