Paschal has been susceptible to passing and rushing attacks, so Weatherford should be able to deploy many of its skill players. The Roo psyche could truly benefit from a blowout win over the Panthers.
It would be more than just a ‘moral victory’ for Weatherford fans to see backup QB Bryce Burks enter a game late for starter Grant Werts in a mop-up role after the offense has had a productive night. But any win would be a major boost for the team, coaches and fans, regardless of the winning score.
Aledo vs. FW Western Hills
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bearcat Stadium
Type: District 7-4A contest
Last year: Aledo 56, Wyatt 0
Western Hills Cougars (1-4, 0-2)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 2-5 in District 7-4A
Last week: Lost to Granbury, 49-30
Players to watch: RB Raekwon Neal (5-10, 180, 4.5);; QB A.J. Daniels (6-2, 185, 4.7); FS/WR Jacoby Powell (5-9, 170, 4.5).
Aledo Bearcats (4-0, 1-0)
Last season: 10-2 overall, 7-0 in District 7-4A ,
Class 4A, DI area finalist.
Last week: Beat FW Wyatt, 84-7
Players to watch: LB Jordan Mittie (6-2, 210, 4.8), OT Cory Stitle (6-2, 265, 5.0), QB Luke Bishop (5-10, 170, 4.7), ATH Ryan Newsome (5-8, 168, 4.5), FB Daythan Davis (6-2. 218, 4.7).
Game notes: Friday’s contest at Bearcat Stadium pits a struggling 0-6 team against a good — a very good 6-0 squad. Even a 10,000-foot view of the impending match does not bode well for the Cougars.
While Western Hills has above-average speed at running back and wide receiver positions, and a good-sized quarterback, the offense has yet to develop into a consistently capable unit. The 30 points it scored against Granbury last week is by far the most productive game the Cougar offense has put together, albeit with two touchdowns coming late in the contest.
Less than 225 yards in total offense per game is hardly daunting by today’s spread-offense standards, and Hills’ attack is further challenged because 70 percent of its yardage is ground-based, offering more-than-needed predictability. RB Raekwon Neal is the workhorse for the Cougs, while Alazai Goodlow has been a pleasant surprise addition to the running game, averaging more than 12 yards per carry.