Despite the loss, head coach Brad Turner acknowledges the value of his still-progressing O-line to keep the offense high-flying.
“For a team that averages 500 yards a game you have to have an offensive line that run blocks and pass protects well,” Turner said. “They have done a good job so far, but we are constantly working to improve up front.”
Graham hosted Springtown last year after a dominating 4-0 start to their season, but just slipped past Pojo by a 4-point margin. Having repeated the feat in 2013, the Steers have to come to Porcupine Stadium this time around, and face the prospect of an even higher-scoring affair than last season’s shootout.
Graham has virtually all of its skill players back and have been terribly solid in their non-district slate. If Springtown can hold its head and get the offense rolling early, the outcome may very well depend on who blinks first.
Millsap vs. Rio Vista
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Type: Homecoming; District 6-2A, Div II opener.
Last year’s result: Rio Vista 31, Millsap 7
Rio Vista Eagles (1-2)
Last season: 4-6 overall, 3-4 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Idle
Players to watch: TE/LB Chase Hailey (6-0, 190, 4.6); QB/FS Nick Russell (5-10, 190, 4.7); OL/DL Evan Roper; OL/DL Jacob Waits.
Millsap Bulldogs (1-2)
Last season: 0-10 overall, 0-7 in District 6-2A, Div. II
Last week: Idle.
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: Bulldog land has shed the long-suffering goose egg in the left-most column of its record, and has set about the business this week of leaving the celebrations behind them without losing touch with the feeling of the victory. Millsap is also preparing to host Rio Vista in hopes of making them part of the splendor of Homecoming Night.