The Brock Eagles routed the Brownwood Lions, 41-10 in week one of last year, serving as a preview of things to come for a blue and gold squad which went on to win 13 games.
Many players on that dominant Eagles’ team have since graduated, while the Lions return 10 starters from 2018.
However, Brock Head Coach Chad Worrell said the work ethic his next group up has displayed throughout the offseason as well as the team’s first two scrimmages has him confident heading into the season opener.
“I love where we’re at as a team,” Worrell said.
“We’re always gonna be somewhat the same, we’re always gonna be a running football team and play aggressive defense, that’s nothing new. But I like this group, they’re hungry. They’ve had two good scrimmages. We scrimmaged a really good Midlothian Heritage team last week and so those guys have seen some talent. I like where this group’s at, they’re working hard. They’ve got their mind focused on Brownwood and doing everything they can to get better.”
Last season versus the Lions, the Eagles’ offense put up six touchdowns to go along with 360 total yards, while the latter’s defense earned five sacks.
Despite a number of new faces on both sides of the ball, Worrell said he feels confident in his guys’ ability to make plays.
“We’re kind of the same offense, we’ve plugged in some different faces and names, but those kids have made plays for us the last two weeks,” Worrell said.
“We’re gonna be able to do some different things and I think we’ll have kids step up and ready to take that role on.
“We’ve got guys who are quick and aggressive up there on the defensive side, so we feel like we can get pressure on Brownwood’s quarterback. Containing him is also important after we get the pressure, making sure we don’t open up rushing lanes. Seeing the screens and quick passes those guys are gonna do to offset the pass rush.”
At the same time, Worrell stressed that Brownwood is no pushover, adding that the team is likely eager to reverse course from last season’s finish versus the Eagles.
“I think those guys have a bad taste in their mouth, they didn’t like the way it turned out on [regional] TV in front of their home crowd,” Worrell said.
“Stephenville and Brownwood is a big rivalry, but I think the Brock game has been in the back of their minds since last year. I’m sure those guys are gonna know what to expect a little bit more when they play us this year.
“It’s gonna be a battle. A win against Brownwood to start this year off would be major.”
Brock hosts Brownwood at 7:30 p.m. Friday.