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Brock running back Toby Morrison (10) pushes the pile.

The Brock Eagles (3-1) host the Pilot Point Bearcats (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday to open district play.

Brock rebounded from a shutout loss to Argyle Liberty Christian two weeks ago to defeat Breckenridge 20-9 last Friday.

Beating Breckenridge, one of three teams to defeat the Eagles in 2017, was big for the Eagles mentally, Head Football Coach Chad Worrell said.

Now, Brock will look to build momentum against a well-rounded Pilot Point squad that has averaged 28 points per game while holding opponents to nine points per game.

Defensively, the Eagles’ primary focus against the Bearcats will be shutting down the latter’s dual-threat quarterback.

“Their quarterback, Jacob Pitts is the best athlete we’ve probably [faced] all year,” Worrell said.

“Everything is built around him, running and throwing the ball. He’s got over 500 yards passing and 300 yards rushing, so he’s got over 800 yards in four games. He’s very dangerous. They’ve got other skill kids that can beat us as well, but it all starts and stops with No. 4.”

At the same time, Brock’s defense has gotten off to a strong start in 2018, allowing 12 points per game.

In addition, the Eagles’ defensive unit has excelled at forcing turnovers.

During last week’s home game against Breckenridge alone, Brock racked up four sacks and nine tackles for a loss.

The matchup between Pitts and the Eagles’ stout front seven should prove to be an exciting battle.

Conversely, while Pilot Point has had success shutting down opposing offenses this season, it has not yet faced an Eagles’ ground game which has averaged more than 150 rushing yards per contest.

Brock’s offensive unit will likely need another big performance from its runners with starting quarterback Tripp Jones still out with a collarbone injury.

The key on offense Friday will be execution, Worrell said.

“We just have to continue to get better at what we do, staying on our blocks a little bit longer,” Worrell said.

“We went over there last year and they played our tails off. It was 13-0 at halftime, and we ended up beating them 27-8, but it was a hard fought, physical game.”

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