The Brock Eagles (1-1) did well putting a week one loss to Brownwood behind them Friday night, defeating the Iowa Park Hawks, 21-7 on the road.
Brock beat Iowa Park, 24-7 in 2018.
Eagles’ Head Coach Chad Worrell said his players were locked in throughout the week leading up to the Iowa Park game, adding that their strong efforts in practice paid off.
“The kids put in a lot of hard work, and you want to see that pay off on the field and scoreboard,” Worrell said.
“We’ve got a tough stretch still left ahead of us, and every win we can get is huge.”
After getting shut out in week one, Brock’s offense found its rhythm Friday, scoring a touchdown in each the first, third and fourth quarters while finishing just shy of 300 yards rushing (299 total).
Coupled with a reduction in turnovers, Worrell said his team’s offense showed notable improvement from week one.
“We continued to pick people up, block people well and run the football,” Worrell said.
“We cut down a lot of our mistakes. We definitely weren’t mistake free, a couple of miscues probably kept us from putting more points on the board, but we cut down on a lot of our mistakes from week one.
“I think a lot of it was just getting a game under their belts. And then [ball security] was a focal point of practice as well, so I think all of that combined made for a little bit smoother game in week two. Hopefully we can continue that trend.”
Defensively, the Eagles held the Hawks to only 2-of-9 on third down and 0-of-3 on fourth down while limiting the latter to 12 first downs (compared to 18 by Brock).
Worrell said the season’s first two games have given his young team, with many first-year varsity players, great experience which will help prepare them for district play and beyond.
“We’ve played two quality opponents and have got a third one this week to start the season,” Worrell said.
“Every snap they take in those situations are building them up, preparing them for district. That’s what it’s about right now, getting those guys seasoned and getting that experience under their belts.”
Brock hosts the Argyle Liberty Christian Warriors in a non-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
District play for the Eagles kicks off Sept. 27, when the team plays the Pilot Point Bearcats on the road.