The Millsap Bulldogs narrowly missed a week one win versus the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2018, falling 26-25 in a heartbreaker which saw the former holding a 25-19 lead with two minutes in regulation.
Since then, Millsap has placed a major focus on situational football, especially in the late-game, Head Coach Jake Johnson said.
Couple that with 25 combined returning starters for the teams, and another tightly-contested game is certainly a possibility, Millsap’s head coach added.
“I predict another great game,” Johnson said.
“Hamilton is a good team and well coached. It will be a good test for us. We have placed a major focus on finishing strong under adversity. We have made some changes to our practice format that we feel will help us perform at the most critical times.”
One area the (Millsap) Bulldogs excelled in their week one contest last year was in the ground game.
Millsap put up four rushing scores against Hamilton, something the former will look to do again Friday, Johnson said.
“A strong ground game is always a point of emphasis,” Johnson said.
“As an offense, if you can efficiently move the ball on the ground, it greatly reduces the opportunities for mistakes.”
All in all, Johnson said his players are eager for Friday’s matchup, citing their work ethic throughout the team’s scrimmages and summer workouts.
“Our guys will be ready to go,” Johnson said.
“I saw a lot of good energy in our Benbrook scrimmage last week. We are putting in hard work and scheduling time for forced recovery and regeneration.
“We want to compete with passion Friday.”
Millsap hosts Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.