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The Weatherford Kangaroos recover one of two mishandled kick returns by Granbury last Friday. Weatherford plays the North Crowley Panthers in a non-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium.

The Weatherford Kangaroos (1-0) enter a week two bout with the North Crowley Panthers on the heels of an 81-40 win over Granbury eight days ago.

North Crowley on the other hand is coming off a 24-2 loss to the Colony, a game in which the Panthers’ only score came on a second quarter safety. 

While Weatherford’s win highlighted a number of positives in the team’s play as well as serving as a great morale boost, Weatherford Head Coach Billy Mathis stressed the Kangaroos have done well not getting caught up in last week’s display of offensive firepower.

“The conversation always is, we plan to score on every drive,” Mathis said.

“But in reality, games like [last week’s] don’t happen very often. But we expect to go out there and execute just as well as we did last Friday. 

“With that being said, we talked to the kids about being humble and staying hungry. Winning one football game doesn’t mean anything. So we’ve gotta put that in the past and focus on North Crowley.”

Much of that focus will revolve around shutting down the Panthers’ two-QB system on offense, Mathis said.

“They run a two-quarterback system, both quarterbacks run and throw the ball well,” Mathis said.

“Their O-line is big, they’re receivers are big and fast. They’re gonna be a handful.”

Weatherford’s head coach said his team’s defensive players did well lining up correctly and negating a solid Granbury game plan last week, something the unit can build on Friday.

“We did a good job of getting lined up right,” Mathis said.

“We missed some tackles, Granbury’s offense had a good scheme and played well. A few of the tackles we missed led to first downs. If we can get lined up and finish every play with a tackle or pass breakup, we’ll get North Crowley off the field and give the ball back to our offense.”

Weatherford’s offense made the most of its opportunities last week, racking up 628 yards of offense and 12 touchdowns.

Of that total, 290 yards came through the air, setting up a solid matchup against the Panthers’ secondary, Mathis said.

“Their defensive line is big and athletic, the linebackers are good, but their safeties are probably their two best players on defense, just because of how fast they are and how physical they play,” Mathis said.

“They can drop back and cover half of the field or come up and pressure on runs. They give a lot of people problems.”

With that, the Kangaroos are eager to go out and prove the team’s win in the season opener was only the beginning, Mathis said.

“The kids have seen some proof in the pudding of all the hard work they’ve put in over the offseason and through the summer paying off,” Mathis said.

“They’re excited.”

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium.

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