The Peaster Greyhounds’ journey toward joining a UIL district is off to a solid start after a 27-2 win over 2018 TAPPS Division III champion Trinity Christian Academy last week.

A week two road game versus the Arlington Newman International Academy Warriors now stands as Peaster’s next challenge, one which the team is eager for, Greyhounds’ Head Coach Matt Chapman said.

“TCA is a physical team coming off their state championship from last year, and being able to take care of business against them was big for us,” Chapman said.

Newman International, which is coming off a 16-15 loss to Kennedale Fellowship Academy, possesses a dynamic quarterback which the Greyhounds’ defense will need to prioritize shutting down, Chapman said.

“Their quarterback is a very good athlete who has a lot of speed,” Chapman said.

“They like to do a lot of different things with him. That would be the number one goal, to shut him down. That’s what we’ve focused on this week.”

Offensively, Peaster got solid week one performances at a number of positions, something that will allow the unit to attack any defense Newman shows the team, Chapman said.

“We’re gonna always take what the defense gives us,” Chapman said.

“[Running back] Tramar Gilbert had a big game for us last week, and we expect some things out of him. He’s a freshman, so it’s nice to see him stepping up his game. We expect [quarterback] Zane O’Donnell to always make plays. He did on the ground and in the air last week. Logan Gilbert at our tight end spot scored a couple touchdowns and is always a threat in the air. 

“We have a receiving core we can get the ball to anytime with Carver Rodenburg and Jackson Rudd. We’ll look to get the ball to those guys as well.”

Peaster (1-0) plays in an outlaw schedule, with plans to join a UIL district for the 2020 season.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday on the road.

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