Through the first two weeks of the 2019 season, the Springtown Porcupines (2-0) have racked up a combined 752 yards of offense while forcing nine turnovers.
Springtown will now look to continue its early-season surge against 2018 Class 4A, D-II regional finalist Glen Rose (0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road.
Last year’s non-district matchup between the Porcupines and Tigers proved a tight affair, with the former ultimately outlasting the latter, 49-43.
Despite Glen Rose’s 0-2 start to the new season, Springtown Head Coach Brian Hulett said his team cannot overlook the Tigers.
“Glen Rose’s coaches do a great job over there,” Hulett said.
“You cannot look at the 0-2 record and think those guys aren’t good. They played (Class 3A, D-I) defending state champion Grandview and a top-five team in Waco Connally, and on top of that, Glen Rose has been pretty banged up.
“Their quarterback and tight end didn’t play last week, they had a linebacker out last week, so you can’t look at that record and think they’re not gonna be ready, at home.
“It was close last year, they’re a good team.”
Glen Rose’s quarterback, Austin Worthen, proved a dynamic two-way player last season, putting up 390 receiving yards and five TDs in addition to recording 88 tackles and four interceptions.
Worthen also has the benefit of tight end Davis Shackelford, who put up 1,053 receiving yards and 16 TDs a season ago.
With that in mind, the Porcupines’ defense will need to make sure it is consistently lined up correctly and effectively make use of the unit’s depth to help minimize the above-mentioned Tigers’ offensive pair, Hulett said.
“Number one is gonna be winning pre-snap,” Hulett said.
“After that it’s just playing football. We’re gonna stay as close to our base as we can, like the last couple of weeks which is getting as many people to the ball as we can, playing lots of players and keeping everybody fresh.”
At the same time, Springtown’s defensive unit matches up well against Glen Rose on paper, especially considering the latter has been held under 20 points (14 in week one, 17 in week two) in both games this season.
Conversely, while the Porcupines’ own offense did most of its damage versus Glen Rose on the ground last year (429 rushing yards), Springtown must be able to adapt mid-game Friday if the approach does not work, Hulett said.
“Every game we want to go in prepared to be 50-50 run pass, and that may turn into 80-20 run or 80-20 pass,” Hulett said.
“If we’re not running the ball well, we’re gonna turn to the pass like the Arlington Heights game. We were struggling with the run game because we had some injuries and linemen getting moved around. So we ended up passing the ball more, at least more effectively as opposed to last week, when the run game worked and we stayed with it.”