Teams that start out 0-2 don’t often then complete 15 of 16 passes and win game three 49-0.
Of course, St. Thomas More isn’t exactly your everyday 0-2 program, not having suffered a losing season in 27 years.
The problem is that the Cougars aren’t going to be facing your everyday 2-1 team in Evangel Christian when the Eagles invade Cougar Stadium for tonight’s 7 p.m. contest.
“We definitely did some good things last week,” STM coach Jim Hightower said. “Like we’ve said all along, we’re a work in progress. But I’ve been real pleased with the approach of the kids and how they’ve prepared.”
While STM was posting 49 points last week behind Brandon Bergeron’s near-flawless passing effort, Evangel was losing 48-47 at 5A powerhouse Barbe.
“Evangel is just so explosive,” Hightower said. “They can score points in a hurry. They showed that last week against Barbe.
“Three years ago when we played them, they had a tremendous defense. They’re not that defense now, but they’ve still got good athletes. They’ve taken some chances and some teams have gotten some big plays against them.”
The biggest issue for the Cougars tonight figures to be stopping Evangel.
That challenge starts with quarterback Dakota Duron, who already has 1,026 yards and 12 TDs.
“He’s mobile,” Hightower said. “He’s a good athlete. He throws the ball very well and all of his guys can catch it.”
Quite often in matchups such as this, coaches tend to lean on the running game and trying to control the clock to keep the opposing offense off the field.
“We’re not really set up that way,” Hightower said. “We might be able to do a little of that with the short passing game, but we’re going to do what we do. We’re not going to change anything for the most part.”