Atascocita prepares for South Houston
Bryton Thompson admits that it feels a weird having a game on Thursday night.
The senior defensive lineman and the Atascocita Eagles have adjusted accordingly.
“It’s been a little different, changing things around,” said Thompson, a four-year starter. “We’re used to playing on Friday and so when things are different it feels funny. But practice has been great this week and we are ready for our game.”
Atascocita will look to stay undefeated in District 22-6A play as the Eagles take on South Houston at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles are coming off a 77-0 win over Sam Rayburn during homecoming last week.
Atascocita head coach Craig Stump has seen this Eagles team improve each week of the season.
“I think we’re getting better as a young team,” Stump said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors this year, and we have sophomores and juniors out there. With every game the underclassmen are going to get better. Every game is a new experience for them and they’re only going to get better.”
The Eagles’ defense will face a South Houston team coming off a 19-0 loss to Kingwood last week, which was their first loss of the season.
The Trojans (4-1, 2-1) are averaging 427.8 yards per game and scoring 37.2 points per game.
“We treat and play everybody the same way,” Thompson said. “We go out and play our game. We just have to focus on the little things and fly to the football. We have to focus on what we do and make sure that we do our assignment on defense.”
South Houston is led by dual-threat senior quarterback Torrence Stevens, who has thrown for 823 yards and nine touchdowns. Stevens has also rushed 510 yards with five touchdowns.
The Atascocita defense has allowed its opponents to score 13 points a game through four games this season. Also, the defense has forced nine turnovers.
“They’re an athletic team with a quarterback that can make some plays,” Stump said. “We know that they’re going to make some plays, but we have to limit those. We have to make sure that we do our job on defense and play the whole game and not just one quarter or a half.”
Junior quarterback Brice Matthews and the Eagles offense are averaging 37 points per game and averaging 394 yards of total offense.
“We just have to stay with our game plan,” said the first-year starter Matthews. “We have looked crisp in practice this week. We just have to come out ready and play hard the whole game.”
Matthews leads the district in passing going 60 of 106 for 843 yards while throwing seven touchdowns and one interception.
Junior wide receiver Dylan Robinson has 19 receptions for 401 yards with five touchdowns for the Eagles.
“We have the ability to make some big plays,” Stump said. “We have to be more constant and focus on the routine plays. Once we get the routine plays down we will be able to make big plays. We have the athletes to make plays, but we just have to do it consistently.”
Stump has seen the Eagles’ offense develop in each game in district and will need to play their best game against the Trojans, who have held their opponents to 18 points a game this season.
“We’re getting better offensively and getting comfortable with what we’re doing,” Stump said. “Our wide receivers are getting comfortable too. Our quarterback is doing a good job taking care of the football. Our offensive lineman is coming around and we’re running the ball better. We always focus on how we play. We have to show up mentally ready to go and be locked in to play to get a win.”