Things just continue to get rougher for the Fulshear football team this season.
The Chargers had trouble defending the run against a very good Sealy team last week, allowing 298 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 41-7 loss.
That’s not good news as they prepare to head to Ricebird Stadium at El Campo on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to face a Ricebird squad that has the best rushing attack in District 13-4A DI.
Despite the rough start to the season and the injury bug hitting the team, Fulshear is still working hard and keeping positive.
“We’re all doing the best that we can,” head coach Oschor Flemming said. “They’re still showing up and playing hard, and they’re all doing their best.”
Fulshear’s offense has struggled while running the ball, averaging only 119.6 yards per game. But the passing offense has done well as junior quarterback Jackson Edge has thrown for 675 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior receiver Zach Coady is Edge’s favorite receiver, catching 19 passes for 224 yards. Jonathan Davidson (11 catches, 207 yards, one touchdown) and Payton Heckard (11-120) are also good targets for Edge.
El Campo comes into the game still smarting from a 47-27 loss to Needville. The Ricebirds couldn’t keep up with the Blue Jays’ big offensive show.
Two young running backs lead the charge for El Campo. Sophomore Johntre Davis leads the district with 891 yards on 84 carries and has 13 touchdowns, while junior Charles Shorter has 406 yards on 47 carries and six scores.
The Ricebirds average 321 rushing yards per game, so the Fulshear defense will have its hands full trying to slow down the El Campo charge.
“Our inside linebackers have to step up,” Flemming said. “Our guys are going to have to get (to the runner) and make the tackle.”
Meanwhile, the Charger offense will try to attack a Ricebird defense that gives up 240.8 yards per game. But El Campo did give up 252 rushing yards against Needville last week.