Fulshear has been searching for that one big moment that could turn the Chargers from a team still learning its identity to a team learning to win.
The Chargers will try again to get some momentum heading into district play as they face Sweeny on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
“We have been working on fundamentals and executing our gameplan,” Fulshear head coach Oschlor Flemming said. “We have to execute and do things that we’re supposed to do.”
The Fulshear passing offense did get in gear despite last week’s 28-21 loss to Montgomery Lake Creek. Quarterback Jackson Edge threw for 208 yards and a touchdown. But the rushing attack was stymied to only 1.7 yards per carry.
Junior Tosin Ogunlana had a 23-yard run, moving him to 133 rushing yards on the season. Senior T.J. Fields has 177 yards on 24 carries this season, good for 7.4 yards per carry and a touchdown.
The Chargers need better production from its running game, but the other problem is their defense. Fulshear has given up 727 rushing yards in three games, or 242.3 rushing yards per game. Against Lake Creek, the Chargers allowed 254 yards and couldn’t get a big defensive stop when they needed one.
Sweeny comes into the game with two losses, but those losses came against local powers in Brazosport and Columbia. The Bulldogs did get an overtime win over Spring Grand Oaks to open the season.
The Bulldogs shared the same problem that Fulshear had against Columbia last week: They couldn’t run the ball and couldn’t stop the run.
Sweeny allowed the Roughnecks to run for 307 yards, while only rushing for 105 yards. Running back Xavier Woods leads the Bulldogs with 257 yards this season, but was held to only 22 yards on 11 carries against Columbia. Senior running back Trey Fields has ran for 143 yards in three games, but only got 41 against the Roughnecks.
Senior quarterback Trey Robbins is 23-for-51 for 357 yards this season with one touchdown and one interception. Caden Wilhelm leads the Bulldogs with five catches for 76 yards this season, while sophomore Collin Coker has four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Senior defensive tackle Trayvon Brooks leads the team with 23 tackles.
“Sweeny is still a hard-nosed team that plays Bulldog football,,” Flemming said. “Those kids have a lot of pride, and we have to play a physical kind of game to win.”