You can say that both George Ranch and Clear Lake come into Thursday night’s game at Katy’s Legacy Stadium in the same situation.
Both teams are coming off losses to powerhouse programs. Both teams use the running game to establish offensive identity. And both need a win in this game to gain some momentum for the rest of the season.
George Ranch held its own against a very tough Dickinson squad in the first half last Friday, but the offense failed to keep up with the Gators and the Longhorns suffered a sobering 51-14 loss. The offense did get a couple of big plays for touchdowns, with quarterback Sam Miller finding receiver Javon Gipson for an 80-yard touchdown reception, and then connecting with Hymond Drinkard for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Miller threw for 124 yards, but the Longhorn rushing attack was inconsistent.‘ That’s what head coach Nick Cavallo hopes can be improved on against the Falcons.
“We’ve been working on paying attention to detail and finishing plays,” he said. “For the first two-and-a-half quarters, we were in the game, going toe-to-toe with them, and (Dickinson) was able to keep going and we couldn’t keep up that pace.
“We’re working on putting all four quarters together so that we don’t have that dropoff.”
Clear Lake comes into the game looking for a better offensive showing after Manvel held the Falcons to only 34 total rushing yards on 32 carries. Starting running back Nick Straughter had only four yards on 20 carries against the Mavericks.
Quarterback Donovan Sweeney also struggled, completing only seven of 15 passes for 68 yards. Sophomore Tyler Durst didn’t fare much better, going 4-of-15 for 86 yards and two interceptions.
Obviously Cavallo is hoping his defense can keep the Falcons frustrated and lead George Ranch to its first win of the season.
“(Clear Lake) is a well-coached team,” he said. “They have a couple of running backs that do a great job and an O-line that does a good job of creating some holes.
“It will be a well-fought game and it will come down to taking care of the football on offense and creating turnovers on defense.”