It takes time for a team to learn to win. But for George Ranch, the clock is ticking.
The Longhorns have one more chance to get into the win column before entering District 23-6A play. And it is against another 0-2 team in Clear Springs on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster.
“We wish we were 2-0 and not 0-2, but we feel like we have shown improvement each week,” George Ranch head coach Nick Cavallo said.
“We look at the film and we see what we’re trying to do, and we’re seeing improvement. So that’s a good thing, but it’s hard when you don’t have that positive final result.”
George Ranch has had success in its offense so far, gaining 351 rushing yards and four touchdowns in two games. Sophomore Hymond Drinkard leads the team with 170 yards on 27 carries, followed by K.J. Wright with 93 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.
But the Longhorns may need more from their passing game to get their offense really going. Quarterback Sam Miller has thrown for only 197 yards in two games, with two touchdowns and an interception.
Clear Springs has lost two games mostly because it could not contain the running game. The Chargers gave up 272 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 44-28 loss to Converse Judson, and then allowed 260 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-7 loss to Klein Collins on Saturday.
Offensively, Clear Springs relies on a balanced attack, led by senior quarterback Garrett Rooker, who is 22-of-42 for 398 yards and two touchdowns this season. Two of his receivers, senior Isaiah Bibb and junior Kaleb Hymes, have combined for 14 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Josh White leads the Charger rushing attack with 124 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.
“(Clear Springs) may be deceiving because they have played Judson and Klein Collins, while we have played Dickinson and Clear Lake, and all four of them are playoff teams,” Cavallo said. “But we’re going to focus on us, that’s running the football and make it a physical game offensively and defensively.”