George Ranch knows it should be in a better position than where it is right now, but as the Longhorns enter District 23-6A play, there’s only one direction to go, and that’s forward.

The Longhorns hope to break through for their first win of the season as they open district play against Brazoswood on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Traylor Stadium. It’s also homecoming night for George Ranch students and alumni.

Both teams enter the game winless on the season, but Longhorn head coach Nick Cavallo is not about making this game a must-win.

“We have just got to get better every time we step on the field,” he said. “We faced three really good opponents, two of them ranked in the state. But we just have to keep focusing on improvement and things we need to fix.”

George Ranch relies on its running game to move the ball, and it has been successful. The Longhorns, as a team, average 4.1 yards per carry. Sophomore Hymond Drinkard leads the team with 178 yards on 38 carries, while junior K.J. White has 120 yards on 19 carries.

While the offense has shown some signs of success, the defense has also had up-and-down periods, but mostly down. The Longhorns have allowed 672 rushing yards, averaging 224 yards per game.

That will have to be fixed against a Buccaneer offense that averages 171.3 rushing yards per game. The Bucs also have fumbled the ball 13 times, with seven of them recovered by their opponents.

Brazoswood’s main offensive weapon is junior quarterback C.J. Toy, who has rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Senior running back Armando Cabriales has run for 140 yards, while junior receiver Damian Leal has caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

The Buccaneer defense has been active, getting seven sacks, five hurries, one interception and four fumble recoveries. But they have also allowed 694 rushing yards, or 231.3 yards per game.

“We have to be able to move the football and defensively, we got to dominate up front in the trenches and stop the run,” Cavallo said. “We also got to make plays on third down and get off the field.”

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