Game of the Week: Brazosport Exporters VS. El Campo Ricebirds

EL CAMPO, Texas — The Game of the Week for week 8 of high school football in the Crossroads area is between the #3 team in the state, the El Campo Ricebirds, and the Brazosport Exporters. The Ricebirds are coming off a 35-7 win over district opponent Stafford Spartans last week for their first district win of the year. The Exporters are also 1-0 in the district. Head coach for the Ricebirds, Chad Worrell says it was important it was to get off to a 1-0 start in the district.

Obviously it’s important to start 1-0, It is going to be a battle every week, said Worrell. Coming off the bye week you are always concerned about how you are going to play after the week off and we came out and played well last week, so its really important to get that good start.

Coach Worrell went on to say the team is implementing more offensive and defensive schemes this week and being more fundamental from week to week. This week the team has been preparing for the Exporters scrambling quarterback and running back by working on tackling and pursuit drills. El Campo running back Rueben Owens says it felt good to get the first win of the district over the Spartans last week since he thinks Stafford is the second-best team in the district.

I feel like we practice different, we wake up early in the morning six in the morning, said Owens. We have good team chemistry, we have Monday dinners every Monday. I feel like that chemisty helps us all get together.

Also in the backfield, is running back Johntre Davis who recently committed to Central Arkansas. Davis says committing has pushed him to play better.

It’s important, because thats all we prepare for. The games in the beginning of the season matter, but they really didnt matter, it only matters when district comes.

It is a good sign when you have a one-two punch in the backfield like the Ricebirds have in Owens and Davis. A reminder that this is Worrell’s first year in El Campo, Owens is a junior in high school and their only loss this year is to a class 5A team back in week 2. The Ricebirds will play the Exporters Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in El Campo.