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September 20, 2012

Bulldogs, Tigers playing for bragging rights tonight

NEW WAVERLY — Despite suffering their first loss of the season last week against Hearne, the New Waerly Bulldogs are confident they’ll bounce back in tonight’s matchup with rival Trinity.

Both teams are 2-1 coming in, but with the Tigers having a lot of what they had last season — a team that went just 3-7 in 2011 — New Waverly’s players may have an advantage because the Bulldogs have experienced some past success.  

“Basically, we have to maintain our game plan and just hold them really,” senior linebacker Glen Hogle said. “If we lock down, and if we play our game against their game, we’re a better team and we’ll win.”

Trinity has its share of athletes with noseguard Jordan Ross, running back Tarlus Davis and linebacker Blake Briscoe leading the way for the Tigers.

The Dogs’ defense will have its hands full with Trinity’s athleticism, but the Tigers aren’t expected to be as good as Hearne was last week. The Bulldogs feel like they beat themselves more than anything against Hearne.

Hogle said after the game, and again at practice Thursday, that some of the younger players were intimidated by Hearne’s size since that is something they have not grown accustomed to seeing being new to the varsity squad.

“We’re not the biggest team so we’re going to have size against us. What we have to learn is to just go play,” Hogle said. “Stop being scared, stop being intimidated by a team and just go play against them. It’s about the heart, not about how big you are.”

New Waverly is going to be without a couple key players against Trinity.

Cornerback and part-time running back Chaz Jackson went down with a high ankle sprain against Woodville and is expected to miss at least another two weeks. Quarterback Cameron Estes will be sidelined tonight after suffering a knee injury against Hearne. Linebacker Brock Saxton will also miss today’s game.

Some players are going to have to play longer, while others are going to have to step in teammates’ absences.

With Estes out, Clayton Swor will likely play every snap at quarterback. Swor has had good and bad moments this season, but he and wide receiver Josh Durisseau showed they could pose threats in the passing game.

Senior running backs John McCowan and LeAntra Humphrey will still be the primary ball carriers.

Defensive back Ty Huff bruised his sternum against Hearne and had to be taken to a hospital before the game was over. New Waverly head coach M.K. Hamilton said Huff is expected play tonight.

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