After A&M Consolidated lost its season opener last Friday 17-9 to Klein Oak, the Tigers reported in Saturday with an attitude of wanting to correct mistakes, get better, put the loss behind them and make amends this Friday night on their first road trip – a 7 o’clock engagement at Cypress Woods.
A duplication of their 38-24 win over Cy Woods a year ago would suit Coach David Raffield and the Tigers, looking to evening their record.
While the defense stayed on the field way too long at Tigerland in the loss to Klein Oak, that unit made two terrific stands twice inside the five, or the loss could have been a bit uglier.
Consol, once it has mastered the wide open offensive style of new head coach Raffield, could begin to tack up considerably more points to go with a tough defense. That offense has excellent on-field leadership from senior quarterback Jacob Bronowski, who hit 20 of 36 passes for 164 yards against Klein Oak. Bronowski will take Raffield’s passing show on the road with some glue-fingered receivers, including Justin Benden, five aerials for 32 yards; Xavier Jones, half a dozen receptions for 43 and Quinton White, stopped for just 12 yards by the Klein defense, but who caught seven passes for 47 yards. Benden has those “good hands,” having been a QB for three prior seasons, but converting to wide receiver for the 2011 campaign.
Bronowski and Co. operate behind a huge, quick line, while the defense is not small by any standards. The latter group is spearheaded by junior end Jimmie Gilbert, was credited with seven tackles against Klein, while senior linebackers Marshall Strain and David Levias, and secondary safeties Josue Ordonez and Brett Mahnke both turned in strong performances. Strain and cornerback K.J. Dukes both were credited with instrumental stops on the two defensive stands inside the 5-yard line.
Simply stated, Coach Raffield was pleased with the hustle and work ethic of his club in the opener, but is seeking better offensive execution for game No. 2 this week at Cy-Woods.