STORY BY: KEITH KANE
Last week, Bryan Head Coach Ross Rogers said a win for the Vikings would go a long way towards raising spirits in the locker room and getting the players to buy into the Rogers football system. But, Rogers says on a personal note that it felt really good as a coach to get that first program win. And, Rogers says, a win this week at Belton would be huge and vault the Vikings’ program a month ahead of schedule.
However, a win on the road at former district foe Belton will be a tall order since the Tigers have one of the top tight ends in the nation as part of their offense. Durham Smythe, at 6 feet 6 inches and 230 pounds, provides an anchor for the large offensive line of Belton for their power running offense. The Tigers will also try to throw the long ball, but Rogers points out their quarterback has already been tagged with a couple of interceptions this year.
Defensively, Belton will line up in a four-man front, even though the will try to give a five-man front look before dropping a player off at the snap. The Tigers will also try to run some zone blitzes and will occasionally bring their outstanding cornerback, the 6 feet 2 inches 190 pounds Kyle Battle, on a corner blitz.
Belton came from behind last week to beat Round Rock Stoney Point 15 to 14. Rogers compares the Tigers to Waco Midway, but says the Midway team is probably the better of the two.
The Vikings are coming off of their first win of the season, a 19 to 7 win over Magnolia on the road.
The game will be broadcast Friday night beginning with the pre-game show at 7 pm on KZNE, The Zone.