After an 0-10 season a year ago, Roscoe head coach Jonathan Haseloff would like nothing more than for his Plowboys to win today’s 7:30 p.m. season opener against De Leon to begin the Sammy Baugh Classic.
A victory at Mustang Bowl over the Bearcats, who were 3-7 a year ago, would go a long way toward getting the program back on track to reaching the heights it has normally enjoyed.
And playing against Haw-ley’s Wing-T offense, which is similar to De Leon’s, in last week’s final scrimmage will help Roscoe know what to prepare for today.
Haseloff said the Bearcats will run a lot of traps, sweeps and misdirection plays and stopping it will be key. “We’ve just got to get our confidence back,” he said. “If we go out and play good we’ve got a chance. We just can’t get too high or low. We’ve got to keep (our emotions) on an even keel.”
The team has had a good week of practice and is ready to play, Haseloff said, after facing what he called “two pretty good opponents” in Haskell and Hawley and seeing improvement.
Roscoe is moving from the Wishbone to more of a spread offense, and Hasel-off said the Plowboys have been spending a lot of time throwing and catching and working on their receiving routes to get comfortable with it. The team has had to deal with some injuries in the preseason that forced a few changes, but everyone is still pushing forward.
“We’re still going to do what we’ve been doing, and we’re ready to go play,” Haseloff said.
Roscoe will get to see two of its future 2012 opponents in action here Saturday, as Irion County and Roby are scheduled to play each other at 11 a.m.
The Plowboys travel to Irion County next week, but they won’t take on Roby — a longtime rival who is once again in Roscoe’s district — until the final game of the season on Nov. 9.