Change of luck?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dallas County Hornets have best chance at win so far this season

By George L. Jones

The Selma Times-Journal

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The good news for Dallas County is it will be catching Brookwood during a down point in the Panthers’ season.

The bad news is the Hornets are equally as woeful.

There’s no telling when Brookwood will break out of its slump, and there’s just as much speculation as to when DCHS will pick things up.

That should make for an interesting game this Friday.

“They’re struggling just like we are,” said DCHS coach Trey Baggett. “There’s a lot of similarities in the way our seasons are going. These are two evenly matched football teams.

“This is just a ball game we need to win.”

The Hornets (0-2, 0-1 5A Region 3) own all three wins in both teams’ combined records since the start of last season.

The Panthers (0-2, 0-1) have been outscored 86-21 in their two losses this season.

If DCHS is going to turn things around, this region game is a good place to start.

The Hornets have not fared much better in terms of putting notches in the win column, but there is slight improvement each week.

And they hope the continual tinkering with the offense will pay off eventually.

“We’ve continued to put in more of our gun package and more of our split-back veer package trying to find things that our kids can execute,” Baggett said. “I was pleased with the way we threw last week. We’re going to throw the ball around more. I felt we played a better game against Wilcox-Central than we did against Chelsea.

“If we keep getting better every week, we should be all right.”

Brookwood is the exact opposite of what DCHS faced last week. The Panthers will spread the field from the shotgun formation and mix in a little bit of running with a very capable tailback.

Plus, the Hornets’ coach of two years ago, Ricky Bush, will make his return to Plantersville as coach of the Panthers.

Advantage or disadvantage?

“Hopefully, this will give the kids a little bit of extra incentive,” Baggett said.