LITTLE CYPRESS — “I think the kids will bounce back, practices have been good this week,” LC-M head coach Randy Crouch said. “I thought they played really hard up in Livingston. Offensively, we moved the ball well. Defensively, we had some troubles making stops on third down. Most of all, we’re looking for some consistency. Some nights the offense plays well and sometimes the defense does well. If we can get that consistency on the same night, we’re a pretty good football team.”
The Bears played two common opponents with PN-G, falling 18-0 to West Orange-Stark and 40-37 to Silsbee. Though they haven’t had much success offensively, the Bears are pleased with the development of junior quarterback Caleb Harley, who is the district’s third leading passer with 498 yards and four TDs.
“Offensively, we’ve moved the ball pretty well the last three games,” Crouch said. “You can see that Harley is gaining more confidence each week. We’ve been able to create some big games with our passing and running game with (Alex) Sezer.”
For the Indians, all eyes will be on quarterback A.J. Smith, who rallied his team to a 34-25 victory over Lumberton last week. Smith was forced back into his spot as the starting QB when sophomore Ky Walker broke his thumb on the third play of the game.
Smith is focused this week on LC-M, though, and thinks his team has come together from some of the adversity it has dealt with this season.
“Every year, (LC-M) is going to play hard,” Smith said. “They’re that team that everyone doubts, and that team always goes out there and plays hard to prove people wrong. We have to go out there and play like every game is Mid-County Madness. We’ve never been down at any point in this season. We’ve always kept our heads up and keep that motor running. We want to go 2-0 and get another win this week.“