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Rogers-Schulenburg matchup draws attention of teams in region

By MIKE FORMAN
Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.


Schulenburg will be the center of attention Friday for Class 2A, Division II teams in Region IV.

The Shorthorns will be hosting Rogers in a critical District 14-2A game.

Schulenburg (3-0) and Jarrell (3-0) are tied for the district lead, with Rogers (2-0), which had a bye last week, a half-game back.

Rogers comes into the game with a 6-0 record and is ranked No. 11 in the state poll.

Schulenburg has won five straight games since losing its season opener to College Station.

"What we've done is played better defense as the year has progressed," said Schulenburg coach Tommy Bludau. "The key to getting to the playoffs and winning in the playoffs is still defense, even in this world of spread offenses."

Bludau knows how difficult it is to contain Rogers' slot-T offense. The Eagles captured a 76-69 win over the Shorthorns in overtime last season.

"That offense won't let you make a lot of adjustments because they come to the line so quickly," Bludau said. "It's very important to stick to your fundamentals, do your job, read your keys and not to get caught looking into the backfield."

Rogers went to the regional playoffs last season and dropped a 76-35 decision to Refugio, while Schulenburg missed the playoffs.

"The key against Rogers," Bludau said, "is to force them to punt."

Back to business

Goliad had an open date last week, and much of its attention was focused on Diago Gonzalez, a junior varsity player, who was seriously hurt in a game.

The Tigers have turned their focus to Friday's District 15-2A, Division I game at Jourdanton.

Jourdanton (3-0) leads the district by a half-game over Goliad (2-0) and Marion (2-0).

The Indians have won six straight games since losing their season opener to Falls City.

Goliad's biggest challenge will be contending with Jourdanton's size.

On the road again

Bloomington has yet to play a game this season at Bobcat Stadium, which is undergoing renovations.

The Bobcats were supposed to be the home team for Friday's District 15-2A, Division II game against Nixon-Smiley.

Instead, they will travel to Nixon to play the Mustangs. Bloomington will wear its home green uniforms.

Bloomington led Dilley 7-6 at halftime last week. But the Bobcats lost two running backs to injury and dropped a 48-19 decision.

Bloomington has road games against Stockdale and Cotulla before it hopes to close the regular season with a true home game against Natalia.

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