Purcell’s Dragons will be trying to right the ship Friday when they travel to Lexington for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Bulldogs of Lexington.
Both teams are 1-1 with Lexington coming off a 44-8 victory over Dibble. Purcell has been practicing this week picking up the pieces from a 31-0 loss to Washington.
Lexington is led by senior quarterback Toby Prevost and senior running back Andre Ibarra, according to Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott.
“They have good size and play well in the line,” Scott said.
“They operate mainly with a one back set with trips,” Scott continued. “But they have moved to a three back set at times.”
When the Dragons have the ball Lexington will most likely be in a four man front on defense on running downs but will move to a three man front if they get you in long yardage situations.
“We will have to execute on offense and play well on defense,” Scott said. “We played pretty well on defense last week. We just need to work on our technique and our reads and continue to improve.”
Against Washington, Purcell had difficulty moving the ball.
The Dragons found themselves on defense for what seemed like most of the night.
“We just couldn’t get off the field on third down,” Scott said. “We didn’t give up a lot of big plays. We made them earn everything they got. They are a talented team with good team speed. They’ve got good skill kids.
“But I’m proud of our kids for not giving up,” Scott said. “That’s a big plus to take away from the game.”
Scott noted the play of junior Brendan Farris on defense.
“He played well as did Malachi Parrish,” Scott said.
Farris led the Dragons with 15 tackles while Parrish finished with six stops.
Seniors Gunner Fink and Jalyn Shea both drew praise from the head coach for their play on the defensive side of the ball.
Fink finished with 13 tackles and Shea made eight tackles.
When Addison Love left the game with a lacerated ear, sophomore Sam Wofford stepped in and played well, the coach said.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Brendan Farris as the Defensive Player of the Week.
Farris had 15 tackles against Washington.
Scott nominated Victor Trejo as the Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Trejo graded out at 75 percent against the Warriors.
Getting the nod as the Defensive Lineman of the Week was Malachi Parrish.
Parrish made six tackles last Friday night.
There was no nomination for Offensive Player of the Week.