Purcell’s Dragons will host the Lexington Bulldogs for the 2019 homecoming fracas Friday night at 7 at Conger Field.
The Bulldogs are off to a slow start losing in the first week to powerful Anadarko, 28-7, and falling to Dibble on the road last week, 20-12.
In their one-back offense, Lexington has a mountain of a man playing quarterback.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott said Colton Penner reminds you of a Ben Roethlisberger.
“He’s 6’4” and 250 pounds and is hard to sack because he’s such a big, strong kid,” Scott said. “Plus, he moves around the pocket pretty well.
“We’ll have to get pressure on him and know where his favorite target Jaylen Cottrell is on the field at all times.
“Cottrell is a really good receiver,” Scott continued. “And he’s 6’3” and 180 pounds.”
The homecoming coronation is at 6:30 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. for the two long-time rivals, playing for the Battle of the Bridge.
Purcell fell to 1-1 taking a 38-8 loss on the chin at Washington last Friday night at Reed Field.
Washington built a 17-0 lead at halftime and eventually led 24-0 before Purcell got on the scoreboard.
The third quarter hitch and pitch trick play worked to perfection.
Dragon signal caller Kody Kroth hit Mojo Browning in the right flat with Addison Love trailing the play.
Browning flipped the pigskin to Love who ran untouched into the east end zone. Kroth found Mason Titus alone in the end zone for the successful two point conversion.
But that was the last visit to pay dirt for the Dragons against the stiff Warrior defenders.
Scott had nothing but praise for the Warriors.
“They’re a good football team and they are well coached,” Scott said of the Brad Beller coached Warriors.
Senior Brendan Farris led the Dragon defense registering 14 tackles against Washington.
“Brendan played really well,” the coach continued. “He had four solo tackles.”
Senior Reuben Leveridge had a good game on defense making nine tackles before leaving the game with an injury.
Junior Sam Wofford made eight tackles against the Warriors while junior Gavin Constant finished the evening with six stops.
Junior Gage Askew matched Constant with six tackles and Malachi Parrish made four tackles in the defensive line before leaving the game with an injury.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Gage Askew as the Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Askew graded out at 85 percent against Washington last Friday night.
Scott nominated Brendan Farris as the Defensive Player of the Week. Farris made 14 tackles against Washington including four unassisted stops.
Getting the nod as the Defensive Lineman of the Week was Malachi Parrish, who made four tackles.
“Sometimes it’s more than tackles,” Scott said. “Parrish did his job. He had to be double teamed all night.
There was no nomination for Offensive Player of the Week.