Saginaw coach Mike Peters hopes that this year could just be the year that his Rough Riders (4-2, 4-0 in District 6-4A) break a seven-year losing streak to Birdville (5-2, 3-2).
Not only would the victory be huge it would help the Rough Riders avoid Denton Guyer in the first round of the post season.
We trying not to focus on what weve done in the past or looking ahead of anyone, Peters said. "Birdville is such a talented, tradition-rich program that would be a huge lift to our kids if we were to beat a team we arent supposed to beat.
In order to do that, Peters says his team will have to do a better job of protecting the ball and scoring when they have the chance. Offensively we have to do a better job of securing the ball as the past couple games weve turned it over way too much, Peters said. That has put the defense back against the wall and theyve done a great job a bailing us out. Were going to have to be able to move the ball against them and score when we have the chance and not waste our opportunities.
Saginaw which dropped its first two games to The Colony (27-7) and Carrollton Creekview (50-19) has scored 182 points its past four games. Quarterback John Polston has thrown for 417 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 246 yards.
He isnt alone offensively as Jaylen King has rushed 54 times for 528 yards and nine scores. Maleek Tarver has added 295 yards and three scores, while Austin Wright has been the teams top receiver with 21 catches for 432 yards and five scores.
Right now Im just so proud of the kids and overcoming the adversity we have faced, Peters said. Against Eastern Hills we turned the ball over five or six times, but we found a way to win. Chisholm Trail did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do, but they adjusted and found a way to get the job done.
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