Saginaw Boswell football ready for prolific Rider offense

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Saginaw Boswell has won seven of its past eight games with the only blemish being to District 6-4A champion Fort Worth Dunbar.

But on Friday night, the Pioneers (7-3) might face arguably their toughest game of the season against Wichita Falls Rider (8-2) a preseason top 10 team in the state. The two will square off in Wichita Falls at Memorial Stadium on Friday night after they couldn’t find a neutral site that was open between the two and then flipped home and home. “It’s honestly going to come down to our kids driving two hours and playing in their back yard and showing up,” Boswell coach John Abendschan said. “We’re the underdogs and have got nothing to lose. It’s an awesome opportunity for our kids. We want to play great teams and the last time I check you have to beat teams like Rider and Aledo to win state.” Boswell knows it will have to control the ball behind running back Antoine Stevenson 774 yards rushing and 13 scores and quarterback Drew Bicknell who has rushed for 533 and passed for 1,281. Rider will counter with one of its best pass catch combinations in recent history in quarterback Chase London who has thrown for 28 touchdowns and Davon Allison who has hauled in 14 of them. Both of those are Rider records. “They went to the state semifinals a year ago and graduated a bunch of lineman, but there isn’t much of a drop off though,” Abendschan said. The game also means a little more to Abendschan as he goes up against Rider head coach Jim Garfield, who was the team’s defensive coordinator the last time the two schools met in the first round of the playoffs. “He [Garfield] was the offensive line coach when I played at Eastern New Mexico before I moved, “Abendschan said. “We really didn’t want to flip home and home because the kids are disappointed when they make the playoffs and then don’t get to play somewhere different. We’ve got a lot to prove though to people. We beat Birdville, but yet were still ranked behind them. The one thing were playing for is the gold football they give away at the end.”

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