The Mansfield football team looked impressive in its playoff opener next week against Colleyville Heritage last week, and the Tigers now have their sights set on a rematch from Week 1.
The Tigers will take on Flower Mound Marcus at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletics Complex, and coach Jeff Hulme said that his team has made a lot of progress since the first week.
“You’ve always got to be improving,” Hulme said. “We’ve spent a lot of time watching film of the first game and thinking about the things we can do different. We think we have a good game plan in place and now all the kids have to do is execute ... I expect it to be a physical game. They are the biggest team we’ve played and they believe in what they are doing.”
Mansfield defeated Colleyville Heritage 45-22, and Hulme said that he felt his team performed well in all three phases.
“It went pretty much how I thought it would go in the first half,” Hulme said. “They are a very explosive team offensively, and we knew that. I knew it was going to be back and forth. We did give up a couple of big plays that I wasn’t real happy with, but I think defensively, we made the right adjustments and held them to three points in the second half.
“Offensively, I don’t think they could really stop us. I think we stopped ourselves a couple of times, so we were always able to keep the pressure on them offensively, which is a good thing.”
Kennedy Brooks rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the game, and Hulme said it was a phenomenal effort from his running back and the big men up front.
“It was one of those games that he had to work hard and the offensive line had to really get after it,” Hulme said. “He had over 200 yards and two touchdowns and we won. Both of those groups, the linemen and our running backs, have done a good job of getting better.”
Hulme said that he believes his team is close to where it needs to be in terms of firing on all cylinders as the post season moves forward, but added he still does not believe Mansfield has realized it’s full potential just yet.
“I feel like we are a different team in that we’ve improved so much,” Hulme said. “I think we went into that game a little overconfident. We were missing a couple of key players, and I think going into the Marcus game this time, we’ve got the right kind of confidence.”
▪ Summit also advanced beyond bi-district, defeating Dallas Kimball 35-7 last Thursday. Summit scored field goals in the first and second quarters, then had two touchdowns in the third and fourth to pull away. Summit meets Longview in the area round, to be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday at DeSoto.