Friday night’s game against Lake Dallas will be uncharted territory for Braswell coach Cody Moore and the Bengals.
In its third year as a program, Braswell is in position to do something it’s never done — make the playoffs. All the Bengals must do is win their final two games.
“I’ve learned to be patient,” Moore said. “I think we all had a certain expectation going into Year 3, and every program is different. Everybody is on a different timetable. I think we pressed a little bit too early. I’ve let go of that. I think our kids have let go of those things. I feel like we’re focused on ourselves and trying to work to get better. If we do that, it’s showed that good things will happen.”
First, Braswell must defeat talented Lake Dallas (5-3, 3-3 district) on the road. Moore said a majority of the challenge lies in containing the Falcons’ dual-threat quarterback, senior Ryan Depperschmidt.
Depperschmidt is closing in on 2,000 yards passing for the year, as he sits at 131-of-208 with 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is the team’s leading rusher with seven touchdowns and 534 yards on 117 attempts.
“He can do so much,” Moore said. “He kind of makes the whole deal go. More than him, they do a lot. They’re in a ton of formations and ton of schemes. They do a good job of emphasizing their strengths and get the ball where it needs to be. They get it in the hands of the people it needs to be.”
The Bengals are coming off a 45-10 win over Princeton in what was undoubtedly Braswell’s best performance of 2018. Over 400 yards of total offense, multiple rushers with touchdowns and a near 70 percent completion percentage from quarterback Greyson Thompson were a few of the highlights.
Not to mention the defense, which held the Panthers to 2.2 yards per rush and 75 yards. Moore said a similar effort is needed Friday. The Falcons have lost just one game at home.
It is a new situation for the Bengals, but the approach remains the same.
“They’re a different team at home,” Moore said. “It’s a meaningful game and situation for our program, but we are approaching this week just like any other week. We need to play well on the road. This is a meaningful game in November, which has never happened around here.
“Interestingly enough, we are normally preparing for offseason around here at this point.”