SAN ANGELO, TX — “We didn’t play very good on offense, especially,” Davis said to start his weekly press conference. “Three turnovers, one pick six. We didn’t run the ball extremely well. Didn’t play good up front… We didn’t cover very well.”
Last Friday’s outcome against Richland was disappointing, and Davis knows it. Despite the missed pass interference call, which we will get to in a second, Central had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but they just did not play well enough, according to Davis.
“[We] just kind of had a perfect storm. We didn’t play very good on offense, and we still put 27 points up. We weren’t clicking on all cylinders by any means. Our defense went out and we played good up front. Front four, inside backers played pretty good. Our backend, once again, didn’t.”
The passing defense has been the biggest problem for the Bobcats this season, and Davis tried to explain the struggles that they have had so far (2:30). “We’re young and not quite as athletic and fast as some of the guys we have to go cover,” he said.
“That showed a little bit against Weatherford, showed a little bit Friday night, and showed a little bit against Shoemaker earlier this year. Our kids are doing the best they can. They’re playing hard. They’re being coachable. They’re doing all the things we ask them to do. Sometimes we just run into a little bit better athlete and that shows.”
In wrapping up the Richland game, Davis described the Rebel’s final scoring drive in the final minutes of the game (0:50) and the crucial Malachi Brown interception that followed (2:00). “You don’t want to be there. You don’t want it to be that close. It shouldn’t have been that close. We gave them one touchdown and had too many turnovers. When you have three turnovers in any game in this district, you’re going to have a hard time winning it.”
After the Richland talk, Davis was asked about the parody within the district and how his team can navigate the jumbled mess that it is (3:15). “It’s [playoff chances] hard to even figure out, right now… You can’t really do much of anything, except just keep playing hard and control what you can control.”
He also talked about Abilene beating Haltom after Haltom beat Trinity (4:10).
As for this week’s matchup with LD Bell, Davis mentioned that they do not have the same explosive athletes as some of the other teams they have faced, but that they are compact and run the ball extremely well (7:55).
At the 6:30 mark, Davis went into depth about last year’s 10-2 game and what they can expect this year. Specifically on defense, Davis noted how many different looks they give opposing quarterbacks and the versatility in their scheme. Offensively, the scheme they run is rare to find and poses a challenge simply because it is unfamiliar.
“Offensively, they’re a flexbone team, and that’s another animal that we don’t see very much. We haven’t seen it this year. In our old district, we played it quite a bit with Permian and Tascosa, but we haven’t seen it in a while. That’s another factor in the game that we’re going to have to be prepared to handle.”
The Bobcats are 4-4 and will play 3-4 Bell Friday, October 25 in their final home game of the season.
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