Rams hit the road and seek first conference win
Following last week’s 38-33 loss to Camden Fairview, Lakeside is looking to bounce back on his first “real” road trip of the season as the Rams travel to Magnolia to face the Panthers, coach said -Chief Jared McBride.
The Rams (1-3, 0-1 5A-South) appeared to have things in hand against the Cardinals a week ago before Camden Fairview scored three straight touchdowns – two in the second quarter and one early in the third – for overturn the game.
“I think they’ll be ready to play,” McBride said of his team’s preparation for tonight’s game. “Our kids are tough, and they’re going to work everyday like us and get ready for the next opponent. And we’ve had a good week of training, and I think they will be, they’ll be ready to play.”
The Rams had a four-game home stint slated to start the season after their short road trip to Lake Hamilton, so this is the first time the team will actually be on the road this season.
“This is the first real road trip for us, so there are all kinds of things you need to do to prepare for it,” said McBride. “But yeah, I think the kids will be ready and excited to hit the road and play a good Magnolia team.”
The Panthers (1-4, 1-0) struggled early in the season, losing a total of 133-67 before winning 53-24 over Texarkana last week.
“You watch a movie about them from their last football games and you will see that they are dealing with football,” McBride said. “They have two outstanding running backs. They had three guys over 100 yards last week, and Texarkana is a good football team as well. We’ll see these guys next week, but if you’re careful what they do. do, they are fair, they play better, take care of the football and play hard. “
Despite their early struggles, McBride believes the Panthers are “a good football team.”
“They are physical on both lines,” he said. “They get you in trouble offensively because they’re leading an attacking style that isn’t common, so it forces you to adjust and do different things to make sure you’re doing what you need to do to get them. keep out of the end When they don’t return the ball it’s a very good football team. They returned it earlier in the year and got beaten up, but when they deal with football like last week against Texarkana, they proved that they are, that they are a very good football team. “
Magnolia runs a Veer offense, which is a pattern that isn’t used as much anymore. The Veer uses several different looks to create offsets with the fenders.
“They will be using the double fin,” McBride said. “It’s a triple option.… We only see it once a year, and it’s Magnolia. And we couldn’t play them last year because of COVID, so some of these kids didn’t. hadn’t seen triple option in two years or never. “
Defensively, the Panthers have a multiple front with an aggressive style.
“They are a multiple forward defense,” said McBride. “They play kids back and forth. Their running backs are linebackers and they’re very aggressive kids. They have kind of a turn but don’t break the style, but we expect them to play hard and be a good challenge. “
McBride is pleased with the way his players have started to step up and find their roles on the squad this season after struggling early on.
“We’re just trying to improve every week, and we have been doing it,” he said. “And that’s the thing that we challenge our guys to do. We were still, you know, we’ve got a lot of guys it’s their first year to play and play at this level, and they’re still learning. see improvement every week. It makes you feel good. “
Kick-off at Panther Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.