The Boling Bulldogs (2-2) in their final non-district game of the year will see a tougher Brookshire Royal Falcons (3-1) than originally expected.

The Falcons last season lost to Boling 41-0, finishing the year with a 2-5 record, missing the playoffs. In the offseason, Brookshire Royal hired Theadis Reagins, a defensive back coach from North Shore. Reagins has the Falcons off to a 3-1 start, including a 61-6 drubbing, over Boling’s district foe Hempstead.

“They’re definitely not the team we played last year,” Boling Head Coach Kevin Urbanek said. “They’ve got some guys. They’ve got athletes all over the field. They won’t look to run it, they’ll look to throw it.”

Boling through four games is allowing 31.25 points per game. The Bulldogs’ defense will be tested through the air. Fort Bend Christian and East Bernard both found some success against Boling. The Bulldog defensive line will have to get pressure and the secondary will have to tackle in space to limit extra yards. Brookshire Royals are averaging 33.75 points per game, up from the 14.2 points a game last season. The Falcons have passed for 1,378 yards this season.

The best weapon Friday night could be the Bulldogs’ stout rushing attack. Despite playing good defense this year, Boling has pounded out 1,191 yards on the ground, to the tune of nearly 300 yards a game.

“We’re doing what we’re told, we’re just not doing it well enough,” junior running back and middle linebacker Trent Jones said. “As long as we keep turnovers down we should be good. We had almost 400 yards against East Bernard, but we had six turnovers and you can’t win with six turnovers.”

Seniors Jesse Huddleston and Kade Sweat, juniors Jesse Arrington, Tracy Taylor, Raybert Williamson, Franklin Gavranovic, Seth Bear and sophomores Kyler Sweat and Derrick Hippler have been blocking the way this year.

“They’re making the way for our backs. There is a lot of time a back isn’t even touched until they’re 10-yards down the field.” Urbanek said. “It’s fun watching our offensive line go to work.”

The Falcons are allowing 19.5 points per game this season.

While a tough test this Friday night, the Bulldogs see it as a chance to continue getting ready for district play.

“We’re playing teams who are bigger and better so district will seem easier,” Jones said. “We do have the hardest district in Texas.”

Iconic pecan tree

Hurricane Nichols didn’t damage a lot of things throughout Wharton County, but one victim of its high winds was the large pecan tree on the Boling practice football field.

The large pecan tree stood approximately 50 feet tall and was uprooted during the storm. The tree provided natural shade to football players seeking escape from the sun during practice. According to Urbanek, the tree had been there for many decades.

The practice fields were undamaged, the large tree now lays sideways between where varsity and junior varsity practices. Football continues to practice, but no longer can the players take breaks and hide from the sun underneath its big decades-old branches. The tree’s years of service for Boling football players has come to an end.

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