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October 17, 2012

H.S. Football Roundup: Frankston takes on Hawkins hoping for return to win-column

The Frankston football team knew it would have its hands full with Arp last week, and that proved true.

The Tigers topped the Indians, 47-26, to move to 3-0 in district play, while dropping the Indians to 1-1 in the league.

Now, Frankston coach Matt Nally wants to see his team bounce back as it welcomes in Hawkins (1-6, 0-3) to Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium (100 W. Perry St., Frankston, Texas 75763) Friday.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

“Every game is a big game,” Nally said. “Hawkins is a good football team and everyone wants to look at record and things like that, but on any given Friday anything can happen.

“The Arp game, for our kids, is behind us,” he added. “Our kids have been nothing but focused on the Hawkins Hawks.”

The Indians go into the game hoping on offense to do what they’ve managed to do most of the season: Achieve a little balance.

That happened against Arp, despite the loss, as quarterback Ozzie Buckner again threw for more than 100 yards.

That might not seem like much, but it’s enough to make teams honor the pass and open up rushing lanes for Caleb Williams.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to establish the run, but we need to be able to exploit their secondary,” Nally said. “(Buckner) has gotten so much better each week, we’ve been able to keep people honest and keep people on their heels.”

Defensively, the Indians again prepare for a team that will run it right at them, much like Arp.

Unlike Arp, the Hawks haven’t been as successful and are scoring about 15 points per game on the year.

“They’re that old-school, smash mouth type of offense and try to run right at you,” Nally said. “Defense has been our strong point all year long, and we’ve got a lot of confidence in our defense and our kids have a lot of confidence in our defense.”

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