HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Numbers are misleading

By ERIC VICCARO
bnewssports@gmail.com

Nocona High School head football coach Brad Keck knows numbers can be misleading.
Case in point, the Indians will be facing a District 2-3A-II opponent that has yet to win a game this season in Holliday.
But, the Eagles have played a brutal schedule against powerhouse Cisco, Clyde and staunch Conference 2A foe Windthorst.
“It’s going to be a competitive game,” Keck said. “They’ve played against some good folks.”
Kickoff is set for Nocona’s Jack Crain Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Holliday has been outscored 149-61 while Nocona (1-3) hasn’t won since the opening week of the season versus Alvord on Aug. 28.
The Indians have already scored 65 points this season, and have given up 122 – those are much better numbers in relation to last year.
Keck said Nocona made some adjustments for the second half of last Friday’s game versus Henrietta, a 42-21 loss.
Nocona pulled within 15 points in the fourth quarter as Jeremy James’ confidence grew in both the running and passing game.
James connected with Brendan Ramsey on a 65-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and he later scored on a pair of TD runs in the fourth.
“We ran some different plays and formations,” Keck said. “I was pleased to see how all the kids adjusted on the fly to what we were doing.”
The Nocona defense held Henrietta’s second string to only six points, and that was late in the fourth quarter. Read more, and see the complete game summary, in the mid-week Bowie News.

Nocona’s Emmanual Gayton (9) finds himself surrounded by Henrietta players during Friday’s District 2-3A-II opener at Bearcats Stadium. Gayton rushed for 61 yards in the Indians’ 42-21 loss. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)