By ERIC VICCARO
The Nocona High School football team earned the first win of the season for Montague County on Friday.
Behind Jeremy James at quarterback and the selfless Luis Rico – who moved to the defensive line – the Indians topped Archer City 44-16.
“Jeremy did a good job scrambling,” Nocona head coach Brad Keck said. “He’s pretty quick. He kept his eyes looking downfield for open receivers.”
James went 20-for-26 for 331 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, leveling Nocona’s record at 1-1.
The Indians will remain on the road this week, traveling to injury-riddled Olney.
“They have seven starters out,” Keck said. “They are beat up, and they had to cancel their junior varsity season.”
Olney will run a wide variety of offenses against a Nocona defense which held Archer City in check to 191 yards – or 3.29 yards per play.
“Our goal is to get better every game, and it doesn’t matter who we play,” Keck said. Olney will operate out of a 4-3 alignment on defense.
Nocona’s offense clicked, putting up 486 yards overall. Read more in the Sept. 7 Bowie News.
Nocona’s Jeremy James reacts after throwing a touchdown during Friday’s 44-16 victory at Archer City. James threw for 331 yards, and only had six incomplete passes. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)