It’s finally here! After years of planning, preparing and eventually building Denton’s fourth high school, Braswell, the Bengal football team is prepping to play its first opponent — also in its first year playing a varsity schedule — Haslet Eaton.
After 18 practices, a couple of scrimmages in the mix, and three days of classes, coach Cody Moore, his staff and the rest of the Bengals are ready to kick off their inaugural season tomorrow.
The Game: Braswell (0-0) at Haslet Eaton (0-0), Thursday, 7:00 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium
What happened last week: Braswell scrimmaged Grapevine Faith and Eaton squared off against Midlothian Heritage for its final tuneup. During the live quarter portion of the scrimmage, Braswell’s defense flew to the ball carrier, played physical and recovered two fumbles. Its largest concern was the lack of pressure applied in the backfield. Faith ball carriers burst through the Bengals’ interior defensive line, oftentimes untouched until they got to the second level of the defense.
Moore said his defense played phenomenal, and hopes it continues against Eaton.
What to expect: Two teams trying to find a rhythm on both sides of the ball. Between Braswell’s hurry-up offense and Eaton relying heavily on its running back, Titus Swen, it’ll all come down to what team can execute. Braswell hopes to execute its offense in order to give its defense ample rest to prepare for Swen. The offense must move the ball, and recently, it hasn’t shown it can very well. Expect Eaton to spread the wealth, but also give Swen his touches in the running and passing game. The sophomore tailback currently holds an offer from SMU. He could see between 20 and 30 touches a game, so the Braswell defense will have to key on him.
Final say: It sounds simple, but with two teams never taking a varsity snap, I think the team that scores first will have the upper hand from kickoff to the final whistle blow. It’s a jump on ‘em early or not at all bout.
Prediction: Braswell 14, Haslet Eaton 10