Football: Bay Area Christian Seeks Important District Victory

Why? Because Lutheran North has already defeated Huntsville Alpha and Omega, 60-0, in its first district game.

The Broncos (5-1) are elated to be playing in friendly confines once again, having enjoyed a bye week which was preceded by two road games.

“When you count our scrimmage, that was seven straight Friday nights of playing football,” Bronco head coach Les Rainey said.

“As much as we love Friday nights, it was nice to cool it off a little bit before we get going again for the final stretch of the season.

“We had a few guys out like everybody else, and it was good to get everybody rested. We were able to spend more time with our younger kids.

“We had a (junior varsity) game, and it was nice to focus on those guys and let the older guys heal a little bit.”

Bay Area Christian’s most recent game was a 32-22 win over Deweyville, a game which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1940s.

“It was a mudfest,” Rainey said.

“It poured all the way up to kickoff, and they were running a slot-T offense and we were running a wing-T offense so that game went by quick.

“It’s not easy to get on a bus and travel two hours in the rain to Deweyville, who has a tough little offense to stop, and they’re a physical football team.

“To go in there and handle business was nice to see.

“Three, four or five years I don’t know if we would have won that game. It was really good to see how we responded.”

The Broncos entered that game off a tough loss to The Woodlands Christian Academy after BAC started the season with four victories.

“The main thing we talk about is focusing on us and just getting better each practice,” Rainey said.

“We’ll play a very athletic Lutheran North team, and they’re dangerous, for sure.”

Lutheran North (1-4) has played a tough non-district schedule against St. Pius, Tomball Rosehill Christian, Houston Northland Christian and Bryan Brazos Christian.

The win over Huntsville Alpha and Omega has the Lions focusing on a district title.

The Broncos hope to spoil those plans with a team which is becoming more seasoned.

“We don’t look at juniors anymore as juniors or freshmen as freshmen,” Rainey said.

“At this point of the season, everybody has enough game experience in our program.

“We think we’re in a good spot now. The big thing is staying healthy and trying to find depth.

“Most schools our size can say the same thing, but I feel like we’re filling in some holes.”

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Rainey says his primary focus is getting the Broncos to be on the same page at the same time in all three phases of the game.

“Our defense has been playing pretty well all season long,” he said.

“Our special teams and offense have been great at times, but on other occasions, there’s been a lot left to be desired.

“We’ve had games where we’ve put it all together, but we just need that consistency every week.”

“Guys are adapting to their roles very well and doing their best, and that’s all we can ask of them.

“We don’t have a superstar anywhere, so we need to be good in all three phases.”

Not having to travel this week will also be an advantage for the Broncos, whose final three games are at home, including an Oct. 29 homecoming game against West Hardin.

The Broncos are also seeking an opponent for Friday, Oct. 22.

“We’ve typically played better at home,” Rainey said. “I think the Sept. 17 game against Rosehill Christian was the last time we played at home, so it will be almost a month since we’ve been at home.

“We’re certainly thrilled to be in front of our fans and student body.”

tdunnam@hcnonline.com

Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/bayarea/sports/article/Football-Bay-Area-Christian-seeks-important-16532780.php

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