Elks have little info
Flying blind might be the best way to describe the way Burleson’s football team is heading into Friday’s game with Kansas City (Kan.) F.L. Schlagle.
The Elks and their coaching staff don’t have much to go on regarding the Stallions who they face at 7:30 p.m. at Burleson Stadium.
“We don’t have much on them,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said.
Schlagle isn’t permitted to scrimmage before the season starts and the only game film McElroy and his staff have is what they found on youtube and that isn’t even of Schlagle.
It’s of Liberty (Mo.) High School where the Stallions first-year coach Pat Hansen coached for eight seasons.
At Liberty, a Class 6A school, Hansen had an overall record of 55-26.
“What we are going on is what we have told each other over the phone and what we have found on the internet,” McElroy said. “We got a general idea of what (Hansen) does and went from there. It’s not ideal.”
Last season, Schlagle posted a record of 9-1 and 5-0 in district play. The Stallions lost in the second round of the Kansas Class 5A playoffs.
Friday night, the first thing McElroy wants to see is his team execute in all three phases of the game.
Probably the most important thing though will be the players and coaches being able to think on the fly and adjust quickly.
“It is going to be very important that our kids give us feedback between series,” McElroy said. “They need to be able to be coached and have the ability to make adjustments as we go. We are planning for one thing and they very well could come out and do something totally different.”
The Elks scrimmaged Friday night against Birdville.
With so many starters returning, McElroy used the scrimmage as an opportunity to give the second-stringers more playing time.
“Overall it was sloppy but that was expected,” McElroy said. “We were very vanilla on offense and defense. Starters played sparingly but at least they got a chance to hit someone who wasn’t on their own team.”
A handful of backups drew praise from McElroy, including safety Jackson Shaha, senior cornerback Jacob Ledezma, senior running back Darrell Dorsey and junior fullback Brandon Cardoso.
The Elks will be looking to get off to a fast start like they did last season when they won their first five games
Burleson opened the 2017 season with a 57-6 win at Saginaw. The Elks made the playoffs and finished with a record of 9-2.