Elks can’t afford to take Granbury lightly
Back-to-back losses may have prepared Burleson more than a pair wins would have for District 9-5A play.
The Elks (1-2) enter Friday’s 7:30 p.m. district home-opener with Granbury (1-2) on the heels of late losses to Class 6A Fort Worth Paschal and Weatherford. The game will also be Burleson’s homecoming contest.
“Both of those two games were very winnable,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said. “We made mistakes late in each game that cost us. We learned some valuable lessons from those losses and it gave us a chance to look within ourselves and see what we were and weren’t doing correctly.”
Paschal challenged the Elks with talented skill position players while Weatherford’s huge offensive and defensive lines tested Burleson.
“We’ve regrouped and had a really good week of practice last week and a good practice on Monday,” McElroy said. “We have regrouped and gotten refocused.”
The task for the Elks is to not look at the Pirates record and find a way to get to 1-0 in district play.
McElroy said that in a district as evenly matched as 9-5A there is no room for error. Teams must win the games that they are supposed to win and steal a game along the way that maybe they aren’t expected to win.
“No one can afford to stumble because you might end up being the odd man out of the playoffs,” McElroy said.
Homecoming according to McElroy can be a really fun time but there are a lot of distractions. McElroy has reminded his players that one of the main events during homecoming week is the football game on Friday and that they are expected to win the game.
Monday, the homecoming parade had the Elks going through a fast-paced practice in hot weather so that the team could get to the parade on time.
McElroy said his team fought through the heat and the speed of the practice and performed well.
Granbury is under the direction of new coach Chad Zschieshche.
One thing that McElroy has seen in watching the Pirates offense is that they are more consistent.
In the past, the Elks had prepared for one offensive look from Granbury and seen a totally different one from the Pirates when they took the field.
Quarterback Kyler Young is at the helm of the Pirates offense. He has thrown for 478 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has also rushed for 237 yards and two scores on 33 attempts.
Running back Michael Mulholland has carried 34 times for 169 yards. Caden Davis has scored twice and tallied 98 yards rushing.
Kevin Moore is the Pirates’ leading pass catcher with eight receptions for 145 yards (1 TD).
The Elks are looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.