After dropping their season-opening contest last Thursday, Leander head coach Kris Price knows what needs to be done for his Lions to get back on track before the beginning of the district schedule.
Minimizing penalties and big plays will be the number one priority.
Fresh off of their disappointing loss to Weiss in week one action, Price and his Leander team look to bounce back when they take on Pflugerville on Thursday night at The Pfield at 7 p.m.
"We kind of had a penalty issue last week, and that was a big reason for the loss, so we have been focusing on the things we can control and some of those easily-preventable penalties," Price said.
The Lions lost to Weiss 23-14 at Bible Stadium last Thursday. Pflugerville also dropped its opener, falling 42-21 to Bowie last week.
"Defensively, it's the same thing as on offense, we just have to get aligned better and prevent that big play," Price said. "That is what the issue was in the loss [to Weiss]."
Leander junior quarterback Garrett Landry is sure to be an impact player come Thursday evening after an efficient showing against Weiss, finishing 13-for-20 with 124 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Xavier Dotson led the ground game with 48 yards on 13 carries.
"If we can manage their defensive front, we will have some opportunities in the passing game and the running game," Price continued. "Their front line is quite good and will be a good matchup for our offensive line."
Running backs Patrick Porter and Jaylon Reeves are the focal points of Leander's defensive preparations, according to Price.
"They have several very athletic, big-play type backs, so we will have to put some pressure on them early on," he said.
Price also mentioned how important it would be for the team to get some momentum going before their challenging eight-game District 13-6A schedule, which begins next Friday when they meet Stony Point at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
"Having a win this week would certainly help with where we are from a morale standpoint," Price says. "Regardless, it is going to be a tough district schedule, so, ending the non-district schedule with a talented group like Pflugerville will help prepare us for some of the teams will see in district play."
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