The Spring Hill Bears make their arrival back home this Friday night for a special evening of football for Homecoming to battle the Genoa Central Dragons at Bear Stadium.
The Spring Hill Bears make their arrival back home this Friday night for a special evening of football for Homecoming to battle the Genoa Central Dragons at Bear Stadium. This will conclude the non-conference schedule as the important season begins next Friday for conference play.
Thus far, Spring Hill head football coach Matt McBride continues to stay in high spirits for Bears to be in the hunt to make the postseason, but need his team to progress through the non-conference season and improve to be threats during league play.
Last week, the Bears came off a tough and rough loss on the road to Parkers Chapel Trojans 40-0. McBride said following their loss to the Trojans, "They're [Parkers Chapel] a good team. They were more physical than us, blocked and tackled better than us. Our defense stayed on the field a lot and just hit us with some big plays. It's back to the drawing board for us this week. The challenge for us is to stay focus, have the right attitudes and mindset," McBride said.
Well, the Bears are off into a deep focus for this week's opponent. Genoa Central has been one of the most improved football programs in the last four seasons. The Bears suffered a tough shutout loss to the Dragons last year 35-0 and McBride knows they're going to be even tougher this Friday night.
"Offensively, they run a flexbone which we have seen before like Baptist Prep during our scrimmage. They have a good quarterback and good running backs that design to run to attack. We'll have to be very discipline and play good defense," McBride said.
In two games thus far into the 2017 football season, the Bears have only scored 13 points and McBride knows in order to be a threat in this league, their offense must be productive and execute effectively to come out as the victors.
The Bears have had to battle through some injuries early in the season. McBride said their starting quarterback Payton Massanelli should be ready to go for Friday night's game. Offensively, McBride preaches that his Bears' must run the ball productively and build up their passing game more effectively. With Friday night being Homecoming Night in Spring Hill, it may cause distractions but McBride expect his Bears to be ready and focus to make the attack in hopes to seek a win heading into conference season.
"It's Homecoming for us and we'll have distractions, but I'm excited about the challenge and we won't stop working hard to be a good football team," McBride said.
The Bears are pumped to return home for action at Bear Stadium. Defensively, the Bears had a productively season-opening performance to hold the Bismarck Lions scoreless for the entire first half and third quarter. The Lions would escape for both of their touchdowns scored late in the fourth quarter and McBride knows it's going to be key for them to be poised and effective for all four quarters of the game.
Genoa has been the victor in past seasons against the Bears, but this time the home team looks for revenge and a key win for momentum finishing the non-conference season going into the 7-2A Conference play.
Friday's Spring Hill (0-2 overall) vs. Genoa Central (1-1 overall) kickoff at 7 p.m. at Bear Stadium.
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Genoa Central at SPRING HILL
Parkers Chapel at LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Lamar at MT. IDA
Centerpoint at MINERAL SPRINGS
MT. PINE at Woodlawn
FOREMAN at Horatio
DIERKS at Fouke
Hampton at MURFREESBORO