Iota opens season at Basile Saturday
IOTA - When interviewed on Wednesday, Iota Coach Josh Andrus had yet to determine when his game against the Basile Bobcats would be played.
“He and I will figure it out,” said Andrus.
They decided on 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Regardless of when the game would have been played, Andrus said that the Bearcat team he will be facing is one that is similar to theirs in one area.
“They are young,” he said. “They have a returning quarterback as well as a couple of other guys. I could easily see them winning between six and eight games in 1A this season.”
As far as Andrus’ group of young Bulldogs, they came out of their Jamboree loss against Eunice and their high-flying offense with the most important statistic in what amounts to a shortened preseason game.
“We are completely healthy,” said Andrus. “I think one of our guys has a dislocated finger but considering how physical our game was last week, that is a very good thing.”
Last Thursday’s 26-7 loss to the Eunice Bobcats, Iota stayed close until just under four minutes to play in the first half. And for a short time the Bulldogs looked as though they would take the lead.
The Bulldogs had just scored to tie the game up and on the ensuing kickoff a Eunice player fumbled the ball away leaving Iota with a short field to possibly take a 14-7 lead into the half. However, on the first play after the fumble recovery, Iota quarterback Trae Rambin overthrew his receiver into the arms of an Eunice defender. Two plays later, Eunice star receiver Jordan Ledet hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass to change the game’s momentum.
“That interception changed the game,” said Andrus. “We go from being up 14-7 to being down 14-7. Our defense needs some work in the secondary. But I also don’t think we’ll see another player like him (Ledet) all season.”
The offense, as will be the case for most of the season, will be centered around star running back Kaleb Guillory, who is coming off a 1,500 yard season in 2016. Rambin, who had an off night in the Jamboree going 2 for 9, has nonetheless looked solid in scrimmages this summer. And the Bulldog faithful are hoping a solid passing game may help to open up holes for Guillory against defenses that are stacked against the run.
And this is the week the games begin to count.
“I definitely think we matched Eunice’s physically,” said Andrus. “We just need to work hard and get stronger in some areas.”