The 0-8 Big Spring Steers will be back in action Friday night, playing host to a well-rested Abilene Wylie football team. The Bulldogs had a bye this last week, after defeating Sweetwater 20-15 in their last game Oct. 7. Meanwhile, the Steers are coming off of a 28-6 loss in Sweetwater.
Last week offered a possible glimpse into the future of the Steers, with sophomore Devin Roberson playing almost the entire first half at quarterback.
The Wylie Bulldogs are 4-3 on the season and — along with Snyder — one of two teams still undefeated in District 5-3A play. Perhaps more impressive than their 20-15 win over Sweetwater is the unavoidable fact their three losses came at the hands of really good teams. Stephenville and Waco currently sit atop District 8-4A, both undefeated in the district, while Lucas Lovejoy at 4-3, looks poised to make the playoffs in District 11-3A.
This team is far better than the squeaker against Sweetwater showed. Of course, there are those who would argue — and they would be correct — Big Spring is better than their 0-8 record.
Lukas Falcon still leads the district in interceptions, while Max Pappajohn is ahead of everyone in tackles. On the other side of the ball, Michael Vanderbilt is explosive enough to worry Wylie's coaching staff. And while Roberson may be the future helmsman of the Steers, Garrett Stuteville showed last week he can come in cold and still throw a 40-yard strike.
The problem with the Steers this season really boils down to timing. They just have not been able to get everything going at the same time. At different times, the defense has shut down some of the most powerful offenses in Left Texas. At other times, Vanderbilt and Michael Olivia have spearheaded a great running attack, full of powerful runners, sending some truly great defenses scrambling for answers. At times, the Big Spring coaching staff, headed by Head Coach Phillip Ritchey, has shown moments of sheer play-calling genius. And how many times has Toby Rodgers split the defense and found himself wide open on a deep post route across the middle? Too many times for an 0-8 season.
Friday night, the Steers will play their last home game of the season. It will be the last chance many Steers' fans will have to see the boys play this season. They won't be playing for a district title. They will be playing for pride. They will be hoping the stars align just right and all their strengths come together at the same time, so their hometown can see just how good they really are.