Bulldogs face Ingram in MUST win game

In what has emerged as a must win for both teams, the Brady Bulldogs will host the Ingram Tom Moore Warriors here Friday (tonight) in an important District 26-3A football game. Brady and Ingram both enter the contest at 3-5 overall, but the Dogs hold a edge over the Warriors in district play with a 2-1 mark compared to a 1-2 record. The Doggies have beaten Llano and Liberty Hill while losing to Burnet, while Ingram beat Burnet and lost to Wimberley and Llano. “If we don’t beat Ingram Friday night, we won’t be a playoff team. It’s as simple as that,” Brady coach Jay Jones said Wednesday. Wimberley is on top of the heap in district competition with an 8-0 record overall and 3-0 in league play. Brady and Llano are at 2-1, Ingram and Burnet are 1-2 and Liberty Hill is last at 0-3. Jones said that the Warriors have been on a roller coaster much of the season, losing to San Saba, Blanco, and Comfort in non-district play and Burnet in district. “They are comparable to us in size and philosophy so we might be seeing ourselves here this Friday,” the Brady coach said. Ingram’s monsters up front are tight end/defensive tackle Kevin Klaerner, a 200-pound senior, and right tackle/defensive tackle Eric Jacoby, a 240-pound junior. “Those two dominate play on both sides of the ball,” Jones said. In addition to be a fine ball player, Klaerner is also the best punter in the district, according to the Brady coach. Brett Scherer is a top fullback/linebacker and the sophomore tailback is Kaku Barkoh, “and he’s improving each game,” Jones said. According to the Brady coach, Ingram’s offensive philosophy is to make four yards on first and second down and have a third and two situation. “We need to make them go 80 yards for all their touchdowns. If it’s wet Friday night like current forecasts predict, I believe we’ll have the advantage because we know we can throw in wet conditions,” he said. The Bulldogs are healthy for the Ingram game after their hearty victory in Liberty Hill last week, 42-12. One lineup chance has been that the Bulldog coaching staff moved tackle Zack Brown to tight end. Kickoff Friday in the must win game is 7:30 p.m. It’s also the final home game of the regular season.

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