Comanche Indians invade for Brady’s homecoming

Brady’s Bulldogs will attempt to get back on the winning track here Friday night in a homecoming game against the Comanche Indians. The Dogs are 1-3 on the season while the Indians are 3-1. Comanche won last year’s game, 21-7, while Brady took the 1999 contest, 26-14. The Bulldogs also claimed a victory in 1998, 24-7. Prior to that, the Dogs had not met the Indians since 1985. A second-round playoff participant in Class 2A, Division I last season, Comanche lost in the bi-district game to Pilot Point, 13-0, a team that continued winning until it lost to the eventual state champion, Sonora, 34-6 in the semifinals. “This is the third consecutive week that we’ve faced a playoff team,” Brady coach Davy DuBose said Wednesday morning. He was referring, of course, to Sonora, Ballinger and now Coman-che. The Indians, under coach Malcom Moerbe, were upset last week by a district-member of Brady’s, Liberty Hill. The Panthers kicked a short field goal on the final play of the game. “It hit the crossbar and fell across,” DuBose said. “The final was 9-6.” Although Comanche lost heavily to graduation, the Indians will still be hard to beat this season, winning over Clyde, Eastland and Dublin before falling to Liberty Hill. “They were playing without the services of their starting quarterback in last week’s game which may have had something to do with their loss,” the Brady coach said. The Bulldogs had an abbreviated workout schedule this week due to the fact that there was no school Monday because of the bomb threat. “Tuesday’s practice was a combination of a Monday and Tuesday session so we are definitely running behind this week,” he said. DuBose said he felt that since his squad has faced such opponents this season the schedule has made his team better. “We played Ballinger very tough in the early stages of the game. They did not stop us in the first half. We stopped ourselves. If we can get those mistakes ironed out and can get a win Friday against Comanche, I think we can be a playoff contender in district,” he said. “I also feel that we weren’t that far behind Ballinger. At least not as far as the scored indicated,” the coach added. The Bulldogs may be playing without the services of QB Clifton Tally, at least offensively, because of a right shoulder injury that he aggravated last week against Ballinger. DuBose said Thursday that Tally had suffered a tear of his right rotator cuff. “He cannot throw and recovery is expected from three to four weeks. He can, however, play on defense,” the coach said. Sophomore Colby Dodds will be the quarterback for the Dogs in Tally’s absence, according to DuBose. With the exception of Tally, the Dogs should be healthy for the Comanche match-up. “I think that the Indians will definitely be loaded for us. It’s because of the way they lost their first game last week, and the fact that this is the final contest before district begins next week,” DuBose said. Comanche is in District 10-2A (and is the fourth largest school in Class 2A, only two students less than being in Class 3A), with Hamilton, Goldthwaite, Hico, DeLeon and San Saba. Kickoff at the Bulldog homecoming game will be 7:30 p.m.

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