Powerful Comfort comes to town, Bulldogs ready

Brady’s Bulldogs will have their hands full here Friday (tonight) when the powerhouse Class 2A Comfort Bobcats come to town. The ‘Cats have been on a roll for the past couple of years, playing well into the playoffs before losing. Comfort coach Paul Talbert has 16 seniors on the team that has been whipping opponents soundly since they were freshmen and sophomores. Last year the Bobcats reached the Division I quarterfinals before losing to Odem, 20-13. They completed the 2002 season with an 11-2 record, having beaten the Brady Bulldogs at Comfort by a score of 30-15. Most of that bunch is back this season, and they have been crushing opponents along the way, attaining a 3-0 record. Wins have been over Ingram Tom Moore, 43-0; Carrizo Springs, 28-14; and Stockdale, 61-6. The Bobcats’ two top running backs are Cody Moore, a 6-2, 250-pound specimen, and Tye Rexrode, who is 6-3, 211 pounds. Thus far this season the Comfort squad has averaged 508 yards rushing per game and average scoring over 50 points per game. Moore, who was a tight end/linebacker last season, has racked up 546 yards on 48 carries while teammate Rexrode has gained 413 yards on only 28 totes. Moore has registered eight TDs while Rexrode has five. Another fine running back is speedster, Farron Roberts, a 160-pound junior. The team’s quarterback, Curt Kucera, also a senior, has only thrown 17 passes this season, but he’s completed 15 of them for 150 yards and one touchdown. The leading receiver is Ward Collier, who is also a senior. ‘This team is going to be a formidable opponent to be absolutely honest,’ Brady coach Todd Bandy said Wednesday. ‘We have a list of ‘musts’ that we need to accomplish in order for us to beat them, and they are beatable,’ he said. The main ‘must’ is to stop their running game. The Bulldogs must also be great tacklers, according to Bandy. The coach said the Brady team worked on tackling in their Wednesday session ‘which is something we don’t ordinarily do.’ Another ‘must’ is to control Comfort’s massive front four defensive personnel. The two tackles are Luis Hernandez, 205; and Alex Quinonez, 230. The two ends include Justin Newson, 220; and Dakota Durden, 180. ‘We must simply play solid defense if we expect to win, it’s as simple as that,’ Bandy said. The Doggies, 2-1, on the young season defeated Sonora last Friday, 35-18, but, according to Bandy, they committed a number of mistakes. ‘We have cut out those miscues’fumbles, sacks, penalties, etc. I truly believe if we do that, we’ll be a pretty good football team,’ he said Wednesday. Starting offensive tackle Jacob Bierman suffered a knee injury in practice Monday afternoon, sustaining a partial tear of his MCL. ‘He is a lot better this morning (Wednesday) and we hope he’ll be able to play by game time,’ Bandy said. The head coach/athletic director also said that there would be no junior varsity game. ‘We will have our freshman team at Comfort Thursday, but they don’t have a JV team. I’ve looked all around the area and have been unable to find an opponent,’ Bandy said. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.

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