Friday is Homecoming with Burkburnett coming to Vernon.
“(Homecoming) comes at a good time for is, to kind of put the last two weeks behind us, and get us looking ahead. District is almost here, and we are using the next two games to prepare for that. Homecoming is exciting for the kids. There are some distractions but no one wants to lose their homecoming game. We need this to give us a refocus, maybe the excitement will give us a little extra go-juice,” Coach Kevin Sherrill said.
Vernon owns the all-time series 48-21-3, which dates to 1922, but the Lions have lost three in a row to the Bulldogs. Burkburnett blew out the Lions 49-17 in 2019 and won a squeaker 28-22 last season, in a Vernon led at the half.
Coach Sherrill said the Lions staff scouted Burk’s game with Old High last Friday and came away impressed with the Bulldogs attitude. The Bulldogs trailed 28-0 at half and lost 35-14.
“Coming out of half, Burk ran the kickoff back to old High’s end and promptly found a way into the endzone. That stood out to me. Rather than rollover, they continued to play hard, they are scrappy,” coach Sherrill said. “They have pretty decent skill kids. The quarterback (2) McCall runs around pretty well. He’s slippery in the pocket. Kirkland (30) is really a bright spot – he runs hard. On defense, the safety, Stringfellow (9), is a hard hitter.”
“They are 0-4 and we are 1-3. They certainly see us as a chance to get their first win. And we see this as a game we think we can win. It’s going to be a dog fight,”
Coach Sherrill said.