"Loaded" is one word Jim Eustice used to describe the Princeton Tigers. "Angry" is another.
Eustice will bring his St. Bede Bruins to Princeton’s Bryant Field Friday night to face a Tiger team stinging from a 25-21 loss at Newman Saturday in a game it led 21-10 at the half.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. for the BCR Game of the Week.
“Princeton is loaded and is going to be angry after their game Saturday,” Eustice said. “We have to try and stop their offense somehow and continue to improve in all three phases.”
The sting of Saturday’s disappointing loss bore on the faces of the Tigers as they walked off the field. PHS juniors Grant Foes (OL/DL) and Ronde Worrels (RB/LB) said the Tigers have to learn from it and move on to Friday night’s game.
“We’ve got to knock off the penalties and turnovers and come back ready to fight next week,” Foes said.
“We’ve got to be ready to play next week,” Worrels said. “This week is over. We’ll use what we learned from it and go get a win Friday.”
PHS coach Ryan Pearson said St. Bede will come in very hungry chasing their first win and will pose a strong challenge for the Tigers.
“Overall, they have very good speed at their skill positions,” he said. “Defensively, they are very aggressive and play downhill well. We have to take care of all their blitzes upfront as they love to send pressure. Offensively, we have to tackle well in space and keep their athletes in front of us.
“We need to force them to put together some drives and not give up the big play.”
As disappointed as the Tigers were how their game ended Saturday, Eustice was thrilled how his Bruins persevered in defeat at Fulton Friday.
The Bruins fell behind 20-0 before scoring in the final nine seconds of the first half.
They still trailed 28-14 after three quarters until quarterback Braden Damerell’s third touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter rallied the the Bruins within 28-20.
“Our kids fought hard and I'm proud of them,” Eustice said. “We made too many mistakes early in the game and have to correct that.”
Damerell has passed for 195 yards and one touchdown on the year and accounted for 66 yards of the Bruins’ 194 total yards rushing.
Princeton put up 45 points in a Week 1 win over Fulton and was heading there again until self-destructing in the second half at Sterling.
Worrels has run for three touchdowns and 205 yards. He also hauled in a touchdown catch Saturday, leaving a teammate to say in the sidelines, “Ronde, I didn’t know you could catch.”
The Tiger passing game has been an equally formidable threat with junior QB Tyler Gibson throwing for 418 yards and four TDs. Senior transfer Wyatt Davis has been the main recipient, leading the area after two games with 11 receptions for 281yards for three scores, with two TDs in the first game and another Saturday.
BCR Game of the Week
St. Bede (0-2, 0-0) at Princeton (1-1, 0-0)
Gametime: 7 p.m. Friday at Bryant Field
Note: This is the TRAC Mississippi Conference opener.