BERRYVILLE — It has been a long time.
The Berryville Bobcats have not lined up against another opponent for a real football game since November 2011. The team didn’t play a game during the opening week because of Marshall dropping their senior football program for this season.
“I think we are ready to go,” said Berryville coach Eric Daniel. “We are tired of hitting each other.”
Daniel doesn’t feel that his team is at a disadvantage because of not playing last week.
“We are prepared,” he said. “We have done our preparation. We just have to go execute on the field.
“We have had a lot of reps,” the coach said when asked about first game jitters and timing issues. “We believe in reps, so timing should not be an issue for us. We haven’t changed anything. We kind of do what we do. There are going to be six or seven sophomores out there that may have first game jitters, but we have prepared them the best that we can.”
Huntsville battled with Berryville’s conference teammate Farmington last week in their season opener. The Eagles fell to Farmington, 14-8.
“They have a great defense,” said Daniel. “They fly around to the football. They are not real big, but they play fast.”
Huntsville also returns a backfield that gave the Bobcats trouble last year.
“They have a good running back,” said Daniel. “Last year he ran for 200 or 250 yards against us.
“They have a couple other kids that they give the ball to,” Daniel continued. “We will have to be on our toes.”
Daniel did see a lot of similarities in the two teams on offense.
“Offensively they are a lot like us,” he said. “They are going to hit you, hit you and then try to get you with a big play.”
Opening game for the Bobcats this year is different than last season. The squad had to play several young players due to injuries.
“I like our depth,” said Daniel. “We are a little deeper than last year. The backups are more prepared because of what happened last year.”
Kick off will be at 7 p.m. on Ronnie Clark Field at Bobcat Stadium in Berryville.
The Berryville Bobcats include: Deonte Payton; Selvin Reyes; Jerry Schoe; Rolando Perez; Jerry Valdez; John Tucker; Avery Logan; Zach Gustavus; Tyler Coatney; Brett Sooter; Cody Powell; Richard Webb; Michael Falk; Ethan Chapin; Dillon Hughes; Garrett Stone; Micah Gerrard; Forest Usrey; Evan Youngblood; Kollyn Scitern; Justus Summers; Blake McCullough; Austin Howerton; Cole Matlock; Kraig Kendrick; Dylan Gardner; Justin King; Fernando Ramirez; Ross Morton; Tristan Payne; Taylor Koster; Hunter Rivett; Corey Hall; Bobby Rhodes; Drew Howerton; Edgar Camarillo; Trevor McCullough; Alec Jones; and Tate Ferguson.