The Salado Eagles are coming off a 28-9 win over Austin Hyde Park in which the Eagles put together a complete game both offensively and defensively.
The Eagle defense limited Hyde Park to just five first downs.
“Our defense played aggressive the entire game, and was able to take away their passing game,” said Salado head coach Alan Haire.
Haire, who is coming off his first win as Salado head coach, praised the defensive line of Zach Adams, Ashten Sniggs and Wyatt Bagley for pressuring the Panthers and causing havoc all night for Hyde Park.
Eagle defender Quade Brown was also a key contributor in the win when he provided an interception that led to a touchdown.
Hyde Park had no answer for the Eagles powerful smash-mouth running attack led by Jake Harvey, Trey Sheppard, Aaron Torczynski and Jake Elliott, which rushed for over 400 yards in the contest.
Harvey provided three touchdowns in the game.
This week, Salado (1-2) will face host Florence (2-1).
The Eagles have not won two straight games since 2011.
“We just need to focus on ourselves then worry about what Florence is going to do,” Haire said.
The Salado defense will be responsible for stopping Florence running back Edel Hernandez, who has rushed for 461 yards in three games.
“We really need a big game this week from our defensive front seven,” Haire said.
“As an entire unit, those guys really controlled the game last week and I’m expecting them to work hard again this week against Florence.”
While the Eagles are feeling good about how things ended last week, Haire knows they must be consistent and play like they did last week all season long, from here on out.
“The key is we have to stick to the things that we are good at, and try to improve every week.”