Coming off its first win under coach Don Purvis, Braden River looks to carry that momentum into this week’s game in Arcadia.
Here’s how the matchup breaks down:
Who: Braden River (1-3) at Arcadia DeSoto (1-3)
Where: Bulldog Stadium, Arcadia
Who: 7:30 p.m.
Scouting DeSoto: The Bulldogs are still trying to find an identity after losing running back Marcus Shaw, who led a grind it out offense last season that rarely threw. Their defense has also struggled losing 39-7 to Sarasota Riverview and 52-6 last week to powerhouse Punta Gorda Charlotte. Antonio Washington leads the ground attack with 345 yards on 58 carries (5.9 avg). Quarterback Isiah Bryant has shown his rushed for 155 yards (4.6 avg) but struggled with the passing game, connecting on 8 of 26 passes for 54 yards. His favorite receiver is Jonathan Richardson, who has six catches for 50 yards.
Scouting Braden River: The Pirates gave first-year coach Don Purvis his first victory last week. More importantly it was their 3A-10 opener. Ryan Fischer also ended the Pirates quarterback drought by throwing the team’s first TD pass. The ground game has been strong with four running backs averaging more than four yards per carry led by Javar Baity who has 210 yards (6.8 avg). The defense is getting better and against a one dimensional team that likes to keep it on the ground Braden River has a good opportunity to head into next’s weeks district showdown with Southeast on the heels of a two game win streak. The big task for this young team might be handling the environment in Arcadia which is sometimes on the wild side.
The score: DeSoto 21, Braden River 20