J'Koby Williams

Beckville running back J’Koby Williams runs for a big gain.

The Beckville Bearcats will wrap up their three-game road trip to start the season when they visit Maud this Friday.

The Bearcats will make the nearly 90-minutre trip north to take on the Cardinals. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Beckville — who is off to a 2-0 start — isn’t falling for the trap of thinking they have a cake walk after defeating Maud 75-14 last season.

“Maud is a different team than they were a year ago,” Beckville Coach Cody Ross said. “I told our kids that and we’ve watched film on them. Maud played Hawkins to start the year, and last year Hawkins beat them 54-0 and this year they beat Hawkins by 21. So I try make sure our kids understand it’s not the same team that we played.”

Maud defeated Beckville’s district foe Hawkins 40-19 to start the season and fell 42-22 at Antlers-Oklahoma last week.

The Cardinals feature some big linemen, led by Briley Barron (6-foot-5 280 pounds) who anchors both the offensive and defensive line. Last season Barron had 80 tackles, including 18 for loss.

“We have to have the right mindset,” Ross said. “Maud has a really good football team and are really, really big upfront. They have probably as big of o-line as we’ll see all year long from anybody.”

Quarterback/defensive back Cason Lamb (5’11, 170 pounds), running back/linebacker Tucker Sanders (5’10, 180 pounds), and wide receivers/defensive backs Haylon Dear and Landon Smith will be counted on to make plays for the Cardinals.

Beckville’s lines have been a work in progress to start the season. Ross says his guys have been diligent in looking to get better.

“We’re still trying to figure those young guys out,” Ross said of the team’s offensive and defensive lines. “We played a lot better than I thought against Joaquin and really good at times against Harleton. We’re still missing some things because we’re young, we still need to get things corrected in regards to our footwork and steps. Overall though, I’m pleased with what they are doing.”

Ross and his coaching staff have been adamant this week to the team about maintaining their focus.

This is the last game of a three-game road trip, and the Bearcats will not only finally get to play at home next week — but it will also be homecoming.

“We’re trying to stay focused on what we are doing,” Ross said. “Just go out there and be 1-0, our hashtag this week is turn it up. Each week we try and do something different and this week we are going to turn it up.”

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