KLEIN — If it could go wrong, it did go wrong in the Waller (0-4) Bulldogs’ latest outing, against the Klein Forest (3-1) Golden Eagles.
Klein Forest took a 52-0 decision for the first round of District 15-6A play.
Editor’s note: You can read about Waller’s final non-district game of the season here (https://wallernews.com/lake-creek-takes-the-lions-share-of-wallers-final-tune-up-game/)
The Bulldog offense had multiple misfires, either directly or indirectly giving the Golden Eagles easy touchdowns.
Two fumbles were returned for touchdowns, and several Bulldog passes were intercepted by the high octane Klein Forest team.
So far, 6A has not been kind to a team that was hit with graduation leaving an experience gap in several key positions, and then injuries took the Bulldogs down to a single receiver in the Lake Creek game only a couple of weeks ago.
“We have a lot of moving parts (and) we had so many guys playing out of position,” said Waller head football coach Marcus Mendoza. “We had two guys go from offense to help with defense, quarterbacks going to receiver, we had a lot of movement. But right now, we’re not at a point where we can make those moves and get comfortable where we need to be, moving to 6A this fast. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and simplify even more than what we’ve simplified to right now.”
It seems that breaking down the game plans further will allow the players more time to bridge the experience gap.
“Right now, there’s a lot that we need to fix: Our discipline and execution are key,” Mendoza added. “Those are the two biggest things I see right there. Our discipline seemed a little bit better, but lack of focus and the execution part made it look like we were undisciplined.”
Success on the field can be measured in different ways. But according to the head football coach, the players are increasingly more and more coachable.
“We tell the kids to do it, and they’re ‘yes, sir’. The kids buying into what we’re trying to do, is there,” Mendoza said. “They’re trying.”
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DISTRICT 15-6A WRAP UP
Only one round into league play has the District 15-6A standings split evenly between winners and losers of the first round.
The top half of the district has Klein Forest, Klein Collins, Klein Cain and Tomball. The bottom has Waller, Klein, Klein Oak and Tomball Memorial.
Klein Cain 49, Tomball Memorial 20
Tomball 38, Klein 34
Klein Collins 42, Klein Oak 7
Klein Forest 52, Waller 0
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
The Bulldogs are slated to visit the Tomball Cougars at Tomball ISD Stadium on Oct. 7, with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
Waller will host Klein on Oct. 14 in the Bulldogs’ next-to-last home game, and homecoming that night.
The next two Saturdays will see kickoffs at 2 p.m. at Klein’s Memorial Stadium (Oct. 22 and Oct. 29) with the regular season finale back under the Friday Night Lights of Waller ISD Stadium as they host Tomball Memorial on Nov. 4 for senior night.
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