After both teams suffered losses last week, this week the Bishop Badgers and the Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions are gearing up to write the next chapter in their District 31-3A rivalry.
The teams both have yet to win a game this season, with records of 0-6, 0-3 in district play, and now have the opportunity to get into the win column.
The Badgers are fresh off a 46-3 loss to the Mathis Pirates in a contest in which the Badgers could not capitalize on offense, even though their defense forced four turnovers in the game.
Each score the Badgers gave up was from more than 10-yards away from the goal line, which has been a recurring theme for Bishop for most of the season.
A 32-3 loss to the Falfurrias Jerseys last week was due in part to the SGA offense continuing to struggle on third down, going 0-for-10 on conversions during the contest.
Being unable to gain any traction in the passing game, throwing two interceptions as a team and racking up only 122 yards rushing, the Lions have refocused to attempt to “repair the damage” on offense.
SGA Head Coach Ivory Dillard said the Lions need to take care of the football and make plays in crucial spots to get the win this Friday.
“We have the best shot to win if we are able to take care of the football,” Dillard said. “(We can’t have) turnovers on offense and special teams. We have given teams a short field all year.”
Thus far this season the Badgers have outscored the Lions 49-27, with Bishop scoring its biggest point total against Taft with 40.
Both teams have had success on defense by forcing turnovers, but have given up their fair share of points in the process.
Dillard said the similarities between the teams are easy to see, which could make for an exciting game.
“I look at the Badgers and I see so many similarities,” Dillard said. “They play hard, had some injuries and they haven’t had the ball bounce their way in close games just like us.”
Regardless of how it’s being looked at, Dillard said he just wants his team to come out and play to the best of their ability in an effort to earn their first win of the season.
“I would definitely like to take what they give us, but ultimately I am wanting my guys to play a complete game all four quarters as hard as they can,” Dillard said. “Because that is what’s required in a rivalry game, whether on the road or at home.”
The Lions will take on Bishop in the Badgers’ homecoming contest, with a game time of 7:30 p.m.