The Grey Wolves remain undefeated after their 42-30 win against the Bryan Vikings Nov. 5 in Leo Buckley Stadium.
This was a good match up. Shoemaker is doing the best they can to maintain their undefeated record. Bryan, who is new to the district and had a respectable record to maintain, had everything to prove.
Shoemaker Head Coach Toby Foreman was happy to have won against a team coached by Ross Rogers, someone who he admires, who used to coach for Harker Heights. Foreman was pleased with the overall outcome of the game, though he admitted they made some mistakes on the field and sidelines.
“The game ended like it should have ended. We had some bad stuff happen to our defense in the first half, and we were able to overcome that. Offensively, after the first drive, we kind of got rolling. Omari Evans faked a punt and took it to the house,” Foreman said. “Then we had a big night throwing the ball. The chirping this week was we’re not a good passing team (but) we can throw the ball. We’re gonna take whatever you give us, but bottom line is the kids are coachable, and they’re able to overcome a lot of different situations.”
At the end of the first half the Vikings were ahead 24-21, but Shoemaker came out roaring in the second half. One big momentum changer was when Shoemaker capitalized on a risky fake punt play made by the Vikings on their own 15 yard line in the third quarter. Shoemaker gained possession around the 15 yard line and scored shortly after. Shoemaker’s defense only allowed Bryan one touchdown in the entire second half.
“Roy Locks, my defensive coordinator, he’s been with me all eight years that I’ve been a head coach. We played high school ball together. He believes like I believe,” Foreman said. “Our coaches did a good job making adjustments, but our kids do a great job of (adjusting to) the things we change at halftime.”
Foreman is looking forward to facing the Harker Heights Knights and will do his best to have the Grey Wolves ready.
“Coach Edwards somehow managed to get a bye week this week in the middle of the season which is very unusual, but this is his third year in a row to play me coming off a bye,” Foreman said. “I’m sure every Harker Heights person was in the stands watching. We’ll have eight days to prepare. It’s kind of for the KISD crown.”
The Grey Wolves will take on the Knights in Leo Buckley Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.