The Leander Wolfpack found a way to bounce back from a season-opening defeat against the San Antonio Titans, and bounce back they did in a big way, with a 48-0 shutout of the Texas Showtime in their home opener on Saturday.
“It was a very good week for us, co-owner and head coach Mark Rogers told Developmental Football USA. “We had a lot of guys banged up for us after the game with the Titans that went down to the last second, but guys put it all on the line. This was a good game for us to heal up a little bit. We tip our hat to the Showtime for filling the slot for the ATX Tigers who were unable to fulfill their league obligations and were removed from the league.”
The league Rogers mentions is the Texas United Football Association, a league that had to get creative in order to find the Wolfpack an opponent to fill the void on such a big weekend as their home opener.
So creative, in fact, that the Wolfpack barely had any information, let alone film, on the Showtime. That makes Leander’s win impressive, especially considering all the uncertainly surrounding their opponent and the tough loss from the game before.
“We played better than I expected us to play coming off a tough loss the week before,” Rogers said.
The head coach relayed to Developmental Football USA that the Wolfpack elected to work off a “vanilla” game plan and the game was out of hand enough that all 60 players on the Leander sideline were able to play.
“Our guys know, especially up front, that the top two strings are going to get playing time,” the coach said. “We like to keep bodies fresh and we’re only as strong as the weakest link.”
As far as the standout players for Leander, Eddie Bailey led the way on offense with three rushing touchdowns — nothing to scoff at. Taylor Wright notched two sacks on defense for the Wolfpack.
Up next for the team is the Texas Ravens, who Rogers obviously respects.
“They are very well coached, their owners are very well organized,” he explained. “From what I can tell their players are very well disciplined and their team is very well disciplined”
The Wolfpack know they will have to focus on eye discipline defensively, especially if they want to corral the Ravens quarterback, who is a superior athlete, per Rogers. Offensively, Leander will be focused on working on sticking on blocks up front and truly being patient on reads from the quarterback perspective. They’re also hoping to capture momentum early on.
“I think for us, third down conversions are going to be key in this game because that’s the only way we can get a great defense like theirs to potentially get tired,” Rogers said.
Sitting at 0-1 in their division, Rogers is excited about the opportunity before his team, especially knowing what a win over a team like the Ravens would mean.
“They’re a pretty good team and I know that they travel well. Any team that travels well at this level and is as organized as they are is going to be tough,” he said.
Kickoff will be at 7:00 PM local time at AC Bible Memorial Stadium in Leander, Texas. The Wolfpack are encouraging fans to wear black as they hope to “blackout” the stadium on Saturday evening.