The Pampa Harvesters (1-1) take the road this Friday to take on their arch-nemesis, the Borger Bulldogs, in a rivalry game.
The Harvesters are coming off of a 37-29 win over Dalhart where they rushed for 363 yards. While Head Coach Cody Robinson wants to see the Harvesters more balanced on offense, sometimes you take what the defense gives.
“There were definitely a lot of positives from that game,” Robinson said. “We are getting better at establishing the line of scrimmage up front, offensively. If you go back and look at both scrimmages and all of the film others will have on us, we are 51 percent run and 49 percent pass. We want to be as balanced as possible.
“Friday at halftime we came in and talked to the offensive staff and there were certain looks they were seeing and alignments out of our formation that really allowed us to run the football, and that’s what we stuck with.”
Officially, Cornelius “Peanut” Landers had 235 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns, Jordan Lacy had 72 yards on nine carries and Sam Anguiano had 42 yards on 12 carries.
“As people do start loading the box in the run game, that should create some space in the passing game,” Robinson said. “That’ll create match-ups and we will be able to attack people in the air. That goes with being more balanced. As we continue to run the football, that’ll open up the passing game.”
Looking ahead to our Highway 152 rival, Borger, Robinson said Borger will be an athletic football team and expects the Bulldogs to come ready.
“There’s already been a lot of talk and chatter,” Robinson said. “We’re not about that, for us it’s about winning the day. One practice at a time, one day at a time. They’re going to be ready to play and are probably one of the more athletic Borger teams we’ve seen in a couple of years. I’ve never played a Borger team who has not played extremely hard.”
The Bulldogs run a spread offense with an odd-stack defense.
“You’re going to get three high safeties every snap and one of those guys will come down to add into the run defense,” Robinson said. “It’s kind of a unique look they will go into to protect the inside of the field.”
Some of the players the Harvesters are game-planning around include running back No. 23 Cameron Chambers, quarterback No. 19 Kaeden Jennings, receiver No. 20 Gabriel Campoya and No. 1 Donteh Bates.
Keys of the Game
• Play our standard of competition: “Every week we want to put the best version of Pampa Harvester football on the field as we can. I think we’re getting closer to that offensively, but there are still miles where we can improve.”
• Be aggressive: “That’s really on both sides of the ball. Defensively, we have to develop a tough, physical mentality. We need to attack people.”
Tickets will be sold at the gate or online at www.ticketspicket.com and will be live-streamed at the Pampa ISD YouTube Channel. Game time is at 7 p.m.