Edna provides tough challenge for Palacios
It wasn’t the way the Sharks wanted to head into the playoffs, but it will have to do.
Palacios dropped a 46-14 decision to Hitchcock last Friday.
Palacios (5-5) will travel to Port Lavaca to take on Edna (9-1) this Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs.
“We shot ourselves in the foot against Hitchcock,” said Palacios Head Football Coach Chad Graves. “We had eight penalties and turned the ball over four times. It is not the kind of game that you want before you head into the playoffs and we didn’t play like we have been playing and that was the frustrating part about it.”
Graves knows his team will bounce back this week with the playoff game against Edna.
“We have played Edna and they used to be in our district,” Graves said. “Our kids know their kids. Our kids are excited to play them as this is our first football playoff game in 11 years. I don’t think we are going to have a hard time getting them juiced up and ready to play this game.”
Graves though believes his biggest concern coming into the playoff game will be keeping his Sharks on an even keel as the game begins.
“I need them to stay calm enough in this game so that we don’t make the same mistakes again,” Graves said. “They need to settle down and try not to get over-excited and try to do too much as opposed to staying within their roles and playing good, sound football.
“We are not changing any of our practice preparations this week,” Graves said. “The kids were concerned at what does playoff week look like and we are treating it like just another week.”
But in Edna, the Sharks will take on a team that finished in first in their district and features a strong offensive rushing attack.
Edna was led offensively this year by senior Kenny Hayes, who rushed for 1,353 yards and 20 touchdowns while junior Javonte Seymore rushed for 859 yards and seven touchdowns and senior Dayton McCoy chipped in with 726 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
“It is similar to Hitchcock and Industrial teams that we played this year,” Graves said. “We have seen everything that they have done, we just need to settle down and play football. They have some really good athletes over there and we are going to have to play our best game to be able to compete with them.
“That district is ridiculously talented and for them to be district champs speaks highly for their program,” Graves said. “We just have to play within our means. We just have to control us. If we can fix what we do, then we will compete a whole lot better. We can’t get behind on Edna and expect to come back and win the game.”