The absolute worst thing about weekly newspapers, especially those with Friday publication days, is that last Friday's game has been cussed and discussed so much there is very little new light to shed.
The bright spots in Howe's 42-14, opening game loss in Gunter — and there were several — and the bad must take a back seat to what our conversation should be about.
Did we, in these pages, talk too much about the great accomplishments of the 2015 team and not fully vet the difficulty of the 2016 schedule?
It looked that way early last week at Tiger Stadium.
Gunter, as coach Hudson said after the game...”smacked us in the mouth.”
Statistically, the two teams were almost even. What the box score numbers don't tell you is that the Tigers had 213 yards of “hidden” offense in fumble returns, interception returns, and punt and kickoff run backs. Four touchdowns came from those four plays
That's the bad stuff.
On the plus side, Howe shut down the Tiger offense inside the 20-yard line three times, forcing Gunter to kick field goals instead of extra points.
Brent Masters and Jaden Matthews got their game going in the fourth quarter and avoided a shutout, Masters averaging nearly 10 yards per carry in the contest.
What's more important to write about is the game tonight.
If the Bulldogs don't respect the skills of Bowie, we may see a repeat.
We don't think that's going to happen.
Here are last week's numbers.
Brent Masters 12-95
Jaden Matthews 16-77
Tyler Grisham 5-16
Dylan Moreau 4-4
Andrew Griffin 2-2
Cooper Akins 2-5
Brandon Wall 3-7 26 yards
Ty Harvey 1-13