Game of the week preview: Pacelli at Brookstone
It’s a good old fashioned A-Private rivalry. Brookstone and Pacelli, battling for the Broocelli jug.
"It’s been such a long-standing traditional rivalry that it’s kind of a season in itself," said Brookstone coach Scott Pethtel.
Despite the difference in records and points each team has been able to score, Pethtel expects a hard-fought game.
"Both teams get anxious for this one and they want to see their own school do well," Pethtel said. "I think it’s gonna be something that will fun to be a part of again."
For the cougars, they’re facing some change. After an injury to starting quarterback Russell Blanchard in last week’s game, Frank Waldrep has switched positions and is now the guy under center. It’s a lot to take in for any guy in his situation, but Waldrep is ready to step up.
"There’s a little bit of pressure but when I was a sophomore I went in as a wide receiver when some people went down," he said. "So I’ve kind of experienced it a little bit and I think it’s a growing experience more than a pressure situation."
Waldrep is looking to get his first win as a starting quarterback this season against a Pacelli team that’s riding high.
"Seeing the kids being able to celebrate hard work," said Pacelli coach Buster Connally. "It was just that thing as a head coach that it was just huge."
The Vikings are coming off their first win of the season, something they’ve been longing for since that first practice.
"It’s great," said player Daniels Mansfield. "I mean our whole team’s spirit is up coming off of a win like that so I’m feeling we’ll do good."
Because while the Vikings are young, they’re hungry and say there’s no better time than now to keep that momentum going.
"We wanna stay even keeled and we wanna work hard," Connally said. "We’ll put our best effort Friday night out on the football field."
Brookstone and Pacelli kick off at 7:30pm at Rex Knight field.