On paper, North Dallas should beat Conrad on Thursday, but they play the game on the football field, not on paper.
North Dallas (3-5, 0-5) will be trying to get back into the win column against Conrad (1-7, 0-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Field.
“People look at their record and say we’re supposed to win,” North Dallas coach Charles Moss said. “They will play us hard. They have some skilled players.”
Conrad is led by Jonus Williams who has 409 yards (seven TDs) rushing and 76 yards (1 TD) in pass receiving. Williams had 173 yards rushing in a 41-35 win over the Bulldogs last season.
North Dallas will counter with senior running back Geovani Manning, who has 1,469 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns this season. He gained 387 yards last week against BA — 214 yards on Thursday and 173 on Friday.
North Dallas has been competitive in every game this season. The Bulldogs had a 12-8 lead over Bryan Adams last week on Thursday, but when the game resumed on Friday, the Cougars struck quickly to take control en route to a 45-30 win.
Moss attributes “mental mistakes” led to a Bryan Adams kickoff return and punt return for touchdowns. Two fumbles also set up short touchdown drives for the Cougars. If he could take back eight plays, the game would’ve had a different outcome, Moss said.
“We have to learn from our mistakes,” Moss said. “We have to take care of the ball in all three phases. We have to execute. They [BA] didn’t make any mistakes.”
The Bulldogs’ road to playoffs is out but they still have a chance to finish with a 5-5 record. It starts against Conrad on Thursday.