Country Day football coach Frank Gendusa has warned his team this week not to look past winless Grace Prep this week.
Grace, which holds a 0-2 record, has suffered two big losses to Oakridge, 47-10 and Dallas Christian, 42-7.
“We told the kids to not look past anyone and play the game that’s in front of you,” Gendusa said.
Country Day holds a 2-0 record after winning its season opener against Greenhill, 34-14, and shutting out Southwest Christian, 35-0, last week.
The 2012 season began on the road for the Falcons. FWCD allowed Greenhill to score in the first 40 seconds of the game but the Falcon defense halted the Hornets for the entire second half.
FWCD returned home to host Southwest Christian. The Falcons were looking out for senior running back Jerald Rogers, who rushed for 250 yards the previous week for the Eagles. Rogers did not have a chance with the FWCD defense.
“It’s not the time to get cocky,” senior defensive end Will Arnold said. “It’s their homecoming so we know they’re going to come out swinging.”
Gendusa said Grace Prep runs a similar offense to Southwest Christian with the exception that the Lions are still trying to find themselves this season.
The Falcon defense prepared for variety of formations in practice this week because the Lions are expected to use several different plays to find out what works best for them, he said.
“If we stick to our assignments and play as a team, there’s no way they can beat us,” senior linebacker Robert Molloy said.
Although Grace Prep will not be the most challenging team FWCD would face this season, there is the possibility for younger Falcons to see some game time.
“You hope that you play well with your starters and if you’re fortunate enough to get the lead, then when your second teamers get in and they have the opportunity to shine,” Gendusa said. “It gives them an opportunity to show the coaches what they can do.”