Sam Houston-New Iberia

Sam Houston lost its first game of the season last week, but head coach Chad Paulk sees it as a plus as the team got to see what they need to work on.

“Believe it or not, after a loss, I actually feel better this then I felt the first two weeks,” Paulk said. “It showed us a lot. Carencro is a great opponent and it showed us a lot about where our team stands. I like the way we are playing right now.”

Sam Houston scored over 30 points for the third time in as many games, but had three drives end on turnovers, one inside the 10-yard line, gave up a pair of kickoff returns over 70 yards, and three runs over 30 yards.

“I would have like to have fewer penalties and fewer mistakes,” Paulk said. “It wasn’t necessarily penalties. 

“It was more on the lines of mistakes. It was just missed tackles. Two long returns on kickoffs kind of hurt us a bit. I think that we need to wrap up and make plays. We have to make tackles when we are there. Too many times last week, we are there in position and just not wrapping up. Our kids know how to do it. We know our assignments and we know how to tackle. It is about having the mentality that I am not going to miss it. They can’t have a passive mentality. We want to have an aggressive mentality.”

Sam Houston (2-1) will open District 3-5A play with a pair of road games starting at New Iberia (0-3) today at 7 p.m.

The teams have split six games over the last six seasons with four decided by seven or fewer points. Sam Houston won three of those, including 28-21 last year.

“New Iberia is going to be doing the same thing we have seen the last few weeks,” Paulk said. “They are going to be a veer team and Carencro was as well. 

“They are going to run the ball predominantly, but we are used to that. This is the third time we have seen it this year. The kids are prepared for it. It just comes down to us playing four quarters of clean football. If we do that, I like our chances. The new coach is pretty consistent in his call and they stay true to what they do. We look forward to the challenge.”

Sam Houston’s defensive line has played well this season despite having to shuffle players around after O.J. Patterson was injured. Junior Glen Gorum moved into a starting role at nose guard and has eight tackles and two for a loss. Three-years starter Jacob Humphery has 18 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss while Bryan Soileau has 11 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.

“Jacob Humphrey continues to do a good job for us,” Paulk said. “Glen Gorum was the player of the week last week on our defense. 

‘‘He is a short, stocky kid that plays lights out. We had an injury early in the year with O.J. Patterson, ever since then we have had to mix it up a little bit upfront and Glen Gorum has done a really good job for us. Bryan Soileau has done a really good job for us upfront. He had a good game last week and is a hustler.”