Sam Houston-LaGrange

Sam Houston had some trouble containing Washington-Marion quarterback Devin Williams last week and will face another elusive quarterback this week in LaGrange’s Quintorus Jones. 

Game time is set for today at 7 p.m. at John J. Mims Stadium.

Williams ran for 121 yards and passed for 123, including a 72-yard touchdown to William Carswell. Jones had two rushing touchdowns last week and threw for 111 yards.

“I think that it is a lot of the same thing,” Sam Houston head coach Chad Paulk said. “They have a quarterback that can scramble in the backfield and ran for a lot of yards against Barbe. 

“He (Jones) can throw the ball a long way. He is an athlete back there that can really hurt you if you can’t contain him. Fortunately, we saw it last week and we able to fix some issues. We are hoping our kids will be more prepared for that moment.”

Sam Houston is going for its third consecutive 2-0 start. The Broncos held Washington-    Marion scoreless in the second half last week.

“The defense really stood out in the second half and held them scoreless, so we are fortunate for that,” Paulk said. “Hats off to what Washington-Marion was able to do. 

“They have some kids that were not willing to go away. We are going to have to contain a little bit better. We are going to have a little bit more pressure on the outside.”

Despite the win, the Broncos don’t feel they have played a complete game yet. Like its jamboree game two weeks ago, Sam Houston’s offensive production tapered off in the second half.

“It is two weeks in a row that we did not finish,” Paulk said. “We had our opportunities to finish the game but we don’t feel like we played four quarters of football. 

“The kids walked away from last week’s game not satisfied. I think it is always a good thing when the kids are not satisfied with how they played. When an opponent is allowing us to put them away, we have to put them away and not let teams hang around. We have to finish what we start.”

Senior quarterback Kyle Bartley threw for 244 yards and a touchdown last week and Paulk is looking to exploit the Gators’ secondary.

“They are going to keep some guys in the box and do their best they can to hold upfront,” Paulk said. “They were able to do that against Barbe for the most part. Their secondary is something that we would definitely like to attack.”