TIGER TIDBITS: Numbers are down with the Houston football program. Two players left the team this week, leaving the Tigers a roster of 33. “We have kids that won’t stick with it,” Houston coach David Williams said. “We have kids walking the halls that should be playing football. Several came out (for the team) and have quit. It has become too easy to quit.” …Starting center Curtis Woosley will miss 4-5 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand at Friday’s jamboree in Sullivan. Freshman Kolby Walker will start in his place. …Williams hopes the Tigers’ new pistol offense will jump-start the running game. Houston averaged just 2.3 yards per rush last season. The Tigers’ opponents averaged 7.4 yards. …The Bulldogs were the only opponent Houston out-rushed last season. The Tigers had a 185-159 advantage.
ABOUT CABOOL: Third-year coach Eric Sloan is a fan of trick plays. He used one last year against Houston to take a lead the Bulldogs never relinquished. On his team’s first offensive play, Sloan called a halfback pass that went for a 59-yard touchdown. Will he have another for this year’s game? “Anybody that has been around me knows that I love trick plays,” Sloan said. “We definitely work on them. I feel it’s important to have a little wrinkle in your sleeve.” …The Bulldogs have a host of new faces at running back this season. Sloan said most impressive thus far has been Broderick Davis, who had a pair of long touchdown runs at Friday’s jamboree. But don’t expect to see Davis in a featured role just yet. “We’re not too eager to throw a freshman out there on Friday nights and throw him to the wolves,” Sloan said.
LAST YEAR’S GAME: Despite a late rally, Houston was unable to overcome several early errors in a 34-13 loss. The Tigers lost three fumbles — all in the opening 12 minutes — and committed four turnovers. Cabool scored on two of its first four plays from scrimmage and led 13-0 just 49 seconds into the game. Houston eventually trailed 19-0 before scoring 13 straight points to pull close. The Tigers were driving to tie the game but were intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter. Cabool added a pair of late scores to pull away.