New Brockton’s Ryder Tetreault (4) drags down a Brantley receiver last week. Tetreault unfortunately suffered a broken arm during the game.

One of the toughest early-season schedules in Class 2A continues as the New Brockton Gamecocks (0-2, 0-0) host the Class 2A No. 4-ranked Luverne Tigers (1-0, 0-0) in a region matchup on Friday, Sept. 6.

This will be the third opponent for the Gamecocks this season ranked in the Top 10 already, and so far New Brockton has been outscored by a combined 101-33 in those two games against Providence Christian and Brantley.

“The thing about the schedule we’re playing is it’s a really tough three games that really measures where you’re program is at,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes said. “Right now, we’re going, ‘hey, that’s the level we’re trying to play around here.’ Everyone has to do better and collectively that will make the team better.”

Luverne is coming off of a 41-6 thrashing of Class 2A’s No. 9-ranked Georgiana in their season opener last week, while New Brockton fell 59-20 to Brantley.

Holmes said that one of the more frustrating things early in the season is that he knows his team hasn’t played to their potential in its two losses.

“We haven’t played to the best of our ability, so how good are we really,” Holmes asked himself. “I told the kids today that we really don’t know where we’re at because we have yet to put it all together on a Friday night.”

Holmes said that week one’s preparation leading into the Providence Christian game was subpar but preparation for Brantley was much better only to not put it together for the game.

“Luverne is a great football team, so we’re going to have our hands full,” Holmes said. “We have to make sure that we’re preparing the right way during the week and then execute come Friday. We haven’t put all of that together yet this year.”

Holmes said that he knows that last year’s Class 2A runner-up – Luverne – are a tough opponent and it will take the Gamecocks all coming together to have a chance.

“They’re big, fast, strong and athletic,” he continued. “There is a reason they played in the state title game last year. They’re really good.

“This week it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, the opponent shouldn’t have anything do o with how well we play or how we do things. We have to make sure we put our best foot forward and execute, and then let the chips lay where they lay.”

The Gamecocks will have to play the rest of the season without defensive back/receiver Ryder Tetreault who broke his arm against Brantley last week.

The Gamecocks will host Luverne Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.

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