Injuries have decimated Purcell’s line on both sides of the ball.
Four games into the season the Dragons are playing without the likes of Malachi Parrish, Elijah Fixico, Jaysen Shea, Gage Askew and Caden Bonham.
Their injuries vary, coach Tracy Scott said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”
And the leading tackler on the team, Brendan Farris is out for the season with a knee injury.”
“We are down to six linemen on the roster that are not freshmen,” Scott said. “None of the six were starters at the beginning of the season.”
Purcell had one injury last year, the coach recalled.
“Askew, Parrish and Shea are the backbone of our team,” Scott said.
Scott said senior Seth Madrid played well on both sides of the ball last week. He also said Sean Behne played well. Also thrust into major playing roles are Mateo Ramirez, Jair Rojo, Juan Aguinaga in the line and Nate Willis in the defensive backfield.
“He’s just a pup and is getting on-the-job training,” Scott said.
Other players are nicked up like Nick Albright who has a leg injury but played the game at Plainview last Friday night.
Albright led the Dragons with 14 tackles and an interception. He returned the football 35 yards before being tackled, Scott said.
The Indians pinned a 56-0 loss on the Dragons who host undefeated Sulphur here Friday night at Conger Field at 7 p.m.
Sulphur, 4-0 and 1-0, has wins over Madill, Davis, Cache and Bethel.
They have only given up 51 points in the first four games.
“They are a very good football team,” Scott reports.
The Bulldogs return four offensive linemen off last year’s squad and have good speed and size at running back.
“They run it,” Scott said. “They don’t throw a bunch but will run some play action to keep you honest.
“They give you a lot of formations you have to line up for,” the coach continued. “We will have to give ourselves a chance by getting lined up properly.”
“On defense they are a come sic ‘em,” Scott said. “They will probably be in a three man front against us and will bring a lot of pressure.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Nick Albright as the Defensive Player of the Week.
Albright made 14 tackles against Plainview and returned an interception for 35 yards.
There were no other nominations.