Preview of Week 2: Spanish Fort Toros vs. #7 Daphne Trojans


Spanish Fort Toros (0-1; 0-0) vs. #7 Daphne Trojans (1-0; 0-0)

High school football gets into full swing this week. The season officially kicked off last week, with some teams starting play, but this week all teams will be on the field in the area. For the UTV 44 Game of the Week, we head across the bay for the 6A Region 1 matchup between the Spanish Fort Toros and the Daphne Trojans.

Third year head coach Ben Blackmon will cross I-10 following their 20-27 loss at home to the McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets. Starting quarterback Jack Samsel will look to rebound from his multiple interception in Week one and get the Toros offense going with the help of running back Connor Hegan who had 110 rushing yards along with receiver Kris Abrams-Draine who left the game early due to cramps. The 2016 Toros offense averaged 23.8 points per game. The Spanish Fort defense will also be looking for improvement after giving up 27 points to the Yellow Jackets. The Toros have been known for their stingy defense which only gave up 12.4 points per game. But this 2017 squad will have big holes to fill with the losses of Thomas Johnston and Justin Thomas.

For the Daphne Trojans, 2nd year head coach Kenny King will also be looking for improvements even with the 3-0 win at Davidson last week. Starting quarterback Chance Newman and running back Mike Franklin will have to step up if the offense will improve after being held to under 150 offensive yards. Newman led the 2016 Trojan offense to an average of 30.5 points per game. The defense led by lineman Rashad Yelding and defensive back Christian Williams kept the Warriors out of the end zone. They are already playing at the level of the 2016 defense that only gave up 13.7 points per game.

These two teams have only met five times on the field with Spanish Fort holding the series record of 4-1, winning the last two including the 26-7 victory in 2016. Daphne’s lone series win against the Toros was in 2014 Tune in as kickoff is set for Friday at 7pm on UTV44.