When it comes to sports, records can be deceiving. Especially when it comes to the Collins High School football team.
"If they would have played our schedule, they'd be 3-0 too. We know that. We understand that. Their guys have seen quality competition so they're going to play at a high level," Bassfield head coach Lance Mancuso said Wednesday. Two time defending state champion Bassfield is set to host Collins Friday night.
The Collins Tigers enter the game 1-2 after losing to a tough 2-A Taylorsville team and 6-A opponent Harrison Central. The Bassfield Yellow Jackets are 3-0 to start the year, and Collins head coach Ryan Earnest knows Friday will be a tough matchup. "We have to go to a hostile environment and play a quality team that's going to be well coached, that's not going to beat themselves, knowing that we've got to play a great football game. We've got to play four quarters and not turn the football over... If we can get better from where we were last Friday to this Friday, we feel good about our chances," Earnest said Wednesday.
However, no matter what the outcome may be Friday night in Bassfield, Earnest says there is plenty to play for in this non-district matchup. "There's a lot of bragging rights on the line. There's going to be a lot of people upset on Saturday morning, and there's going to be a lot of people happy. There's going to be a lot of trash talk going on in some Sunday school classes on Sunday morning."
The Yellow Jackets and the Tigers are set to kickoff in Bassfield at 7 pm Friday night.