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Opp hosts Raiders in first home game of season

Opp (2-1, 1-0 3A Region 2) looks forward to playing at home for the first time this season in a 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 contest against Houston Academy (2-1, 1-0).

Both teams kicked off the region schedule with lopsided wins last week. The Bobcats handed New Brockton its first loss, 27-0 while the Raiders kept Daleville winless, 50-6.

Head Coach Mike Dubose said OHS had a big win at New Brockton.

“We did not play well our first game, and I was looking for improvement. I felt we made those on offense, defense, and special teams. We still had some mistakes but not as many as we did in the first week. We did play better up front, and it was a good win for us.”

He added the team had a good start to the week at practice. He said, “Because of the holiday, we took some time to look at film and come up with a game plan for this week. We also got some weight workouts and conditioning in, so it was a good day.”

Dubose said Houston Academy would be much improved this year.

“Coach (Eddie) Brundidge has done a really good job, and it looks like he has gone out and gotten more speed on his team. He has hired one of my former coaches, and they also have a former Opp head coach. They know an awful lot about us, so it will be a challenge for us.”

Brundidge returned to the sideline this year for the first time since 2003 when he was at Jackson. He has been coaching for 32 years with a 21-44 record as head coach.

The two teams have played every season since first meeting in 2016. The Bobcats have a 4-1 mark and 142-78 scoring edge. The Raiders won their only game of the series in 2018, 52-0.

Opp made the trip to Dothan worthwhile last season and shut out Houston Academy, 35-0.