Tigers taking on Montgomery in Bryan on Friday
By Tony Adams
The Belton Tigers football team will get its final test before the regular season, as they travel to Bryan to take on the District 15-6A Montgomery Bears in a scrimmage game at 11 a.m. Friday.
The matchup will be a preseason tune up for the Tigers, as they start the season next Friday night in Waco against University. Montgomery will play Bryan.
The Bears, coached by John Bolfing, were 8-3 in Class 4A in 2014. So Montgomery’s reclassification took the school up two levels. Their district wins last season included Huntsville (44-20), Conroe Caney Creek (55-7), Magnolia West (7-0), Waller (17-0), Willis (24-21), Bryan Rudder (35-14) and Magnolia (43-21). The only district loss in 2013 for the Bears was to the Brenham Cubs 27-10.
They also had a 27-13 win in a pre-district matchup against Angelton, fell to Pearland Dawson 28-0 at Reliant Stadium in Houston and in the bi-district round of the 2013 playoffs 44-10 to Georgetown.
Montgomery have 29 lettermen and 13 starters returning from a year ago, nine of which are on the offensive side of the ball.
Quarterback Josh Bolfing returns to the Bears after missing half of last season with an injury. The Belton defensive line will get to see a great deal of elusive running back Paul Allen (165 carries, 1,120 yards, 10 TDs) who is a valid threat out of the backfield, running behind Larry Harris (6-3, 350), Dustin Castleberry and Wyatt Chalmers.
The Belton secondary will have to deal with a bevy of speedy Montgomery wide receivers in Clay Alexander (4.5 40-yard dash), Jake Loera, Ken’dre Howard and Braden Bell and tight end Johnathan Thomas for Josh Bolfing to throw to.
Quarterback Shane Stafford, running backs Kavan Johnson and Olajuwon Taylor, and the Tigers’ receiving corps will get to see a stellar Bears’ defensive unit. Linebacker Tucker Niesner (61 tackles) and Mason Calhoun (51 tackles) anchor a defense that averaged surrendering 110 points in eight district games (13.8 points per game). Safeties Anthony Thomas and Justin Anderson, as well as cornerback Austin Champion, will be a trio that the Tigers receivers will go head-to-head against in passing routes.
Along with their tilt against Bryan, Montgomery will play Aldine MacArthur and Aldine Davis before heading into their District 15-6 schedule, which includes Spring Westfield, Klein, Klein Forest, Spring, Klein Collins, Klein Oak and Spring DeKaney.