Hico head coach Keith Wood and staff are having a hard time judging Rio Vista, so they are electing to prepare for the best Eagles team possible before hitting the road Friday.
"It's hard to tell how good they are. They played a not good Itasca team last week and dominated, but it's hard to judge," said Wood of his thoughts on visiting Rio Vista at 7:30 p.m. Friday. "It looks like they're well coached and execute things pretty well."
Rio Vista has gone to the pistol formation offensively.
"I guess everyone's going to that; it's popular right now for sure," Wood said. "They run two tight ends to balance you up defensively, and they have some good looking kids with good size."
Rio Vista beat Itasca 52-8 on the road in its opener. Hico beat the Eagles 40-0 last year, but Wood still isn't taking anything for granted.
"Last year they had a good quarterback and he got injured and didn't come back against us," said Wood. "He's back, so that makes a difference. He's a pretty good athlete."
The Tigers showed some athleticism of their own against Dublin, rushing for 376 yards and racking up 459 yards of total offense.
Duane Hyles, just a sophomore, rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns on a workman-like 24 carries. His brother, junior Blake Hyles, rushed for 110 yards and a score and also blocked a punt that was picked up in the end zone by Cade Hitzfeld.
Hico only passed for 89 yards against the Lions, but Wood felt like the Tigers achieved what they needed to through the air.
"We're going to stick with our bread and butter out of the wing-T, but we're also adding a few formations as we go to keep teams from being able to load the box against us as much," Wood said. "If we can throw the ball 10 or so times a game and do it efficiently, like last week, it will keep the defense honest."
The Tigers follow the road trip with their annual Hamilton County rivalry game. They host Hamilton on Sept. 13.