“With so many new kids on the offensive side, mistakes are going to happen,” Patton said. “So, while we were not surprised by this, we know that we have to get better each and everyday.”
The Eagles will host a formidable Tatum team at 5 p.m. Thursday as the exhibition comes to a close.
Tatum, a member of District 9-2A-I, finished 9-3 last year and are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Class 2A preseason poll.
Rusk will kickoff the regular season at 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 30 by visiting Class 4-A Terrell.
NOTE: Rusk defensive assistant coach Stephen Hodge, a former TCU standout at strong safety, is a graduate of Tatum High School...Hodge was a sixth round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, but his professional career ended early due to injuries.