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CLASS 6A
King 8
Carroll 9
Ray 16
CLASS 5A
Calallen 12
Tuloso-Midway 14
Gregory-Portland 15
Alice 17
Flour Bluf 18
Miller 20
Moody 21
CLASS 4A
Beeville 22
Rockport-Fulton 23
Robstown 26
Kingsville 27
Sinton 28
Ingleside 29
Orange Grove 30
West Oso 31
CLASS 3A
Banquete 32
Santa Gertrudis 33
Odem 34
Taft 35
Mathis 36
Aransas Pass 37
Bishop 38
Falfurrias 39
San Diego 40
CLASS 2A
Refugio 41
London 42
TAPPS
John Paul II 43
CREDITS
ON THE
COVER
UIL realignment
created a 30-5A
megadistrict that
figures to be the
Coastal Bend’s
most competitive.
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STAFF WRITERS
Jose Rodriguez
George Vondracek
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS
Stuart Duncan
Pete Garcia
Kenny Ryan
Coy Slavik
Matt Young
STAFF
PHOTOGRAPHERS
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Todd Yates
Michael Zamora
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MUST-SEE
GAMES
Of the football games on the South Texas
calendar, here are our 14 must-see games
for 2014:
SEPT. 5
Carroll at Gregory-Portland: Can G-P
avenge last year’s 38-14 upset loss in the
Battle of the Bridge?
SEPT. 6
Flour Bluf vs. Kilgore at Houston Galena
Park: The Hornets get an early nondistrict
test when they take on Class 3A Division I’s
2013 runner up.
SEPT. 19
Calallen at Alice: The rivals split a pair of
playof games the past two years. This should
have postseason intensity.
SEPT. 26
Cameron Yoe at Refugio: The Bobcats, last
year’s Class 2A Division II runner-up, host last
year’s 2A Division I state champion.
SEPT. 27
Ingleside vs. Rogers at Geronimo
Navarro: Coming of a 9-4 season, Ingleside
faces a Rogers team whose last loss was a
postseason barnburner, 73-72, to Refugio.
OCT. 10
London at Santa Maria: Corpus Christi’s
youngest football program plays its inaugural
district football game.
OCT. 10
Shiner at Refugio: District 15-2A Division I
play opens with battle of 2013 state runners-up.
OCT. 24
Flour Bluf at Calallen: This battle of rivals
may well determine the District 30-5A race.
Calallen won 49-28 at Flour Bluf last year.
OCT. 24
Woodsboro at Bruni: Bruni, a district champ
last year, faces newcomer Woodsboro in what
might go down as the 16-2A Division II’s title
game. Bruni was 9-2 last year, Woodsboro 8-2.
OCT. 24
Taft at Odem: Now that Refugio has
dropped classifications, can Taft emerge from
the Bobcats’ shadow to win district? Odem is
its top challenger
OCT. 24
Carroll vs. King at Buccaneer Stadium:
One of Corpus Christi’s biggest rivalries,
Carroll won 38-17 a year ago, but King won
36-0 the year before. Will this year bring a
tighter game?
OCT. 31
Port Isabel at Orange Grove: Orange Grove
pursues its fourth straight district title against
the team that knocked it from the postseason
a year ago with an area-round shellacking.
NOV. 7
Flour Bluf at Alice: A rematch of last year’s
most thrilling game. Flour Bluf won in the
final minute with a goal-line stand on a two-
point conversion after Alice used a Hornets’
penalty to take a game-tying extra point of
the board to go for the win.
NOV. 7
Ingleside at Sinton: Ingleside and Sinton
have shared district titles each of the last two
seasons. This year, each wants the trophy for
themselves.
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Expect a fiercely contested, hard-hitting game when
Calallen and Flour Bluff meet Oct. 24 in a showdown that
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1. CALALLEN FINISHES
THIRD OR WORSE
IN DISTRICT 30-5A
With only four returning
starters and none on defense,
a third-place finish would be
a boldly optimistic predic-
tion for most teams — but not
Calallen. Rival coaches say
the Wildcats should still be
stacked despite the losses and
Dave Campbell’s Texas Foot-
ball tabbed them to win Dis-
trict 30-5A, but we say maybe,
maybe, this is the year they fall
all the way to third. Ouch.
FIVE FEARLESS PREDICTIONS
RACHEL DENNY CLOW/CALLER-TIMES
Tyler Castellano, coach Jason
Herring and Refugio have run
roughshod in their district for a
long time. That could change.
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
Sinton had plenty to celebrate last year. One more win this year
puts the Pirates in the state championship game.
GEORGE TULEY/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
The signs point toward coach Robbie Moreno and London picking
up their first district win on Halloween.
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
Ray’s Armando Garza and the
Texans’ CCISD Class 6A brethren
may have an easier path to the
postseason this year.
MICHAEL ZAMORA/CALLER-TIMES
His opponents never underestimate Calallen coach Phil Danaher,
but the Wildcats suffered heavy personnel losses entering this year.
2. ALL THREE OF CORPUS
CHRISTI’S 6A SCHOOLS
MAKE THE PLAYOFFS
There are six teams in Dis-
trict 28-6A — three from Cor-
pus Christi and three from San
Antonio — and all but two will
reach the playofs. Powerhouse
Cibolo Steele is gone from the
district, leaving behind a trio
of San Antonio programs that
went a combined 12-20 in 2013.
With the right breaks, Carroll,
King and Ray can do better
than at least two of them.
3. SINTON REACHES THE CLASS 4A DIVISION II
STATE TITLE GAME
The Pirates fell one game short of the state final last year,
but it wasn’t exactly a close one. The Pirates were blasted
56-13 by Region III representative Fairfield. With 14 start-
ers coming back, including dual-threat quarterback Tyler
Handson and plenty of defenders, we think the Pirates will
be back in the state semifinals in 2014, and this time they’ll
make it to the season’s final game.
4. REFUGIO WILL FAIL TO
WIN ITS DISTRICT FOR THE
FIRST TIME SINCE 2004
True, the Bobcats are com-
ing of a 2013 state title game
appearance, and true, they
dropped a classification in the
ofseason. But their new dis-
trict will ofer as tough a road
as they’ve ever traveled. Last
year’s Class A Division I state
runner-up Shiner stands in
Refugio’s way, and the Coman-
ches didn’t even win this dis-
trict last year — fellow district
mate Ganado did — ofering
proof positive that state title
credentials won’t scare anyone
in District 15-2A Division I.
5. LONDON’S FIRST DISTRICT WIN COMES OCT. 31
Corpus Christi’s newest football program faces its first season
of district play this fall in 16-2A Division I. Nobody knows quite
what to expect of the Pirates, who didn’t play a varsity schedule
in 2013, but we do know a thing or two about their opponents.
Notably, that Riviera’s ofense was shut out in seven games last
year and its defense gave up an average of 46 points per game.
When London travels to Riviera on Oct. 31, we’re betting the
team we know falls to the team we don’t.
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QUARTERBACK
Tyler Handson, Sinton, sr.: Not
many football players can claim
they’ve had as successful a sea-
son as Handson did in 2013. The
dual-threat quarterback scored 50
touchdowns and racked up more
than 4,000 total yards to lead Sin-
ton to the state semifinals, and he’ll
attempt to build on that in 2014.
RUNNING BACKS
Reidel Clayton, Flour Bluff,
soph.: Clayton wasn’t Flour Bluff’s
first option at running back, nor
was he its second in 2013, but when
pressed into duty because of injuries
ahead of him on the depth chart,
he wowed the Coastal Bend with a
1,311-yard season to earn All-South
Texas Newcomer of the Year honors.
Tristan Barrera, Ray, sr.: Barrera
is District 28-6A’s most productive
returning running back after an
886-yard season in 2013. Now that
do-it-all quarterback Matt Merino
has graduated, Barrera will be
leaned on to carry a heavier load in
2014.
WIDE RECEIVERS
Kevin Dewitt, Flour Bluff, sr.:
Dewitt racked up 829 yards as one
of QB Cody Brewer’s favorite targets
in a run-first offense last year. What
will he do as the Hornets switch
to an up-tempo, air-raid attack?
Expect Dewitt to be the area’s most
productive receiver at the season’s
end.
Isaiah Patterson, Moody, sr.:
Known as “Kid Flash” by his team-
mates, the speedster (4.4 in the
40-yard dash) will be leaned on
heavily to help new QB Elijah Smith
acclimate to his role in the offense.
Coach Mike Cantu said Patterson
might also get looks at running back
— anything to get the ball in the
hands of Moody’s fastest athlete.
Tyler Castellano, Refugio, sr.: Cas-
tellano would have fit in at receiver or
running back on this list. The talented
athlete earned All-District MVP honors
last year after rushing for 700 yards
and hauling in passes for 810 more.
Whoever takes over at QB for the Bob-
cats will lean on Castellano heavily as
Refugio makes another run at state.
OFFENSIVE LINE
Joe Richard Castellano, Refugio,
sr.: A year ago, Castellano was the
lone returner on Refugio’s line. If that
put a heavy burden on his shoulders,
he didn’t show it. Castellano’s block-
ing guided the Bobcats to the Class
2A Division II state final and he will
figure prominently if the Bobcats
return to Arlington in December.
Chase Herrig, Sinton, jr: The
Pirates return only two offensive
linemen, but when one of them is
Herrig, it sure feels like more. Com-
ing off a second-team All-South
Texas season, Herrig will be looked
at to lead a retooled line that paved
the way for Sinton’s bruising rushing
attack during the 2013 playoffs.
Declan DeYoung, Flour Bluff,
sr.: Flour Bluff’s offensive line was
a force last year, and one of the
top returners from that line is the
always-vocal DeYoung. On a team
brimming with talent, DeYoung
might get overlooked in favor of
flashy skill-position players, but
there’s no denying the role he will
have in what the Hornets hope will
be a historic season.
Joe Saldaña, Taft, sr.: A two-year
all-district selection, Saldaña is as
smart as he is talented. Ranked No.
1 in his class, he also figures to be
the No. 1 reason Taft’s line will be a
force in 2014.
Aaron Davis, Orange Grove, sr.:
Davis is the top returner on a line that
provided QB Hondo Harris all the
protection he needed to orchestrate a
3,203-yard passing attack in 2013. As
one of four returning ofensive starters,
Davis will play a big role in helping Har-
ris do it again in 2014.
PUNTER
Justin Aminzadeh, King, sr.:
Aminzadeh has been a reliable
special-teams presence for King for
years. His 35.9-yard average punt
helps the Mustangs stay on the right
side of the field-position battle,
which could prove a decisive edge
in 2014.
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Dewitt
J. Castellano
Saldaña
Barrera
T. Castellano
DeYoung
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DEFENSIVE LINE
Phillip Zuniga, Banquete, jr.:
Zuniga’s 78 tackles and 12 sacks
earned him second-team all-state
honors in 2013. This year, the Bulldogs
hope those talents can lead them to a
winning record.
Mike Huerta, Sinton, sr.:
The Pirates didn’t hold opponents to
22.2 points per game last year by acci-
dent. Huerta’s 62 tackles played a key
role in plugging up the line so the rest
of Sinton’s defense could do its job
behind him. He’ll be a key cog to this
year’s defensive success.
Kasey Hosey, Robstown, jr.:
Robstown’s three wins in 2013 might
not sound like much, but it’s worlds
better than the zero it posted in 2011
and 2012. Hosey had 73 tackles last
year, including 10 for a loss, and the tal-
ented defensive end will be looked at
for a repeat performance in 2014.
Jasper Staford, King, Jr: After earn-
ing all-district honors as a sophomore,
coaches can’t wait to see what Staf-
ford does his junior year. The talented
defensive lineman had 63 tackles a
year ago and will be counted on to
anchor King’s defensive line.
LINEBACKERS
Tim Garcia, Alice, sr.: A popular pick
as District 30-5A’s best defensive
player, Garcia racked up 87 tackles
a year ago. Many say either Alice or
Calallen will have the district’s best
defense, and Garcia will be leaned
on to make sure the Coyotes come
out not just on the better end of that
argument, but the better end of the
title race.
Anthony Evans, Miller, sr.: Miller
coach Remy Rodriguez can’t seem to
say enough good things about Evans,
and it’s easy to see why. Evans’ 139
tackles and eight sacks was a gaudy
stat line that earned him second-
team All-South Texas honors in 2013.
He’s a player offenses will have to
account for in 2014.
Nainoa Bean, Gregory Portland,
Jr: The Wildcats’ defense might have
struggled last year, but it wasn’t for
lack of trying among the linebacking
corps. Bean earned district newcomer
of the year honors after racking up 111
tackles and four sacks in 2013. He’ll be
a key piece to any G-P defensive
turnaround this fall.
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Jalen Campbell, Flour Bluff, sr.:
Campbell missed 2013 with a knee
injury, but is considered a blue-chip
prospect with offers from TCU and
Oregon despite his year away from the
game. Rival coaches remember him as
a lockdown corner before the injury,
and he’ll be out to prove he can still
take any team’s best receiver out of
the game.
Colton Cohea, Sinton, jr.: Cohea
was a second-team all-state pick last
year after racking up 168 tackles and
five interceptions. He’ll be counted
on to again intimidate opposing
receivers and make his presence felt
in run support.
Josh Wilson, Carroll, sr.: Wilson was
an all-district selection for the Tigers
last year after registering 40 tackles
and an interception. If Carroll wants
to return to the playoffs, Wilson will
have to play an even bigger role than
he did last year.
Jalen Gross, Ingleside, sr.: It’s hard
to say whether Gross is a better fit on
offense, where he was a 1,175-yard
rusher, or defense, where he regis-
tered 51 tackles and six interceptions.
After seeing him return two of those
interceptions for touchdowns in a
single game last year, he gets the nod
at DB. Watch out for this
ball-hawking senior.
KICKER
Trent Wilson, Calallen, jr: In a dis-
trict as competitive as 30-5A, there
are going to be some tight games, and
when there are going to be some tight
games, a good kicker might be the dif-
ference between victory and defeat.
Wilson’s leg will provide Calallen a
benefit that can’t be denied.
Kenny Ryan
BILL OLIVE/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
After missing last season with a knee injury, Flour Bluff defensive back Jalen Campbell, a Division I recruit,
is expected to have a big impact for the Hornets this season.
By George Vondracek
vondracekg@caller.com
361-886-3731
There are a few changes in the
King football camp this season.
First, sixth-year coach
Eddie Hesseltine went the
route of having spring work-
outs for the first time in his
coaching career. Next, with
new offensive coordinator
Justen Evans on board, the
Mustangs are planning to place
more emphasis on the passing
game this season.
The hope in the Mustangs’
camp is that change will
equate to a return to normalcy,
or at least what had become a
recent constant. King was
denied a fourth consecutive
postseason berth after a dis-
mal, injury-riddled 2-7 season.
“We had been in three years
running so last year was a big
slap in the face and woke us
up,” Hesseltine said. “The
kids are really, really hungry.
They want to play for a district
championship and they want
to win in the playofs so they’ve
got those goals.”
Fueled by a defense on
which nine starters return and
an ofense with talented skill
players, Hesseltine’s optimism
may be at an all-time high.
“Oh, man, I’m really excited
about our defense,” Hesseltine
said. “Our ofense is not bad,
but I tell you what, it’s hard to
run a play on these (defensive)
guys. Sometimes we have to re-
mind ourselves that we don’t
have to play these type of guys
every single night. But it’s great
because it gets us ready. We
feel if we can block those guys
and get some things done on
those guys that we should have
some success.”
Success, however, in the new
District 28-6A, will be predi-
cated on a few issues.
FIRST DOWN:
CONSISTENCY
While injuries did play a
part in King’s season a year
ago, the Mustangs often were
playing against two teams —
themselves and their oppo-
nent. They were undone as
much by their erratic play as
they were by the opposition.
“Consistency, what I mean
by that is playing to our poten-
tial week in and week out, no
matter who the opponent is,”
Hesseltine said. “Whether it’s
a team that has not had a good
year or a team that is having a
great year, we need to be able
to play the same up to and not
down each week. I think those
are some keys.”
The large group of returnees
— six also return on ofense,
as well as highly touted and
four-year punter/place-kicker
Justin Aminzadeh, as part of
the 220 players in the program
— should help in that regard,
Hesseltine said.
“Whether they were soph-
omores last year or juniors,
they’ve done it,” Hesseltine
said. “They’ve been under-
neath the lights with it all on
the line and I think that that’s
just going to help us, more than
it’s helped us in the past. I don’t
know if we’ve ever come back
with this many kids returning
as far as starting experience
goes. And a lot of that was be-
cause of the injuries last year.
Some kids had to step up.”
SECOND DOWN:
DEFENSIVE STAND
Up front, the Mustangs re-
turn junior nose guard Jasper
Staford, senior ends Bobby
Rosser and Johnny Eaton and
tackle Angel Garcia. Lineback-
ers Rodney Taylor (junior) and
senior Ryan Zarate also return,
as do cornerbacks Daniel John-
son and Justin Alvarado and
safety Santiago Ramos.
While that is a fine cast on
which to build, Hesseltine
is quick to point out that the
proof will be in results.
“I think that specifically on
defense, where we have 13 kids
that have started a game and
nine that are returning start-
ers, to meet those expectations
and go beyond them are a key
for our guys,” Hesseltine said.
THIRD DOWN: HEAD GAME
Hesseltine would like the
Mustangs to be able to take
advantage of what teams give
them, specifically in the red
zone. Four of King’s losses
were by seven points or few-
er, and Hesseltine said some
of those results could have
been reversed had things
fallen correctly.
With former Caller-Times
Newcomer of the Year and
running back Tristian Price,
wideouts Indigo Jackson,
Holcy Thompson and Razhan
Williams and linemen Bran-
don Graham and Phuoc Mai
returning and junior Spencer
Manuel manning the pass at-
tack, King would appear to
possess the weapons to con-
vert some of those situations
inside the 20.
But it is a mindset that has to
be nurtured, Hesseltine said.
“We honestly try to work
on some of those things, the
mental aspect of the game, dur-
ing our ofseason,” Hesseltine
said. “We talk about it all the
time. We’re our worst enemy at
times. We feel like athletically,
speed and for the better part,
even size, most times we’re
right with most of the teams,
especially down here. So we
just can’t be our own worst
enemy and that is mentally I’d
say more than anything.”
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King looks to shake things up
EXPERIENCE,
CONSISTENCY
WILL BE KEY
GEORGE GONGORA/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
Running back Tristian Price (6) is back for his senior year at King and figures to be a mainstay in the Mustangs’
rushing attack.
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KING MUSTANGS
Head coach: Eddie Hesseltine
Career record: 46-37 (24-28 at King)
2013 record: 2-7
Last district title: 2002
Last playof appearance: 2012
Returning lettermen: 27
Returning of/def starters: 6/9
Base ofense: Spread/multiple
Base defense: 4-2-5/multiple
TOP RETURNEES
Justin Aminzadeh, P/PK, sr.; Tristian Price, RB, sr.; Jasper Staford, NG, jr.;
Rodney Taylor, LB, jr.; Razhan Williams, WR, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jordan Allen, RB/QB, soph.; Albert Villarreal, OL, soph.
By George Vondracek
vondracekg@caller.com
361-886-3731
Between the lines, coach
Tony Trevino isn’t fretting too
much about how Carroll will
perform this season.
With nine returning ofen-
sive starters, including junior
quarterback Jesse Jones, run-
ning backs Noah Lisk, Butch
Gonzalez and Neil Campbell,
center Nick Cheesman, receiver
Andrew Wilson and big tackles
Hunter Bowers and Tres Perez,
the Tigers are primed to make
improvements from a year ago.
The defense will feature a
new coordinator (Gregory-
Portland product Rene Cor-
tinas) and a new scheme but
has five experienced players in
ends Aaron Rosales and Kyle
McAnally, tackles De Vante
Gipson and Eric Ramirez and
safety Josh Wilson. All of those
players, save for Ramirez, are
seniors, and that will help the
Tigers acclimate themselves
into the new system.
“We feel the tangibles are
there,” said Trevino, whose Ti-
gers returned to the postseason
a year ago, ending a one-year
hiatus after seven consecutive
playof appearances. “As a staf,
we’re extremely excited about
this fall. We really feel like we
have a chance to get Carroll back
to where it hasn’t been in a while.
“That’s a lofty statement,
but that’s the expectation at
this place year in and year out.
We’re not going to back down
from those expectations.”
What will play large roles
in Carroll’s success in the re-
vamped District 28-6A may
take place outside the lines and
between the Tigers’ ears.
FIRST DOWN:
STAYING HUNGRY
Carroll is touted by some
preseason publications to do
well in 28-6A. That is all well
and good. What concerns
Trevino is that Carroll still is
a relatively young squad. If the
Tigers allow some of the hype
and attention to get in their
heads, it could deter or prevent
pursuing their first district
championship since 2005.
And the chore of steeling
the Tigers’ minds rests on
Trevino, who spent time with
coaches from perennial play-
of entrants such as Southlake
Carroll, Katy and Cedar Hill to
learn ways to ensure the blind-
ers stay afxed.
“They have daily checklists
that they go by to make sure
that their players are posi-
tively humbled,” Trevino said.
“By that, I mean we coach in a
positive manner, but we kind
of keep them on an even keel
so that they don’t get too thick-
headed and too fat.
“I think if we have some
success early on it can easily
go to our head, and we’ll start
thinking, ‘Man, we got this. We
don’t need to work hard, we
don’t need to continue prac-
ticing.’ It’s just the opposite.
To get better, we have to keep
doing those things.”
SECOND DOWN:
STUDY, BOYS
At the varsity level, Trevino
can count one hand the num-
ber of players he has lost to aca-
demic ineligibility in his two
seasons. At the junior varsity
and freshman level, it has been
more concerning.
Thus, doing well in the
classroom is something
Trevino and his staf are going
to emphasize.
“I just think we’ve got to up
the ante. We’ve always done a
good job, but I don’t think you
can ever do a good enough job
of monitoring academic prog-
ress,” Trevino said. “We’ve got
to remind our young men why
they’re here.”
THIRD DOWN: LEAD ON
Trevino established a player
leadership council in his first
season at Carroll, comprised of
three sophomores, juniors and
seniors elected by their team-
mates. It afords the players to
police and monitor themselves,
with weekly meetings with Tre-
vino to discuss any facet of the
program.
The council has worked
well, Trevino said. That being
said, however, he is anxiously
awaiting that leadership to
transfer to the field.
“I don’t know who, in a time
of crisis, is going to step up and
tell everybody in the huddle that
it’s OK. I’m still looking for those
guys on this team,” Trevino
said.“That’s something I’m try-
ing to find right of the bat when
we get started. We ended ofsea-
son, and I brought that up to the
team. That’s an issue for me.”
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Attitude key for young Tigers
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CARROLL TIGERS
Head coach: Tony Trevino
Career record: 31-42 (5-15 at Carroll)
2013 record: 4-6
Last district title: 2005
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 36
Returning of/def starters: 9/5
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-3
TOP RETURNEES
Hunter Bowers, OT, jr.; De Vante
Gipson, DT, sr.; Jesse Jones, QB, jr.;
Noah Lisk, RB, jr.; Aaron Rosales, DE,
sr.; Josh Wilson, DB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Riley Balalong, DL, jr.; Caylin Smith,
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Calallen football coach Phil
Danaher still remembers the
day he was summoned before
a room of football coaches and
handed a thick packet with the
University Scholastic League’s
seal printed on top.
It was Feb. 3 — realignment
day.
Given the contents of the
packet, it felt a lot more like
judgment day.
“I knew it was going to be
a tough draw,” Danaher said,
“(But) this is the toughest (dis-
trict) we’ve ever had, without
a doubt.”
The Wildcats were placed in
the nine-team District 30-5A,
alongside Tuloso-Midway, Al-
ice, Flour Bluf, Miller, Moody,
Gregory-Portland and Victoria
East and West.
Gone were the days of small
leagues with bountiful playof
berths.
Gone were the days of hav-
ing half a season to shape up
for the district race.
Gone were the days of shar-
ing a district with only one or
two regional powers, where
mistakes and slip-ups could
be forgiven.
The latest wave of realign-
ment brought with it a new era
— the dawn of a super district
— and as Danaher exchanged
glances with District 30-5A’s
other coaches, he knew they
were all thinking the same
thing: This is going to be tough.
STACKED
The Coastal Bend has seen its
share of large and challenging
districts before, but the coach-
es of District 30-5A say they’ve
never seen the likes of this.
“We used to be in an eight-
team district that had Alice,
Calallen, Gregory-Portland,
Rockport-Fulton, Kingsville,
Tuloso-Midway (and others),”
Flour Bluf coach Chris Stein-
bruck said.
“(That was) kind of a super
district, but this one’s even
more competitive because of
the addition of Victoria East
and Victoria West, a third-
round playof team last year.”
Five of 30-5A’s teams —
Calallen, Flour Bluf, Alice,
Gregory-Portland and Victoria
West — were playof teams a
year ago.
Two of those five — Calallen
and Flour Bluf — were unde-
feated district champions.
“Something’s got to give,”
Alice coach Chris Soza said.
“It’s going to be one of the
toughest (districts) in the state.”
One of the toughest, and also
one of the most competitive.
Soza’s Coyotes were one
of three teams to earn a first-
place vote in a recent Caller-
Times preseason poll of 30-5A
coaches.
Seven teams earned at least
one vote as a playof contender
and, when coaches were en-
couraged to speak candidly
of each other’s teams for the
anonymous poll, several un-
dercard programs were iden-
tified as having the potential
to upset the district’s favorites.
Whole new (district) ballgame
30-5A STACK IS
LARGE AND
CHALLENGING
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Flour Bluff quarterback Cody Brewer is expected to have a big presence in District 30-5A, as seven of the league’s nine coaches voted him the
preseason offensive MVP.
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Alice linebacker Tim Garcia (46) is the Coyotes’ defensive leader and in a poll of 30-5A coaches, he was voted
the preseason defensive MVP.
“There’s not going to be a
single week anybody can take
off,” Tuloso-Midway coach
Brian Boone said. “It wouldn’t
surprise me to see the No. 1
team have at least one loss.”
THREE’S COMPANY
The most popular teams
to win the district are Flour
Bluf, Calallen and Alice, with
Victoria West earning respect
as a threat on the cusp.
Out of those top three, the
favorite of the bunch of Flour
Bluff, which most coaches
expect to boast 30-5A’s best
offense thanks to a roster
brimming with speed and
what the poll revealed to be
the district’s preseason of-
fensive MVP, quarterback
Cody Brewer.
“For how big he is, yet how
athletic, I think that impresses
everyone,” Steinbruck said.
“He gets the ball out quick and
it’s on a rope. He’s stepping up
and delivering a lot better than
he had last year and making
big-time throws.”
Just because the Hornets are
favorites doesn’t mean they
can rest easy. They just have to
think back to last year’s games
against Alice and Calallen
— the two teams coaches ex-
pect to have their district’s
best defenses this year — to
be reminded how mortal they
can be.
Calallen defeated the
Hornets 49-28 on Sept. 13. in
a nondistrict game; Alice was
a last-minute, goal-line stand
away from beating them two
weeks later.
“We kicked for the tie, they
jumped ofside, and we took
the point of to go for the win,”
Soza said. “I’m not going to
second-guess it. The kids
wanted to go for it, the defen-
sive coordinator wanted to go
for it, we were on a roll and felt
we couldn’t be stopped from a
yard and a half out.”
Which just might be what
the district title, the final play-
of berth or any other Friday
night game comes down to in
the Coastal Bend’s super dis-
trict: One last yard, and who
wants it more.
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COACHES POLL
Note: Coaches were asked to rank
the top four teams in the district.
Ballots were weighted, first-place
votes in parentheses.
1. Flour Bluf 34 (7)
2. Calallen 22 (1)
3. Alice 14 (1)
4. Victoria West 14
5. Victoria East 3
6. Tuloso-Midway 2
7. Miller 1
BEST OFFENSE
1. Flour Bluf 8
2. Alice 1
BEST DEFENSE
1. Calallen 5
2. Alice 4
PRESEASON
OFFENSIVE MVP
1. Cody Brewer, QB, Flour Bluf, 7
2. Reidel Clayton, RB, Flour Bluf, 1
3. Johnathan Ortega,
QB, Victoria East, 1*
*Ortega has told coaches and media
members he plans to forgo the 2014
football season to focus on base-
ball, but some district coaches think
he might still participate.
PRESEASON
DEFENSIVE MVP
1. Tim Garcia, LB, Alice, 3
2. Anthony Evans, LB, Miller, 1
3. Aaron Dilworth, CB/S, Flour Bluf, 1
4. Jalen Campbell, CB, Flour Bluf, 1
5. Nainoa Bean, LB, G-P, 1
Note: Two coaches declined
to vote for this category.
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SIZING UP THE COMPETITION
District 30-5A coaches were asked to provide candid anonymous assessments
of each other’s teams. Here’s what they had to say:
ALICE
“It’s a typical, hard-nosed football team. They run the ball well, their play
action is to be reckoned with. They’ll be a favorite in district, no question.”
CALALLEN
“Don’t let (head coach Phil) Danaher fool you. He’ll tell you they’re down. On
paper, they may look like they’re down, but their JV (squad) last year could
have beat most people’s varsity teams.”
FLOUR BLUFF
“You can’t say enough about Flour Bluf and the kids they have coming back on
ofense and defense. Speed kills. It’s hard to teach and when you have it, you
have it.”
GREGORY-PORTLAND
“They have a lot of tradition. It will be interesting to see what they do without
(running back Devin) Bisby. He’s been their stud for three years and he’s carried
their team. I don’t know what they’ll do without him.”
MILLER
“Miller scares me. They’re definitely not going to be a team you take lightly.
(Coach) Remy (Rodriguez) and his staf do a great job. Those kids get after it.”
MOODY
“It will be interesting to see what Moody looks like without (Michael) Cantu at
QB. When we talk about Moody, that’s the first thing that comes out of every-
body’s mouths. What will they do without the QB?”
TULOSO-MIDWAY
“I think they’ll be the surprise of the district. I think they can sneak in there and
be one of the top four, I really do.”
VICTORIA EAST
“I know they’ve had trouble playing defense, but they’ve got that speed and
some good-looking athletes.”
VICTORIA WEST
“West had a great playof run last year. When I think of Victoria, I think athletes
all over the field with a great ofense that scores a lot of points.”
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By Kenny Ryan
ctsports@caller.com
361-886-3614
This is clear — in the
30-year Phil Danaher era,
Calallen has been the defini-
tion of consistency.
Whether it’s the 29 consecu-
tive playof appearances, the
24 10-win seasons or Danaher’s
17 district titles at Calallen,
there’s nary a blemish on a
résumé that dates back to 1984
But this year will put that
consistency to the test.
The Wildcats return just
four starters on ofense and
none on defense, losing nearly
all the key pieces of last year’s
11-1 regional quarterfinalist.
“It’s (nearly) the most we’ve
ever lost,” Danaher said. “We’ll
have to play a lot of sophomores
and some freshmen.”
FIRST DOWN:
WHOLE NEW CREW
With so few returning start-
ers, fans of Calallen football
will be introduced to a whole
new set of starring faces this
fall. Gone are the likes of quar-
terback Derek Scheible and
linebackers Kade Young (the
All-South Texas defensive
MVP) and Trevor Moses. In are
relative unknowns like quarter-
back Forrest Crisp, tight end/
defensive end Lawrence Mann
and running back/defensive
back Gage Land.
Those names might not ring
any bells right now, but they’ll
ring their fair share on the field
this fall.
“We feel like they can step
in to help,” Danaher said. “The
thing about it is trying to stay
healthy — that’s where it all
comes together. It will be a
knockdown, drag-out (fight)
for eight weeks.”
SECOND DOWN:
DEFENSIVE FACELIFT
As if the departure of all
11 defensive starters wasn’t
daunting enough, the Wild-
cats also will have to replace
three position coaches on their
defensive staf.
Linebackers coaches Joel
DeLaPaz and Gary Hartman
and defensive line coach Vance
Hale all accepted new jobs as
defensive or co-defensive co-
ordinators at Alvin, West Oso
and Baytown Sterling, respec-
tively.
“People like Calallen
coaches, and they all got good
pay raises,” Danaher said.
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“I congratulated them
all and wish them the
best. I don’t want coach-
es on my staf no one
else wants.”
The losses aren’t all
doom and gloom, how-
ever. Calallen has flour-
ished in rebuilding years
before.
In 2000, the Wild-
cats had zero returning
starters on defense but
reached the state semifi-
nals with a 13-2 record. In
2005, they returned only
one player on ofense
and four on defense but
reached the state title
game with a 14-2 record.
As one area coach
said, “Don’t let Danaher
fool you. Their junior
varsity last year could
have beat most people’s
varsity teams.”
THIRD DOWN:
10 IN A ROW
If you thought the
bad news for Calallen
was over, you’re about
to be disappointed. For
the first time in Dana-
her’s 40-year career, he’s
drawn a schedule where
his team’s bye week falls
in week 10.
That means the
Wildcats must play
10 games — from Mer-
cedes in Zero Week to
Victoria East in Week 9
— with nary a break in
between.
“I’ve never gotten that
draw before, and I never
want it again,” Dana-
her said. “It puts a lot of
stress on you, because if
you get anyone banged
up or hurt, you don’t
have a week to get every-
one ready and recovered
and going again.”
Can the Wildcats’
streak of 29 postseason
appearances be broken?
This might be the year the
Coastal Bend finds out.
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CALALLEN WILDCATS
Head coach: Phil Danaher
Career record: 400-95-4
(332-61-2 at Calallen)
2013 record: 11-1
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 16
Returning of/def
starters: 4/0
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 50
TOP RETURNERS
Chris Price, RB, sr.; J.D.
Savanich, RB, sr.; Miguel
Cantu, DB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Forrest Crisp, QB, soph.;
Lawrence Mann, TE/DE;
Gage Land, RB/WR/DB
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361-886-3614
It wasn’t long ago that Tulo-
so-Midway was a popular pick
for opponents scheduling their
homecoming games.
After all, in 2010, the War-
riors won just two games.
In 2011, that number was zero.
But ever since T-M promot-
ed ofensive coordinator Brian
Boone to head coach in the af-
termath of that winless sea-
son, things have been on the
upswing in Warrior country.
“It’s a diferent group of
kids than we had three or four
years ago,” Boone said. “They
go out there with a lot more
confidence.”
FIRST DOWN: HIGH HOPES
Boone led the Warriors to
three wins in his inaugural
2012 campaign and a 5-5 re-
cord in 2013. With 16 starters
coming back, hardly anybody’s
scheduling the Warriors for
homecoming in 2014.
“We talked to kids about it:
We’re not rebuilding this year,”
Boone said. “We should be
there. We should compete and
do well, and we expect that.”
The question is, in a
stacked District 30-5A, can
T-M get over the hump to
reach the postseason?
SECOND DOWN:
GAME OF NUMBERS
Improving from three wins
in 2012 to five in 2013 was an
impressive feat, but a closer
look at the numbers isn’t quite
as encouraging. Last year’s
Warriors scored and allowed
roughly the same number of
points as they had the year be-
fore — 251 for, 330 against.
Boone knows a repeat of that
stat line won’t be good enough
in 2014.
“We’re going to score
points,” Boone said. “We
don’t worry much about that.
It’s been those points allowed
— we (don’t) want to get into
track meets.”
And Boone doesn’t expect
to, either.
“We’re light years ahead of
where we were the first game
last year, so we’re hoping what
we’ll see the first two scrim-
mages is these kids know what
they’re doing,” Boone said.
“There was a lot of confusion
as far as coverage responsibili-
ties (last year) and we let a lot
of people get behind us.”
Boone said that confusion
was largely brought on by the
team’s switch to a new scheme:
the 4-2-5.
This year, he thinks that
confusion will be cleared up.
Also, he thinks his defense
might get a little bit of a hand
from his ofense.
THIRD DOWN:
WELCOME BACK
When Boone pufed out his
chest over his ofense, it wasn’t
all hot air. Several of his dis-
trict peers tabbed the Warriors
as a dark horse playof team on
the merits of their nine return-
ing starters on ofense.
Given T-M’s style of grind-it-
out football, that experience on
ofense might mean more than
just more points on the board.
“The philosophy of our of-
fense is to keep the ball away
from the other team, eat up
the clock and then go score,”
Boone said. “We want to hold
onto the ball as much as we
can, and having nine starters
back will hopefully help.”
Everyone but tailback Marc
Reyes and right guard Justin
Nava return from last year’s of-
fense, but none of the return-
ers will cause defensive coor-
dinators more consternation
than 1,000-yard running back
Matthew Dickson.
“Matthew had a good year
last year and he certainly will
pound the ball again this year,”
Boone said. “But you also have
Christian Salazar at halfback
and Chris Valdez, who got a lot
of carries at tailback last year,
and then if you key in on the
run, we’ll throw a play-action
pass behind you.”
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GEORGE TULEY/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
Bruising running back Matthew Dickson (31), who topped 1,000 yards last season, is back to lead Tuloso-Mid-
way’s ground game once again.
TEAM EXPECTS
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WARRIORS
Head coach: Brian Boone
Career record: 8-12 (8-12 at T-M)
2013 record: 5-5
Last district title: 1976
Last playof appearance: 2009
Returning lettermen: 25
Returning of/def starters: 9/7
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Matthew Dickson, RB, sr.; Camron
Havelka, DT, sr.; Brandon Mourer,
LB, sr.; Caleb Rozypal, QB, sr.;
Vince Gutierrez, OT, sr.; Jacob
Rodriguez, OG, soph.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Daniel Rodriguez, TE/DE; Gianni
Villarreal, LB; Frankie Lopez, OG
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WILDCATS
Head coach: Matt Anastasio
Career record: 20-15 (20-15 at G-P)
2013 record: 4-7
Last district title: 2009
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 27
Returning of/def starters: 8/8
Base ofense: two-back gun
Base defense: 4-3
TOP RETURNEES
Steven Starcher, RB, sr.; Gilbert
DeLeon, LB, sr.; Nainoa Bean, LB, jr.;
Blaine Monroe, RB, jr.; William
Withers, OT, jr.; Eric White, FS, jr.;
TOP NEWCOMERS
C.J. Frost, QB, soph.; Justin O’Neal,
WR; George Villela, DE
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361-886-3614
It’s been a long time since
defensive coordinators had to
put much thought into predict-
ing Gregory-Portland’s ofense.
There was Devin Bisby up the
middle, Devin Bisby to the left
and Devin Bisby to the right.
For the most part, it worked
to the tune of a school-record
5,833 career rushing yards
from the bruising back.
But Bisby isn’t around
anymore.
The hard-nosed tailback
has taken his talents to Divi-
sion II Dixie State University,
and G-P is just hoping life
without him won’t look like
it did last year, when injury
forced him to miss one full
game and most of another.
FIRST DOWN:
PASSING THE TORCH
The Wildcats dropped both
those games, but head coach
Matt Anastasio thinks 2014
will be a diferent story as
running back Steven Starcher
takes the torch.
“(He) had 700 yards last year
for us,” Anastasio said. “Can he
do it like Devin Bisby? I don’t
think he can, but I tell him not
to try. Just be Steven Starcher.”
Gregory-Portland will also
be adapting to new ofensive
coordinator Andy Smith, who
was hired from Henderson af-
ter his predecessor Scott Kilgo-
re took the head coaching job
at West Oso.
Anastasio cautioned the
switch doesn’t necessarily
mean the ofense will undergo
significant change.
“Andy brings us a little bit
more perimeter game we’ve been
trying to get,” Anastasio said.
“The other ofensive coordina-
tors we’ve had have done great
and put their own twist on it, but
we won’t change much. We’ll be
a power run team still and throw
the ball when we want to.”
SECOND DOWN:
FUEL FOR THE FIRE
The Wildcats don’t have to
look far for motivation this year.
After reaching the regional
round of the playofs in 2012,
G-P couldn’t even get past its
postseason opener in 2013, fin-
ishing with a 4-7 record courte-
sy of a 37-35 loss to Harlandale.
“When we started the ofsea-
son, (the players) had in their
minds that last year was subpar
for G-P and they came with a
good attitude and worked their
tails of,” Anastasio said. “I don’t
have to tell them it wasn’t the
year we wanted. They knew, so
they threw it upon themselves
and worked extra hard this year.
“Is it anger? I don’t think
it’s anger. I just think it’s
determination.”
THIRD DOWN:
INDEFENSIBLE
Five times last year, the
Wildcats scored 35 points or
more against an opponent.
Four of those five times, they
lost the game anyway.
The quest to turn around
G-P’s fortunes begins on the
defensive side of the ball,
and the Wildcats think a new
scheme will get it done.
“(We) changed it up a bit
from the 3-4 to the 4-3 to match
our personnel a bit,” Anasta-
sio said. “Maybe a couple times
last year they were thinking
too much and not playing.
We’ll keep it simple and let the
kids play fast.”
Helping G-P’s defense turn
itself around will be eight
returning starters, including
District 28-4A’s newcomer of
the year, linebacker Nainoa
Bean, and stalwart linebacker
Gilbert DeLeon.
Add it all up, and Anastasio
thinks the Wildcats are closer
to turning it around than any-
one realizes.
“We fell a little bit short,”
Anastasio said. “But when you
look at the film, there’s about
one play in four games that if
we make that play we’re a 7-3
team going into the playofs.
“We’re one play away.”
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The biennial University
Interscholastic League realign-
ment produced the addition of
Class 6A — which, in reality, is
just the glorified old 5A with a
6 attached.
That doesn’t mean there
weren’t changes. After the
reshufing, Carroll, King and
San Antonio’s East Central,
Southwest and South San were
still clumped together in the
new District 28-6A, with noted
power Cibolo Steele being sent
northward.
Taking the Knights’ place
is Ray, which returns to the
state’s largest classification
of athletic competition for the
first time since 2007-08. With
an average daily enrollment of
2,154, Ray ranks 228th among
the 245 teams in 6A.
But despite reaching the
playofs in nine of the previ-
ous 10 seasons, the Texans will
be making few splashes judg-
ing by some of the preseason
football banter. And that isn’t
sitting well in the Ray camp.
“I don’t think anybody’s ex-
pecting us to be competitive,”
fifth-year Ray coach Cody Simper
said. “I expect us to be com-
petitive. Our kids expect us to
be competitive. But I seriously
doubt that anybody else is put-
ting us into the playof picture.
“It’s a point of emphasis with
our kids. At some point, they
get tired of hearing other peo-
ple saying and reading nega-
tive comments directed toward
them and what their abilities
are. That’s a motivating fac-
tor for them, to try and prove
people wrong.”
The Texans will try to do
just that with a healthy cast of
seven ofensive and six defen-
sive starters from the 7-4 ball-
club of a year ago. All-district
running back Tristen Barrera,
wideouts Myles Balderas (an
all-district pick) and Carlos
Montano and linemen Jonas
Shubert and Nam Dimas are
among the ofensive returners.
Linemen Jorge Medrano, John
Lozano and Andrew Cuellar,
linebacker Roland Villanue-
va and defensive back Bryan
Grady are the defenders in tow.
There are questions that
need resolution for the Texans,
however.
FIRST DOWN:
UNDER CENTER
The first query is at quarter-
back. Second-team all-district
receiver Armando Garza and
fellow wideout Matthew Mof-
fitt are vying to take the place
of the departed Matt Merino.
Whoever doesn’t wrest the
position likely moves back to
receiver. Whoever prevails
will be the Texans’ fourth dif-
ferent starter under center in
Simper’s five years as coach,
following district offensive
MVPs Rey Rodriguez, Marcus
Mosley and Merino. The latter
two were moved from diferent
positions before taking snaps,
and Simper is hoping that suc-
cessful transition continues.
“We have been very blessed
with quarterbacks,” Sim-
per said. “All three of those
quarterbacks were district
ofensive MVPs. So it is big
shoes to fill, regardless of
who you’re following at this
point. Recent history (shows)
all of our quarterbacks have
been productive.”
SECOND DOWN:
DEFENSIVE MATTERS
This will be the second sea-
son Ray is using the 4-2-5, or
TCU-based defense. The line
appears solid — junior tackle
Jacob Garcia was a part-time
starter — so it is how well the
linebackers and secondary
rounds into form that will be
the linchpin on Ray’s success.
“It’s going to be interest-
ing to see how things fall into
place there,” Simper said.
“I think our kids are more
knowledgeable than they were
last year at this time when it
comes to carrying out their
assignments exactly how we
want them to. So we’re hoping
that extra year of experience
with a lot of these guys is go-
ing to be key to playing more
solid defense.”
THIRD DOWN: 6A MATCHES
Ray has played only four
games agai nst then-5A
teams since dropping in
classification after the 2007
season — two each against
King (2012, ’13) and Carroll
(2010, ’11). How the Tex-
ans adjust to the elevated
competition is something
Simper can’t pinpoint yet.
The Texans won’t get a taste
of that until it faces 6A Lare-
do United South and Laredo
Johnson to close nondistrict
play Sept. 18 and 26.
“I feel like we have some
very strong formerly 4A, cur-
rently 5A teams in the area
with Flour Bluf and Calallen
and Alice. Those are the teams
we’ve become accustomed to
competing against, and at that
level,” Simper said. “The big
unknown for us is we haven’t
played Carroll in several years.
How strong are they going to
be? How strong are the East
Centrals and Southwests of the
world going to be? We know
that they’re all very quality
football teams and obviously
outstanding when it comes
to athleticism. We just don’t
know how we measure up.”
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Texans out to disprove doubts
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While Ray’s starting quarterback position is still to be determined, receiver Myles Balderas (25) will provide
a reliable target for whoever is under center.
RAY TEXANS
Head coach: Cody Simper
Career record: 24-20 (24-20 at Ray)
2013 record: 7-4
Last district title: 2006
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 24
Returning of/def starters: 7/6
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Myles Balderas, WR, sr.;
Tristan Barrera, RB, sr.;
Armando Garza, QB, sr.;
Jorge Medrano, DE, sr.;
Roland Villanueva, LB, jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jacob Garcia, DB, sr.
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By Pete Garcia
Special to the Caller-Times
ALICE — One constant in Alice
during coach Chris Soza’s ten-
ure has been ofense.
Lined up in the slot-T of-
fense, the Coyotes have used
quickness and deception to run
by, through and around oppos-
ing defenses.
The 2013 season is a perfect
example. Through 12 games,
they averaged 40 points and
437 yards a game.
They have the potential to
become even more prolific
this season. However, any
optimism Alice has should be
cautious optimism because
of the newly formed District
30-5A. The stacked league
means a grueling eight-game
district schedule peppered
with matchups against peren-
nial powerhouses.
“Every game is going to be a
big game for us,” said Soza, in
his sixth season at Alice. “As
it is, the district is going to be
tough all the way through from
our opener against Victoria
East to our last game of the
season against Flour Bluf.”
FIRST DOWN:
A STRONG ARM
Backing up his brother, Jon
Jaramillo, Jared Jaramillo saw
only spot play at quarterback
in 2013. However, a strong arm
and positive intangible traits
make the senior a promising
starter this season.
“He’s a good passer and a
good runner and has some
good footwork,” Soza said.
“He’s a dual threat as far as
playing quarterback is con-
cerned, but I think some of the
other things he does make him
a great quarterback for us. He’s
confident and takes command
of the huddle.
“He does other things on his
own like change the snap count.
He just brings a lot of leadership
to that position. He’s a first-year
starter, but he’s playing like a
three-year letterman.”
As good as the Coyotes were
ofensively last year, they were
somewhat one-dimensional,
relying on the run. Jaramillo
could change that, making
Alice more of a headache for
defensive coordinators.
“I think we threw the ball
less than we ever have last
year,” Soza said. “We were
still able to move the ball, but
I think with Jared’s arm and his
understanding of the ofense,
we should be able to throw it
more and mix things up. If we
can do that, it’s going to open
up our running game.”
SECOND DOWN:
STABLE OF RBS
While Jaramillo becomes ac-
climated to his starting role, he
can rely on the Coyotes’ loaded
backfield, which is led by senior
tailback Joseph Cantu.
As Alice’s top returning sta-
tistical leader, Cantu could see
a giant workload in 2014. Last
season, Cantu totaled 1,250
yards and 18 touchdowns on
106 carries. He also caught
22 catches for 272 yards.
The Coyotes have another
top ofensive holdover from
last year in senior fullback
Oscar Montalvo. While his 2013
season was cut short by injury,
the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder fin-
ished with 809 rushing yards.
Alice’s running back talent
also includes Roman Bueno
and Oscar Camarillo. Bueno
had 352 rushing yards last year
and Camarillo 266.
THIRD DOWN:
VETERAN LB DUO
The Coyotes’ defense is
anchored by a pair of experi-
enced linebackers in seniors
Tim Garcia and David De La
Cruz. Garcia was the 31-4A
defensive player of the year
in 2013 and De La Cruz was a
first team all-district pick. To-
gether, they give the defense an
early edge this season.
“Tim is a three-year letter-
man who is very smart and
very athletic,” Soza said. “He’s
a student of the game, and he’s
going to be the quarterback of
our defense. Of course, David
has a lot of experience, too, and
he brings a lot to our defense
as well.”
Playing up front is a defen-
sive line with some height from
6-3 tackle Jonathan Villarreal
and 6-3 defensive end Andrew
Gonzalez. The defensive front
also includes veterans like
nose guard Mike Castro and
defensive tackle Jon Rivera.
The Coyotes had to rely on
sophomores Jonavan Lopez at
corner and Michael Garcia at
safety last year. The two are
back as the leaders of the de-
fensive backfield.
Coyotes attack shoots for more
MICHAEL ZAMORA/CALLER-TIMES
After rushing for 1,250 yards last season, Alice’s Joseph Cantu figures to have an even bigger role this year.
ALICE
COYOTES
Head coach: Chris Soza
Career record: 138-77
(37-21 at Alice)
2013 record: 10-2
Last district title: 2008
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 23
Returning of/def starters: 7/5
Base ofense: Multiple Slot-T
Base defense: Weak Eagle
TOP RETURNEES
Tim Garcia, LB, sr.; Mike Castro, NG,
sr.; Jonathan Villarreal, DT, sr.; David
De La Cruz, LB, sr.; Joseph Cantu, TB,
sr.; Oscar Montalvo, FB, sr.; Andres
Arvizu, C, sr.; Juan Macias, OL, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jared Jaramillo, QB, sr.;
Roman Bueno, HB, sr.
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Catches like this show wide receiver Kevin Dewitt’s ability to stretch the field, which figures to make him
even more of a threat in the Hornets’ new air-raid offense.
By Kenny Ryan
ctsports@caller.com
361-886-3614
The old joke goes that when
a new coach is hired, it’s usu-
ally for a reason.
It’s usually because the team
he’s inheriting is awful.
When Flour Bluf’s recently
promoted coach Chris Stein-
bruck heard the joke, he re-
sponded with a chuckle.
“Our (former) head coach
moved on because he wanted
to get back home, so I took
over a program that’s in really
good shape,” Steinbruck said.
“That’s where the pressure
lies: Continuing to build on
such a great program. I don’t
want it to fall on my watch.”
Steinbruck might just have
inherited into the state’s most
ready-to-go coaching vacancy
during the ofseason. The for-
mer Hornets defensive coordi-
nator and longtime assistant
has a spoil of riches on hand
with which to take District
30-5A by storm.
FIRST DOWN:
BOILING POINT
Anyone who’s kept an eye
on Flour Bluf football Twit-
ter accounts over the summer
has probably seen the same
number pop up time and time
again: 212.
As in, the temperature at
which water boils.
“At 211 degrees, nothing
happens with water, but at
212, it boils and creates steam
that can power a locomotive,”
Steinbruck said. “That one
extra degree is all it takes. We
break our (huddles) with ‘212’
just to implant in everyone’s
brain that little bit of extra (ef-
fort) it will take to win a dis-
trict championship.”
SECOND DOWN:
LOADED OFFENSE
With 10 starters returning
on ofense, boiling might be
too tepid a word. “Explosive”
sounds more like it.
There are talented linemen
like Declan DeYoung and J
Barbosa, crafty receivers like
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A revelation in part-time duty as a freshman, running back Reidel Clayton figures to play an even more prominent role
in Flour Bluff’s offense during his first full varsity season.
Kevin Dewitt (31-829,
9 touchdowns) and Aaron
Dilworth (37-450, 8 TDs)
and a loaded backfield
featuring running back
Reidel Clayton (96-1,311,
14 TDs), the 2013 Caller-
Times All-South Texas
newcomer of the year and
highly touted quarterback
Cody Brewer (138-258-8,
2,098 yards, 29 TDs).
It’s a nearly impossible
task to throw a rock at the
Hornets’ huddle and not
hit a player who might
be the Coastal Bend’s
best at his position, and
Steinbruck hopes to maxi-
mize that potential by
switching to an up-tempo,
air-raid ofense.
“By spreading the field
vertically and having
some horizontal threats, it
forces teams to defend the
entire field,” Steinbruck
said. “In theory, that will
create running lanes for
some of our very talented
running backs.”
THIRD DOWN:
CAMPBELL RETURNS
Only three starters re-
turn from a Flour Bluf
defense that held oppo-
nents to less than 21 points
per game last year, but
Steinbruck’s not about to
call that side of the ball a
weakness.
Not with Jalen
Campbell coming back.
It’s been 20 months
since Campbell last
played a football game
— the blue-chip recruit
missed the 2013 season
after tearing the ante-
rior cruciate ligament in
his left knee on a kickof
during last year’s spring
game — but Steinbruck
says the senior defensive
back looks as good as ever.
“He’s one of the hard-
est-working kids I’ve ever
been around,” Steinbruck
said. “He was on that team
that reached the fourth
round against Leander
Rouse (in 2012), so he’ll
bring a lot of experience
back for us defensively.”
With Tyler Snell back
at safety and Travis
Granberry returning at
cornerback, the Hornets’
secondary looks to be a
position of strength — not
a bad thing to have in the
pass-happy world of Texas
high school football.
“Having a great sec-
ondary forces people
to be one dimensional,”
Steinbruck said. “You
can relax a bit and rely on
those guys in the back to
make plays with the ball
in the air.”
While the offense
should be set to carry
the Hornets far — maybe
even eclipse last year’s
impressive 38.6 points
per game — Steinbruck
knows it’s the defense that
will determine if Flour
Bluf lives up to the yell
it’s broken every huddle
with since the day he was
hired: State 212.
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FLOUR BLUFF
HORNETS
Head coach: Chris Steinbruck
Career record: First year
2013 record: 10-2
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance:
2013
Returning lettermen: 20
Returning of/def starters:
10/3
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Jalen Campbell, DB, sr. Aaron
Dilworth, WR, sr.; Kevin
Dewitt, WR, sr.; Cody Brewer,
QB, jr.; Reidel Clayton, RB,
soph.; Declan DeYoung, C, sr.;
J. Barbosa, G, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
L.J. Stringer, DE, jr.;
Charles Gaines, DE, sr.
By Matt Young
Special to the Caller-Times
When the new nine-team
District 30-5A was announced
by the UIL in February, there
were lots of groans from lo-
cal coaches. Stufng a district
with the likes of Flour Bluf,
Calallen, Alice, Gregory-Port-
land and the Victoria schools
makes the path to one of the
league’s four playof berths an
extremely narrow one.
Mi l ler coach Remy
Rodriguez knows exactly how
tough his new district is going
to be, but he does like what the
realignment has done to his
Buccaneers’ competitive fire.
“Our kids really like it,” Ro-
driguez said. “Our kids don’t
really get too fired up play-
ing kids outside of Corpus.
So, it was tough sometimes
to get them excited about
playing some of the Laredo
schools. Now, they’re playing
all schools they’re familiar
with, and the best schools in
the area. The farthest we have
to go is Victoria. The kids are
really looking forward to the
challenge. I know people don’t
expect much from us, but each
week is going to be a battle for
every team in the league, in-
cluding us and just the same
for all the other teams.”
FIRST DOWN: RUN IT
BEHIND PORTER
Miller will have the larg-
est player on its side in every
game this season as left tackle
John Porter checking in for the
first day of practice at 6-foot-5,
380 pounds with a size 18 shoe.
Porter is one of three starting
linemen returning from last
year, but none draw the atten-
tion of the big man. Believe it
or not, Rodriguez says despite
Porter’s size, his huge lineman
hasn’t lost any agility.
“He can move for a big boy,”
Rodriguez said. “I’m really
glad that he’s worked hard this
summer to stay in shape and
get stronger and quicker. To
see him out there at practice
doing the hurdle drills right
alongside our running backs
is a real treat.”
Colleges think so, too. Por-
ter has received a lot of at-
tention from college coaches
with Oklahoma State and
Texas-San Antonio showing
the most interest.
SECOND DOWN: SKILL
PLAYERS EVERYWHERE
In addition to an experi-
enced ofensive line, Miller has
plenty of guys returning who
have experience making plays
with the ball in their hands.
J.J. Alvarez is back at quar-
terback after throwing for 750
yards and rushing for 250 yards
last season. He’ll have a couple
speedy targets in receivers
D’Anfernee Price and Keontae
Gough. However, Miller likely
will try to run the ball with re-
turning running backs Keaun
Swain and Justin Wade finding
holes behind that experienced
ofensive line.
“We should be able to move
the ball,” Rodriguez said. “We
have a lot of experience return-
ing there, and we’ve developed
some pretty good young re-
ceivers. I think our running
game is going to be strong, and
we should be able to throw the
ball as well.”
THIRD DOWN:
UNDERRATED DEFENSE
The Miller defense took some
heat for surrendering more than
30 points per game last season,
but a closer inspection shows the
Bucs’ defense wasn’t as bad as the
scoreboard indicated. The Miller
ofense shot itself in the foot with
too many turnovers, putting the
defense in holes a few times a
game. Those short fields resulted
in easier scores for the opposi-
tion. The Bucs showed what
they could do when they held
the high-powered Ray ofense
to just 20 points in an upset win
over their longtime rival in last
year’s season finale.
The defense should be im-
proved with Anthony Evans
and Juan Delgado returning
as starting inside linebackers
for the third straight season.
“Both of those guys can go,”
Rodriguez said. “They’re both
students of the game and can
run and hit people.”
Caleb Reeves and Luis
Castillo also return on the line,
and speedy Eddie Rodriguez is
back in the defensive backfield.
Miller coordinates its strengths
MICHAEL ZAMORA/CALLER-TIMES
Miller quarterback J.J. Alvarez (left) is back for his second year as the Bucs’ starter, with some talent
surrounding him at the skill positions.
BUCS HAVE TOP
PLAYERS ALL
OVER ROSTER
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MILLER
BUCCANEERS
Head coach: Remy Rodriguez
Career record: 24-48
2013 record: 3-7/2-5 district
Last district title: 2001
Last playof appearance: 2012
Returning lettermen: 22
Returning of/def starters: 7/7
Base ofense: Multiple
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Anthony Evans, LB, sr.; John Porter,
OT, sr.; Keaun Swain, RB, sr.; J.J.
Alvarez, QB, sr.; Juan Delgado, LB,
sr.; Caleb Reeves, OL, sr.; Justin
Wade, RB, jr.; Eddie Rodriguez, CB;
Eduardo Sanchez, OL, sr.; Remy
Rios, OL, sr.; Aaron Evans, DL, jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
D’Anfernee Price, WR; Keontae
Gough, WR, jr.
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By Matt Young
Special to the Caller-Times
It’s not uncommon for foot-
ball coaches to try to squeeze
as much production as pos-
sible from all of their players.
However, Moody coach Mike
Cantu is doing it out of abso-
lute necessity.
He knows he’ll be entering
the tough District 30-5A with-
out nearly as much depth as
many of the teams on the op-
posite sideline. That means
not only will a lot of his play-
ers be playing both ofense and
defense, but some of his more
talented players are learning
multiple positions on each side
of the ball.
“This is going to be a very,
very physical district, and we
need to have as many kids
that are multiple as possible,”
Cantu said. “We don’t have
the numbers that some other
schools have, so we have to do
everything by committee. We
need to have as many options
at every position as possible,
because you never know what
could happen.”
The Trojans, who have en-
dured three straight 2-8 sea-
sons, are trying to end a 10-
year playof drought, but it will
be tough to stop that dry spell
in a district made up of local
heavyweights.
“If you’re going to try to turn
a program around, then these
are the teams you have to be
able to compete with,” Cantu
said. “You want to be able to
play the best teams in the area,
and that’s what we’ll be doing
every week in our district.
Our kids are excited about it.
They’re not going to shy away
from it. They’re going to play
hard every single week.”
FIRST DOWN:
NEW QB, NEW LOOK
The graduation of Michael
Cantu means Moody will go
from a pure pocket passer to
a quarterback who likes to
be on the run. Elijah Smith,
who rushed for 422 yards
and three touchdowns as a
Trojans running back last
season, will fill the role be-
hind center in Moody’s quar-
terback-centric ofense.
Moody still will run the
spread to which Trojans
fans have become accus-
tomed, but it will be a more
run-heavy spread, with some
read-options between Smith
and running back De’Tarious
Wade sprinkled into the short
passing game.
“It makes us more athletic
at the quarterback position,”
Cantu said. “We’ll still be spread,
but it will be more of a run-first,
pass-second spread. And, when
we’re looking to pass, if con-
tainment breaks down, we’ll be
much more dangerous.”
SECOND DOWN:
PLAYMAKER AT RECEIVER
Even with all the talent in
District 30-5A, the league’s top
returning receiver is Moody’s
Isaiah Patterson, who had
863 receiving yards a year ago.
Although Moody will look to
run the ball more often, the
Trojans haven’t forgotten about
their weapon on the outside.
“If we’re able to run the foot-
ball efectively, we feel like we’ll
be able to get the ball to our re-
ceivers more easily as well,”
Cantu said. “Isaiah Patterson is
one of those guys we’ll be try-
ing to get the football to. He’s
one of the fastest kids in South
Texas, so we definitely want to
get the ball in his hands.”
THIRD DOWN:
IMPROVED DEFENSE
If the players don’t get worn
down, the Trojans expect to
have a better defense. Danny
Lozano returns at linebacker
and is one of the leaders of the
defense. Arnold Padron also
is back on defense and will be
helped by the speed of Smith
and Patterson patrolling the
defensive backfield.
“We’re going to be a bet-
ter defensive football team,”
Cantu said. “We have some
speed back there, as well as
some big defensive tackles. If
we can stay healthy, we should
be good on defense.”
Versatility crucial for Trojans
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Isaiah Patterson (left) gives Moody one of the top receiving threats in District 30-5A, and he figures to get
plenty of looks this season despite more emphasis on the running game.
MOODY
TROJANS
Head coach: Mike Cantu
Career record: 4-16 (4-16 at Moody)
2013 record: 2-8/1-6 district
Last district title: 2004
Last playof appearance: 2004
Returning lettermen: 20
Returning of/def starters: 6/7
Base ofense: Spread, no-huddle
Base defense: 50
TOP RETURNEES
Elijah Smith, QB, sr.; Isaiah Pat-
terson, WR, sr.; Arnold Padron, DB,
sr.; De’Tarious Wade, RB, sr.; Danny
Lozano, LB, jr.; Marcus Cantu, WR,
soph.; Perfecto Rodriguez, OL, sr.;
Tevin Hardeman, DL, sr.
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By Coy Slavik
Special to the Caller-Times
The playing field has
changed in more ways than
one for Beeville.
Veterans Memorial Stadium
will sport a new artificial turf
this season, and the Trojans
will be competing against
schools more comparable to
their enrollment. Second-year
coach Jimmie Mitchell feels
both of the changes can help
Beeville erase the memory of
last season’s 0-10 record.
“Last year was absolutely
the hardest year I had as a
coach,” said Mitchell, who had
compiled a 48-19 record in six
seasons at Sealy before taking
the Beeville job in May 2013. “I
got here so late that we didn’t
have much of an ofseason.
When we got to our first game,
we were still learning the kids’
names. It was tough.”
Mitchell was so ready to put
last season behind him that
he had his players show up at
5 a.m. for two-a-day practices.
“We made sure we woke
them up,” Mitchell said. “Our
motto this year is ‘Invested.’
The kids went through a full
ofseason that was extremely
hard. We now have players who
are invested in this program.”
FIRST DOWN:
REGAINING CONFIDENCE
Mitchell stressed the impor-
tance of his team finding suc-
cess in its nondistrict schedule,
which begins with four oppo-
nents — Kingsville, Ingleside,
Orange Grove and Sinton —
that made the playofs last sea-
son and had a combined record
of 40-12.
“The first game against
Kingsville is going to be a big
deal to us,” Mitchell said. “We
wanted that schedule, because
we should be competing with
those folks. We need to have
some kind a measuring stick in
pre-district. I think we’ll have
a good one.”
District 15-4A Division I
won’t be much easier as four
of its six teams — La Vernia,
Pleasanton, Rockport-Fulton
and Gonzales — made the
postseason in 2013.
“We feel like we belong
with this group, but it is a darn
good district,” Mitchell said.
“We are excited about it, and I
think the whole community is
excited about it.”
Mitchell said his players are
still bought in to his system de-
spite the winless 2013 season.
“I look back on it now, and
I have no idea how they did,”
Mitchell said. “The mindset
the kids came into the ofsea-
son with was just wonderful. It
couldn’t have been any better
had we been 10-0.”
SECOND DOWN:
WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE
The Trojans had only four
seniors who saw regular play-
ing time last season.
“They’ve all grown up,”
Mitchell said. “The majority
of our team was sophomores
last year. We had 30 of them on
the roster. The rule of thumb is
for every sophomore you play,
you lose a game. We had way
more than 10 last year.”
Ten starters return on of-
fense, including junior run-
ning back Robert Rodriguez,
who rushed for 421 yards and
three touchdowns last season,
and linemen John Salazar and
Nick Harris.
Junior Ryan Pena is expect-
ed to switch from halfback to
quarterback, but he is being
pushed in the preseason by
sophomore Nick Gonzales.
“Nick can play a variety of
diferent positions,” Mitchell
said. “He is a really special
athlete. Right now, Ryan is the
front-runner, but they are in a
pretty good battle.”
Beeville welcomes back
nine starters on defense, in-
cluding ends Matthew Botello
and Chon Hernandez, tackle
Luis Rangel, linebackers Josh
Munoz and Dominic Aparicio
and safety Damien Aparicio.
THIRD DOWN:
CONTROLLING THE BALL
The Beeville defense was
on the field far too long in
2013. The Trojans allowed
an average of 44.7 points
last season.
“Our kids didn’t have
enough time to understand
our concepts and learn our
schemes well enough to go
out on a Friday night and
do it defensively,” Mitchell
said. “We could do it for a
quarter or two, but they just
couldn’t do it consistently.
We would have breakdowns,
and we were on the field way
too long.”
Mitchell said his ofense
will have to be able to sustain
longer drives to keep the de-
fense fresh.
“You can’t be in the spread
and not complete passes or not
be able to run the ball,” Mitch-
ell said of his ofense, which
was shut out three times last
season. “You don’t take any
time of the clock.”
Changes in store for Trojans
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Junior running back Robert Rodriguez is among 10 returning offensive starters for Beeville. He ran for 421 yards last season.
BEEVILLE TROJANS
Head coach: Jimmie Mitchell
Career record: 91-46
(0-10 at Beeville)
2013 record: 0-10
Last district title: 2007
Last playof appearance: 2011
Returning lettermen: 14
Returning of/def starters: 10/8
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 3-4
TOP RETURNEES
Matthew Botello, DE sr.; Josh
Salazar, OT sr.; Robert Rodri-
guez, RB, jr.; Ryan Pena, QB,
jr.; Sean Crook, CB, soph.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Damien Aparicio, FS;
Chon Hernandez, DT;
Luis Rangel, DT
By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
ROCKPORT — There are some
growing pains to be endured
at Rockport-Fulton this season.
Such is the life of a program
with a new head coach leading
the charge, though it does not
necessarily mean the Pirates
are headed for an unsuccessful
campaign.
Jay Seibert, in fact, expects
quite the opposite in his first
go-round at the helm, and it
only helps that some of the
Pirates’ key cogs were able to
put in extra reps on their way
toward the Texas 7-on-7 Foot-
ball Championships in July,
allowing them to get competi-
tive juices flowing and estab-
lish all-important chemistry
as they prepare for life in the
newly aligned District 15-4A
Division I.
“It’s always good to go and
have some success,” Seibert
said. “We’re excited about foot-
ball and football season, but I
think it got them more excited,
I guess you could say … 7-on-
7 is what it is; it’s not football,
but they did it as a group, they
did it together and they were
successful at it and had a good
time, bonded.
“Any time you do all those
things, it’s going to make the
team better.”
FIRST DOWN:
GRASPING SCHEMES
The most important key for
R-F this season is going to be
its ability to adapt to Seibert’s
slot-T ofense — a scheme that
relies on misdirection and
precision blocking — and his
3-4 defense.
Under Huey Chancellor,
who left for Edna in February,
the Pirates operated out of a
one-back formation on ofense
and an odd stack defense.
“A big key to being success-
ful is how fast we’re able to
move forward and learn the
base stuf to where we can
play at high level fast,” said
Seibert, who led Troy, a Cen-
tral Texas outfit, to an 18-15
record in three seasons as its
head coach.
Seibert, a Gregory-Portland
alumnus, is confident the tran-
sition will be smoother than it
is rough, suggesting the pro-
cess will be a “fairly fast” one.
SECOND DOWN:
HEALTHY RESENDEZ
Ask any football coach what
he thinks his team needs to do
to be successful and “staying
healthy” likely comes out as
one of the first responses.
Doing just that has been
difcult for R-F senior quar-
terback Anthony Resendez,
who missed seven games
between his sophomore and
junior seasons because of
multiple injuries.
When on the field, Resendez
has proved he is one of the
Coastal Bend’s most dynamic
quarterbacks, employing a skill
set that allowed him to rack up
more than 2,100 yards split al-
most equally between passing
and running in 2013.
But now, in a slot-T system
that favors the run and using
mobile quarterbacks, could
the Pirates gunslinger be more
prone to injury?
“Anthony is a great kid, a
hard worker,” Seibert said.
“He’s a leader on this foot-
ball team and he’s tough kid.
I heard he had quite a few in-
juries last year, and I know it
hurt him at times, but in foot-
ball, you can’t play the game
trying not to get hurt. You just
go out there and play.”
THIRD DOWN: DEPTH
Senior Josh Cady will log
minutes on both sides of the
ball as an ofensive guard and
defensive tackle.
Chances are, Cady might
not be the only player to see
extensive playing time in the
trenches.
“If I have a question mark,
it’d be the depth in our of-
fensive and defensive lines,”
Seibert said, “our ofensive and
defensive fronts.”
Potential depth issues, how-
ever, are not enough to deter
Seibert from setting high
expectations.
“I’m excited about how
hard the guys have worked
and how they’ve kind of ac-
cepted me and basically have
gone to work for me,” Seibert
said. “I think we’re going to
do big things. I’m ready to get
started.”
Twitter: @Caller_JR
Rockport-Fulton aims to excel
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NEW PIRATES
COACH SEIBERT
BRINGS CHANGE
LEFT: Having a healthy Anthony
Resendez (18) at quarterback is
key for Rockport-Fulton and new
coach Jay Seibert. Resendez has
been injury-plagued the past
two years.
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ROCKPORT-
FULTON
PIRATES
Head coach: Jay Seibert
Career record: 18-15
(first year at R-F)
2013 record: 5-8
Last district title: 2000
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 26
Returning of/def starters: 5/7
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: 3-4
TOP RETURNEES
Anthony Resendez, QB, 6-2, 190,
sr.; Matt German, TE, 6-1, 225 jr.;
Brian Tran, LB, 5-10, 225, jr.; Drake
Hargrove, LB, 6-0, 215, soph.; Josh
Cady OG/DT, 5-11, 240, sr.; Logan
Jasek, RB, 5-11, 185, sr.; Dustin
Moses, S, 5-10, 180, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jeremy Hernandez, CB, 5-10, 170,
jr.; Austin Reynolds, RB, 5-9, 165,
jr.; Casey Meissmer, LB, 6-1, 195, sr.
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ROBSTOWN
COTTON
PICKERS
Head coach: Enrique Gonzalez
Career record: 3-26 (3-26 at
Robstown)
2013 record: 3-6
Last district title: 1966
Last playof appearance: 2010
Returning lettermen: 18
Returning of/def starters: 7/7
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 3-4
TOP RETURNEES
Kasey Hosey, DL, jr.; Javier
Hernandez, DE, sr.; David Molina,
S, sr.; Jason Mugia, WR, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jose Molina, QB, soph.
By Pete Garcia
Special to the Caller-Times
ROBSTOWN — With only 1:56
left to play, Robstown appeared
to have Rockport-Fulton
on the ropes and a playof bid
in the bag.
Then it happened. the
Cotton Pickers gave up an
80-yard touchdown pass. They
lost the game and ended up
missing the postseason.
It was a scenario all too fa-
miliar for the Cotton Pickers
in 2013.
“We had a good team last
year,” Robstown coach Enrique
Gonzalez said. “We made a
lot of improvements, but our
worst enemy was ourselves.
Sometimes, we just needed to
finish, but we couldn’t stay out
of our own way.”
However, after three years
in which the Cotton Pickers
went 3-26, there appears to be
a silver lining. Robstown has a
team that Gonzalez describes
as “the group we’ve been wait-
ing for.” It includes 18 letterman
and seven returning starters on
both sides of the ball.
FIRST DOWN:
EXPECTATIONS HIGH
With the personnel Robstown
has returning and a talented
group of newcomers, there are
some big expectations.
“This is the group that
we think will finally be able
to compete consistently,”
Gonzalez said. “They really
give us a good chance at get-
ting in the playofs.”
Among Robstown’s veterans
is junior defensive end Kasey
Hosey, the 30-3A Defensive
Player of the Year in 2013, and
6-foot-2, 255-pound senior de-
fensive end Javier Hernandez,
a first team all-district pick last
year. The Cotton Pickers also
have quality returning start-
ers in safety David Molina, a
first team all-district pick in
2013, and all-district receiver
Jason Mungia.
SECOND DOWN:
BIG ARM, BIG HOPES
There’s a reason the
Cotton Pickers scrapped
their double-tight ofense for
the spread. It’s sophomore
Jose Molina.
At only 5-foot-8 and 145
pounds, Molina is the center-
piece of the Cotton Pickers’
2014 ofensive game plan.
“He’s a pretty good little
quarterback, and we’re ex-
pecting big things from him,”
Gonzalez said. “We’ve been
waiting for him since we saw
him in junior high.”
As a freshman, Molina played
a backup role for Robstown,
but Gonzalez said he’s more
than ready.
“He’s a true quarterback,”
Gonzalez said. “He’s taken
every snap as a quarterback
since he was in the seventh
grade. He can throw it, and
he can run it. He can do a
lot of what we need done in
this offense.”
The QB has a handful of help
this season. Aside from receiv-
ers Mungia and David Molina,
Robstown also is returning
running back Robert Barrera.
THIRD DOWN:
TWO AND YOU’RE IN
Starting from the bottom, it’s
easiest to simplify things, and
that’s what Gonzalez has done.
The way he sees it, only two
wins separate another dismal
season and the Pickers’ first
playof berth since 2010.
District 15-4A Division II
puts Robstown in a six-team
league. With five district games,
two wins mean at least fourth
place and a postseason spot.
“What it comes down to is,
we have to beat two people to
get in,” Gonzalez said. “Say
what you want, that’s what it
comes down to for us.”
And in a district that playof-
tested La Vernia, Gonzales and
Pleasanton, that leaves Beeville
and Rockport-Fulton.
“Those are two games we’re
looking at right very closely
right now,” Gonzalez said.
Pickers primed to turn corner
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By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
KINGSVILLE — Kingsville does
not face the same bumpy road
ahead with Teddy Carrier
taking over as other programs
might with changes at the top.
Carrier was the Brahmas’
defensive coordinator last
season under then-head coach
Robert Wilcox, who left for
Class 6A Alvin in March.
The Brahmas are tasked
with filling the shoes of de-
parted quarterback DeAndre
Bergen and running back
David Cavazos, a duo that to-
taled more than 4,300 yards
and 46 touchdowns, but return
11 starters from a team that ad-
vanced to the second round of
the playofs.
“Any time you have kids that
leave, seniors that graduate,
you got a new bunch of kids
that step in their place and the
leadership among those kids
kind of defines your program,”
Carrier said. “Me coming in as
a defensive coordinator last
year, it’s pretty exciting for me,
having the opportunity to be
the head coach here and know-
ing the kids, and kids knowing
me, is pretty exciting.”
FIRST DOWN:
THE BACKFIELD
The quarterback competi-
tion is fluid.
It is open enough that
Carrier chose not to identify
one or two front-runners.
“We have a bunch of
young kids that are coming
up that are pretty talented,”
Carrier said.
The same goes for finding
Cavazos’ successor, though
Carrier expects more than
one player to contribute at
running back.
Kingsville’s new backfield,
however, will be supplemented
with experienced wide receiv-
ers in juniors Ryan Martinez
and Adrian Rivera along with
senior tight end Seth Hemphill,
a first-team all-district selec-
tion last season.
SECOND DOWN:
D STAYS STRONG
Kingsville’s defense set
high standards under Carrier’s
tutelage in 2013 while
l i miti ng opponents to
19.8 points per game.
All 11 starters on that unit
earned all-district honors, nine
of whom made the first team.
The other two, defensive end
Justin Wickham and Martinez,
who split time as a receiver and
defensive back, earned Defen-
sive MVP and Newcomer of the
Year honors, respectively.
With six of those 11 back for
2014, led by senior defensive
backs D’Amonte Fulbright and
Darius Wallace, the Brahmas’
defense appears poised to give
its District 16-4A Division I
foes some trouble.
“Defense-wise, we have a lot
of guys who had playing oppor-
tunities or were all-district se-
lections last year coming back,”
Carrier said, “so defensively,
we’re pretty sound.”
THIRD DOWN:
COMMUNICATION
The ofense will continue
operating out of the spread.
But the terminology that ac-
companies it will change.
Who does that afect the most?
“Communicating the new ter-
minology to the O-line, for me,
is the key to the ofense,” Carrier
said. “We do have talented kids
at receiver and even quarter-
back, but it all starts up front.”
Carrier said the line has
made encouraging steps to-
ward mastering the new jargon
throughout team workouts.
Should the line jell, the new
quarterback take command
and the defense play up to its
standards, Kingsville could
break through a barrier it has
its eyes set on.
“They want to get past the
second round of the playofs,
that’s their goal,” Carrier said.
“They believe that if they ac-
complish what they need to
do every week, not only the
district championship might
come around again, but get-
ting past the second round of
the playofs is what their goal
is this year.”
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Brahmas look to close holes
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Kingsville’s Adrian Rivera (center) brings experience to the wide receiver position. That will help after the
loss of key skill-position players to graduation.
KINGSVILLE
BRAHMAS
Head coach: Teddy Carrier
Career record: 3-7
(first year at Kingsville)
2013 record: 9-3
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 18
Returning of/def starters: 5/6
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
D’Amonte Fulbright, DB, sr.; Ryan
Martinez, WR/DB, jr.; Seth Hemp-
hill, TE, sr.; Darius Wallace, DB, sr.;
Omar Medrano, DT, sr.;
Rey Ferrer, sr.
COACH CARRIER
AIMS TO LEAD
INTO PLAYOFFS
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By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
SINTON — The element of sur-
prise will be unavailable for
Sinton football this season.
The Pirates enter 2014 as the
class of Region IV-4A Division
II, an appropriate label for a
team coming of a run to the
state semifinals in 2013.
But duplicating that feat will
hardly be a waltz.
The Pirates will have their
hands full just getting out of
District 15-4A Division II.
“I know there are tough
districts all over the state,
but I tell you what, ours is
a grinder,” Sinton coach
Tom Allen said of the newly
aligned group. “Top to bot-
tom, there’s not anybody that
you feel good about playing.
Cuero is beyond talented,
very well-coached, and they
do a nice job. Yoakum gets af-
ter you. They’ve got two Divi-
sion I kids on that team. That
doesn’t happen all the time.
“Then, you turn around
and Ingleside, your biggest
nemesis, is sitting right there,
chomping at the bit. Darrell
Andrus, I know what kind of
coach he is coming from Flour
Bluf, and he’s doing a fantas-
tic job. People better not over-
look (Jourdanton). I don’t care
what classification they were
last year — they’ve got some of
the biggest, most talented kids.
They will play hard.”
One of the those five teams,
all of which competed in last
year’s postseason, will miss
out on extended play this fall.
And Sinton is not exempt.
“It could be us,” Allen said.
“You can’t take a week of. You
take a week of, you’re going to
be in trouble in our district.”
FIRST DOWN:
CREATING DEPTH
With players like senior
quarterback Tyler Handson
— the 2013 Caller-Times All-
South Texas Ofensive MVP
— and junior Colton Cohea, a
second-team all-state selection
at defensive back last season,
Sinton has major pieces in
place that other programs of
its size are not aforded.
Football teams, though, are
not led to championships by
one or two individuals.
“You have to commit to
depth,” Allen said. “It sounds
easy to do ... we try desperate-
ly, early in the season, to cre-
ate as much through playing
time as possible, and every-
body doesn’t understand that.
Sometimes, you don’t win a
football game that somebody
thought you should have. Last
year, we get to play in 15 foot-
ball games, and then at the
end of the year, everybody’s
going, ‘Yeah, I guess that loss
against Raymondville wasn’t
that big of a deal.’
“Well, there were maybe
some kids that got some reps
in that game that some peo-
ple might of thought could’ve
hurt us, but down the line it
helped us ... you have to cre-
ate depth through playing
time. You can’t just do that
in practice.”
SECOND DOWN:
BUILDING A WALL
Junior Chase Herrig and se-
nior J.D. Aguero are the lone
returnees on the ofensive line,
a unit Allen hopes shows rapid
progression.
“Another focus, that just
seems to be an issue for us ev-
ery year — well, I don’t know
about an issue — but one of our
keys is to find an ofensive line
that jells together and gets the
job done,”Allen said. “We got a
couple of starters coming back,
but that’s about the most we’ve
ever had. We always have three
or four seniors starting that
maybe haven’t had the oppor-
tunity to be that type of a con-
tributor before. How they jell
together is certainly a key for
our success.”
THIRD DOWN:
STIFLING FOES
By the end of the season, one
Sinton hopes ends in Arling-
ton, Allen wants his defense to
be grabbing headlines.
“I think our defense is go-
ing to be our strength,” Allen
said. “I don’t mean that at any
particular (position). Our sec-
ondary has some really good
football players coming back.
On the defensive line, we’ve
got a number of kids who got a
lot of reps coming back. We got
a linebacker that got the major-
ity of the reps during the year.
“You’ve got some real play-
makers out there (on ofense),
but at the same time, there’s
going to be a time where you’re
not going to score enough.
You’re going to have to hold
people. You’re going to have
to make some big stops.”
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Expectations high for Pirates
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Senior quarterback Tyler Handson is among a gaggle of returnees who have expectations high around Sinton
after a run to the state semifinals last year.
SINTON
PIRATES
Head coach: Tom Allen
Career record: 64-21
(64-21 at Sinton)
2013 record: 12-3
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 19
Returning of/def starters: 6/8
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Tyler Handson, QB, sr.; Mike
Huerta, DT, sr.; Colton Cohea,
RB/S,jr.; Eloy Estrada, DB, sr.;
Mark Villareal, WR, jr.; Rob Knox,
DE, jr.; Ethan Owens, RB/DE, soph.;
Chase Herrig, OG, jr.
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By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
INGLESIDE — One way or anoth-
er, Jalen Gross was going to be
a major factor for the Mustangs
this season.
That notion has been magni-
fied now that the senior tailback
is making the switch to quar-
terback, succeeding Tristen
Barajas, who threw for more
than 9,000 yards in four years
as Ingleside’s field general.
Gross’ quarterbacking ex-
perience is limited to one ap-
pearance with Ingleside as a
freshman and his sophomore
year — which he spent in
Nebraska — but coach Graig
Hesseltine believes the 5-foot-
10, 175-pounder will put his
own stamp on the position.
As a junior, Gross rushed
for more than 1,100 yards and
racked up 16 touchdowns, lead-
ing Ingleside running backs in
both categories.
“He’s a little different,”
Hesseltine said. “He’s not a
sit-in-the-pocket, throw-the-
ball-around type of guy. He’s a
hybrid. He can run the ball. He
chunks it pretty efectively. He’s
gotten a lot better in the past
half-year doing that. I think he’s
going to have a great season.
“He’s really looking good in
drills right now in our short
time that we’ve had him with
the team out there running
the ofense.”
FIRST DOWN:
THE DOMINO EFFECT
Gross’ absence within the
stable of running backs creates
opportunities for others.
Others, in this case, likely
consists of three players.
“Kyle (Hernandez) is going
to carry the ball for us, along
with Robert Burleson, who
doubled up last year as a slot
(receiver) and running back,”
Hesseltine said, “and maybe
a young man named Dylan
Ferrell, who’s a sophomore this
year, and he’s a really talented
young man. When he was in
junior high, he was all-world.”
Hernandez and Burleson
got carries last season, while
Ferrell lived in Alice.
SECOND DOWN: MATURITY
Sure, putting Gross at
quarterback ensures that he,
arguably Ingleside’s most
dangerous weapon, is touch-
ing the ball every play.
But there is more to it than
that.
Hesseltine wants Gross in a
position of leadership.
From there, Gross will lead
by example. Gross, like Her-
nandez and others, is set to
contribute on both sides of
the ball.
Hernandez earned Most
Valuable Linebacker honors in
District 30-3A last year, while
Gross was named Newcomer
of the Year after collecting
51 tackles and six interceptions
to accompany his ofensive
production.
Hesseltine said he will have
more two-way players this
year than he’s used to fielding.
“We’ve got some players
in spots that haven’t played
a whole lot, so we’ve got to
mature a little bit as a team,”
Hesseltine said. “That means
early on in those nondistrict
games, we’re going to have to
figure it out. We’re going to
have to learn what our role is
and what it’s like to play at the
varsity level.”
THIRD DOWN:
PAVING THE WAY
Fortunately for Gross and
Hernandez, the team has a
good group opening running
lanes.
“Our offensive line is prob-
ably our strength coming
into the season,” Hesseltine
said. “We’ve got some really
big kids at that position; we
have some size this year. We
have some experience there,
so I think that’s going to help
our backfield situation, help
Jalen back there ... we’re go-
ing to have to rely on those
guys. You might see us run-
ning the ball a little bit more
this year because we have a
really good front.”
Senior tackles Justin
Mellert and Javier Patlan are
two of the pieces that will for-
tify the Mustangs’ line.
That line, a new-look back-
field and the expectations that
come with Ingleside — even
as it stares down an impos-
ing District 15-4A Division II
— could have the Mustangs
galloping toward another
postseason berth.
“It’s tradition more than
anything else — our expecta-
tions of ourselves,” Hesseltine
said. “We expect to be in the
race. We expect to win a dis-
trict title. We don’t just say
that, that’s what we expect that
every year.”
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Mustangs rebuild in backfield
MARVIN PFEIFFER/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
ABOVE: Jalen Gross (25),
making the switch from running
back to quarterback this season,
will provide a different skill set
than Ingleside has had at the
position in recent years.
INGLESIDE MUSTANGS
Head coach: Graig Hesseltine
Career record: 107-46 (79-33 at Ingleside)
2013 record: 9-4
Last district title: 2013 (three-way tie)
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning of/def starters: 5/6
Base ofense: Shotgun spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Jalen Gross, QB/DB, sr.;
Kyle Hernandez, RB/LB, sr.;
Martin Pruitt, DB, jr.; Jollie
DeLeon, DT, sr.; Isaac Suni-
ga, DT, sr.; Justin Mellert, OT,
sr.; Javier Patlan, OT, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Dylan Ferrell, RB/WR, soph.
MULTITALENTED
GROSS GETS NOD
AT QUARTERBACK
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By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
ORANGE GROVE — Orange
Grove won nine games in
each of its past two reg-
ular seasons and came
away with zero outright
district titles.
Sharing a district with
the likes of Sinton and
Ingleside will do that,
though the presence of
those two clubs no longer
is an issue as the Bulldogs
ready themselves for Dis-
trict 16-4A Division II.
Still, coming away with
a share of two consecutive
district championships is
no small feat, regardless
of the opposition.
And Orange Grove
coach Jerry Bomar, who
has led the Bulldogs to at
least a share of a district
championship in each of
his three seasons as the
program’s head man, will
be the first to remind his
players going forward.
“We’re happy and proud
of what we’ve built here,”
Bomar said, “and we don’t
take anybody for granted.
It’s going to be a challenge
to win this district and to
get in the playofs.”
FIRST DOWN:
DEFENSE RISES
It became easy to iden-
tify Orange Grove with
ofense last season.
The Bulldogs torched
opposing defenses, scor-
ing 40 or more points in
eight games and 27 or more
points in all but one game.
Port Isabel, now a dis-
trict rival, ended Orange
Grove’s campaign with a
40-7 drubbing in the sec-
ond round of the playofs.
“We averaged 44½
points a game last year,
but we didn’t have to play
a whole lot of defense,”
Bomar said, “and then when
we got in three big games
with Sinton, Ingleside and
Port Isabel, we really didn’t
play very well on defense,
but we scored a lot (each
of those games) except the
Port Isabel game. We can’t
rely on scoring 40 points a
game. We need to do bet-
ter there.”
Fortunately for the Bull-
dogs, they return eight
starters from that unit,
led by 6-foot-3, 290-pound
senior defensive tackle
Randy Gonzales and 5-10,
160-pound senior safety
Christian Webb.
The ofense is likely to
go about its business and
score a bevy of points,
but the progression of
the defense will be the
deciding factor between
a deep playof run or an
early exit.
“We’ve got eight start-
ers back on defense from
a defense that was OK,”
Bomar said. “It was not
great, it was not bad,
you know what I’m say-
ing? That group has got
to step it up. We need to
make that group be good,
a lot better, and I think
they’re very capable of
doing that.”
SECOND DOWN:
GOOD HANDS
Junior quarterback
Hondo Harris will have
a completely new cast
of receivers to work with.
After all, Orange Grove
graduated every starting
receiver from last year,
a group that included
Matthew Priddy (86 re-
ceptions, 1, 377 yards,
17 touchdowns) and
Dacota Deaver (44, 743, 10).
“We lost all four start-
ers,” Bomar said. “We
were taking steps last year
to take the younger group
of kids and kind of get them
ready for this year ... I feel
very good about our receiv-
ing corps. They’ve still got
to obviously prove (them-
selves) under the lights and
I feel like they will.”
Among the names to
keep eyes on are senior
Dolan Vollmering, junior
Spencer Stallone and soph-
omore Chris Lauer, but
Bomar is confident in the
abilities of all the receivers
he has at his disposal.
“We may not have one
guy catch 80 balls like
Priddy did last year,”
Bomar said, “but I think
we can be really efective,
I really do.”
THIRD DOWN:
A BIT OF LUCK
With a nondistrict slate
that features Robstown,
Tuloso-Midway, Beeville,
Aransas Pass and Rock-
port-Fulton, Orange Grove
would like to come out as
healthy as possible before
opening district play.
Should the Bulldogs
stay intact throughout
the season, Orange Grove
could have all the pieces
lined up to make some
noise in the postseason.
“I think we’ve got to be
fortunate and we’ve got
to keep people healthy
because I think we have
a solid team,” Bomar said.
“I think we’ve got pretty
good depth in certain ar-
eas. I think we’ve got to get
of to a good start because
we have a pretty tough
nondistrict schedule.”
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Orange Grove’s
defense critical
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Prolific Orange Grove quarterback Hondo Harris will have to get accustomed to a new
group of targets this season.
ORANGE GROVE BULLDOGS
Head coach: Jerry Bomar
Career record: 214-134 (29-8 at Orange Grove)
2013 record: 10-2
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 27
Returning of/def starters: 4/8
Base ofense: Multiple spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Hondo Harris, QB, jr.; Randy Gonzales,
DT, sr.; Dolan Vollmering, WR/LB, sr.;
Aaron Davis, C, sr.; Christian Webb, S,
sr.; Spencer Stallone, WR, jr.; Gus Her-
schap, LB, jr.; Logan Gawlik, OT, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Chris Lauer, WR, soph.
By Jose Rodriguez
jose.rodriguez@caller.com
361-886-3745
Of all the makeovers that
occurred at football programs
in the Coastal Bend during
the ofseason, none may have
been more significant than
West Oso’s.
First-year head coach Scott
Kilgore, hired in late March
from Gregory-Portland, also
took over athletic director
duties for the outgoing Roy
Williams, who had held that
position for many years while
serving as the Bears’ girls
basketball coach.
The shake-up has made for
a new start — for everybody.
“The kids are really excit-
ed,” said Kilgore, who also has
served as an assistant at King,
Ingleside and Tuloso-Midway.
“The community is excited
about a new start and what this
season has in store for us.”
FIRST DOWN: EVOLVING
Kilgore, the offensive
coordinator at G-P last season,
implements a power-running
game out of the spread ofense
and a 3-4 defense, which he
and his staf hopes caters to
West Oso’s strengths.
“We’ll still throw the ball, put
our athletes in space,” Kilgore
said. “We’ll use a no-huddle of-
fense; we want to play up-tem-
po, play fast. On defense, we’re
going to be playing a 3-4 and
just put our athletes in space
and let them go make plays.”
And while athleticism has
been commonly associated with
West Oso, that hasn’t stopped
Kilgore from trying to tap into
other resources for more of it.
Among them: West Oso’s
boys basketball team, a peren-
nial region power.
“We’ve got several athletes
that have expressed interest in
playing football and even other
sports this year that they haven’t
necessarily played in the past,”
Kilgore said. “The coaches that
are here, we’re really encour-
aging them to participate in
everything and we’re working
together as an athletic program
to allow these kids to experience
as much of the athletic program
as they possibly can.”
SECOND DOWN:
NEW ENERGY
Any new coach typically
wants to breathe new life into a
program he inherits, assuming,
like West Oso, it has struggled
to create a winning culture.
Kilgore and his staf of eight
coaches — only two of which
were on last year’s staf led by
then-coach Eric Luster — de-
livered the message in the of-
season: play with full-out efort.
The players have taken care
of the rest.
“One of the things, since I
got here in April, that we’ve
really been trying to preach to
these kids is playing with ef-
fort,” Kilgore said, “and what
we mean by that is we want
them to give the maximum ef-
fort every single play.
“We want them to play
fast; we want them to play
with confidence ... our kids
have really started to buy
into that saying and it’s kind
of become our motto, is play-
ing with full-out efort every
single play.”
In District 16-4A Division
II, one that features Orange
Grove and Port Isabel teams
that totaled 22 wins last sea-
son, the Bears will need all the
energy they can muster.
THIRD DOWN: BIG BOYS
West Oso’s biggest strength
may rest with its biggest players.
“We’re really going to rely
on our ofensive and defensive
lines this year,” Kilgore said.
“That’s going to be probably
the strong point on our team.”
Seniors Cristian Lopez,
Zach Kwiatkowski and John
Andrew Villareal could play
key roles on both fronts.
Guided by an experienced
core of linemen and a total of
11 returning starters, the Bears
have Kilgore aiming high for
his debut season.
“We’re looking forward
to changing the fortunes of
the football team,” Kilgore
said, “and our goal is to get in
the playoffs.”
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Kilgore strives to rev up Bears
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
West Oso’s Cristian Lopez (right) figures to play a key role on the offensive and defensive lines this season.
WEST OSO BEARS
Head coach: Scott Kilgore
Career record: First year
2013 record: 2-8
Last district title: 1999
Last playof appearance: 2007
Returning lettermen: 18
Returning of/def starters: 5/6
Base ofense: Power-run spread
Base defense: 3-4
TOP RETURNERS
Cristian Lopez, OL, sr.; Zach Kwiat-
kowski, OT/NG, sr.; John Andrew
Villareal, OT/DE, sr.; Brandon Riley,
OT/NG, jr.; Keon Hodge, LB, soph.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Chris Valdez, DB, soph.; Cody Hart-
man, DB, jr.; De’Quinton Perry, RB, jr.
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By Pete Garcia
Special to the Caller-Times
BANQUETE — These are good
days on the Banquete campus.
After seeing the playofs a
year ago, the Bulldogs have
almost everyone back. That,
combined with a pair of gifted
quarterback candidates, has
longtime coach Kevin Hermes
smiling a lot.
The Bulldogs were good
last year, but Hermes is con-
fident this year’s group will be
even better.
“We’re really excited about
this football season,” he said.
“You know, we have 23 guys
back and a bunch of starters
back, mostly juniors who got a
lot of quality playing time last
year as sophomores. We feel
like that varsity experience is
going to have a huge impact
this year.”
FIRST DOWN: QB BATTLE
Despite everyone coming
back, it’s the position with
the least amount of varsity
experience that has coaches
most excited. The Bulldogs
are going with either 6-foot-1,
170-pound Cooper Wildman
or 6-foot, 165-pounder Nick
Ortiz at quarterback. The ju-
niors are locked in a preseason
battle for the starting role.
The good news for Banquete
is either one has the potential
to lead the ofense.
“I believe that either one can
handle the duties,” Hermes
said. “Either one is capable
of throwing the ball around
a little bit and handing it of
when they need to. They’re
both smart kids and they’re
picking things up quickly.”
SECOND DOWN:
SPREAD OFFENSE
With the potential of the two
quarterback hopefuls and the
Bulldogs’ skill-position play-
ers, Banquete opted to switch
to a spread ofense this season.
It’s a move that Hermes said
plays to his team’s strengths
— speed and quickness.
Wildman and Ortiz are
expected to make plays this
season and to get the ball into
the hands of proven players
like wide receivers Ronnie
Ocanas, Ryan Ocanas, Richard
Sanchez and Eugene Martinez.
“We have some good-
looking kids at receiver
this season,” he said. “They
all have hands, and they’re
good little athletes. When
they get the ball to the edge,
they can make something
happen. We’re expecting big
things from those guys. The
spread is going to give our
athletes the opportunity to
make plays.”
While the Bulldogs didn’t
throw the ball much last
season, Ronnie Ocanas, a
senior, is the team’s top re-
turning receiver with eight
catches for 150 yards and four
touchdowns.
Banquete also has big-
play ability in the backfield.
Sanchez, who fills in at run-
ning back, carried the ball
65 times for 430 yards and two
touchdowns in 2013. The Bull-
dogs also will have some help
running the ball from A.D.
Peña and Jake Mijares.
THIRD DOWN:
OPTIMISTIC ’DOGS
While the Bulldogs were in
the playofs last year, the team’s
last district championship was
in 2006. Returning to the post-
season and taking a shot at the
district crown are among Ban-
quete’s goals. It’s possible too,
especially in a revamped district
which includes Taft, Santa Ger-
trudis Academy, Bloomington,
Skidmore-Tynan and Odem.
“We’re going to have a good
year,” Hermes said. “We just
need some guys to grow up in
a hurry and to stay healthy. You
know we’re in the same posi-
tion as other small schools —
we don’t have a lot of depth, so
we have to stay healthy and get
better every week.”
Excitement high for Bulldogs
CALLER-TIMES FILE
Hopes are high in Banquete as the Bulldogs appear to be contenders in their new district.
BANQUETE BULLDOGS
Head coach: Kevin Hermes
Career record: 73-48 (73-48 at Banquete)
2013 record: 5-6
Last district title: 2006
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 23
Returning of/def starters: 7/7
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 50
TOP RETURNEES
Phillip Zuniga,
DE, sr.; Christian
Leal, OL/DL, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Kevin Burleson,
DB, jr.; Isaias
Gonzalez, DB,
soph.
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By Stuart Duncan
Special to the Caller-Times
New Santa Gertrudis Acad-
emy coach Arturo Lozano IV
brings a new ofense and a
winning mentality with him
from Class A Bruni, where he
coached the Badgers to five
playof appearances in six sea-
sons and to District 16-A, Divi-
sion II championships the past
two seasons.
How quickly the Lions —
who never have made the play-
ofs — grasp both will go a long
way in determining if this will
be the breakout season they
have longed for.
“I coached against these (San-
ta Gertrudis) kids while I was at
Bruni, and I know the potential
they have,” said Lozano, whose
Badgers beat the Lions each
of the past two seasons. “The
groundwork is there. We’re
ready to take that next step.”
FIRST DOWN:
SWITCHING IT UP
The Lions are switching
from the pistol to the slot-T of-
fense this season.
Lozano said the slot-T will
particularly come in handy
with the implementation of
the new 40-second play clock.
“The slot-T ofense helps
you to control the tempo of the
game,” Lozano said. “It keeps
you in ballgames if you limit
your mistakes. It also creates
great misdirection.”
SECOND DOWN:
WHO’S UNDER CENTER?
With a combination of power
and speed at running back re-
turning in senior Eric Garcia —
a first-team, all-District 16-2A,
Division II selection last sea-
son — Santa Gertrudis must
peg a starting quarterback to
hand the ball of to him. Senior
Adam DeLaney and junior Al-
varo Saenz have experience, as
both played the position for the
Lions last season.
Lozano said Saenz took the
majority of snaps at quarter-
back last year, while DeLaney
played more at tight end.
Each adds a diferent dimen-
sion for Santa Gertrudis.
“They are both very smart
kids,” Lozano said. “Alvaro is
a little more mobile and faster.
Adam can throw that football.”
Lozano expects both players
to take some snaps in games,
regardless of who wins the
starting quarterback job.
Lozano said it has to be that
way, considering injuries forced
him to play five diferent QBs in
one season at Bruni.
“We have to be deep at quar-
terback,” Lozano said.
THIRD DOWN: DOUBLING
DOWN ON DEFENSE
Santa Gertrudis’ ability to
keep possession of the foot-
ball on ofense will go a long
way in determining how suc-
cessful the Lions’ defense
fares this season.
That’s because there won’t
be an abundance of time for
Santa Gertrudis’ offensive
starters to rest between series.
“We’re going to ask a lot of
them to go both ways,” Lozano
said.
That includes such key
returners as senior defen-
sive tackle/offensive guard
Marco Obregon, senior line-
backer/wide receiver Michel
Orozco and likely senior de-
fensive end/offensive tackle
Ricardo Perez.
“We’re going to have a good
amount of speed on the defen-
sive side of the ball,” Lozano
said.
The return of senior corner-
backs Angel Diaz and Cody
Cordero in the secondary also
should be a strength for the
Lions’ defense.
“The attitude and the ef-
fort from the kids has been
outstanding,” Lozano said.
“They know how close they
came last year. They’ve really
pushed themselves (during the
ofseason), and we’re hoping
they can continue to roll that
over into the season.”
Lozano’s Lions set to pounce
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Alvaro Saenz (right) is expected to again see playing time at quarterback for Santa Gertrudis this season
after spending most of last year at the position, but Adam DeLaney also will be in the mix to take snaps.
SANTA
GERTRUDIS
ACADEMY
LIONS
Head coach: Arturo Lozano IV
Career record: 49-17-1
(First year at Santa Gertrudis)
2013 record: 3-7
Last district title: None
Last playof appearance: None
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning of/def starters: 4/5
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: 4-3/Multiple
TOP RETURNEES
Adam DeLaney, QB/TE, sr.;
Alvaro Saenz, QB, jr.; Eric Garcia,
RB, sr.; Ricardo Perez, OL/DL, sr.;
Marco Obregon, OL/DL, sr.;
Michel Orozco, WR/LB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jesse Garcia, RB/DB, soph.
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By Coy Slavik
Special to the Caller-Times
Getting into the playofs is
nothing new at Odem, as the
Owls have made three con-
secutive trips to the postseason
under coach A.J. Martinez.
Odem enters 2014 fully ex-
pecting to keep that streak alive,
but also wanting to make the
playof experience a much more
enjoyable one. The Owls’ past
two seasons ended with Class
2A Division I bi-district losses.
“The kids know what it’s like
to make it, but a lot of them
don’t know what it’s like to win
in the playofs,” Martinez said.
With 15 starters (nine on of-
fense and six on defense) re-
turning from last season’s 5-5
team and his team moving to
Division II in the latest UIL
realignment, Martinez feels
the Owls could be headed for
a lengthier playof ride.
“These guys are hungry for
it,” Martinez said. “They want
to know what it’s like to win
some playof games.”
FIRST DOWN:
‘GREAT PROBLEM’
One of Martinez’s biggest
decisions heading into the
Owls’ season opener — Aug. 29
at Edna — is choosing a quar-
terback. He has the luxury of
two experienced signal call-
ers in junior C.J. Romero and
sophomore Michael Everett.
Romero was 46 of 86 passing
for 758 yards and seven touch-
downs last season, while Ever-
ett was 56 of 121 for 833 yards
and eight TDs through the air
with 380 yards rushing.
“They are pretty much the
same type of quarterback.” Mar-
tinez said. “Everett is a little big-
ger and can still move and throw
the ball well. C.J. throws the ball
well, too, and he is a little bit
faster. This is our second year
in the spread system, so both
have a year under their belt. It
is a great problem to have.”
The winner of the QB com-
petition will have an experi-
enced ofensive line in front
of him with senior left guard
Ivan Rodriguez (a three-year
starter), senior center Justin
Ortiz and junior left tackle
T.J. Vela. Senior running back
Derek Candela, who rushed
for 917 yards and eight TDs in
2013, and senior wide receiver
Hunter Rodriguez are top re-
turning ofensive weapons.
SECOND DOWN:
FINDING DEPTH
Both quarterback candi-
dates and all other ofensive
skill players are also expected
to start on defense.
“We have to play a lot of our
skill players both ways. We
have no choice,” Martinez said.
Martinez is hoping some
younger players will impress
coaches enough during the
preseason to provide quality
depth, especially at linebacker
and the secondary.
THIRD DOWN: LEARNING
A NEW DEFENSE
Odem allowed an average of
41.7 points in its three nondis-
trict contests last season before
showing steady improvement
(19.7) during district action.
“The reason our defense
struggled early last season
was that we were real young,”
Martinez said. “There was a
lot of teaching going on during
the pre-district schedule. We
were constantly learning. The
guys started playing fast once
they got it.”
Former Refugio defensive
coordinator Armando Huerta
has assumed similar duties
with the Owls this season and
has installed a 3-4 scheme.
Martinez hopes to find two
capable outside linebackers
before Aug. 29.
“We are looking for people
to fill spots in our outside
linebacker positions,” Marti-
nez said. “In the new system,
things are little different. We
are looking for bigger-bod-
ied kids that can still move
well. That will be our biggest
concern.”
Senior nose tackle Daniel
Longoria and junior linebacker
Austin Lopez are expected to
make the Owls strong up the
middle defensively.
Owls eye longer playofs
ODEM OWLS
Head coach: A.J. Martinez
Career record: 17-16 (17-16 at Odem)
2013 record: 5-5
Last district title: 2003
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 22
Returning of/def starters: 9/6
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 3-4
TOP RETURNEES
Ivan Rodriguez, T, sr.; Justin Ortiz,
C, sr.; Hunter Rodriguez, WR/FS, sr.;
Jacob Chapa, G/DT, sr.; Daniel
Longoria, DT, sr.; Derek Candela, RB,
sr.; Christian Garza, WR/OLB, sr.; Payne
Whatley, WR/OLB, sr.; C.J. Romero,
QB/CB, jr.; Michael Everett, QB, soph.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Josh Medina, LB, sr.; Austin Moore,
LB, jr.; David Arciniega, DT, sr.;
Christian Wuenschel, NG, sr.
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By Stuart Duncan
Special to the Caller-Times
Replacing standout quar-
terback Jestin Flores won’t
be easy, but Taft must move
forward if the Greyhounds
are going qualify for the play-
ofs for the sixth consecutive
season.
Taft has three candidates to
be its next starting QB, one of
whom needs to quickly emerge
to keep the Greyhounds’ of-
fense clicking.
The three players are:
senior Aaron Cruz, junior
Jared Acosta (who previously
was at Sinton) and sophomore
Cory Banda.
FIRST DOWN:
DIFFERING STYLES
Greyhounds coach Pete
Guajardo said each quarter-
back has a diferent style.
“Cruz is a more of a passer,”
Guajardo said. “He has a strong
arm and has the most experi-
ence. Banda can do a little bit
of both (running and passing).
Acosta is probably the most
athletic of them all.”
Guajardo said the quarter-
back is the key — by making
calls at the line of scrim-
mage and making the prop-
er reads — to running Taft’s
spread offense.
“We may split time with
them,” Guajardo said of the
three quarterbacks. “They’re
all good kids. It’s going to
(come down to) who can make
the ofense go.”
SECOND DOWN:
FILLING A HOLE
With four returning start-
ers on Taft’s ofensive line, last
year’s District 16-2A, Division
II runner-up appears primed
for another strong season.
Senior guard Joe Saldana
— who has been invited to
play in December’s 2014
Blue- Grey Al l-American
Bowl in Arlington — senior
center Chris Mendoza and
senior tackles C.J. Garcia
and Nathan Naranjo return
to solidify the Greyhounds’
O-line.
The 5-foot-9, 250-pound
Saldana was a first-team all-
district selection last season
even though he played with
an injured knee, according to
Guajardo. He also is the team’s
backup center.
Taft must replace its other
starting guard from last sea-
son, which should prove to be
another big key to its ofense’s
success in 2014.
Guajardo believes the Grey-
hounds have found their man
in junior Andrew Perez.
“Being able to fill that spot
with (Perez) — we’ll be able
to do some things with them,”
Guajardo said of the team’s
ofensive linemen. “The ex-
perience is there. They pretty
much have it down.”
THIRD DOWN:
GOODBYE REFUGIO
Taft and the other teams
in District 15-3A, Division II
now have more of a realistic
chance to win the district title
considering perennial power
Refugio is not in their league
this season.
The Greyhounds must as-
sert themselves as the team to
beat if they want to win at least
a share of their second district
title in five seasons. Refugio
was the lone 16-2A-II team to
beat Taft last season.
Although Guajardo admits
it will still be tough consid-
ering teams like Odem and
Banquete are joining Taft in
its district, the Greyhounds
will look to use their expe-
rience — which includes a
combined 12 returning start-
ers on offense and defense —
to their advantage.
“This year everyone in the
district is saying that they
have a legitimate shot at win-
ning (it),” Guajardo said. “We
all have a shot now. Most of
our kids are coming back, and
we’re looking forward to the
challenge.”
Hounds’ streak is on the line
TAFT GREYHOUNDS
Head coach: Pete Guajardo
Career record: 46-49 (46-49 at Taft)
2013 record: 8-3
Last district title: 2010
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 18
Returning of/def starters: 6/6
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: Split
TOP RETURNEES
Richard Nanez, WR/DB, sr.; Josh
Vasquez, RB/LB, jr.; Joe Saldana,
OL/DL, sr., Joey Sanchez, WR/
RB/LB, sr.; C.J. Garcia, OL, sr.;
Nathan Naranjo, OL, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Jared Acosta, RB/QB/DB, jr.
FREER
BUCKAROOS
Head coach: Jake Hofstetter
Career record: 4-6 (4-6 at Freer)
2013 record: 4-6
Last district title: 2002
Last playof appearance: 2006
Returning lettermen: 19
Returning of/def starters: 5/6
Base ofense: Multiple-I
Base defense: 4-3
TOP RETURNEES
Orlando Balboa, RB-DB, sr.; Zach Garcia,
DB, sr.; Michael Juarez, RB-LB-P, jr.; Richard
Lichtenberger, WR-DE, soph.; David Salazar,
OT-DT, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Estevan Galvan, RB, jr.
OUTLOOK
The Buckaroos are banking on a large cache
of seniors to post their first winning season
since they went three rounds deep in the 2006
playofs. Salazar, Garcia and Lichtenberger
key the seniors and junior QB Jacob Perez is set
to start his second season.
GEORGE WEST
LONGHORNS
Head coach: Jay Newberry
Career record: 55-57-1 (19-23 at GW)
2013 record: 3-7
Last district title: 2012
Last playof appearance: 2012
Returning lettermen: 9
Returning of/def starters: 5/5
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: Split
TOP RETURNEES
Hunter Brown, QB, soph.; Mason Moore,
RB-DB, sr.; Hunter Pipkin, RB-DB, sr.; Alex
Suniga, OG-LB, sr.; Wyatt Wasicek, DE, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Kaleb Daws, E-LB, soph.; Matt Ellet, LB, jr.;
Lane McClelland, RB, jr.
OUTLOOK
Last year snapped a string of eight consecu-
tive winning seasons and seven postseason
berths. With the talented Brown under center
and Moore and Pipkin behind him, the Long-
horns are primed to return to the postseason.
HEBBRONVILLE
LONGHORNS
Head coach: Joe Rios
Career record: 38-53 (6-5 at Hebbronville)
2013 record: 6-5
Last district title: 2009
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 27
Returning of/def starters: 8/7
Base ofense: Multiple Spread
Base defense: 4-3
TOP RETURNEES
Elias Alaniz, QB, sr.; Jonavy Canales, RB, jr;
Artie Huerta, RB, jr; Albert Alaniz, WR. sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Elias Perez, WR, soph.
OUTLOOK
Rios brought his alma mater back to the play-
ofs after an 0-10 season in 2012. The former
Falfurrias head coach and Refugio assistant
has some talent on hand in QB Alaniz, who
rushed for 1,712 yards and 22 TDs last year while
passing for 520 yards and nine scores. He’ll be
supplemented by Huerta and Canales.
SKIDMORE-
TYNAN
BOBCATS
Head coach: John Livas
Career record: 4-15 (0-10 at S-T)
2013 record: 0-10
Last district title: 2006
Last playof appearance: 2010
Returning lettermen: 19
Returning of/def starters: 10/10
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: Weak Eagle
TOP RETURNEES
Charles Allard, WR-DE, sr.; T.J. Amador,
WR-LB-P, sr.; Ryan Lakso, RB-DB, sr.;
Wyatt Scott, QB-DB, jr.
OUTLOOK
Skidmore-Tynan has been sliding (8-22) since
its last playof appearance. Last season, the
Bobcats finished with a few more than 20
players. The upside is they have plenty of
experience, headed by first-team utility Lakso
and first-team TE Amador.
By Coy Slavik
Special to the Caller-Times
First-year Mathis coach Rod
Blount feels his Pirates got the
message during the ofseason.
Blount was Mathis’ of-
fensive coordinator in 2013,
when he watched the Pirates
lose their last four games after
getting of to an impressive 6-1
start. Conditioning was one of
the points of emphasis head-
ing into this season.
“We needed to get a little
bit stronger, little bit faster
and a little bit more physical,”
Blount said. “We worked on
that a lot throughout our of-
season. We have made some
big strides, but I think we
have a little bit still to go. If
we are going to play with the
big teams, we have to bust our
butts in the ofseason. We’ve
been doing that.”
FIRST DOWN:
FAMILIARITY ON OFFENSE
The Pirates have had a year
to get accustomed to Blount’s
slot-T ofense.
“We’re not changing any-
thing,” Blount said. “Every-
thing is going to be about the
same. We are just trying to
build on that a little bit. You
just want to start doing the
little things right. We are a
year into our system, so the
kids know what to expect. We
want to make sure we’re doing
the little bitty things right and
take that correct first step.”
Senior Andy Martinez has
a grip on the starting quarter-
back spot.
“He had a very good ofsea-
son and worked real hard dur-
ing the summer,” Blount said.
“He’s been throwing the ball
pretty well during camp. We
are excited about him. I think
he’s going to do good things
for us.”
Six starters are back on
ofense, including junior full-
back Oscar Flores, who rushed
for 564 yards last season. Soph-
omore Karl Gibson II will see
action at halfback.
SECOND DOWN:
THROWN INTO THE FIRE
Blount is counting on sev-
eral sophomores and freshmen
to make immediate impacts in
their varsity debuts.
“We are still going to be
pretty young,” Blount said.
“The way it looks now, we’re
going to have five or six soph-
omores and probably three
freshmen starting for us.”
Blount feels making the
playofs last year was a valu-
able lesson for some of his
younger players.
“We got a lot of young kids
some experience,” Blount said.
“They learned that they could
win. We got into the playofs by
winning two district games by
one point in back-to-back weeks.
They kind of got beat up a little
bit at the end of the season, but
they learned what it takes. They
learn to keep fighting and never
give up and I think they gained
some toughness.”
Blount said the Pirates will
continue to work hard to pre-
vent another slide in the sec-
ond half of the season.
“We just want to be physical,”
Blount said. “We have worked
really hard in the weight room.
We’re going to try to be as phys-
ical as we can. Want to move
the football and try to play
lights out on defense.”
THIRD DOWN:
RUGGED DISTRICT
Mathis was thrust into 15-3A
Division I, one of South Texas’
toughest Class 3A leagues in
February’s UIL realignment.
Hallettsville is picked No. 1 in
Texas Football’s 3A preseason
poll. Goliad blanked the Pirates
27-0 last season, and George
West returns 12 starters with
intentions of returning to the
postseason.
“Hallettsville is the pre-
season No. 1 in a couple of
polls. They have a couple
of all-state players coming
back,” Blount said. “Goliad
was a great football team last
year and lost their quarterback.
Then Hallettsville’s quarter-
back goes over there. They
look to be pretty solid again.
George West is always tough
and physical. They had a down
year last year, but they should
be right back where they used
to be.”
The Pirates also have a
Sept. 5 date at Refugio on their
nondistrict schedule.
“The kids are excited about
the challenge,” Blount said.
“We tell them if we are going to
go far in the playofs, we have
to beat the good teams. That
is what will make us ready for
a long playof run. That’s why
we put Refugio on the sched-
ule. If we can get out of that
game alive, it will prepare us
for what we are going to see
down the road.”
Pirates focus on conditioning
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Senior defensive back Javy Villarreal will be counted on to provide a veteran presence in Mathis’ secondary.
NEW COACH
LOOKS TOWARD
STRONG FINISH
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» DISTRICT 15-3A DIV. I 36
MATHIS
PIRATES
Head coach: Rod Blount
Career record: First year
2013 record: 6-5
Last district title: 2009
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning of/def starters: 6/6
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: Split
TOP RETURNEES
Rene Gonzales, OL, sr.; Oscar
Flores, RB, jr.; Javy Henderson, DL,
jr.; Karl Gibson II, RB, soph.; Martin
Fonseca, OL, sr.; Javy Villarreal, DB,
sr.; Andy Martinez, QB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Bobby Herrera, RB, soph.; Ian
Rivera, LB, soph.; Michael Perez,
DB/QB, fr.; Brandon Salinas,
LB/RB, fr.
CALLER-TIMES » KICKOFF 2014
DISTRICT 16-3A DIVISION I » 37
By George Vondracek
george.vondracek@caller.com
361-886-3731
The Serbs were fighting eth-
nic Albanians, President Clin-
ton denied having an afair with
Monica Lewinsky, Denver beat
Green Bay in the Super Bowl, and
the movie “Titanic” raked in a re-
cord $580 million domestically.
The year was 1998. Coinci-
dentally, Aransas Pass’ football
team also had won a district
championship.
There have been no gold
balls added to the Panthers’
trophy case since, which is
serving as a bit of motivation
in Antonio Villalon’s second
season as AP’s coach.
“It’s been something that
we haven’t done since most of
these boys were probably still in
diapers, if they were even born
yet,” Villalon said. “We would
love for that to be our goal. If we
could do that, win a district title,
then at least it sets you up better
for the first round or two in the
playofs, as opposed to being the
third- or fourth-place team.”
It didn’t exactly pan
out that way in 2013. The
Panthers were runners-up
in District 16-2A Division I.
They got past Luling in a 43-40
thriller before falling to even-
tual state champion Cameron
Yoe 36-18 in the second round.
But that was last year. This
time around, if the Panthers
can survive a tough pre-District
16-3A Division I slate that in-
cludes Rockport-Fulton, Edna,
Ingleside and Orange Grove,
they hope to sneak under the
radar of their district competi-
tion and forge a third consec-
utive playof berth, if not the
elusive district crown.
“I’m hoping we get through
there and not be beat up, be-
cause you play great teams like
that, you’re going to get physi-
cally mauled,” Villalon said.
“We want to be able to get to
district healthy.”
FIRST DOWN:
D-LINE NEEDED
Health isn’t the Panthers’
only issue. The entire de-
fensive front four must be
replaced. Jordan Lancaster,
a 6-foot-2, 300-pound sopho-
more tackle, logged some time,
as did a handful of others on
a rotation basis. Eduard Serna
and Jonathan Serna are pen-
ciled in at ends, with Andrew
Lockhart at the other tackle.
“It sounds silly, because ev-
ery small school’s in the same
boat,” Villalon said. “We don’t
have depth, just like anyone
doesn’t have depth, so we’re
not going to poor-me that. But
the reality is we’ll be OK if we
don’t have injuries. I know it’s
a silly thing, but it’s reality.
We’ve got the kids as long as
we can keep them healthy.”
SECOND DOWN:
OFFENSIVE HELP
First-team All-South Texas
running back Aaron Jongema
and unanimous first-team quar-
terback Victor Gonzalez are no
longer in the fold. Replacing
those two might not happen.
“They made a lot of things
happen just because they
were really talented, hard-
working kids,” Villalon said.
“We have great kids that are
fighting for spots in there, but
they’re unproven.”
Senior Noe Cortez, who
missed most of 2013 with
an injury, has stepped into
Gonzalez’s spot after a strong
showing during 7-on-7 play in
the summer.
Though Jongema’s strong
running style will be difcult
to replicate, the Panthers aren’t
without skill players. Halfback
Brandon Cribb, tailback Jalen
Hill and receiver Kiki Hill pro-
vide strength and speed.
“Our skill kids, for our classi-
fication, are quick; they’re fast,”
Villalon said. “And all of our
kids, since they’ve gone through
2½ ofseasons with us, they’re
strong. Our kids have done a
great job of working in the weight
room in the summertime.”
THIRD DOWN:
BACKING THE LINE
Jongema’s absence also will
be felt at linebacker, a position
at which he also was an all-dis-
trict performer. The Panthers
essentially are in the same situ-
ation with the defensive front.
They have a cache of players
who played linebacker, namely
Josh McRight and Cribb, and
AP may be looking at another
season of manning the four
spots by committee.
“We had about a half-dozen
diferent boys that played that
position last year, and it looks
like it may be the same thing
this year unless somebody
can step up and surprise us,”
Villalon said. “That’s obviously
not the recipe for success that
you’re really looking for. Every
position is important, but you
sure as heck don’t want to be
short on linebackers. We are.”
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AP chasing elusive district title
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
Receiver Kiki Hill (right) is back to provide speed on the outside for Aransas Pass after a strong first season.
ARANSAS
PASS
PANTHERS
Head coach: Antonio Villalon
Career record: 9-3
(9-3 at Aransas Pass)
2013 record: 9-3
Last district title: 1998
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 14
Returning of/def starters: 5/5
Base ofense: Slot-T
Base defense: Split
TOP RETURNEES
Nazario Chapa, OG-LB, sr.; Bran-
don Cribb, HB-OLB, sr.; Jalen Hill,
TB-DB, jr.; Kiki Hill, WR-S, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Isaac Cruz, OLB, jr.; Andrew Lock-
hart, DT, jr.
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» DISTRICT 16-3A DIV. I 38
By Stuart Duncan
Special to the Caller-Times
Opponents probably shouldn’t try
to stack the box with defenders to stop
Bishop’s running game, as they have
done in the past.
That’s because the Badgers are
opening up their ofense this season to
try to throw the ball more. Bishop has
switched from the veer to the spread
ofense in an attempt to do just that.
How well the Badgers execute their
new ofense could be the determining
factor in how well they bounce back
from dropping their final six games last
season.
“The kids are enjoying it,” Bishop
coach George Luna said of the spread
ofense. “It’s something diferent. Now
the kids feel (like) we have a chance to
go down the field and do something (on
ofense). We had a lot of turnovers last
season. Pitching the ball is dangerous.”
FIRST DOWN: FULLY ADJUSTABLE
That doesn’t mean the Badgers will
abandon their previous smash-mouth
football offensive philosophy if they
ever need it again. Bishop can just
adjust its offense depending upon the
situation.
“We’re going to come out in the
spread (ofense), but we can go back to
the I-formation and pound the football
(whenever) we have the lead,” Luna said.
SECOND DOWN: RELYING
ON PLAYMAKERS
Bishop must get the ball to its ofen-
sive playmakers in open spaces to try
to break its eight-year playof hiatus.
The first playmaker already will have
the ball after taking the snap from center.
The Badgers will look to fully use senior
quarterback Kobrey Garcia’s athleticism.
“He has got speed, and he has got
football savvy,” Luna said of Garcia.
“He can throw the ball, and we’ll have
good receivers with speed.”
And size.
The Badgers’ passing game should
benefit greatly from throwing the ball
up to 6-foot-1 sophomore wide receiver
Alex Guajardo.
Getting the ball to senior running
back Carlos Charles as much as pos-
sible also should work well for Bishop’s
ofense again this season.
Luna said Charles has recovered
from a severe high ankle sprain that
he sufered last season and is an ideal
workhorse back.
“He has got both power and speed,”
Luna said of Charles. “He’s one of those
state power lifters that got second in the
state (last season). He can run.”
THIRD DOWN:
HAVE LINE, WILL FOLLOW
Keeping its offensive line healthy
will be another key factor for Bishop
if it is to contend for its first district
title in 17 years.
The Badgers are loaded with five
returning starters on their ofensive line
— part of 15 returning starters they have
on both sides of the ball.
Senior tackles Erik Martinez and
Jose Barrientos, junior guards Lauro
Garcia and Nick Zapata and senior
center Michael Munoz are back to give
Bishop plenty of experience up front.
Zapata was a first-team all-District
16-2A, Division I selection last season.
The 6-foot-1, 260 pound Garcia is coming
back from knee surgery. Luna said Garcia
sufered that injury early last season.
“The line and (Kobrey Garcia’s) mo-
bility are two of our (biggest) strengths,”
Luna said. “It was disappointing last sea-
son, but they’re very determined (to turn
it around this season).”
Badgers prepared to air it out
MICHAEL ZAMORA/CALLER-TIMES
Nick Colecio (right) and his Bishop teammates are looking to bounce back after going 0-6 in district play to end last season.
BISHOP BADGERS
Head coach: George Luna
Career record: 10-30 (10-30 at Bishop)
2013 record: 4-6
Last district title: 1997
Last playof appearance: 2006
Returning lettermen: 16
Returning of/def starters: 8/7
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
Kobrey Garcia, QB/DB, sr.; Carlos Charles, RB,
sr.; Austin Munoz, DL, sr.; Erik Martinez, OL, sr.;
Jose Barrientos, OL, sr.; Lauro Garcia, OL, jr.; Nick
Zapata, OL, jr.; Michael Munoz, OL/LB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Michael Herrera, WR, jr.; Julian Garcia, WR, soph.;
Alex Guajardo, WR, soph.
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By Stuart Duncan
Special to the Caller-Times
It’s no secret why Falfurrias
hasn’t made the playofs in the
past 11 seasons.
A look at just the past two
seasons makes that pretty clear.
Although the Jerseys are a
combined 8-0 in nondistrict
play over the past two years,
they are a combined 3-9 in
district play during that same
span.
FIRST DOWN:
EYES ON DISTRICT
That has kept Falfurrias out
of the postseason despite post-
ing 6-4 and 5-5 records in 2012
and last season, respectively.
“It was tough considering
what we’ve been through the
last two years,” Jerseys coach
Max McGehee said. “I don’t
like to bring up the past. The
kids are excited. We’ve got a
lot of kids coming up that are
working hard and have a good
attitude. We’re looking for-
ward to having a good season.”
The Jerseys feel confident
that they can turn the corner
in district play this time.
“We felt we cut the gap on
some people and were more
competitive than the (previ-
ous) two seasons,” McGehee
said of last year. “We’re getting
closer all of the time to where
we want to be.”
SECOND DOWN:
HIGH ON SKILL
Falfurrias is loaded at the
skill positions on ofense this
season. How well the Jerseys
get the ball to those experi-
enced players in the open field
will dictate how efective their
ofense can be.
Senior quarterback Mario
Chavera returns to lead Fal-
furrias’ offense. McGehee
said Chavera’s mobility
is what makes him such a
special player.
“He does well when he’s
moving around (inside and out-
side of the pocket),” McGehee
said. “He doesn’t get rattled. He
takes everything in stride.”
Senior runni ng back
Brandon Lopez split time
between half back and full-
back last season to help com-
pensate for the team’s injury
problems at fullback.
McGehee said Lopez will
start at halfback this season,
while senior Ricky Chavera
— who has returned after
sufering a broken arm last
season — could fill the team’s
fullback void.
“We have kids with some
ability and with some good
quickness,” McGehee said.
THIRD DOWN:
PASS THE TEST
Beating Aransas Pass
has been problematic for
Falfurrias in past seasons.
So drawing the Panthers in
their District 16-3A, Division
I opener could be the make-
or-break game in the district
race for the Jerseys, who also
are seeking their first district
title in 14 years.
McGehee said the game will
be even more meaningful for
Falfurrias considering Aransas
Pass is the preseason favorite
to win the district.
“It will be a test,” McGehee
said. “They’ve been tough on
us the last few years. They’ve
been real solid and have played
good ball. They want to do
what we want to do. They’re
in the slot-T, they run the foot-
ball, and they want to control
the ball. You’ve got to be able
to line up on defense and stop
the run. We need to move the
ball on ofense and keep them
of of the field.”
McGehee said the Jerseys
should be well rested coming
into their district opener con-
sidering their bye week falls
before their showdown with
the Panthers.
“Our open date the last two
years didn’t come until Week
9,” McGehee said.
Fal determined to end drought
MICHAEL ZAMORA/CALLER-TIMES
Elusive quarterback Mario Chavera is back to pilot the Falfurrias offense. The senior is especially dangerous in the open field.
FALFURRIAS JERSEYS
Head coach: Max McGehee
Career record: 89-90-1 (5-5 at Falfurrias)
2013 record: 5-5
Last district title: 2000
Last playof appearance: 2003
Returning lettermen: 17
Returning of/def starters: 5/5
Base ofense: Wing-T
Base defense: Multiple/3-4
TOP RETURNEES
Mario Chavera, QB/DB, sr.; Bran-
don Lopez, RB/DB, sr.; Bobby
Pulido, OL/DL, jr.; Andrew Garza,
OL/DL, sr.; Stephen Pena, OL/
DL, sr.; Nick Garcia, WR/DB, jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Ricky Chavera, RB/DB, sr.;
Cody Correra, DB, jr.
By Pete Garcia
Special to the Caller-Times
SAN DIEGO — San Diego knows
all about the ups and downs of
high school football.
Between 2010 and 2012,
San Diego won three straight
district championships. That
run — including the 2012 sea-
son, when San Diego won 10
straight games — was part
of the ups. The downs? Well,
the three seasons before 2010,
the Vaqueros were a combined
3-29. Then last season, with a
squad depleted of seniors and
riddled by injuries, San Diego
was a dismal 4-5.
All of it has coach Bo Ochoa
preaching to his players.
“I’ve been telling the kids
that, sure, we were down last
year, but the thing now is how
are we going to respond?”
Ochoa said. “Losing is conta-
gious, so are we just going to
fall apart, or are we going to
stand up and fight and rebound
after a losing season?”
By the looks of things, the
Vaqueros are doing the latter,
especially with a roster which
includes eight returning start-
ers on both sides of the ball.
FIRST DOWN:
TALENTED BACKFIELD
The Vaqueros’ offensive
output was down significant-
ly in 2013. They averaged only
18 points a game last year, com-
pared to 44 in 2012.
San Diego’s comeback isn’t
starting from scratch. Instead,
it’ll be fueled by a hard-run-
ning backfield.
Among the team’s top ball
carriers is senior Jonathan
Gonzalez, who is the Vaque-
ros’ leading returning rusher.
In 2013, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound
Gonzalez rushed for 1,055 yards.
San Diego also has a bruising
rusher in fullback Miguel Olve-
ra. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds,
he’s a straight-ahead runner in
San Diego’s slot-T ofense.
The Vaqueros are bank-
ing on other quality backs in
newcomers Steven Morin and
Javier Rodriguez. During the
ofseason, Morin turned in a
4.5 40-yard sprint, the fastest
on the team.
Turnovers haunted San
Diego a year ago, so much of
the ofseason and preseason
workouts have centered
around limited giveaways.
SECOND DOWN:
TEAM LEADER
San Diego has one piece
left from the program’s 2012
season, and he’s proving to be
invaluable.
Senior Rolly Torres got his
first start with the Vaqueros
as a sophomore. Two years
later, it’s his team, and it’s a
role coaches say the 6-footer
is embracing. As the Vaqueros’
team leader, Torres oversaw
the program’s summer weight
program and kept an eye on
players during down time.
“You have to respect a kid
who takes on that role,” Ochoa
said. “He was part of our 2012
team. He played for us, so he
knows what it takes to make a
good football team. With him,
it’s like having a coach playing
for us on the field.”
Torres is starting for the Va-
queros at tight end and defen-
sive end.
“He’s a great blocker and
a great tackler,” Ochoa said.
“He’s just an overall good foot-
ball player. He’s not one of those
guys who you’re going to see in
the stats, and he’s not going to
make headlines, but he does a
lot of great things for us.”
THIRD DOWN: YOUNG LBS
Injuries midway through
last season forced the Vaque-
ros to throw Morin, a sopho-
more, and Rodriguez, a fresh-
man, into the role of starting
linebackers. However, what
was a problem a year ago is a
blessing this season.
“We were in the middle of
the season, and we lost our
linebackers to season-ending
injuries,” Ochoa said. “We
didn’t have a choice. We had
to put them in. They were
very young, but they gained a
wealth of experience.”
The two are charged with
leading a defense which a
year ago allowed an average of
39 points per game.
Vaqueros ready to rise in 2014
RACHEL DENNY CLOW/CALLER-TIMES
Jonathan Gonzalez figures to be the lead horse for San Diego’s running attack after eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark last season.
AFTER 4-5 SEASON,
SAN DIEGO LOOKS
TO BOUNCE BACK
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SAN DIEGO
VAQUEROS
Head coach: Bo Ochoa
Career record: 45-20 (45-20 at SD)
2013 record: 4-5
Last district title: 2012
Last playof appearance: 2012
Returning lettermen: 16
Returning of/def starters: 8/8
Base ofense: Slot T
Base defense: 4-4
TOP RETURNEES
Rolly Torres, TE, sr.; Jonathan Gon-
zalez, RB, sr.; Miguel Olvera, FB, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Steven Morin LB, jr.; Javier Rodri-
guez, LB/RB, soph.
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By George Vondracek
vondracekg@caller.com
361-886-3731
REFUGIO — For many years, Refugio
was one of the smallest fish in the old
Class 2A football pond, but it still made
plenty of big splashes, winning a state
title in 2011 and playing for the gold
ball last December.
The University Interscholastic
League realignment in February did
what has been on coach Jason Herring’s
wish list for some time — it moved the
perennially powerful Bobcats in with
schools of similar size. Now, in the new
Class 2A (the old A), they are on equal
footing, at least as far as enrollment.
“The reason I’m tickled pink and
so excited, No. 1, I love our district,
because it’s going to be competitive,”
Herring said. “But I like the idea of
knowing that we’re going to be just as
big and physical, and we’re going to
have the numbers to go up against any-
body we need to go up against, whether
it’s Week 16 or Week 12.
“That’s what I’m excited about.
That’s why I think it’s a big deal being
the top of the class as far as numbers
instead of the bottom of the class.”
Refugio, of course, has assumed its
usual position of preseason respect,
checking in at No. 1 in The Associated
Press Texas high school football poll
and No. 2 in Dave Campbell’s 2A Divi-
sion I ratings. Despite residing in Dis-
trict 15-2A, which includes other top
perennial programs such as Schulen-
burg and Shiner, that reverence likely is
justified with seven starters returning
on each side of the ball from a 14-2 team.
But while Herring believes the Bobcats
will be talented, there are a few matters
that have to fall into place.
FIRST DOWN: GROWING UP BOBCAT
Fourteen of Refugio’s projected start-
ers are underclassmen, eight of them
sophomores. And that is coming of a
season in which there were just as many
young starters.
Even though this year’s group of play-
ers has played 29 games in the previous
two seasons, the Bobcats will have to
mature quickly, in Herring’s view.
“There’s an old saying in coaching that
for every sophomore you start, you’re go-
ing to lose one game. Now, I don’t believe
that, but that’s just an old saying,” Her-
ring said. “If that thing’s true, then we’re
in trouble, hoss, ’cause we’re starting a
bunch of dadgum sophomores.
“I think what the old cliché is trying
to say is they’re going to make some
mistakes, and it’s going to be in big situ-
ations, and it’s going to hurt you. Even
though it’s an experienced young group,
we’ve got to grow up quick, because we
can’t aford to lose eight games, because
we’re starting eight sophomores.”
SECOND DOWN:
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
The juggernaut that is the Bobcats’
ofense averaged 56.3 points per game
a year ago. But the defense was partic-
ularly concerning in the latter stages of
the postseason after traipsing through
the first 12 games. Refugio surrendered
an average of 48.8 points in its final
four games, including 56 in the loss to
Cisco in the Division II state final.
So the Bobcats scrapped the old
defensive scheme and have gone to a
TCU-based plan.
“I knew we had to get better on de-
fense,” Herring said. “So from the min-
ute we started when we got back from
Christmas, all of our focus, coaching,
meetings and all that has been on re-
vamping our defense. What we’ve done
is we’ve completely changed it. We’ve
gone from a load-the-box and play
man-to-man coverage in the second-
ary, which is real high risk-reward, to a
reading, much more conservative zone
in the secondary.
“So we’re a lot simpler, which I think
is going to make us a lot more sound,
and our kids are not going to have to
be thinking as much, and they can cut
loose and play.”
THIRD DOWN: HEIR APPARENT
Travis Quintanilla singed the competi-
tion for three years as Refugio’s starting
quarterback, setting five state records in
the process. Sophomore Jaylon Mascorro,
a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, inherits the keys
to the Bobcats’ spread ofense.
Mascorro ran Refugio’s ofense as
an eighth-grader and served as Quin-
tanilla’s backup last season while also
starting at free safety as a freshman. A
talented runner, Mascorro is rounding
into form as a passer, Herring said. Con-
sidering Refugio’s desire to be balanced
— 1,000-yard rusher Isaiah Perez and
receivers Tyler Castellano and Jonathan
Rosas are among the group of talented
skill players returning — Mascorro’s
development as a passer will be key.
“It’s not just replacing Travis. Who-
ever’s playing quarterback, and who-
ever they’re following in our ofense,
it’s always going to be critical,” Herring
said.
“Just like anybody else who’s a spread
(ofense), everything goes through him.
He’s the playmaker. He’s got to throw
the ball. He’s got to make all the reads.
He’s going to have to grow up fast, be-
cause that’s a lot to put on a sophomore.”
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Bobcats still command respect
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
Sophomore Jaylon Mascorro takes over the controls of the Refugio offense after serving
as the backup to Travis Quintanilla last season.
REFUGIO
BOBCATS
Head coach: Jason Herring
Career record: 163-45 (94-7 at Refugio)
2013 record: 14-2
Last district title: 2013
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 20
Returning of/def starters: 7/7
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2-5
TOP RETURNEES
J.R. Castellano, C, sr.; Tyler Castellano, WR/
FS, sr.; Kobie Herring, OT/LB, soph.; Trace
Mascorro, OT/DE, soph.; Isaiah Perez, RB/LB,
jr.; Nate Smith, LB, jr.; Nick Villarreal, OG, jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Omri Oliver, RB/LB, jr.; Gayton Wills, DT, soph.
By Kenny Ryan
ctsports@caller.com
361-886-3614
When Robbie Moreno arrived at
London High School three years ago,
he was given a simple task: create the
young school’s first football program.
Actually, it wasn’t that simple at all.
Coaches had to be hired, equip-
ment had to be acquired and athletes
had to be convinced to stick around
— even to this day, the University In-
terscholastic League allows London
athletes to transfer without penalty to
Tuloso-Midway, the school district
London once fed into.
Slowly, Moreno perfected his sales
pitch, and the program took shape.
“We started my first year of high
school with just freshman and we didn’t
have enough boys,” said Moreno, who
served as Taft’s ofensive coordinator
before being hired by London.
“We had eight (football players) in
the whole class, so I started with sev-
enth and eighth grade my first year. The
next year, we had 20 play.”
FIRST DOWN: THINKING PLAYOFFS
With just 20 players to draw from
in 2012, London went 1-7 against a rag-
tag schedule of subvarsity and private
school opponents from across South
Texas. In 2013, that record improved
to 4-3. This year — London’s first of
varsity district play — Moreno hopes
to take his team to the playofs.
“The schedule gets tougher, but we
will compete,” Moreno said. “We won’t
be embarrassed.”
If Moreno has one ace up his sleeve,
it’s that two years of subvarsity expe-
rience has strengthened his squad of
the radar. A roster that’s now 45 players
strong is a mystery to the Coastal Bend,
and it’s ready to take its new district
by storm.
SECOND DOWN: MYSTERY TEAM
If there was one thing Moreno was
willing to let slip about his mystery
team, it’s that the Pirates will be fast.
“We have good skills for a 2A (pro-
gram),” Moreno said. “(But) our weak-
ness is our line.
“We’ll go no-huddle (and) try to hit
that edge as fast as possible. We’ll try
to go fast.”
Highlighting those skill players is
Chris Gray, a receiver who first picked
up the football two years ago and is
now getting looks from NAIA schools
— but that doesn’t mean London will
be an air-raid ofense. Moreno said the
Pirates will line up in a two-back spread
and run the ball at least half the time.
London has the players it wants and a
scheme it believes in, but it’s still miss-
ing one advantage held by every other
team in the Coastal Bend: A stadium to
call its own.
THIRD DOWN:
HOME’S WHERE THE HEART IS
While London has been able to
cobble together the resources to fill
Moreno’s staf and build a practice field
near the high school, it hasn’t come
close to raising enough scratch to build
itself a football stadium.
As a result, the Pirates are playing
their home games miles away from
home.
“We have three home stadiums, so it
has its good and its bad,” Moreno said.
“We play at Cabaniss Multipurpose,
T-M (and) Calallen, (which) are nice.
The bad part is, yeah, you don’t have
that home-field edge or identity.
“It hurts our community. They have
to drive out there, which makes it hard
to get support.”
It might make for a rough season, but
it does nothing to dim London’s bright
future. Moreno said projected growth
should continue to swell his program
with players and his school with the re-
sources to support them. Stadium blue-
prints might be just a few years away.
But first, there’s 2014 to take care of.
“This is going to be a legit program.
A real thing,” Moreno said. “This is our
showcase year.”
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London eager for district play
GEORGE TULEY/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER-TIMES
Noah Manzano (right) and Chris Gray figure to get plenty of playing time on both sides of
the ball during London’s inaugural district campaign.
PROGRAM BUILT
QUIETLY, READY TO
MAKE SOME NOISE
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LONDON
PIRATES
Head coach: Robbie Moreno
Career record: 5-10 (5-10 at London)
2013 record: 4-3
Last district title: N/A
Last playof appearance: N/A
Returning lettermen: 23
Returning of/def starters: 11/11
Base ofense: Spread
Base defense: Split
TOP RETURNEES
Chris Gray, WR/DB, sr., Jake Voss, QB/DB, jr.;
Jose Briones, RB/LB, sr.; Kade Wendland, OL/
DL, jr.; Hunter Saenz, OL/DL, jr.; Tristan
Gonzalez, OL/DE, jr.; George Aguilar, WR/OLB,
jr.; Jerrick Richards, OL/DL, sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
J.D. West, RB/LB, soph.; Ricky Fuentes, RB, jr.;
Ryan Lawver, WR/DB, soph.; Noah Manzano,
WR/DB, soph.
By Stuart Duncan
Special to the Caller-Times
After winning two games in the pre-
vious two seasons combined, John Paul
II must find a way to forget about the
past and relish another chance for a
fresh start this season.
Although last season’s 0-10 record
was particularly tough for the Centu-
rions to take, they’re using it as motiva-
tion for this season.
“They’ve experienced what defeat is
like, and they don’t like that taste,” John
Paul II coach Mario Vasquez said of his
15 returning varsity players. “They’re
ready to start tasting some victory.”
FIRST DOWN:
LOTS OF EXPERIENCE
With 14 returning starters combined
on both sides of the ball, the Centurions
have good reason to be optimistic about
this season.
Vasquez said he also reworked John
Paul’s nondistrict schedule this season
to pit the Centurions against opponents
that they match up better with.
John Paul opens the season at home
against Skidmore-Tynan, which also
went winless last year. The Centurions
opened last season against Taft, which
finished as the District 16-2A, Division
II runner-up.
“When you don’t win a game in your
first season, you’re looking for that first
win,” Vasquez said. “We need to win
the first game (this season). That’s go-
ing to break that losing spirit. We have
to work extra hard (to do so).”
SECOND DOWN: NEW WRINKLE
While the Centurions aren’t running
a new ofense this season, they are ex-
panding on what they did last season.
How quickly and efectively they can
grasp the changes to the ofense could
be the deciding factor in whether John
Paul can become the successful team it
believes it can be this season.
The Centurions are tweaking their
staple ofensive formation this season
by going with the West Coast wing-T
ofense to spread the field and open up
their passing game.
“We ran the wing-T last year, but
we’re looking to spread it out by run-
ning the West Coast wing-T and throw-
ing out of it,” Vasquez said. “We want
to get a little more balance with our
running game and our passing game.”
Senior quarterback John Michael
Gonzalez returns to lead John Paul II’s
revamped ofense. Gonzalez played the
Centurions’ final eight games this past
season after last year’s starting quar-
terback, Andrew Morgan, transferred
back to Flour Bluf.
THIRD DOWN:
SUCCESS IN TRENCHES
Vasquez admits opposing defenses
consistently got too much penetration
in the Centurions’ backfield last season,
which slowed the team’s running game
considerably.
It will be up to John Paul’s ofensive
line to make sure that it doesn’t hap-
pen again.
Fortunately, the Centurions have
four returning starters on their ofen-
sive line to turn to.
That group includes sophomore
center Jared Gaza, who started at right
tackle last season; 6-foot-4, 310-pound
sophomore right tackle Leonard Seals,
last season’s right guard; senior left
guard Oscar Soliz; and junior left tackle
Jacob Zamarron.
“We were not ready last season,”
Vasquez said. “You can’t run the wing-T
without an ofensive line, so hopefully
that experience will make a diference
(for us) this season.”
The Centurions will have to com-
pensate for the loss of their starting
tight end, junior Nicholas Kimmel,
who needs shoulder surgery and will
sit out this season.
Vasquez said sophomore Justin
Licon, junior Jordan Garcia and senior
Kevin Salazar — who was a TAPPS
honorable mention all-District 2, Divi-
sion I selection last season — are the
leading candidates to replace Kimmel
at tight end.
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JOHN PAUL II
CENTURIONS
Head coach: Mario Vasquez
Career record: 0-10 (0-10 at John Paul II)
2013 record: 0-10
Last district title: None
Last playof appearance: 2011
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning of/def starters: 7/7
Base ofense: West Coast wing-T
Base defense: 4-3
TOP RETURNEES
Andrew Serna, RB/DB, sr.; Matthew San-
chez, RB/DB, soph.; John Michael Gonzalez,
QB, sr.; Kevin Salazar, RB/TE, sr.; Steve
Lopez, LB, sr.; Ian Escamilla, DL, sr.; Jacob
Juarez, FB/LB, jr.
TOP NEWCOMERS
Alex Bustamante, FB/LB, sr.
Centurions seeking fresh start
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Running back Andrew Serna (20) is among a host of experienced players hoping to help
John Paul II shake off the sting of a winless 2013.
TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES
Paul Almendarez (left) should shoulder a great deal of the running game for Three Rivers
this season. The running back rushed for 636 yards last year for the Bulldogs.
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BEN BOLT
BADGERS
DISTRICT 16 DIV. I
Head coach: Jef LeFevre
2013 record: 5-6
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 18
Returning of/def starters: 7/8
TOP RETURNEES
Ryan Galvan, QB; David Rojas, RB;
Gavin Gonzalez, WR
OUTLOOK
With 15 starters back from last year’s playof
squad, the Badgers are as experienced as
anyone in District 16-2A Division I. Galvan is a
dual threat with 2,146 passing yards and
718 rushing yards last year, and he’ll be
complimented by Rojas (122-1,482, 16 TDs).
Despite all those yards, Ben Bolt only aver-
aged 25.2 points per game. Finishing drives
could be the key to another playof ticket.
RIVIERA
SEAHAWKS
DISTRICT 16 DIV. I
Head coach: Nathan Borden
2013 record: 1-9
Last playof appearance: 2011
Returning lettermen: 22
Returning of/def starters: 9/9
TOP RETURNEES
Jon Dickey, QB/RB; Zach Gonzalez, LB
OUTLOOK
Riviera might be returning 18 starters, but
that doesn’t make the Seahawks a veteran
ballclub. The roster is swelling with under-
classmen like Dickey, the team’s top return-
ing rusher and passer, and LB Zach Gonzalez,
the Seahawks’ top returning tackler. No team
in District 16-2A Division I returns more start-
ers than Riviera, but given its struggles last
year, simply bringing that talent back won’t
be enough — it needs to show improvement.
THREE RIVERS
BULLDOGS
DISTRICT 16 DIV. I
Head coach: Randy Palmer
2013 record: 4-5
Last playof appearance: 2012
Returning lettermen: 12
Returning of/def starters: 5/5
TOP RETURNEES
Jesse Perez, QB; Weston Huf, LB; Juan Rivera,
LB; Shane Edens, OL; Paul Almendarez, RB
OUTLOOK
Three Rivers took a step back in 2013, winning
just a single district game after making the
playofs the year before, but the Bulldogs
hope to be back in contention in 2014. The
most recent wave of realignment dealt the
Bulldogs a friendly hand by separating them
from former district mates Ganado and
Shiner — which reached the state title game
despite placing second in district play. Perez
(267 rushing yards), a converted fullback, will
be counted on to lead the ofense. He’ll get
a helping hand from returning running back
Almendarez (636 yards).
WOODSBORO
EAGLES
DISTRICT 16 DIV. II
Head coach: Wade Miller
2013 record: 8-2
Last playof appearance: 2013
Returning lettermen: 12
Returning of/def starters: 6/7
TOP RETURNEES
Trent Moses, QB; Jacob Nesloney, FB;
Jonathan Dablegott, WR; Justin Spears, LB;
David Carmichael, CB
OUTLOOK
The Eagles got of to a 7-0 start last year
before dropping two of their last three,
including a 48-28 loss to Bartlett in the open-
ing round of the playofs. Replacing quarter-
back/cornerback/punter Lionel Brown will
be a challenge that falls on Moses’ shoulders,
but he won’t be without help. Dablegott
(511 receiving yards) returns at wide receiver,
as does Jacob Nesloney (211 yards, four
touchdowns). Linebacker Justin Spears
(89 tackles) and corner David Carmichael
(four interceptions) highlight the Eagles’
defensive returners.
AGUA DULCE
LONGHORNS
DISTRICT 16 DIV. II
Head coach: Robert Beard
2013 record: 2-8
Last playof appearance: 2005
Returning lettermen: 15
Returning of/def starters: 7/8
TOP RETURNEES
Homer Hinojosa, QB; Eloy Treto, RB/WR;
Joe Baltazar, LB; R.J. Ramirez, WR
OUTLOOK
Ofense was a struggle last year for the
Longhorns, who scored more than six
points in just two of their first six games.
The points started adding up later in the
season — 34 against Benavides, 31 against
Lasara and 20 against Charlotte — but a
porous defense led to losses in two of those
three games. Hinojosa (809 passing yards,
580 rushing yards) will lead the ofense as
Baltazar (119 tackles) anchors the defense.
BENAVIDES
EAGLES
DISTRICT 16 DIV. II
Head coach: Celso Oliveira
2013 record: 2-8
Last playof appearance: 2004
Returning lettermen: 14
Returning of/def starters: 6/6
TOP RETURNEES
Reynaldo Ruiz, C; Bryan Rodriguez, RB;
A.J. Munoz, OT; Kevin Oliveira, QB;
Noe Guzman, WR
OUTLOOK
The Eagles have won just 13 district games
since their last playof appearance in 2004,
but two wins last season was a jump up
from an 0-10 record in 2012. Benavides looks
to build around Ruiz at center and brings
back 12 starters, six on each side of the
ball. Rodriguez led the team in rushing as a
sophomore, and Guzman was the District
16-A Division II Newcomer of the Year in 2012.
Oliveira could see time at quarterback and in
the defensive secondary.
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STAFF PREDICTIONS » 45
GREG
RAJAN
SPORTS EDITOR
JOSE
RODRIGUEZ
SPORTS WRITER
KENNY
RYAN
CONTRIBUTOR
GEORGE
VONDRACEK
SPORTS WRITER
MATT
YOUNG
CONTRIBUTOR
DISTRICT 28-6A
1. S.A. East Central
2. Carroll
3. King
4. Ray
DISTRICT 30-5A
1. Flour Bluf
2. Calallen
3. Alice
4. Victoria West
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. I
1. La Vernia
2. Gonzales
3. Pleasanton
4. Rockport-Fulton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. I
1. Zapata
2. RGC La Grulla
3. Kingsville
4. La Feria
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. II
1. Sinton
2. Cuero
3. Yoakum
4. Ingleside
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. II
1. Orange Grove
2. Port Isabel
3. Rio Hondo
4. Raymondville
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. I
1. Hallettsville
2. Goliad
3. Mathis
4. George West
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. I
1. Aransas Pass
2. Santa Rosa
3. San Diego
4. Falfurrias
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II
1. Banquete
2. Taft
3. Odem
4. Santa Gertrudis
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. II
1. Hebbronville
2. Dilley
3. Cotulla
4. Freer
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIV. I
1. Refugio
2. Schulenburg
3. Shiner
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. I
1. La Villa
2. Ben Bolt
3. Three Rivers
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. II
1. Woodsboro
2. Bruni
3. Pettus
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Tyler Handson, QB, Sinton
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Jalen Campbell, DB, Flour Bluf
DISTRICT 28-6A
1. Carroll
2. King
3. S.A. Southwest
4. Ray
DISTRICT 30-5A
1. Flour Bluf
2. Alice
3. Calallen
4. Victoria West
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. I
1. La Vernia
2. Gonzales
3. Rockport-Fulton
4. Pleasanton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. I
1. Zapata
2. RGC La Grulla
3. Kingsville
4. Hidalgo
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. II
1. Sinton
2. Cuero
3. Yoakum
4. Ingleside
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. II
1. Orange Grove
2. Port Isabel
3. Raymondville
4. Rio Hondo
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. I
1. Goliad
2. Hallettsville
3. Mathis
4. George West
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. I
1. Aransas Pass
2. San Diego
3. Santa Rosa
4. Falfurrias
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II
1. Odem
2. Banquete
3. Taft
4. Santa Gertrudis
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. II
1. Hebbronville
2. Dilley
3. Freer
4. Cotulla
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIV. I
1. Refugio
2. Shiner
3. Ganado
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. I
1. La Villa
2. Ben Bolt
3. Three Rivers
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. II
1. Woodsboro
2. Bruni
3. Pettus
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Tyler Handson, QB, Sinton
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Tim Garcia, LB, Alice
DISTRICT 28-6A
1. Carroll
2. Ray
3. S.A. East Central
4. King
DISTRICT 30-5A
1. Flour Bluf
2. Alice
3. Calallen
4. Victoria West
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. I
1. La Vernia
2. Gonzales
3. Pleasanton
4. Rockport-Fulton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. I
1. RGC La Grulla
2. Kingsville
3. Zapata
4. La Feria
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. II
1. Sinton
2. Ingleside
3. Cuero
4. Jourdanton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. II
1. Orange Grove
2. Port Isabel
3. Raymondville
4. West Oso
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. I
1. Hallettsville
2. Goliad
3. George West
4. Mathis
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. I
1. Aransas Pass
2. Santa Rosa
3. San Diego
4. Falfurrias
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II
1. Taft
2. Odem
3. Banquete
4. Santa Gertrudis
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. II
1. Hebbronville
2. Dilley
3. Freer
4. Cotulla
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIV. I
1. Shiner
2. Refugio
3. Ganado
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. I
1. La Villa
2. Ben Bolt
3. Three Rivers
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. II
1. Woodsboro
2. Bruni
3. Pettus
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Cody Brewer, QB, Flour Bluf
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Colton Cohea, DB, Sinton
DISTRICT 28-6A
1. S.A. East Central
2. Carroll
3.King
4. Ray
DISTRICT 30-5A
1. Flour Bluf
2. Calallen
3. Victoria West
4. Tuloso-Midway
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. I
1. La Vernia
2. Gonzales
3. Beeville
4. Rockport-Fulton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. I
1. RGC La Grulla
2. Kingsville
3. Zapata
4. La Feria
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. II
1. Sinton
2. Cuero
3. Ingleside
4. Jourdanton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. II
1. Port Isabel
2. Orange Grove
3. Rio Hondo
4. West Oso
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. I
1. Goliad
2. Hallettsville
3. George West
4. Mathis
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. I
1. Aransas Pass
2. Santa Rosa
3. San Diego
4. Bishop
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II
1. Odem
2. Banquete
3. Taft
4. Bloomington
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. II
1. Hebbronville
2. Freer
3. Cotulla
4. Dilley
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIV. I
1. Refugio
2. Schulenburg
3. Shiner
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. I
1. Three Rivers
2. Ben Bolt
3. La Villa
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. II
1. Woodsboro
2. Bruni
3. Agua Dulce
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Isaiah Perez, RB, Refugio
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Jalen Campbell, DB, Flour Bluf
DISTRICT 28-6A
1. Carroll
2. S.A. East Central
3. S.A. Southwest
4. King
DISTRICT 30-5A
1. Flour Bluf
2. Calallen
3. Victoria West
4. Gregory-Portland
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. I
1. La Vernia
2. Gonzales
3. Rockport-Fulton
4. Pleasanton
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. I
1. Zapata
2. Kingsville
3. RGC La Grulla
4. La Feria
DISTRICT 15-4A, DIV. II
1. Sinton
2. Cuero
3. Ingleside
4. Yoakum
DISTRICT 16-4A, DIV. II
1. Orange Grove
2. Port Isabel
3. Rio Hondo
4. West Oso
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. I
1. Hallettsville
2. Goliad
3. Mathis
4. George West
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. I
1. Aransas Pass
2. San Diego
3. Santa Rosa
4. Lyford
DISTRICT 15-3A, DIV. II
1. Banquete
2. Taft
3. Odem
4. Skidmore-Tynan
DISTRICT 16-3A, DIV. II
1. Hebbronville
2. Dilley
3. Freer
4. Cotulla
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIV. I
1. Refugio
2. Schulenburg
3. Shiner
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. I
1. La Villa
2. Three Rivers
3. Ben Bolt
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIV. II
1. Woodsboro
2. Bruni
3. Pettus
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Tyler Handson, QB, Sinton
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
Jalen Campbell, DB, Flour Bluf
KICKOFF 2014 » CALLER-TIMES
» SCHEDULES 46
DISTRICT 28-6A
CARROLL TIGERS
8/28 at Miller% 7 p.m.
9/5 at Gregory-Portland 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Port Lavaca% 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at McAllen 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Laredo United# 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at S.A. East Central* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Ray*# 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at King*% 7:30 p.m.
10/31 S.A. South San*# 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at S.A. Southwest 7:30 p.m.
KING MUSTANGS
8/29 Flour Bluf# 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Moody# 7:30 p.m.
9/11 at Weslaco 7 p.m.
9/19 Rio Grande City# 7:30 p.m.
9/25 Laredo United South% 7 p.m.
10/10 at S.A. Southwest* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at S.A. South San* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Carroll*% 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at S.A. East Central 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Ray*% 7:30 p.m.
RAY TEXANS
8/29 Laredo Martin% 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Miller% 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Sharyland Pioneer 7:30 p.m.
9/18 at Laredo United South 7 p.m.
9/26 Laredo LBJ% 7:30 p.m.
10/10 S.A. South San*% 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Carroll*# 7:30 p.m.
10/23 S.A. East Central*% 7 p.m.
10/30 S.A. Southwest*% 7 p.m.
11/7 at King*% 7:30 p.m.
S.A. SOUTHWEST DRAGONS
8/29 Victoria West 7:30 p.m.
9/5 S.A. Taft 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at S.A. Lee 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Del Rio 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Eagle Pass 7:30 p.m.
10/10 King* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at S.A. East Central* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 South San* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Ray*% 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Carroll* 7:30 p.m.
S.A. EAST CENTRAL HORNETS
8/29 San Marcos 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at New Branfls Canyon 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Smithson Valley 7:30 p.m.
9/19 S.A. Reagan 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Del Rio 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Carroll* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 S.A. Southwest* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Ray*# 7:30 p.m.
10/31 King* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 South San* 7:30 p.m.
SOUTH SAN BOBCATS
8/29 S.A. Holmes 7:30 p.m.
9/5 S.A. Central Catholic 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at S.A. MacArthur 7:30 p.m.
9/19 S.A. Lee 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at S.A. Antonian 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Ray%* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 King* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at S.A. Southwest* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Carroll#* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 S.A. East Central* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 30-5A
ALICE COYOTES
8/29 Laredo Alexander 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Moody* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Miller* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Gregory-Portland* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
CALALLEN WILDCATS
8/29 at Mercedes 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Kerrville Tivy 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Alice* 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Moody* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Miller* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Gregory-Portland* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
FLOUR BLUFF HORNETS
8/29 at King# 7:30 p.m.
9/6 Kilgore+ 6 p.m.
9/12 Moody* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Miller* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Gregory-Portland* 7 p.m.
10/17 Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Alice* 7:30 p.m.
GREGORY-PORTLAND WILDCATS
8/29 El Campo 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Carroll 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
9/18 at Miller*% 7 p.m.
10/3 Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Alice* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Moody*# 7:30 p.m.
MILLER BUCS
8/28 Carroll% 7 p.m.
9/5 at Ray% 7:30 p.m.
9/18 Gregory-Portland*% 7 p.m.
9/26 at Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Victoria East*% 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Tuloso-Midway*% 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Alice 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Moody*% 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
MOODY TROJANS
8/29 at West Oso 7:30 p.m.
9/5 King# 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Victoria East*% 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Tuloso-Midway*# 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Alice* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Victoria West*# 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Miller*% 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Gregory-Portland*# 7:30 p.m.
TULOSO-MIDWAY WARRIORS
8/29 Sinton 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Orange Grove 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Alice* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Moody*# 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Miller*% 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Gregory-Portland* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
VICTORIA EAST TITANS
8/29 S.A. Kennedy 7:30 p.m.
9/4 San Marcos 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Alice* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Moody*# 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Victoria West* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Miller*# 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Gregory-Portland* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
VICTORIA WEST WARRIORS
8/29 at S.A. Southwest 7:30 p.m.
9/5 S.A. McCollum 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Gregory-Portland* 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Flour Bluf* 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Victoria East* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Calallen* 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Tuloso-Midway* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Alice* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Moody* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Miller* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 15-4A DIVISION I
BEEVILLE TROJANS
8/29 Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Ingleside 6:30 p.m.
9/12 at Orange Grove 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Sinton 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Carrizo Springs 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Robstown* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 La Vernia* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Pleasanton* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Rockport-Fulton* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Gonzales* 7:30 p.m.
GONZALES APACHES
8/29 at Giddings 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Cuero 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Geronimo Navarro 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Yoakum 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Bellville 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Pleasanton* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Rockport-Fulton* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at LaVernia* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Robstown* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Beeville* 7:30 p.m.
LA VERNIA BEARS
8/29 at Wimberley 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Port Lavaca 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at La Grange 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Sinton 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Geronimo Navarro 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Rockport-Fulton* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Beeville* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Gonzales* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Pleasanton* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Robstown* 7:30 p.m.
PLEASANTON EAGLES
8/29 at S.A. Edison 7:30 p.m.
9/5 S.A. Lanier 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Carrizo Springs 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Poteet 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at S.A. Christian 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Gonzales* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Robstown* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Beeville* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 La Vernia* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Rockport-Fulton* 7:30 p.m.
ROBSTOWN COTTON PICKERS
8/29 at Orange Grove 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Poteet 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Banquete 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
9/26 West Oso 7:30 p.m.
10//10 at Beeville* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Pleasanton* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Rockport-Fulton* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Gonzales* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at La Vernia* 7:30 p.m.
ROCKPORT-FULTON PIRATES
8/29 at Aransas Pass 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Sinton 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Ingleside 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Orange Grove 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at La Vernia* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Gonzales* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Robstown* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Beeville* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Pleasanton* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-4A DIVISION I
KINGSVILLE BRAHMAS
8/29 at Beeville 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Alice 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Rockport-Fulton 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Robstown 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Raymondville 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Ingleside 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Zapata* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at La Feria* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 RGC La Grulla* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Hidalgo* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 15-4A DIVISION II
CUERO GOBBLERS
8/29 Wharton 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Gonzales 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Smithville 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Port Lavaca 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Columbus 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Giddings 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Yoakum* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Sinton* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Ingleside* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Jourdanton* 7:30 p.m.
INGLESIDE MUSTANGS
8/29 Rio Grande City 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Beeville 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Aransas Pass 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Rockport-Fulton 7:30 p.m.
9/27 Rogers= 2 p.m.
10/3 at Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Jourdanton* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Yoakum* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Cuero* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Sinton* 7:30 p.m.
JOURDANTON INDIANS
8/29 at Poteet 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Hondo 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Dilley 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Groesbeck 7:30 p.m.
9/26 S.A. Central Catholic 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Pearsall 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Sinton* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Ingleside* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Yoakum* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Cuero* 7:30 p.m.
SINTON PIRATES
8/29 at Tuloso-Midway 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Rockport-Fulton 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Rio Hondo 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Beeville 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at La Vernia 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Raymondville 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Jourdanton* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Yoakum* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Cuero* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Ingleside* 7:30 p.m.
YOAKUM BULLDOGS
8/29 at Marion 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Hallettsville 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at East Bernard 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Luling 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Gonzales 7:30 p.m.
10/3 La Grange 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Cuero* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Sinton* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Ingleside* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Jourdanton* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-4A DIVISION II
ORANGE GROVE BULLDOGS
8/29 Robstown 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Tuloso-Midway 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Beeville 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Aransas Pass 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Rockport-Fulton 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Raymondville* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Progreso* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Rio Hondo* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Port Isabel* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at West Oso* 7:30 p.m.
CALLER-TIMES » KICKOFF 2014
SCHEDULES » 47
PROGRESO RED ANTS
8/29 at Brownsville Porter 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Hidalgo 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Santa Rosa 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Hebbronville 7:30 p.m.
9/26 La Feria 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Port Isabel* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Orange Grove* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Raymondville* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 West Oso* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Rio Hondo* 7:30 p.m.
PORT ISABEL TARPONS
8/29 at RGC La Grulla 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Rio Grande City 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Hidalgo 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Pharr Valley View 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Br’sville St. Joseph’s 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Progreso* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Rio Hondo* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 West Oso* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Orange Grove* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Raymondville* 7:30 p.m.
RAYMONDVILLE BEARKATS
8/29 at Br’sville St. Joseph 7:30 p.m.
9/5 RGC La Grulla 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Lyford 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Kingsville 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Sinton 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Orange Grove* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 West Oso* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Progreso* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Rio Hondo* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Port Isabel* 7:30 p.m.
RIO HONDO BOBCATS
8/29 Santa Rosa 7:30 p.m.
9/5 LJ Juarez-Lincoln 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Sinton 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Hidalgo 7:30 p.m.
9/26 RGC La Grulla 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at West Oso* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Port Isabel* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Orange Grove* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Raymondville* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Progreso* 7:30 p.m.
WEST OSO BEARS
8/29 Moody 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Bishop 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Taft 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Odem 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Robstown 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Rio Hondo* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Raymondville* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Port Isabel* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Progreso* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Orange Grove* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 15-3A DIVISION I
GEORGE WEST LONGHORNS
8/29 vs. San Diego 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Freer 7:30 p.m.
9/12 vs. Odem 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Falfurrias 7:30 p.m.
9/26 vs. Hebbronville 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Falls City 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Brooks Academy* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 vs. Hallettsville* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Mathis* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 vs. Goliad* 7:30 p.m.
MATHIS PIRATES
8/29 Banquete 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Refugio 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Poteet 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Lyford 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Stockdale 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Freer 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Goliad* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Brooks Academy* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 George West* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Hallettsville* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-3A DIVISION I
ARANSAS PASS PANTHERS
8/29 Rockport-Fulton 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Edna 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Ingleside 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Orange Grove 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Palacios 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Falfurrias* 7:30 p.m.
10/16 at Bishop* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 San Diego* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Lyford* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Santa Rosa* 7:30 p.m.
BISHOP BADGERS
8/29 Three Rivers 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at West Oso 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Bruni 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Taft 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Banquete 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at San Diego* 7:30 p.m.
10/16 Aransas Pass* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Santa Rosa* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Falfurrias* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Lyford* 7:30 p.m.
FALFURRIAS JERSEYS
8/29 Freer 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Santa Gertrudis 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Hebbronville 7:30 p.m.
9/19 George West 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Zapata 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Aransas Pass* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Santa Rosa* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Lyford* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Bishop* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 San Diego 7:30 p.m.
SAN DIEGO VAQUEROS
8/29 at George West 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Hebbronville 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Freer 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Refugio 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Taft 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Bishop* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Lyford* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Aransas Pass* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Santa Rosa* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Falfurrias* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 15-3A DIVISION II
BANQUETE BULLDOGS
8/29 at Mathis 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Robstown 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Karnes City 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Bishop 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Refugio 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Skidmore-Tynan* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Taft* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Bloomington* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Santa Gertrudis* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Odem* 7:30 p.m.
ODEM OWLS
8/29 at Edna 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Goliad 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at George West 7:30 p.m.
9/19 West Oso 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Marion 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Santa Gertrudis* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Skidmore-Tynan* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Taft* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Bloomington* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Banquete* 7:30 p.m.
SANTA GERTRUDIS LIONS
8/29 Pettus 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Falfurrias 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Santa Maria 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Runge 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Freer 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Odem* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Bloomington* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Skidmore-Tynan* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Banquete* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Taft* 7:30 p.m.
SKIDMORE-TYNAN BOBCATS
8/29 at John Paul II 7 p.m.
9/5 Woodsboro 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Kenedy 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Freer 7:30 p.m.
9/26 London 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Banquete* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Odem* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Santa Gertrudis* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Taft* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Bloomington* 7:30 p.m.
TAFT GREYHOUNDS
8/29 Stockdale 7:30 p.m.
9/5 La Villa 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at West Oso 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Bishop 7:30 p.m.
9/26 San Diego 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Bloomington* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Banquete* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Odem* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Skidmore-Tynan* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Santa Gertrudis* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-3A DIVISION II
FREER BUCKAROOS
8/29 at Falfurrias 7:30 p.m.
9/5 George West 7:30 p.m.
9/12 San Diego 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Skidmore-Tynan 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Santa Gertrudis 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Mathis 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Cotulla* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Dilley* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Monte Alto* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Hebbronville* 7:30 p.m.
HEBBRONVILLE LONGHORNS
8/29 Refugio 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at San Diego 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Falfurrias 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Progreso 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at George West 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Zapata 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Cotulla* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Dilley* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Monte Alto* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Freer* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 15-2A DIVISION I
REFUGIO BOBCATS
8/29 at Hebbronville 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Mathis 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at San Diego 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Cameron Yoe 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Banquete 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Shiner* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Schulenburg* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Ganado* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Flatonia* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Weimar* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-2A DIVISION I
BEN BOLT BADGERS
8/29 Runge 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Sabinal 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Benavides 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Bruni 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Falls City 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Riviera* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Three Rivers* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Santa Maria* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 La Villa* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 London*^ 7:30 p.m.
LONDON PIRATES
8/28 Monte Alto# 7 p.m.
9/5 at Pharr Oratory Acad. 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Marine Military Acad. 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Pettus< 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Skidmore-Tynan 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Santa Maria* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 La Villa*< 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Three Rivers* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Riviera* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Ben Bolt*^ 7:30 p.m.
RIVIERA SEAHAWKS
8/29 Agua Dulce 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Yorktown 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at John Paul II 7:30 p.m.
9/26 Marine Military Acad. 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at Benavides 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Ben Bolt* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Santa Maria* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at La Villa* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 London* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 at Three Rivers* 7:30 p.m.
THREE RIVERS BULLDOGS
8/29 at Bishop 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Nixon-Smiley 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Runge 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Woodsboro 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Kenedy 7:30 p.m.
10/10 La Villa* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Ben Bolt* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 London* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Santa Maria* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Riviera* 7:30 p.m.
DISTRICT 16-2A DIVISION II
AGUA DULCE LONGHORNS
8/29 at Riviera 7:30 p.m.
9/5 John Paul II 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Monte Alto 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Lasara 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Santa Maria 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Pharr Oratory Acad. 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Woodsboro* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Pettus* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Benavides* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Bruni* 7:30 p.m.
BENAVIDES EAGLES
8/29 at Lasara 7:30 p.m.
9/5 Marine Military Acad. 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Ben Bolt 7:30 p.m.
9/19 at Santa Maria 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Runge 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Riviera 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Bruni* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 at Woodsboro* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 Pettus* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 at Agua Dulce* 7:30 p.m.
WOODSBORO EAGLES
8/29 at Nixon-Smiley 7:30 p.m.
9/5 at Skidmore-Tynan 7:30 p.m.
9/12 Flatonia 7:30 p.m.
9/19 Three Rivers 7:30 p.m.
9/26 at Yorktown 7:30 p.m.
10/3 Kenedy 7:30 p.m.
10/10 at Agua Dulce* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Benavides* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at Bruni* 7:30 p.m.
11/7 Pettus* 7:30 p.m.
TAPPS DIV. II, DISTRICT 3
JOHN PAUL II CENTURIONS
8/29 Skidmore-Tynan 7 p.m.
9/5 at Agua Dulce 7:30 p.m.
9/12 at Schertz JP II 7 p.m.
9/19 Riviera 7 p.m.
9/26 at Victoria St. Joseph* 7:30 p.m.
10/3 at S.A. Cornerstone* 7:30 p.m.
10/10 S.A. TMI* 7:30 p.m.
10/17 Austin Regents* 7:30 p.m.
10/24 at S.A. Holy Cross* 7:30 p.m.
10/31 Austin Hyde Park* 7:30 p.m.
KEY
* — district game
# — at Cabaniss Field
% — at Buc Stadium
+ — at Houston Galena Park
= — at Geronimo Navarro
^ — at Calallen
< — at Tuloso-Midway
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