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COTULLA COWBOYS FOOTBALL
Having waited six weeks to make their debut, the Cotulla Cowboys will finally hit the football field this Friday as they play host to the Marion Bulldogs, jumping right into district competition following multiple delays to their season.
Having finally been allowed to resume extracurricular workouts, Cotulla was able to salvage its season after previously being in danger of having to forfeit its first district contest. The team was then able to resume workouts and with help from district opponents and the UIL’s five-day rule for scheduling games, able to complete its league slate.
“We are as prepared as we can be in a three to four week period,” Cotulla Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “Our mindset is to finish strong, our backups are gonna have to step it up and spot play as needed.”
With their scheduling conflicts now behind them, the Cowboys will need to jump out of the gates quickly as they not only begin their season but do so with every game crucial to their playoff hopes.
Cotulla will take on Marion this week. The Bulldogs are 3-3 coming in to the contest and having notched a win over Lytle in their league opener last week.
“Our game plan will be to change tempo of the game as much as possible,” Silva said. “We can’t have any drive-stopping penalties and we must score everytime we get in the red zone. The speed of the game and full contact for four quarters will be our biggest challenge.”
Game conditioning will be key for Cotulla and was something evidenced by Pearsall in their opener last week against La Vernia. While the Mavericks got off to quick start, they fatigued in the second half as it became evident they were in their first game of the year while La Vernia had five games under their belt this year. It outlined a difference between being in shape and being in ‘game’ shape.
Although very early in the season, Marion sits atop the standings with Jourdanton and Randolph at 1-0. Poteet, Lytle and San Antonio Cole are all 0-1.
In what was supposed to be a promising season for the Cowboys, Cotulla will also be burdened with having to navigate quickly through a stacked schedule. Cotulla will open play this Friday and then have games on October 16, October 22, October 27, November 2 and November 7. The last four games will prove especially difficult as they will be played in a span of only 15 days.
Kickoff this Friday is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Myers Memorial Stadium.