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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2021
Pearsall kicks off season Thursday, Dilley & Cotulla this Friday.
With two-a-days and scrimmages out of the way, Texas schools are set to open the regular season of high school football this week
Pearsall will kick things off a day early as they will hit the road in their opener against the San Antonio Burbank Bulldogs. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the SAISD Sports Complex. The two did not play last season due to both programs taking COVID-19 precautions.
The Mavericks were only able to get in a single scrimmage this season as Somerset pulled out of their outing two weeks ago with COVID-19-related issues. Pearsall then took on Dilley last Wednesday at Gosch Field.
“The mindset going into this week’s game is that this game sets the tone for the rest of the season,” PHS AD and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra said. “We are confident in our run game, which showed out well against Dilley, and we were able to see our gun package at game speed and that’s where we are needing to improve.
“Defensively, our boys were flying to the football coming up with some big hits and they played very well. We had a coverage issue and gave up a big play, but that is something we can correct so it won’t happen again.”
The coach noted the importance of missing the Somerset scrimmage.
“Not having the Somerset scrimmage hurt us a bit because we were making those first scrimmage mistakes but we quickly settled in and played well,” he said. “Going into the season opener we are close to where we want to be conditioning-wise, and having the offseason and summer workouts really has put us in a better position than we were last year.
“What we want to take away from this week’s game is to be consistent and sound. If we can be disciplined in our assignments, offensively and defensively, we will be on top at the end of the game. We are excited for the boys and we know they are ready. Expectations are high and the boys are putting in the work to earn that Gold Ball.”
Dilley held a tri-scrimmage two weeks ago and is coming off its workout with Pearsall last week. The team will open the season this Friday at Sabinal. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets earned a 24-6 decision last year.
“Every first game of the season is exciting for everyone, it’s a new season, the past is the past, we can’t change it,” DHS AD and Head Football Coach David Silva said. “COVID is still around but has not affected everyone like last year. The boys are ready, they’re excited and they’re getting back to Dilley Wolves football, executing offensively and aggressive defensively.
Silva made note of some of the intangibles he saw from his squad in scrimmage action the last two weeks.
“What excites me after scrimmaging Pearsall, Carrizo Springs and Laredo Martin is that we stepped up our intensity and played tough,” he said. “We are putting in the package and hope to have it all in by the first district game.
“Special teams and conditioning are always the areas you are concerned about early in the season, we’ve focused on that the last two weeks,” the coach said. “Sabinal beat us last year 24-6, but, I feel we are much better and the mindset is confidence.”
Like Pearsall, Cotulla missed a scrimmage this season as Sam Houston backed out of its scheduled workout last week due to COVID-19 precautions taken by SAISD.
Cotulla was able to get in some work the week prior at Crystal City but missed out on an opportunity to fine-tune things prior to the start of the regular season. The Cowboys are set to take on the La Pryor Bulldogs this Friday at Bulldog Stadium in La Pryor. The contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.