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DISTRICT 14-4A, DIVISION II
Winless Pearsall takes on 1-3 Hondo Friday at Mack Laxson Field.
Despite an 0-5 start in which his team has only scored seven points, Pearsall High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Edward Bocanegra remains optimistic about his team’s future entering the first week of District 14-4A action this Friday.
The Mavericks scored on their opening play of the 2021 season, an 84-yard touchdown run, but have been shutout in four consecutive contests and 19 straight quarters in falling to 0-5. The team is off to its worst start since going 0-4 to open the 2013 season and are winless through five games for the first time since going winless in 2011.
“We used the off-week to help recover from injuries and the nicks and bruises from the past five weeks,” the coach said. “We also used the off-week to sharpen our skills and did a lot of drill work, and also did some game planning for Hondo.”
Hampering Pearsall’s efforts through the first five weeks has been an inability to play a home game due to construction delays at Mack Laxson Field. The Mavericks had a pair of home games moved and went five straight weeks playing on the road.
Entering Homecoming week, Bocanegra said spirits are high as the team will host its first home game since the regular season finale a year ago.
“Everyone is upbeat and excited for Homecoming and our first home game of the season,” Bocanegra said. “The lighting situation was cumbersome for us this year, but we finally get to play at home, and for Homecoming at that.
“The boys are excited for that and they are ready to prepare for Hondo and seek that Gold Ball.
“Hondo did get their first win of the season against Comfort on Friday and we were able to see them live. It gave us a good view of how they play and we were able to see things we normally don’t get to see from video,” he said. “All in all, it’s going to be a great game on Friday Night and we look forward to Homecoming and our first home game of the season.”
Hondo is 1-3 this season, having dropped three straight to open the year before finally notching a 41-21 win over Comfort last Friday.
The Owls opened the year with a 33-23 loss to San Antonio Memorial, fell 38-20 to rival Uvalde and then lost a narrow 35-31 decision to Marion.
Pearsall lost 52-0 to the Owls last season and have dropped nine straight to Hondo dating back to 2009.