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Scrimmages lead Bee teams into season openers
by Bruce Harper
Aug 28, 2013 | 71 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Skidmore-Tynan Bobcat running back hits the hole for good yardage against the Poth Pirates during Thursday night’s scrimmage in Skidmore.
A Skidmore-Tynan Bobcat running back hits the hole for good yardage against the Poth Pirates during Thursday night’s scrimmage in Skidmore.
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Trojan varsity running back Robert Rodriguez  sheds an Orange Grove Bulldog and gets positive yardage in Friday night’s scrimmage at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Trojan varsity running back Robert Rodriguez sheds an Orange Grove Bulldog and gets positive yardage in Friday night’s scrimmage at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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The S-T running game showed signifigant signs of progress against Poth on Thursday night.
The S-T running game showed signifigant signs of progress against Poth on Thursday night.
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BEEVILLE – Last week’s final scrimmage before the regular season openers had all three Bee County teams and coaches improving, but not everything is ironed out as of yet. And, the regular season begins on Friday night.

The Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats played host to the powerful Poth Pirates on Thursday last week. The Pirates were well polished and experienced in their offense and defense. The Bobcats struggled to perform on a consistent level in their new system under first year head coach John Livas.

“I thought it went well. Our progress is progress, but it’s slow,” said Livas on Monday.

“The players’ effort is good. They mean to do the right things. It’s just right now we are not very good assignment-wise. Technique-wise, we are very sloppy, but that will get straightened out.”

The offense showed some spark with a touchdown drive in the second offensive session on Thursday. The running game will work, but every Bobcat has to be on the same page.

“I feel that our offense is ‘ahead’ of the defense. Poth is very sound defensively. I thought we moved the ball very well at times,” Livas said.

“The key is to this offense is eliminating mistakes that stall our drives.”

Depth is going to be a problem if the injuries keep piling up for the ’Cats.

“We’ve had to overcome some adversity pretty quick due to five injured seniors starters. We hope to get them back this week,” Livas said.

The Bobcats travel to Three Rivers to meet the Bulldogs on Friday night. The Bulldogs are coming off a playoff season last year as an area finalist and have some experience back. The game should be a good opening test for both clubs.

The Trojans met the visiting Orange Grove Bulldogs on Friday last week.

“I was encouraged by how hard we played. I thought we played really hard. We saw a lot of good things on both sides of the ball but weren’t consistent,” said new head coach Jimmie Mitchell.

Beeville’s spread offense continued to struggle, and the defense was stout for the most part but did give up a few big plays to the Bulldogs.

“Now that we are playing hard, we need to work on consistency in everything we do so we don’t have breakdowns,” Mitchell said.

The Trojans travel to Kingsville on Friday night. The Brahmas are coming off a 7-5 season and were District 31-3A champs last year. The Beeville boys defeated Kingsville last year, 31-28, in an overtime thriller.

“Kingsville is a good football team that is well coached and has talent. We are going to need to go play well to win,” Mitchell said.

The Pettus Eagles played the Karnes City Badgers last week in their final scrimmage.

“It gave us an opportunity to see the team in a live quarter. Again, we can see where there has been great improvements in many areas that needed it, but there is still plenty of work to get done before district,” said head coach Dan Garza.

The Eagles have a tough opener as the defending state champ TAPPS Shiner St. Paul pays a visit to Pettus.

“We know who we are up against, and our boys know we must perform at a higher level not only to beat them but to set a positive standard for the rest of our season,” Garza said.

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