The first scrimmages of the new football season are now history and reports from all three teams are positive.
The Pettus Eagles hosted an always tough Yorktown Wildcats squad on Saturday morning while the Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats welcomed the Orange Grove Bulldogs. The A.C. Jones Trojans were the only team on the road as they traveled to Calallen to take on the Wildcats.
The Eagles out-dueled the Wildcats two touchdown to none but the TD’s don’t really count, too much. The consistent play on offense, led by junior QB Ryan Beck along with the running and receiving of Hunter Tomlin, Andrew Parker, Ulises Juarez, Taylor Yeoman and Tim Gill, highlighted the scrimmage. The offense ran well behind a line that paved the way for the Eagle runners.
“Lots of different guys contributed today with carries and catches too, but the offensive line deserves the bulk of the credit for our good offensive outing. They really fired off the ball well and opened up some holes,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
The Eagle touchdowns were scored by Gill on a five-yard run and Beck on a short run behind a “pancake” block by offensive lineman Dylan Gisler.
The Eagle defense was also hard-hitting with A.B. Escamilla leading the way along with an interception from Tomlin.
“We’ve got plenty to improve on, but I was happy with the way we played. Our defensive intensity was good, and we executed pretty well on offense for a first scrimmage,” Marbach said.
The Trojans came out against Calallen and moved the ball down field. Neither team scored on their first possessions. But the Wildcats managed to push one across late against a tired Beeville squad.
Calallen has a deeper bench and more players to revolve in and out of a game and were fresher at the end of the scrimmage than the Trojans. Both teams were battling each other and the hot temperatures in Wildcat Stadium.
“I saw a lot of good things in the scrimmage. We did some things right that we did not do all last year,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
“We are very happy about the way we performed in our scrimmage with Calallen. We did a lot of good things and there are several areas we’ll look to improve.”
The Trojans are skilled and look to improve from last year’s 3-7 club, but depth will be a problem as usual for the small 4A school. Several players will be asked to spend time on both sides of the ball once district starts if not sooner.
“We were very physical and were able to control the line of scrimmage against a very good Calallen defensive line,” Moses said.
“Our staff is very excited about the potential that this team has.”
The Orange Grove Bulldogs were at Skidmore-Tynan’s Bobcat Stadium. The teams fared well and looked impressive to new head coach Dan Garza.
“We feel our football team met some significant goals vs. Orange Grove; however, there is plenty of work to continue with. We see a good football team with excellent potential for a great season,” Garza said.
The Bobcats will face a challenging district race with several teams battling for a playoff spot behind front-runner Refugio, the state’s No. 1 ranked DII 2A team.
“Our entire district will be challenging, all are well coached and have great kids to work with. Every week we will have to prepare our team to take on a great opponent,” Garza said.