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FOOTBALL 2011 PREVIEW: Hallettsville seeks a bounce back year after 3-7 record

Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

Hallettsville head coach Tommy Psencik discusses the team's strengths and weaknesses during practice at Hallettsville High School on Friday, Aug. 12. TODD KRAININ/TKRAININ@VICAD.COM

Hallettsville 2011 Schedule

Aug. 26, at Ganado

Sept. 2, vs. Refugio

Sept. 9, vs. Yoakum

Sept. 16, at Palacios

Sept. 23, vs. Edna*

Sept. 30, at Rice Consolidated*

Oct. 7, vs. Hempstead*

Oct. 21, at Van Vleck*

Oct. 28, vs. Hitchcock*

Nov. 4, at Industrial*

*Denotes District 14-2A, Div. I game

All games start at 7:30 p.m.

Halletteville at-a-glance

Head Coach: Tommy Psencik

Last year's record: 3-7, 1-5 district

Returning starters: FS/WR/QB Carson Schindler, QB/LB/DB Braden Kahanek, OL/DL Matthew Marek, OL Jordan Holmes, WR/DB Trevor McGee, LB/G Ryan Renken, DL Quintin Wright, TE/DL Troy Murphy, DB Tait Schindler, DB Bryant Sitka.

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Aug. 19: Edna

Aug. 21: Industrial

Aug. 22: Shiner

Aug. 23: Shiner St. Paul

Aug. 24: Bay City

A year ago Hallettsville struggled to a 3-7 record in Tommy Psencik's first season as the program's head coach.

Now, the Brahmas have a full season under Psencik and continuity is a key.

Hallettsville returns seven offensive and six defensive starters.

2010 SEASON IN REVIEW

The Brahmas were up and down last season.

Hallettsville dropped its first two games of the before winning its final two of non-district contests.

District 14-2A, Division I was a struggle, as the Brahmas lost five out of their six games.

Hallettsville was plagued by injuries and players leaving the team.

Hallettsville's fortunes could have been better different if it been able to close out tough home losses to Van Vleck and Rice Consolidated.

The Brahmas lost those two contests by a combined three points.

"That's one reason why our kids worked out," Psencik said.

Psencik said 80 players participated in the offseason program.

REASONS FOR HOPE

The Brahmas should improve after a year of adjustment.

Senior wide receiver Trevor McGee returns for the Brahmas after being named first team all-district in 2010.

Last year, McGee had 30 receptions for 532 yards and six touchdowns.

"A lot of people care about getting the job done," Psencik said.

BIGGEST QUESTION MARK

The Hallettsville run defense has some spots to fill after losing linemen Anthony Wilson and Keith Sevcik along with linebacker Christian Wood-Dvorak to graduation.

The run defense will be tested in district play.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Quarterback play and the ability to get the ball to McGee will be huge this season.

Last year Braden Kahanek threw for 17 touchdowns, but also had 20 interceptions. Carson Schindler and freshman Nate Kowalik are also getting a look at quarterback.

BIGGEST GAME

The district opener at home against Edna could do a lot for the Brahmas' confidence and playoff outlook.

The Brahmas lost all three district home games last season.

PLAYOFF CHANCES

The schedule doesn't get easier after the Brahmas' home opener against Edna

Hallettsville travels to Altair to play Rice Consolidated before hosting Hempstead. Last year Hempstead and Rice Consolidated each finished 5-1 and shared the district title, with Rice Consolidated getting the No. 1 playoff seed.

Hallettsville closes the season with games at Van Vleck and at home against Hitchcock before the season finale at Industrial.

"We're trying to be the best we can be," Psencik said. "Our goal would be to make the playoffs."

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