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FOOTBALL 2011 PREVIEW: Edna football determined to finish strong

Aug. 18, 2011 at 3:18 a.m.


Edna

Aug. 26 Needville

Sept. 2 Richmond George Ranch

Sept. 9 BolingSept. 16 at Yoakum

Sept. 23 at Hallettsville*

Sept. 30 Van Vleck*

Oct. 7 at Hitchcock*

Oct. 14 Industrial*

Oct. 28 at Rice Consolidated*

Nov. 4 Hempstead*

All games start at 7:30 p.m.

*Denotes District 14-2A, Division I game

EDNA AT A GLANCE

COACH: Mike Pierce (Fourth year at Edna)

2010 RECORD: 7-2, 4-2 district

RETURNING STARTERS: WR Darius Callies, OT Mac Long, OG Travis Hunt, TE Trey Young, RB Dominque Gosson, CB Anthony Stevens, DB DeQuan Cantu, LB DeRodrick Jones, DT Koley Karl.

EDNA - What had been a successful 2010 season came to a disappointing end for Edna.

The Cowboys went into their District 14-2A, Division I finale at Hempstead needing a win to clinch a share of the district championship and the top seed in the playoffs.

Instead, Edna lost 21-7 and missed the playoffs, despite a 7-2 record.

The Cowboys have vowed not to let history repeat itself.

ENCOURAGING SIGNS

The Cowboys have good numbers and some outstanding skills players, led by running backs Dominic Gossen, the district's newcomer of the year, and Devin Parks, a mid-semester transfer from El Campo, who won the 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet.

All-state offensive tackle Mac Long, who has committed to the University of Houston, returns up front.

"Edna football is going to be great," Long said. "We've got athletes spread out all over the field. Our motto this year is to finish. We need to finish our blocks, finish running, run hard, just finish everything."

BIGGEST QUESTION MARK

The Cowboys have a number of young players and will run a new defense. Edna also has to rebuild the offensive line around Long.

"How well our offensive line gels at the first of the year will tell a lot," said head coach Mike Pierce. "We have a lot of young kids up there."

BIGGEST CHANGE

Junior DeQuan Cantu moves from the secondary to quarterback, the position he played from seventh grade to his freshman year.

"Last year was the only year he didn't play quarterback," Pierce said. "He's a very good athlete. He's very shifty, fast and he throws a good ball. We're going to be very good at the quarterback position."

KEY GAMES

Pierce is pointing to the Cowboys' district opener at Hallettsville. The Cowboys will also seek revenge for last season's district losses to Hempstead and Jackson County rival Industrial. Edna's final three district games are against Industrial at home, at Rice Consolidated, and at home against Hempstead.

"We just have to play each game and worry about what we do and not so much about what other people are doing," Pierce said. "We just need to go out and execute what we're capable of doing."

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