1A players ready to be back on field
Sept. 26, 2013 at 4:26 a.m.
Kenedy coach Lin Havron is looking forward to taking the field Friday night against Junction for two reasons.
Three players will be returning to the gridiron after having to sit out because of injuries.
"I'm excited to be back at full strength this week," he said.
Two-way player Seferino Villarreal was out with a whiplash injury for two weeks but is ready to return.
The second reason for Havron to smile is Kenedy (2-1) being able to play Junction after last week's cancellation against Woodsboro.
Friday was originally scheduled to be a bye for Kenedy.
"Junction is 2-1 as well as we are," he said. "I hate to have a bye week after a week that you don't get to play; you get out of rhythm, and it's hard to keep the kids focused."
The Lions will be traveling to Hondo, which is halfway to Junction.
"They're excited to play on a nice field and against someone we don't know anything about," he said.
Unlike many of the local 1A squads, the Ganado Indians (3-1) were one of the few teams to play in last Friday's torrential downpour.
Even though they beat Tidehaven 10-7, coach Jimmy Thompson noticed areas in which to improve.
With a tied score at the beginning of the fourth quarter, The Indians drove the ball 95 yards to kick a three-point field goal to win the game. Thompson said it is a tribute to the mental toughness of his team.
Thompson believes that his team is ahead of the game by playing instead of being rained out.
"It's in the games where you make the biggest improvements," he said.
Ganado will take on Flatonia on Friday, two weeks before its district opener against Kenedy. Both teams are 2-1 at this point.
Shiner coach Steven Cerny called last week's game cancellation a major letdown for his team.
"You do the work and don't get to go out there and have fun, which is what it's all about," he said.
After being shut out by Hallettsville 39-0 a few weeks ago, Cerny told his team it had work to do.
"We worked hard against Schulenburg; we hurt ourselves with penalties and fumbles," he said.
Shiner (1-2) will play its homecoming game Friday against Thrall.
Before Woodsboro's (3-0) game against Kenedy was canceled, coach Wade Miller said the team was playing as good as it had played all year.
"They were excited, too; we were finally playing close to what our potential has been all year," he said.
Quarterback Lionel Brown had four carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns in only the first quarter.
Two weeks before district, Miller stresses one thing.
"We talk a lot about who we play, but it's about us," he said. "We have to be better every week."