New owners, league for Victoria Texans
April 4, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated April 3, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.
Victoria's semiprofessional football team, the Victoria Texans, are under new ownership and part of a new league as of March.
The new co-owners, Cheryl and Gerald Garza, are Victoria natives who aim to increase the team's fandom and game attendance this season.
Rudy Guzman, Victoria businessman and owner of the Texans for four years, will be a co-owner until the end of this season. Guzman runs the squad and makes all team decisions along with the coaches.
Guzman said he will partner with the Garzas until he retires from semipro football at the end of the season. He will focus on new business ventures, he said.
The Texans' first home game is Saturday at Patti Welder Stadium at 7:30 p.m. They won their first three away games against Houston squads.
If someone had asked Cheryl Garza if she would consider owning a semipro football team two months ago, she would have said no.
Through mutual contacts, the Garzas took over the team in March.
She said that Guzman is still involved with the players' side of the organization and will be until the new owners have fully transitioned.
"My husband and I have taken over the business and merchandise, tickets sales and building a fan base and promoting the team," she said. "We're very excited about growing it bigger and getting more fans involved to watch and participate."
With this transition, the Texans will also move from the Crossroads Amateur Football League to the Texas United Football Association, a minor professional football league.
According to its website, TUFA is made up of 20 teams, including a few from Louisiana.
"The league really worked with us in order to schedule so we could get everything in order here to put on an event in Victoria," Cheryl Garza said. "We'll have seven home games through the duration of the season."
At this time, the 60-plus roster hasn't changed much. Cheryl Garza said that tryouts may be a possibility in future seasons.
Quarterback toss, field goal kicks and performances by the drill teams from Victoria East and Victoria West are only a few of the ways the Garzas plan to draw more fans.
On Easter weekend, there will be an egg hunt for kids at halftime and prize giveaways.
For Guzman, he aims to bring another championship to Victoria before his departure.
"I would love back-to-back championships in two different leagues," Guzman said. "I'd like to thank the Victoria public for supporting the Texans."