Crossroads 3A teams aim to finish non-district play on strong note
Sept. 19, 2013 at 4:19 a.m.
District play is approaching, and various Crossroads teams in Class 3A hope to finish their non-district schedules on a good note.
Gonzales was the lone team to have a week off last week. Other teams in the Crossroads hope to add to their momentum.
Lack of effort from players has not been an issue for Bulldogs coach Brent Kornegay.
Sure, the team was missing seven players because of injuries in its latest loss to Hallettsville, but Kornegay believes his team is on course to play well. During practice this week, he has told his players they are still a quality team.
"We scheduled those type of teams for a reason. We're playing good people," Kornegay said. "We feel like it's going to prepare us for the district race."
Leading up to this Friday's game against Edna, emphasis in practice has been to get better. Going into district play, Kornegay understands mistakes on the field can cost the team a win.
"We just need to finish. We're playing great people; we just have to finish," Kornegay said. "I don't think it has anything to do with us."
Gobblers coach Travis Reeve has been impressed with his team since its first loss in the first game of the season.
"Our kids have gotten better every single week," Reeve said. "Every week is a measuring stick."
During practice, Reeve continued to push his players to get better. He believes the team has another level it can reach running the football.
"We play good teams to find out areas we need to improve," Reeve said. "That's why you play non-district games - to get better."
It's no secret that the Ricebirds lost a lot of starters after their run to the state championship game last season.
Coach Bob Gillis returned only three starters this season, but that hasn't affected the focus in practice.
"We knew we lost a lot of starters, but we always feel like we're going to have a chance," Gillis said.
With coaching a younger team, Gillis said the team has focused on fundamentals. It has paid off, as the Ricebirds are undefeated going into their fourth game Friday.
"We've gotten better each week," Gillis said. "As long as we're getting better, as a coach, that's all we can ever ask."
Dating back to last season, the Ricebirds have won 13 straight regular-season games.
After having a week off last week, the Apaches made adjustments to prepare for their game against Austin Lanier.
Sophomore running back Alysas Ramirez was converted to quarterback, Gonzales coach Ricky Lock said. Lock made the decision in hopes to have a more stable offense.
"We have some receivers on the team that are good, so we wanted to diversify our offense," Lock said. "We want to be able to throw it and run it."
After the change at quarterback and adjustments made in practice, Lock said the team will be prepared come Friday.