A Spirited Send-Off, and a Hard-Fought Battle, as Cougar Football Season Begins
The Cougar varsity football team had its season opener Friday, Aug. 27, and the school came together – with Mr. Perry and the Cougar drumline taking the lead – for a spirited send-off of the team. Though the Cougars came up short against Fort Davis in the away game, our players competed fiercely for the full duration.
One Cougar player was out sick – and with just six players active, every athlete played every snap of the game, without a rest. Athletics Director Joe Czubinski said he, and his fellow Coach Trever Czubinski, were impressed by the players' grit.
“Myself and Coach T are very proud of our six who played the entire game,” Coach Ski said. “We didn't get 45-ed. The stats speak for themselves – our kids played hard all night.”
The Cougars fell to Fort Davis by a final score of 12-56. Sophomore Reyes Espinoza had a strong outing – rushing 16 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Reyes completed 10 of 22 passes for 101 yards – and connected with fellow 10thgrader Luis Ayala for a touchdown. Senior Stevie Morales had four tackles in the game, and freshman Luis Guillen had two tackles. Sophomore Iris Ayala had three receptions for 29 yards, along with two tackles and a sack, and freshman Joe Acosta had three catches for 14 yards, and three tackles.
Home games scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 2, have been cancelled. But home games – including the Cougar junior-high team's season opener – are still on for Sept. 10, against the Van Horn Eagles. The junior-high game will begin at 5 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.