Boerne provides stiff challenge to open season

The Warhorses are on the road in Boerne to open the season.

The Devine Warhorses will travel to Boerne to take on the Greyhounds in each team’s season debut Friday, September 1. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. Boerne enters the season as the District 14-4A D1 coaches pick to finish runner-up to Fischer Canyon Lake.
Finishing second in district would be a step up from where the Greyhounds completed last season. Boerne claimed third place and faced a first round bi-district matchup with China Spring who entered the contest undefeated. Boerne lost that game 32 to 10 but China Spring rolled on to the state semifinal game so there was definitely no shame in that season-ending defeat.
Mike Dormady currently in his 6th season at the school has compiled an overall record of 29-25. Twenty-nine lettermen return from last year’s squad with six returning offensive starters and 5 defensive starters.
“Right now, we are in the process of trying to get our guys healthy,” Dormady stated about his team missing some key all-district returners from last season. “Thankfully, our senior numbers are good and their leadership has been great.”
Quarterback Brooks Klutts (6-0,170) primary target is receiver Douglas Hodo (5-10,165). Klutts passed for 2,230 yards and 23 touchdowns a year ago while Hodo pulled in 41 receptions for 626 yards. The linemen get a boost with Argyle transfer Caelan Keenan (6-2,270). Having time to pass is something the Warhorses can ill-afford for the Greyhounds to have.
Boerne’s rushing game will fall into the hands of running back Colton Pool (5-11,170). Pool recorded 889 total yards last season.
The opening season loss sustained by the Warhorses in the opener against Boerne in 2016 turned out to be the only regular season loss by Devine. In their victory, the Greyhounds stuffed Devine’s rushing game by holding the hometown Horses to 19 yards on 12 carries in the first half. Boerne won the game 55-12.
“Boerne is going to give us everything we can handle,” said Head Warhorse Coach Paul Gomez. “They have really good skilled players, especially the receivers. We are going to have to put together a great effort to have success.”
Game highlights video will be on The Devine News YouTube channel. Live audio will be presented the night of the game.
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer