Navarro scrimmage preps Warhorses

Against the Navarro Panthers last Thursday night, the Devine Warhorses looked like a completely new team compared to what was on display two weeks ago in Bandera. The Warhorses looked sharp during the regular-style scrimmage posting a 4-touchdown to 2-touchdown advantage going into the live quarter. Things did not fair too well for Devine after that as Navarro scored three times while keeping the Warhorse offense out of the end zone in the 12-minute frame.
“It was definitely an improvement from last week’s scrimmage in Bandera,” stated Head Coach Paul Gomez. We had less mental mistakes and more intensity in our play. It is always fun scrimmaging Navarro. It makes you a better football team going into the season. They are a very good team. They are ranked high in the state polls for a reason.
I knew our boys would be up for the challenge and they answered the call. We out-played them up until the beginning of the live quarter. They only scored one touchdown on our first team defense and our offense moved the ball well all night.
We got complacent in the live quarter. We seemed satisfied and we simply did not finish strong. We have to be mature enough to not take the process for granted. We were focused and disciplined up until the live quarter and it showed in our play. Then we lost focus and our intensity and desire was not there. That is something that we have to fix moving forward. We have to play with perfect effort for all four quarters.
This is a good group of hard working young men who care about each other and care about this program. We will fix our weaknesses and keep improving daily.
There were many bright spots Thursday. It was good to see Justin Contreras out there playing. He is a big weapon offensively as well as defensively and it showed in the scrimmage.
Isaiah Oropeza and Brady Hackebeil did some good things and improved on their play. Our offensive line did a better job of working as a unit. They are what makes this offense click so we need them to keep improving and be a force for us.
Defensively, we were tough; we flew around and hit people. It was fun to watch.”
By Jerel Beaty
Staff Writer