Devine Warhorse football will scrimmage twice this season before their official opener August 27 against San Antonio Highlands at San Antonio Sports Complex. In the past, the Warhorses have traditionally held an intersquad scrimmage followed by a sole scrimmage against a foreign foe, which had been Navarro the last several years.
On Friday, August 13 Devine travels to Central Catholic for their initial scrimmage against the Buttons. Central Catholic is coming off a 4-2 2020 season in which five of their games were cancelled due to Covid.
The Buttons went 3-1 in TAPPS District 2-1 before losing their bi-district playoff game 21-14 to Argyle Liberty Christian.
Hoping to play a full season this year, Central Catholic has San Antonio Southwest, Boerne Geneva, San Antonio Alamo Heights, and Laredo United South as their pre-district opponents.
The Buttons open district August 27 against San Antonio Christian, before playing Houston St. Thomas, Tomball Concordia Lutheran, Houston St. Pius X, Katy St. John XXIII, and San Antonio Antonian to wrap up their season November 5.
Head Coach Mike Santiago welcomes back thirty-eight players, including nine offensive starters and three defensive starters.
Perennial powerhouse Navarro visits Warhorse Stadium Thursday, August 19 to close out scrimmages for both teams. The Panthers had another stellar season in 2020, going 11-3 overall including capturing a District 14-4A DII championship with a perfect 5-0 record.
Navarro’s season ended to district rival Wimberley in the state quarterfinals by a score of 35-14.
The Panthers kick off their 2021 season against Port Lavaca Calhoun on August 27. Other non-district ballgames include La Vernia, Needville, Cuero, and Giddings.
Navarro’s five team district competition includes Manor New Tech, Wimberley, Austin Achieve, and San Antonio YMLA.
Head Coach Rod Blount is in somewhat of a “reload mode” with only five starters (three offense, two defense) returning from last year’s team.
By Jerel Beaty