Bobcats staying focused on fall
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
During dangerous weather, the Houston Texans have a bubble, and the Cy-Fair Bobcats, like most high school teams, have a cube.
When it rains with lightning, we're in the performance gym," Cy-Fair coach Ed Pustejovsky said during a violent downpour last week. It's important not to miss a single workout early on, and even though you can't do everything inside, you can still get a lot done."
With only three weeks of falls workouts, and one scrimmage and one pre-district game, every minute on the field, or in a gym, is important, and Pustejovsky stressed that to his Bobcats.
Just because we're inside doesn't mean we're not going to work," he told his team. It's a little crowded, but stay focused and concentrate on your job."
Cy-Fair's task is to reverse last year's 0-10 season that saw the Bobcats starting young players at numerous positions.
We tell the players last year has come and gone, and this is a new team with a new attitude," Pustejovsky said. These kids are a year older, and stronger, and more mature, and after so many of them gained varsity experience last season, we're looking to match up better physically and mentally this year."
Senior quarterback Chris Mangram is all the way back from last season's broken collarbone, and he'll start, but share time with junior signal caller Jovan Galagaza.
Mangram went down early last year, and Galagaza is new, but not to the position, after starting on the junior varsity in 2009.
Junior letterman John Jacobs and sophomore newcomer Alex Hall are lead running backs, as is junior fullback Brandon Walker, a returning starter.
Senior left tackle Cole Kriegel, junior left guard Jeromy Irwin and junior center Zachary Stevens are also back after starting last year, and junior tight end Sean Irwin, senior right tackle Allen Roberts and junior right guard Alec Provine are lettermen who add to the mix.
Senior wide outs Christian Cook and Drew May are veterans who get into down-field run blocking, and can catch when the Bobcats air it out.
Returning regulars on defense are senior end Tommy Hoskins, junior end Kyle Makatura, junior linebacker Ray Pitts, and junior free safety Dwight White, but for now, Hoskins is only watching due to a leg injury suffered in the offseason.
I hope to be back at full speed very soon, and it can't be soon enough," Hoskins said. It's killing me to be standing here and not out there with them."
Junior tackle Zach Durnford and senior strong safety Trevor Mendes have been solid early on, and the Bobcats are working with a rotation of juniors JaRod Price and Jalen Champagne, and sophomore Ryan Bradshaw, on the corners.
Juniors Chris Hudson and Kaleb Moore are punting during special team drills, with junior Blake Miles and Mendes handling the kicking chores.
The kids are working hard and we've got quite a bit done," Pustejovsky said. We had quite a few sophomores and juniors starting last year, and they're quality players who have some experience that hopefully will pay off.
Just like in the spring, there has been a real good attitude."
Cy-Fair tries to snap its 10-game losing streak at 6 p.m. Saturday in a season opener against Katy Taylor at the Berry Center.
Katy Taylor was a 6-3 playoff team that fell to Alief Taylor 17-10 in the first round.
Cy-Fair's last victory was a 20-10 win against Jersey Village on Nov. 7, 2008 at the Berry Center.
The Bobcats are open on Sept. 3 and start District 17-5A play against Cy Lakes at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Pridgeon Stadium.
Cy Lakes and Cy Ranch are first-year varsity programs, and make 17-5A a ten-team district.
The impact of two new teams is you don't have three or four or five games to prepare for district," Pustejovsky said, and that makes the one game we have this week that much more important."
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