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Juarez-Lincoln looking to compete in balanced 32-4A

20110805_FOOTBALL_JUAREZ-LINCOLN_LG_LEG_5856If you’re a Juarez-Lincoln Husky, patience has probably been engrained into your character. For the past few years the high school has had to feel second class as they have attended school at an undersized school in the shadow of La Joya High School. Finally receiving a brand new building last winter, J-L is starting to find their groove.

The football program has yet to find that groove, but that could all change this season.

2011 will be the Huskies’ first season practicing on their own football field—a respectable one at that. Before, while at their previous location, practices were conducted on an adjacent field that lacked a marked out football field and employed older than dirt goalposts. Adding insult to injury, the football team—as well as all school athletic squads—had to split their weight room workouts between two separate rooms, one at the school and the other at Jimmy Carter Middle School that was down the road. All in all, the situation was inconvenient and not conducive for a football program looking to perform at the highest level.

Needless to say, the school athletes have welcomed the brand-new weight room and athletic facilities at their new high school with open arms. Head Football Coach Aaron Garcia and his Huskies now have a field with beautiful green grass and yellow goalposts that glisten in the sun.

20110805_FOOTBALL_JUAREZ-LINCOLN_LG_LEG_5841Perhaps that’s the reason the 2011 Huskies already seemed to be moving at a fast pace during their two-a-days this past week. Garcia’s squad shows up early, is precise in its practice responsibilities and is uniform in its practice clothes. In short, the team—so far—is looking good.

That is what Garcia hopes and, quite frankly, what is needed. Juarez is now in year four of its existence but has yet to produce a winning season. Last year began as a disaster. The Huskies lost their first seven games, five of which they gave up over 30 points. They averaged less than a touchdown a game. It was bad.

But then things changed. Playing at Mercedes, Garcias’ boys turned to men and took the playoff-bound Tigers down to the very end before losing, 14-10. After that, things were different. The Huskies went on to win two of their final three games, including a 27-14 win over Rio Grande City. The season ended with momentum.

Now, the challenge is to take that momentum and turn it into a solid winning season. To reach such an unknown feat, Juarez will be relying on its 15 returning starters, especially the eight on defense.

The defensive leaders will be defensive linemen Fabian Gonzalez and Osvaldo Garcia. Called the team’s “two prized bulls” by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the two are big and fast. In addition, Israel Garza will use his speed to help out in the secondary while sophomore Ivan Garcia hopes to make a difference at linebacker despite being young.

Offensively, there are plenty of question marks. A quarterback has yet to be settled on and the offense has not proven to have the power to put up big numbers. However, running back Eros Villarreal has a lot of potential and Eliud de la Cruz will be a good target no matter who is throwing the ball.

The schedule is favorable as well. For a team wanting confidence-building momentum, starting the season against a 3A squad and a struggling 4A team, is exactly what you want in Raymondville and Johnson. However, perhaps the toughest game comes in Week 3 when the team will travel to Weslaco East, the district’s preseason favorites. What is going for Juarez-Lincoln’s district schedule will be an unknown Veterans Memorial team at home and a season-ending home date with Rio Grande City. Overall that district is evenly matched and that final game with the Rattlers could be to decide a post-season invitation.

32-4A - Juarez-Lincoln Football Schedule

26-Aug

Raymondville

A

7:30

1-Sep

Johnson

H

7:00

9-Sep

Weslaco East

A

7:30*

16-Sep

Veterans Memorial

H

7:30*

23-Sep

Edcouch-Elsa

A

7:30*

29-Sep

Hidalgo

H

7:00*

14-Oct

Mercedes

A

7:30*

21-Oct

Valley View

H

7:30*

28-Oct

Roma

A

7:30*

4-Nov

Rio Grande City

H

7:30*

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