Indians ready to run
Coming off their most successful season in years, the Jourdanton Indians do not want to be just a one year wonder. Coach Wayne Johnson is back to lead the Tribe for his 7th season at the helm of the program. A Co-District Championship was great, but the Indians are not satisfied and are back for more in 2012. As J-town enters their second week of workouts, Johnson and staff are eager to see how they match-up this weekend against the Natalia Mustangs and the D’Hanis Cowboys during their first scrimmage action of the season.
Workout Report- While two Atascosa County football programs are implementing a new offense and defense, Jourdanton is being led by the second most tenured coach in the county. Not much will change with the Indians game plan, but will only be polished up a bit.
“The first week of workouts went really well. We had great participation and enthusiasm. We have about 80 kids give or take out and they have worked really hard,” stated Coach Wayne Johnson.
Scrimmage Action- On Friday evening, the Indians Jv and Varsity squads will strap on their gear as they prepare to face two foes from last season, Natalia and D’Hanis.
“This weekend we want to stay healthy and get as many kids reps as we can. I am going to be looking for some consistency on ball movement on offense. We have a bunch of young kids and we have to get them used to the big game atmosphere of playing ball on Friday night,” stated Johnson.
Coach Johnson was asked what part of their game needs the most work right now.
“Just like last season, we have to get better at our passing game. If we can move the ball and pass the ball a little better this season, we will be fine. Defensively, we are going to run most of our base stuff in Natalia and I want to make sure our kids are in the right spots at the right times. We are always looking to tackle well of course,” Johnson added.
The Indians will face the Mustangs and the Cowboys on Friday night. Natalia is being led this season by an entirely new coaching staff on the football side of things. The Stangs are led by former Galena Park O.C., Chad Graves. Graves has brought in a new staff from three different football programs including Riviera Kaufer. This means, things could look a bit different than what you usually see from Natalia. The Stangs are coming off a 2-8 season, but have a lot of experience back this year.
As far as the D’Hanis Cowboys, the Indians know plenty about this squad as they defeated them at their home stadium last season. This will be a good test for the Indians secondary and will be a team that measures up well on the line for Jourdanton. The D’Hanis Cowboys finished 8-3 and Area Finalist last season. This year, they are picked to win 15-1A ahead of Sabinal, Nueces Canyon, Medina, Rocksprings and Leakey.
The JV squad is set to scrimmage at 5:00 p.m. as the varsity will begin somewhere around 7:00 p.m. in Natalia. The exact number of plays that will be run is not known, but each squad will face each others offense and defense Friday evening.
Can the Tribe get into the playoffs for the third straight season under Coach Wayne Johnson? Johnson has led 15 different teams to the playoffs during his tenure and would love to have number 16 be the Jourdanton Indians once again. All of the hard work and dedication will begin to pay off, as scrimmage action begins.
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