Trojan Football ready for scrimmage action
The Charlotte Trojans are hard at work and ready to begin the 2012 season. Despite going through another coaching change within the program, new Head Coach Jerry Dominguez is hoping to instill consistency, leadership and enthusiasm into the program. As the Trojans enter the second week of workouts, they are excited about the potential this season. This Saturday, Charlotte will begin with a dual scrimmage at T.M.I as they face the home team Panthers along with the Cornerstone Warriors.
Workout Report- The Trojans have stayed steady with about 30 young men on the practice field over the past week and a half. Coach Dominguez is excited about what he has seen thus far, but knows the job at hand is just beginning.
“We are expecting a few more kids to come out once school starts, but we are happy with who has been at practice thus far. As far as the first week of practice goes, it went well overall. We are going back to the basics on both sides of the ball. Defensively, we focused on alignment keys and read steps. Offensively, we are working on learning a brand new offense which will be centered around a ground and pound running game,” stated Coach Dominguez.
Scrimmage Outlook- On Saturday, the Trojans will get a taste of true hard nosed action, as they take part in their first scrimmage against two private schools in north San Antonio.
“Saturday morning we will know a lot more of where we stand and what we need to work on. I am excited to face TMI and Cornerstone,” stated Dominguez.
The TMI Panthers are coming off 2-9 Bi-District finalist season in which they finished 1-2 in district play. This season, they are picked to finish in 6th place in a tough TAPPS DII-3. The Panthers return five offensive and six defensive starters back from last season.
One of the top players back for the Panthers will be their All-State defensive back, Danny Gonzales who had 76 tackles and 6 INTs last season. Offensively, their line will be the highlight of the squad until they get a few new faces familiar with the skilled positions.
As far as the Cornerstone Warriors go, they have coming off three tough seasons in which they went 2-6 in 2011, and 1-9 in the two years prior under Coach Greg Davis.
This season, the Warriors are hoping they can begin to turn around their program and begin to take steps in the right direction.
All scrimmage action will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at Panther Stadium which is located off of IH-10 west past the Forum. Be sure to get out and catch a glimpse of the 2012 Charlotte Trojans.
Click here to see video highlights from this week's workouts.