Trojans ready for final tune-up against Sabinal
After a good showing at TMI High School last week, the Charlotte Trojans will prepare for a tough final tune-up against the highly touted Sabinal Yellow Jackets. Coach Jerry Dominguez was pleased with many aspects of what he saw in Charlotte’s opening scrimmage, but realizes they have a ways to go in order to contend for a playoff spot in 2012.
The Trojans were in north San Antonio last Saturday where they faced private schools TMI and Cornerstone Christian. According to Dominguez, things went pretty well overall.
“Despite having a lot of things we realize need to be worked on, we still came out on top of both scrimmages which was encouraging for our kids, our coaches and our program as a whole. We still have a lot of things we have to work on before we arrive in week 0. The kids played really hard and they got after it,” stated Coach Dominguez.
The Trojans were able to score the only touchdown out of the three teams in attendance. It came on a Troy Prince touchdown, as the Trojan defense did a great job of holding off the Panthers and the Warriors.
“I am really proud that we had the opportunity to experience a little success. We will continue to perfect what we are trying to accomplish and I hope this success will carry into this week against a good Sabinal team,” Dominguez added.
Sabinal Outlook- The competition will only get better, as the high flying Sabinal Jackets will await the arrival of the Trojans on Friday night at Jacket Stadium. Sabinal is coming off a great showing against 3A Poteet and is excited to host the Trojans.
The Jackets are led by second year head Jason Keller, who took over for tenured coach Jesse Rodriguez who is now leading the Leakey Eagles. Keller has eight offensive and nine defensive starters back to work with, from a team that finished the season 7-4 and as Bi-District finalist.
This past week, the Jackets were able to score five touchdowns against 3A Poteet, which was a great offensive performance for the squad.
Offensively, Sabinal’s success comes courtesy of a number of skilled returnees. The Jackets return QB Adan Alejandro who passed for 1,001 yards, nine touchdowns and rushed for 466 yards. They also return backs Blake Young who rushed 36-364 yards as well as Jon Moore who rushed 87-803 yards. Aside from these skilled athletes, the Jackets return a host of others, which will make them a high flying offense who will put up big numbers. As a result, the Jackets are picked to finish 2nd place in 15-1A (Division II) behind D’Hanis.
“I think Friday night will be a great measuring stick and it will really let us know where we are as a team,” stated Coach Jerry Dominguez.
With the continual improvement on a daily basis, Charlotte is hoping to take steps in the right direction which could result in a playoff appearance eleven weeks down the road for this football program.
The Trojans and the Jackets will square off at 6:00 p.m. in Sabinal on Friday night in the final tune-up for both squads before the official start of the 2012 season.