Charlotte game postponed



Andru Castillo rushes upfield for the Trojans against Benavides. MARGARET GALLEGOS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Andru Castillo rushes upfield for the Trojans against Benavides. MARGARET GALLEGOS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Charlotte Trojans were scheduled to host Bruni this Friday in a pivotal District 15-2A DII clash.

Instead, the game has been postponed to Friday, Nov. 6, after COVID-related issues within the Bruni Badgers football team. It was the first schedule alteration of the season for Atascosa County teams due to the coronavirus. Athletic Director Shawn Vowell got the news last Wednesday and says his team is ready to tackle another obstacle along the way to what they hope is a historic season.

“These kids have been through speed bump after speed bump,” Vowell said. “I think one more ain’t gonna hurt ‘em. It gave us an extra week to take care of grades. It also gives us two weeks to prepare for D’Hanis.”

That is the silver lining for Charlotte (3-1, 3-0). Their Oct. 30 meeting at D’Hanis (4-0, 3-0) will be de facto district championship game and Vowell likes his team’s chances with an extra week to prepare.

“I like my chances with two weeks,” Vowell said. “D’Hanis is very, very good.”

Max Rowland (3), Luis Deleon (8) and Andru Castillo (6) celebrate a touchdown during Charlotte’s win over Benavides on Oct. 9. MARGARET GALLEGOS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Max Rowland (3), Luis Deleon (8) and Andru Castillo (6) celebrate a touchdown during Charlotte’s win over Benavides on Oct. 9. MARGARET GALLEGOS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Searching for that silver lining is a mentality that has helped Charlotte overcome speed bumps already this season. Part of that is due to the senior leadership,

Vowell said. Part of that is the team’s drive to snap a 21-year drought without a district championship.

“Our leadership from our seniors has improved leaps and bounds,” Vowell praised. “You walk into our fieldhouse and it shows. We haven’t won a district championship since 1999. I’ve got cliches all over the place in there, waking them up. They want to do this because they’re tired of me talking about the 1999 team.”

Vowell has told his players that, if they can win the district title, he’ll only talk about the 2020 team from here on out.

“I told them, ‘You [win district] and I’ll forget about the 1999 team,’” Vowell said.

With all that has happened in 2020 for the Trojans, Vowell is proud of his team’s response and admits a district title would be all that much sweeter given all they’ve overcome this season.

“I’m so proud, more than you could imagine,” Vowell added. “To get this opportunity for us to have a chance at a district title, let alone possibly winning one, that would get the monkey off my back right there.”

But, the district title is not the only goal for Charlotte. Vowell said his team, above all else, wants to win a playoff game, something that hasn’t happened in 17 years.

“We’re taking it week-byweek. But, since we don’t have anybody this week, we can talk about the future a little bit,” Vowell said. “All the kids want to do is win district and win a playoff game. They know if they go to D’Hanis next week and take care of business there, we’re district champs.”

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