PLEASANTON—The Pleasanton football team took the field against a live opponent for the first time this season Friday, and the Eagles left an impression on their coaching staff.
Pleasanton faced Pearsall at Eagle Stadium, making a number of plays on both sides of the ball that coach Stephen Liska was happy to see.
One of the biggest takeaways from the scrimmage was team speed, Liska said. The Eagles scored on their first possession when junior quarterback Johnny Zamora found a leaping Jordan Bosquez in the end zone on the 10th play of the drive.
“We’re trying to play to our strength,” Liska said. “We’ve got a lot of skill kids, so we’re trying to get those kids on the field to make plays. I saw some kids make plays tonight.”
Complemented by the hard-nosed running of Austin Renner, Zamora connected with multiple receivers on the opening drive, displaying the type of offensive attack Liska envisioned with this group.
“Those four cats that we have out there to get the ball to are special,” he said of the receiving corps. “We’re just trying to be an offense that’s going to spread the ball around.”
However, it was the offensive line that set it all up, Liska said.
“It all starts with the five guys up front,” Liska said. “Those guys created a wall for Johnny.”
The Pleasanton defense held its own as well. Despite the 15-play possessions in the controlled scrimmage, Liska said he found plenty to like.
“Hunter Norment made a lot of good plays coming from the weak side,” he said. “Linebacker Gio Perales had a sack on the quarterback on a blitz. Isaac Mendiola stepped up a couple times and let his presence be known in the secondary. We were just breaking on the ball. Kids were in position where they needed to be, and I like what I saw.”