Heading into the 2019 football season, we all knew Jourdanton would be good.
After a pair of 4-7 seasons in the third and fourth years under Jourdanton alum Darrell Andrus, the Indians turned a corner in 2018 with a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Area Round for the first time in five years.
They brought back 18 of their 22 starters from that team, so it looked like Jourdanton was primed for another historic year.
That it was, as the Indians won 10 games for the first time in 49 years and claimed their first district title since 2011.
The Indians will bring back the core of their offense with QB Cole Andrus, WR Jarel Lilly and RB Aidan Borth. They will also see a good portion of their defense come back with Payton Gonzales, Emmanuel Lugo and Colton Schuchart leading the charge.
Next season is the year many have had their eye on since this group of soon-to-be seniors entered junior high school.
Meanwhile, the Poteet Aggies were steadily working into the second year of the Darby House era and a pretty big culture change.
Poteet only had two playoff appearances in the decade entering this season in 2015 and 2016. They were 22-70 in the eight seasons before House came on in 2018. Outsiders had no reason to look at the Aggies and think they would make a turnaround this season.
In ways they did and in ways they didn’t. But look at the ways they did, those are the things that didn’t happen during last year’s 0-10 campaign.
The young Aggies made mistakes, which is understandable because they were young.
Ernest Davila, their starting running back, was just a sophomore. Alex Lockamy, who took over at quarterback once the Aggies opted to move Eric Treviño to running back, was just a freshman. They started six sophomores on the defensive side of the ball.
They dropped games they should’ve won because they got in their own heads — until the latter stages of the season.
The Aggies went toe-totoe with perennial power Wimberley in the Bi-District round of playoffs before eventually falling 49- 35. They erased a 21-point deficit before Wimberley eventually* – DistrictflexedGamestheir muscles and pedigree.
But that’s going to be the biggest benefit for Poteet from this season — they saw they can play with the state’s big boys and they genuinely believe it now.
Now, Poteet is gearing up for a move down to Class 3A and likely 3A Division I for football. That means the two teams who were trending upward at the end of the season will likely be in the same district as each other come realignment time in February.
So, get ready for two years of solid football from the two programs.