MISSION – Although it was only a scrimmage the Mission Eagles were able to walk away with some positives in their match against the Edinburg Bobcats.
It wasn't the usual Friday Night Lights at Tom Landry stadium. Instead the sun beat down on the field and all who were on it.
When a team is coached by Mario A. Peña it's a safe assumption that the defense is going to be stout. Although they are rebuilding this season will be not different with the Eagles. Leading the way will be linebacker Adonis Juarez and defensive lineman Sabas Garcia. Both were all-district selections.
“We're still rebuilding the defense but we shut them down,” he said about the Eagles' outing.
As for the offense Steven Cavazos will be making the transition from a defensive lineman to quarterback.
Juniors Robert Veliz and Abraham Chan will need to get into rhytk early in the season with Cavazos. The Eagles had three red zone trips against the Bobcats but failed to get any points.
For Peña he sees it as a positive but he knows that points will be need to win games.
“We did not turn the ball over and we did not hurt ourselves,” he said.
NOTES: Juarez played both sides of the ball due to lack of depth but he showed no signs of wear after the scrimmage. Peña said Juarez's primary role is that of linebacker but he'll go in when he's needed on offense. Michael Ruiz also played both sides of the ball.
The sole touchdown of the game was when Eagles sophomore Mark Garcia broke one for about 60 yards.