Wrapping up a very interesting week with my first ever Texas high school football game tonight. The 35-12 victory made very obvious both the strengths and the weaknesses of the Cougars at this time. The Strengths:
-After two scrimmages where the La Marque’s offense couldn’t put up any big plays, they opened the action with a 50 plus yard screen pass TD on the second play of the game. They followed with several other explosive plays.
-Quarterback, Demun Mercer was spectacular with both his feet and through the air, running the ball with great speed, moves and power and throwing three very nice touchdown passes.
-The young offensive line did a very good job controlling the line of scrimmage and moving Ball’s defensive front off the ball. They were challenged this week to show they could be physical and I think they did a very good job dominating the front.
-A dominating job was done by the defensive unit, who deserved a shutout. Ball’s offense could do nothing and, I’m guessing,had more negative yardage plays than positive tonight. There were many highlight reel defensive plays including an interception return for a touchdown and some giant hits.
-Fumbles; The Cougars put the ball on the ground 8 times,, directly causing both Ball scores and ending several potential scoring drive with fumbles deep in Ball territory. Without the turnovers La Marque gets a shutout and scores in the 50’s. They will not win games against quality teams if they don’t fix this.
-The Cougars looked a little shaky on special teams. La Marque returners looked tentative to get downhill and run north-south instead bouncing to the sidelines too often.
Attached is the link the the Galveston news article on the game.
I had a great time at La Marque. I was very impressed by the coaches. This is a very good staff with a lot of experience and knowledge between them who treat their players with a great combination of respect and toughness. The kids have the ability to be completely loose, then flip a switch and become coachable and go about their business the right way. The community was very welcoming and the pride so many have in this program is amazing. The stands tonight were full of families that have no direct connection to the school, decked out in their blue and gold and supporting this school and program. La Marque has its problems and it is a place that is struggling in many ways, but the football program is a positive thing for the players, the student-trainers, the band and so many others. It is also a great source of civic pride for a community that needs something to believe in.
I want to thank the coaches, Mr. Haley, Mr. Lockwood and everyone else who were so helpful this week. I think the La Marque chapter of my book will be very interesting and I hope there is more to be written about it in December. CTS.