Football: Final scrimmage for Pasadena
The Pasadena Eagles started 3-0 last season, but after coming up just short of a win in a 13-7 setback against Alvin in their fourth game, they never recovered — and never won again last season.
"Basically, I want to start like we did last year, and have a good non-district season, and then try to keep the ball rolling and get over the hump, where we can win a few games and make the playoffs," Pasadena coach Jeff Ganske said.
"Obviously that's where everybody wants to be and we're not any different."
With their season opener with Spring Woods coming up next week, the Eagles have just one week to prepare for another run at a playoff appearance, and Kempner's a good team to start with.
The Cougars play in one of the deepest districts around and they're coming off their own postseason berth last year.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Pasadena vs. Kempner
• When: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
• Where: Mercer Stadium
• What's at stake: The Eagles want to avoid the letdown that saw them go from 3-0 to 3-7 last season, and Ganske figures since they're still short on speed and depth the only way to do it is to stay sharp and do all the little things right, making this practice run very important to their success this season. Ganske has one chance to get his players on film, get back to school and point out their mistakes before the games start to count next week.
• Pasadena players to watch: QB Nick Bernal, RB Julian Nance, OL/DL Armando Chavana, MLB David Hernandez
• Kempner players to watch: FS Kenny Iloka, CB Jeremiah Ary, DE Shalom Ogbanda, OLB Acha Ndando
• Pasadena: Former offensive coordinator Chris Towery had to return to Louisiana last spring to be with his family. He never sold his house there after taking the job at Pasadena, and that along with family health issues forced his permanent return. The new OC is Cirilo Ojeda, who played quarterback at Pasadena. … Junior defensive line starters Jose Chavez and Luis Flores both missed spring practice with injuries, but they're both back playing, doing fine and looking to excel, Ganske says.
• Kempner: New Cougars coach Darrin Andrus was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach under James Brown, who left for North Forney in January after leading the Cougars to the playoffs in each of his four seasons as head coach. Andrus is a 17-year coaching veteran, with stops at Alvin and Brazosport after coming out of Texas A&M, but this is his first opportunity to lead a team.
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