CLUTE — Complete with cheerleaders and band, the Danny Youngs era at Brazoswood High School took another step with the revival of a spring game to conclude spring practices Saturday at Slade Field.
Split into Blue and Black teams, each squad took turns running 8-play series before a running clock was used for a 15-minute live quarter.
Although only one touchdown was scored during the entire contest, Youngs was pleased with what he saw.
“We have gotten better,” Young said. “We are nowhere near we need to be as a football team when the season starts, but we have gotten better from the first day of spring ball. We saw some really good things. We had some missed opportunities.
“I thought the defense played hard, too many missed tackles, but that is going to happen. They have learned a lot and we probably haven’t spent as much time on the little things as we should have. I liked the effort.”
Each team began with an eight-play series beginning at its own 25-yard line. The Blue team had a couple of nice plays — an 11-yard run by quarterback Juan Solis and a 10-yard run by Armando Cabriales — but couldn’t get past the 50-yard line.
The Black team’s series from its own 25 got off to a rocky start when Phillip McGee fumbled on the first play. It was recovered by Logan Huber of the Blue team. On the seventh play of the series, however, quarterback Trace Thompson connected with Ethan Caballero for a 53-yard touchdown.
Each team then got an eight-play series from the 50-yard line. The Blue team failed to move the ball inside the 36-yard line of the Black team. When the Black team went on offense, McGee broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the series, but it was called back after multiple flags were tossed as he raced down the sideline.
Only the Black team had some success when the teams went to eight-play series from the opposing 25-yard line. At the 12-yard line, looking to score, Thomas’ pass to the goal line was intercepted by Jarvous Joseph and the Black team had to start over at the 25-yard line.
“I liked the way both quarterbacks played,” Youngs said. “I like the way our defensive front seven are playing. Our secondary is coming along, but the secondary receivers, we are going to have to have some kids go both ways there.
“Overall, we got smarter. That is what is going to pay us dividends. We aren’t going to be the most athletic team or the biggest team but if we go out there and we execute at a high level, we are going to give ourselves a chance.”
In the 15-minute quarter, the Blue team dominated time of possession, limiting the Black offense to only three plays. The highlight of the session was a 19-yard pass from Solis to Dominic Lopez.
Cabriales had a 15-yard run down to the Black 28-yard line, but a run for negative yardage was followed by two incomplete passes as the 15 minutes ran out.
While full team practices won’t begin until August, with the UIL’s new rules on more time for strength and conditioning and the allowance of two hours of skill-specific coaching per week, there won’t be much downtime for Youngs and his new staff as they continue to prepare for the 2019 season.
“There’s no waiting until August,” Young said. “We get two weeks off and we start back June 3. The work has to be put in in the weight room and conditioning, taking advantage of the new rules by the UIL.
“We have to buy in. We have to have 100 kids buy in. We have a new focus and we want to be different. We want to be the new tradition and set a new higher standard. That’s our goal.”