Last season, Austin was caught on the bad side of Hurricane Harvey.
“Last year everything that could go wrong did. We lost three defensive line players to Hurricane Harvey as they moved out of the district after the storm, and then we lost two more defensive linemen to injuries after the season re-started. So, we were playing with third and fourth teamers on the line,” Austin head coach Dan Schreiber said. “The good news is our young defensive players got a lot of experience last year when they normally would not have.”
But that was last year. This year is looking much better.
“I think we have a chance to be much improved. This is a good group. They play hard and they have fun,” Schreiber said.
The Bulldogs would like to have a 50-50 run-pass attack.
“We always shoot for a 50-50 balance, but we should be able to pass better this year. Tre Larsen started six games as a junior, so he has some good experience. He’s poised and has a strong arm, plus he sees things very well,” Schreiber said. “He has some good targets. Junior Troy Omeire is 6-foot 5-inches tall and has about twenty scholarship offers already. A.J. Hanse is a good receiver.”
“We have a big-time receiver in Troy Omeire, so our passing game will be geared to getting him the ball. But we also have some other good receivers, so we can spread the ball around. We have a great running back in Moise Tezzo. I run occasionally. We have some zone reads that sometimes I run on, but I like to stay clean,” Larsen said. “Last year we kind of lost our fight. This year is a whole different program. Everybody has a different attitude this year. It’s been competitive between the offense and defense this year. Which is a good thing.”
Moise Tezzo and Austin Anderson will handle the running back spot.
“We like to be balanced with the run and pass game. I play both running back and receiver. I just like to get the ball in my hands,” Tezzo said. “My strengths are my speed and agility. I try to use them to beat all of the really good secondaries we face.”
“The offensive line will be an oddity. All five of them are juniors and the tight end is a junior. Kendal Septs will probably end up with a bunch of college offers. He works hard, and he wants to be good, and he wants things to be done the right way. He has a good personality and the teachers love him,” Schreiber said.
Like everyone else in District 20-6A, Austin has two good defensive backs in Brandon Burroughs and Myles Roberts, who is a three-year starter.
“I just rely on my hard work to stop the good receivers. I believe I am one of the best corners in the district. I just give 110 percent every play. I feel like I am better at man coverage, but we play a lot of zone,” Roberts said. “I will also play running back this year. I like to run both inside and outside and I don’t like to get hit, so I hit people before I get hit. If I see you coming I am going to hit you before you hit me.”
Barring any surprise hurricanes, the Bulldogs are working to make the playoffs this year.
“The best thing about this team is that they get along and they are competitive. They enjoy playing football. They are all team players,” Schreiber said.
Austin 2018 Football Schedule
Week 1: @ Katy Tompkins
Week 2: Mayde Creek
Week 3: Seven Lakes
Week 4: Open
Week 5: @ Dulles
Week 6: Ridge Point
Week 7: Travis
Week 8: @ Clements
Week 9: Kempner
Week 10: @ Bush
Week 11: Elkins