By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
The Hondo Owl football team made the transition from shorts to
pads last Friday, Aug. 8, leading up to their first scrimmage,
this Friday, Aug. 15, when they travel to Stockdale.
The Owls had a really good first day in pads, but were a bit
sluggish on Monday, after having Sunday off.
“The conditioning is coming around,” said Hondo coach Jeff
Rochat. “We’re just trying to get our legs underneath us, and
want to make sure everybody is ready to go and in shape on Aug.
29, when we open with Boerne.”
The team worked in pads through Wednesday, then went back to
shorts today (Thursday) to get ready for the scrimmage.
Hondo and Stockdale will go in a more abbreviated scrimmage
than Owl fans are used to, because of the 3A Brahmas' limited
The Owls, with about 48 freshman in the program, have about
three times the numbers that Stockdale does, so that scrimmage,
starting at 5 p.m., will consist of just 12 plays on offense and
12 on defense.
“What we’ll probably have to do there,” says Coach Rochat,
“is platoon the freshmen into offense or defense only for this
week. They’ll all have a chance to get more reps next Thursday,
when we host Bandera.”
He also adds that the coaches for both teams will spend extra
time on instruction in between plays, so that, in all likelihood,
it may take up the full hour which has been allotted.
The JV scrimmage, scheduled for 6 p.m., will be in a similar
format as the freshmen, with just 12 plays being run both ways.
The varsity scrimmage, scheduled for 7 p.m., will see Hondo go
on offense first, with 15 plays for the first team offense,
followed by 10 plays for the second team offense.
Then Stockdale will follow suit to conclude the evening.
Any drive in the red zone when the play count expires will be
allowed to continue until the offense scores or the defense comes
up with a stop.
Hondo will scrimmage Bandera at home on Thursday, Aug. 21,
before opening the season at home against Boerne on Aug. 29.