Raymondville looks to rebound in home opener against Grulla

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    Last week did not go the way the Raymondville Bearkats envisioned their season opener would go. Things got chippy in their 47-14 loss to La Feria and four Bearkat players were ejected from the game. “That is not who we are. We made bad choices and will pay the consequences,” said head coach Frank Cantu. “It’s about the team, not about personal battles.”

    When I asked what he told his team after the loss, he said “We must prove that we have learned from our mistakes and move on. We have a long season to go and we know how good we can be.”

    The Bearkats didn’t do themselves any favors in trying to get back into the game as turned the ball over three times. The air game never got going either, but the Bearkats racked up 243 yards on the ground, thanks to a big contribution from sophomore running back Marty Capetillo, who had 141 yards rushing on his own. “We want to establish the run every week. We will spread people out and pass as well , but we want to run the ball consistently.”

    “We gave up the big play and missed two opportunities to catch interceptions that were deflected back into the receiver’s hands for touchdowns,” continued Cantu. “We have put Friday’s game behind us and look forward to the games we face in the weeks to come.”
    When I asked him what the focus has been this week, he answered with just one word, but it said plenty. “Fundamentals.” Sometimes it is the little things that can kill all of your momentum and once that snowball starts rolling, it is hard to recover.
    Speaking on this week’s matchup with Grulla, who is also coming off of a loss in their season opener, Coach Cantu gave his thoughts on what it would take for Raymondville to come away with a win and bounce back. “Defensively we must be able to contain their QB and play sound. Offensively we must be able to finish drives in the red zone.”
    Raymondville and Grulla kick off at 7:30pm in Raymondville, where it is Parents night for the Bearkats, and both teams are looking to avoid starting the season 0-2.

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