The following is an exert from an article submitted to ENLACE NEWS by local freelance writer, Kenneth Roberts. The full version of this article is available to read on this publication’s website, or on
The Grulla Gators have gotten off to a fast start for the 2017 football season with decisive victories in two of their first three games, and have a high confidence level that they will match and even surpass the success of the 2016 season, when they won the District 16-4A Division I championship.
Gators Head Coach Abel Gonzalez III commented on Friday, Sept. 15, “We have a great nucleus on both sides of the ball…If we can stay healthy, we can once again contend for the district title…We’re happy with our early season success and look forward to building on that.”
In 2016, the Gators achieved an overall record of 7-5 and won the district title with a perfect 4-0 record. They defeated La Vernia 49-28 in the first round playoff game before falling to China Spring in the second round.
“Our success last year catapulted us into the offseason,” stressed Gonzalez. “The kids wanted to repeat and even surpass the success of the 2016 season. The kids have understood that they need to work hard to move forward and achieve even greater success. We’re focused on the future and not dwelling on the past.”
The head coach indicated that “our preseason workouts went really well; we had a couple of good scrimmages. The kids’ morale in preseason workouts was high; everybody came into the season with enthusiasm and confidence.”
In the season opener, the Gators decisively defeated a strong St. Joseph team on the road before losing a tight 10-7 contest at home to Raymondville. On Thursday, Sept. 14, the Gators pounded PSJA Southwest 38-6 on the road.
The coach contended, “I think we’ve gotten better and shown improvement every week. The execution in week two was not what we desired. We had some untimely penalties that stalled drives against Raymondville…We played really well against St. Joseph, one of the top 10 schools in Texas in the private school classification. It was a big win to defeat PSJA Southwest, which is a 6A school.”