New Bay City team to host semi-pro football ‘Shoot Out’

By Don Cudd
Sentinel Staff Writer
    Last year’s Victoria Texans semi-pro football team is planning to make Matagorda County its new home for the 2016 season. 
   And the first item of business for the Bay City Texans is  a pre-season “Texas Shoot Out” set for Saturday at Memorial Stadium. 
  The two-game shootout is set to start a 3 p.m.with a game between the Whartn Panthers and the 3rd Coast Hard Hittaz from Lake Jackson. 
   The Texans will then take on the Edinburg Landsharks for the night-cap game schedule for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 
   “The Landsharks have 3 championships under their belt. They are a good team,” said Texans Owner Rudy Guzman. “Their offensive line averages about 365 pounds. Those are some big guys. This game is going to be, definitely, speed verses power.”
   The annual pre-season double header is a Texan tradition that Guzman hosted as a charity fundraiser for several years in Victoria. 
   Last year, the event raised about $15,000 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates group in Victoria. This year, Guzman hopes to raise a similar amount for the Women & Children’s Crisis Center in Bay City. 
  “We have already sold $2,500 worth of tickets, so I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Guzman said. 
   The Texans are planning to call the Bay City area home this year, Guzman said, as a nod to several players from Bay City who have played with the team through decorated run since 2012. 
   “These guys are the team captains, and they have been very loyal to me over the years, so I’m sort of going to be turning the team over to them after this season,” Guzman said.”Since they are well known as football players around Bay City we figured the team should be based in Bay City.”
    For best results, fans should buy their tickets for the Shoot Out at the game on Saturday.

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