Colesio eyes gold in district

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Blackcat Joseph Colesio

   Our district meet is Tuesday Oct. 13 at Royal.  
   Senior Joseph Colesio is the top contender in our district.
   Last year he was second in district - this year he wants to claim the gold in district and head all the way to the state meet.  
   He has a high chance to go all the way with the times he has been finishing with.   
   I have coached him all four years and just seen him get faster and stronger every year.  
   The year he made a big difference in our program was when he began high school and became one of the top runners in our district - a three-time regional qualifier.   
   A Bay City High School senior, he has stolen the spotlight every year and brought recognition to the program again.  
   He is determined in this sport. He’s not only part of the high school Cross Country, he also participates in the BCHS soccer and track teams, as he was district champion in the 3200 M run. 


Blackcats return to 2-a-day practice mentality

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Blackcat quarterback Daryl Florez (16) will need to rally his teammates against Stafford Friday.

   Lupe Florez hopes a two-a-day practice mentality over the past two weeks will help his Bay City Blackcats’ first foray into District 12-4A play this season against 5-0 Stafford Friday night – there, at 1625 Staffordshire. 
   The Spartans share the 12-4A lead with West Columbia, also 5-0, followed by Needville and El Campo, both 3-2, Bay City (2-3) and Brazosport (1-4). 
   “By far the best practices” for the Blackcats this season were over the last two weeks, that included bye week, said Head Coach Florez.  
   “We’ve gotten better every week. We’re going back to the basics – our tempo is better. 
   “We had a lot of fun with the team. We went back to a two-a-day mentality – we’re going to grind, we’re going to work. 
    “Stafford is a good football team,” Florez noted. 
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Tidehaven hopes to shake off errors against Goliad

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Tidehaven senior Jonathan Rhoades tackles a Goliad player for a loss late in the fourth quarter, as senior Isaac Ibarra, 6, assists. Tidehaven plays Brazos at Delvin L. Taska Stadium Friday night.

   Turnovers were huge for us Friday night in our loss to Goliad, 28-6.
   We were down 6-0 with a minute to go before the half and we turn the ball over and Goliad scores right before half to go up 14-0 at halftime.   
   I thought we had good effort, but mental mistakes and big plays cost us the game.   
   Goliad speed was the difference in the game. They made a few big plays in the passing game and they had a 63-yard touchdown run.   
   If we don’t give up those big plays we did a good job on defense.   
   On offense I thought Jeff Williams had a great night running the football.   
   He ran with authority. Even though we lost, without doubt, we are a better team right now than when we started the season.   
   We break up the season into four parts of the year: scrimmages, predistrict, district and playoffs.   


Blackmon: Leopard record doesn’t reflect team’s ability

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Van Vleck will be counting on running back Darius Williams (1) when it plays Danbury Friday.

   The Van Vleck High School football team heads into 2015 district games on a losing note at 1-4, but head coach Robert Blackmon has plenty of confidence in the Leopards.  
   “This is a good 1-4 team,” Blackmon said on Monday.  
   “The won-loss column doesn’t reveal that, but this team is capable of beating anybody.” 
   Van Vleck ended its non-district games with a 26-7 loss at Ganado on Sept. 26.  
   The team is set to begin district 13-3A (D2) games by hosting Danbury (2-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.    
   “There’s no question that winning changes everyone’s thought processes,” Blackmon said.  
   “If we could have grabbed one more win going into district, I would feel better, but, as I’ve said all along, I still like the team that we have.  
   “This will team compete with anyone in our district. We’ve just had some bad breaks. A lot of it was our doing, so we just have to clean that up and we’ll be okay.”


Blackcats have a bye week before district starts

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Bellville running back Clayton Stallones (40) finds stiff resistance from Blackcat defenders who include Andrew Smith (10) and Prinard Payne Jr. (3). Below, Blackcats Richy Ortiz (62) sets up to block two Houston Kinkaid defenders to give quarterback Daryl Florez (16) running room. Below Bay City’s Hodari Williams (25) and Keiko Gaskin (21) bring down a Bramah runner.

   It’s bye week for the Bay City Blackcat football team that will have to regroup after its decisive 42-7 defeat by the Bellville Brahmas last Friday night.
   Next up is Stafford, an Oct. 9 game that begins district play. 
Stafford is 4-0 and the Spartans will play St. Pius X this Friday, Oct. 2. 
   Dave Campbell’s Texas Football picked Stafford No. 2 in District 12-4A, after El Campo, now 3-2.
   Against Bellville, the District 12-4A Blackcats (2-3) struggled offensively, gaining 106 yards in the air and 65 yards rushing, for 171 total yards.
   Bellville had 444 total yards – 394 yards rushing – with 24 first downs to Bay City’s seven.
   The Brahmas struck first at Memorial Stadium Friday with a touchdown and PAT and 48 seconds left in the first quarter.
   Bellville added seven more at the 9:11 mark in the second for a 14-0 lead.


Tidehaven: Little mistakes cost chance to win

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Tidehaven defenders converge on a Louise running back to stop all progress..

   The Tidehaven Tigers came up short vs. the Louise Hornets 39-29.
   We had the ball with three minutes left in the game down by three and was moving down the field for the win but a turnover was returned by Louise for a TD to end the comeback for the Tigers.
   We were down 19-14 at halftime and I thought we came out the second half and did a great job competing, but little mistakes cost us a chance to win.
   On the defense side of the ball, we played well in spots but we gave up a couple of big plays, including a 90-yard touchdown run by Louise.
   Again, we had people in position to make the play but did not make it. 
   On offense, I thought the entire backfield ran hard. It was a very physical clean game between two very good teams.
   It was a game that is going to prepare us for the upcoming district competition.
   We needed a game like this where we had some adversity and it was good to see our kids keep fighting back. 


Blackcats first scrimmage

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Blackcat coaches got several different looks at this year’s varsity football team during its intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, Aug. 7, at Memorial Stadium. Coaches mixed players around, including combining tentative first-team players going with second- and third-team formations.


BCHS players to apply ‘Blackcat Way’ everywhere

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Head Blackcat Football Coach Lupe Florez works with players on the first day of two-a-day training.

   “The Blackcat Way” is the motto for the 2015 Bay City High School football season and to Head Coach Lupe Florez that carries way more significance than a simple phrase. 
   After 10 years of not having good Blackcat teams, Florez told players and their parents last week, some negatives surface. 
   “But that’s not the Blackcat Way!” he stressed during the “Meet the Coaches” session last Thursday, July 30. 
   The coach said that he and his staff had researched the football archives for BCHS and Hilliard High School records.  
   They found that both schools have a combined five state football championships. 
   “Bay City is one of the most storied teams in Texas” since the early 1900s, Florez reminded players and parents alike. 
   “We’re going to play and act ‘The Blackcat Way.’” 
   The Blackcats began two-a-day workouts Monday – the beginning of the new season. 

Two-a-Days underway at Van Vleck

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Meet the coaches

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Head Blackcat football coach Lupe Florez, center, introduces his 2015 season coaches to young men who will be in the seventh through ninth grade attending this week’s Blackcat Football Camp at BCHS. For more photos on the camp and for an interview with Florez, see Page 6.


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