Last week's season opener against Miller didn't go quite as Robstown expected, but coach Enrique Gonzalez did get a sense of what the Cotton Pickers need to work on.

First and foremost is an increase in the team's level of intensity.

“We've already picked up the tempo quite a bit,” said Gonzalez, whose team couldn't quite keep up in a 28-6 loss to the Bucs. “We're going with more live-action stuff at practice and are really cranking up the intensity so we when we get to Friday there's not too much to adjust to.”

Robstown struggled offensively against Miller, managing only five first downs and 175 total yards (89 rushing, 86 passing). The Cotton Pickers were headed for a shutout until quarterback David Molina – the third of the game - connected with Jason Mungia on a 65-scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

Molina led the team with 45 yards on eight carries and finished with 77 yards through the air. Omar Elizondo carried five times for 38 yards.

Robstown also fumbled five times, losing two, and was forced to punt eight times.

“Things were just happening too quickly for our quarterbacks,” Gonzalez said of Riley Ramos, Luis Rodriguez and Molina. “We have quite a few things we need to clean up on offense.”

Despite giving up 28 points and 382 total yards (242 rushing, 140 passing), Gonzalez was pleased with how the defense performed.

“The defense was very strong, but the score didn't indicate it,” Gonzalez said. “With 2 minutes left in the first half it was only 7-0. We were solid all night. We caused four turnovers and got them to punt five times. Our offense just didn't get done, but we were able to contain (Miller quarterback Tyrell Clay) pretty well.”

Gonzalez anticipates an even better showing against Aransas Pass, which the Cotton Pickers host on Friday.

“They're hot. (First-year coach Gary) Davenport has those guys really going now,” Gonzalez said. “Like us they have a lot of guys going both ways.

“We're definitely excited about the matchup.”

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