Tuloso-Midway is still looking for its first victory since the 2009 season. However, it might not take much longer considering the effort put forth in last week's 48-22 loss to Sinton.
After Mac Reyes returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, first-year coach Brian Boone and the Warriors (0-1 overall) are taking it as a positive sign as they prepare for Friday's home opener against Miller (1-0).
“We started off really strong with that big kickoff return by Mac. That’s a great way to start a season. They drove down and scored but we turned around and came back with a 14-play drive to score again,” said Boone, whose team led 14-6 after one quarter. Our kids never quit. For me and our staff that was one of the big things for us to get through to the kids. They have to play a whole game. It’s too easy to cash it in. Last year losing 10 games, I think sometimes that kind of happened. This bunch is different. They believe they can win and they believe they can stay in every game.
“They never quit playing. They’re hungry.”
Boone said one of the top priorities this week is to strengthen the team’s pass coverage.
“Defensively we missed a bunch of big tackles and probably had too big a cushion for some of their receivers,” Boone said. “We were trying to keep those guys in front, but we left them too far in front. They made some moves and had a lot of yards after their catches.”
Against the Bucs, most of the attention will be on quarterback Tyrell Clay.
“Miller's tough. They have a quarterback that can throw and run. He’s a threat,” Boone said. “Again, we're facing a team that can score on big play anytime. We have to take care of the football and not make any mistakes.”