The Robstown football team hasn’t had any difficulty passing the ball. Running it seems to be a different matter, however.

The Cotton Pickers (0-3 overall) managed only 32 yards on 33 attempts in a 28-19 loss to Banquete last week – an average of less than a yard per carry. With only two non-district games left on the schedule, coach Enrique Gonzalez knows those numbers have to change.

“Our focus right now is on getting the running game going,” Gonzalez said. “We really stalled out running the ball last week. Throwing the ball hasn’t been an issue. The bottom line is that we have to be a little bit more physical on the line of scrimmage. We’re young up front. We’re starting a sophomore and a freshman, but our focus has to be on the running game.”

Robstown also wasn’t able to capitalize on eight Banquete turnovers, four fumbles and four interceptions. Still, Gonzalez is pleased with the play of the defense.

“We’re playing solid defense,” Gonzalez said. “Early on some of the fumbles can probably be attributed to the weather, but other than that the defense looked good.”

Robstown hosts Odem (1-2) on Friday, a team Gonzalez said is sure to give the Cotton Pickers a better idea of where they stand.

“They’re a good bunch, just like everyone we’ve played so far,” Gonzalez said of the Owls, who are coming off a 34-14 loss to Ingleside. “They beat Taft and played tough against Ingleside and Orange Grove. “It’s going to be a good test to see exactly where we measure up.”