The Robstown football team is still trying to establish a running game. The Cotton Pickers (0-4 overall) will have two weeks to figure it out.

“We have to find a way to get our running game going,” said coach Enrique Gonzalez, whose team is on a bye this week. “Since we can’t run we’re forced to have to throw it 50 times. It comes down to fundamentals. We’ve been working on being physical.”

Robstown returns to the field next Friday against Kingsville, its final non-district tune-up. The Cotton Pickers then open district play against West Oso on Oct. 12.

Gonzalez just hopes that’s enough time for a young offensive line to develop. He knows they will eventually.

“We’ve got a bunch of young kids on the line. The skill positions are older kids, but we have a freshman starting at center (Andrew Pena) and at left guard (Javier Hernandez) and a sophomore (Edward Silva),” Gonzalez said. “They have a lot of potential. They’re just young and need to adjust to the speed of the game. It’s physical. They’re only 14 years old and the offensive line is a tough place to play, but they get after it.

“They’re learning. They just have to get through this year.”

Gonzalez said the trio as two top-notch mentors to look up to, brothers Alex and Kevin Pena.

“They’re really the leaders of our team. They’ve taken the kids under their wing and they’re playing their tails off. The only problem is that they’re also two of our best defensive players. That’s where conditioning becomes an issue. They never really come off the field.”

That’s why this week’s bye is a welcome one.

“We needed a little bit of a break to really get focused on Kingsville and our district opener,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve barely had time to look up. It comes at a good time.”