Despite the summer heat, the varsity football team began the season practicing in early August. Games began August 13 under the leadership of Travis Bush, the new athletic director. Coach Bush also helped develop this year’s theme of “mob squad”.
“The mob squad symbolizes us like a family. Our quote is: five fingers, one fist, five players, one team. ” Said Austin Davisson, senior placekicker.
The players have responded well to Bush and appreciate his leadership.
“ [Coach Bush] Has an excellent coaching style, and a great offensive system,” junior offensive tackle Mason Timmermann said.
This year, the Cougars remained in the 5A classification, but District opponents changed slightly to include teams such as the Sequin and Alamo Heights.
“We got a tough district slate,” Bush said. “The hardest competition is us; eliminating mistakes and growing up.”
Competing in a tough district requires putting in the work to prepare for each game.
“Practice includes fast pace, (like a college practice), lots of physical activity, watching a lot of films, teaching character, leadership, and life basics.” Said Bush.
“The most challenging part of football season is lots of conditioning and overcoming adversity,” said Timmermann.
Like most sports teams, the football team has their own goals. Daniel Perez hopes to get defensive MVP while Micheal [Duce] Adams hopes to get first in the district. Coach Bush also has his goals specifically towards the team.
“Some goals I have for the team is to be in the playoffs, and compete for the championship.” He says.
Like all good athletes, the football players have someone they are inspired by and get their motivation from.
“My dad. He is a real hard worker, and has been all his life. That’s where I get my work ethic from,” said Perez.
Sophomore, Duke Nagay, a wide receiver on the team said, “Coach Bush inspires me a lot. He’s a great coach and all around person. I just want to try to be him when I grow up.”
Come in and support the Cougars at their home games every Friday! GO COOGS!