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2013 Fall Sports Preview: Floresville Tigers hope to build on last year’s success

2013 Fall Sports Preview: Floresville Tigers hope to build on last year’s success
Demonstration is sometimes the best form of instruction as Tiger football players learn during two-a-days.

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Wilson County News
August 28, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The tide began to turn in Floresville last year, and Head Coach Jeff Luna hopes to keep the momentum going in 2013 as his Tiger football team fights to stay atop District 29-4A.

Floresville had a solid showing in 2012, finishing in a tie for the district championship. The Tigers were 6-1 in district play and finished the year at 8-3. Floresville lost to Port Lavaca Calhoun in the first round of playoffs, though, continuing a streak the Tigers would rather not be on.

“Our first goal is to win the district, and our second goal is to win that first playoff game,” Luna said. “That’s not been done in a while.”

To get there, though, the Tigers will have a long and difficult road ahead. While several key players from last year’s roster have returned, one large hole this season is at the quarterback position. The job was wide open to start the year, and several players were competing for the starting role. Regardless of who wins the quarterback job, though, they will have no varsity experience when they step into that first game.

Luna has confidence in the guys competing for the job, and said that they will not only be able to throw the ball, but will be a running threat, as well. The Tigers were a run-heavy team in 2012, but Luna and his staff are looking to be a bit more balanced this year. The run is still a big part of the Tigers’ game, though, and Luna wants to remain as a ball-control offense.

Defensively, the Tigers will look pretty similar to where they were last year. Luna said his guys are improving at getting to the football quickly, and then being “physical once they get there.”

Luna credits his players for working hard during the offseason and again this summer. He said the strength and conditioning program had more participants than ever before, and he knows that will transition to success on the field.

The Tigers will be tested early as they play Highlands, Brackenridge, and Lanier in non-district competition. The Tigers will then open up the district with McCollum. Floresville finished in a tie with Medina Valley for the district title last year, but the Panthers have a new coach this year and may be a bit of a question mark. Luna believes Harlandale will be tough and compete for the title this year, and he expects Uvalde to be much-improved.

To win the district title, Floresville needs excellent consistent play from its leaders. On defense, the Tigers return seven starters and Luna said the guys to watch are Kyle Bippert, Sam Handowski, Nick Wilkerson, Gilbert Ortiz, and Vernon Marsh. On offense, P.J. Quinters, Luke Clements, Aaron Laskowski, and Mark Livesay should help move the team downfield.

Luna feels his team turned a corner last year, and he is looking to improve on that this year.

“We have to keep getting better each day,” he said. “We have to be better today than we were yesterday. That, and we need to peak at week 10, not one or two.”

The Tigers begin their 2013 season this Friday, Aug. 30, as they welcome the Highlands Owls. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Eschenburg Field.

Floresville Tigers Football

1 Gilbert Ortiz RB/FS 12
2 Aaron Balles K 12
3 Eric Chavez-Solis FB/LB 12
4 Travis Morales RB/OLB 12
5 Aaron Laskowski WR/CB 12
6 Troy Hughey WR/CB 11
7 Koby Wilkerson QB/FS 10
8 Luke Smith WR/OLB 11
9 Travis Tieken FB/OLB 12
10 Lorenzo Neaves RB/LB 11
11 Kyle Bippert FB/LB 12
12 Mason Ray QB/FS 12
15 Vernon Marsh WR/CB 12
18 Bradley Bunn WR/FS 10
20 Cesar Hernandez RB/OLB 12
21 Dadrian Contreras QB/FS 11
22 Jesus Avila-Barba WR/FS 11
25 Marcus Avila RB/OLB 12
30 Dillon Gaither RB/FS 11
31 Tyler Masur FB/CB 11
32 Mark Livesay WR/FS 12
33 Antonio Grimaldo TE/LB 11
35 Zach Frantz TE/OLB 12
40 Sebastian Rodriguez TE/DL 11
42 Tanner Hearne TE/LB 11
44 Preston Taggs FB/LB 10
50 Jesus Carrizales OL/DL 11
52 Nick Wilkerson OL/DL 12
54 Malik Lehmberg OL/DL 12
55 Roland Aylesworth OL/DL 12
71 P.J. Quinters OL/DL 12
72 Josh Vasquez OL/DL 12
74 Cory Opiela OL/DL 11
75 Joshia Ramirez OL/DL 11
76 Diego Perez OL/DL 11
77 Luke Clements OL/DL 12
79 Coy Baker OL/DL 12
80 Daniel Ramirez TE/DL 12
85 Daniel Yeomans WR/CB 12
89 Sam Handowski TE/DL 12

Floresville Varsity Football

Date Opponent Location Time

Aug. 30 Highlands Home 7:30
Sept. 6 Brackenridge Wheatley Hts. 7:30
Sept. 13 OPEN
Sept. 20 Lanier HC Home 7:30
Sept. 27 McCollum* W Home 7 pm
Oct. 4 Harlandale* Harlandale 7 pm
Oct. 11 Memorial* Mata Mem. 7 pm
Oct. 18 Uvalde* BP Home 7 pm
Oct. 25 Medina Valley* Medina Valley 7 pm
Nov. 1 Kennedy* SN Home 7 pm
Nov. 8 Southside* Southside 7 pm
* District Games; W-Wildcat Night, HC-Homecoming,
BP-Band parent night, SN-Senior night

Floresville JV Football

Date Opponent Location Time

Aug. 29 Highlands There 5 pm
Sept. 5 Brackenridge Home 5 pm
Sept. 12 OPEN
Sept. 19 Lanier There 6:30
Sept. 26 McCollum There 5 pm
Oct. 3 Harlandale Home 5 pm
Oct. 10 Memorial Home 7 pm
Oct. 17 Uvalde There 5 pm
Oct. 24 Medina Valley Home 5 pm
Oct. 31 Kennedy There 5 pm
Nov. 7 Southside Home 5 pm

Floresville 9th Grade

Date Opponent Loc. Time

Aug. 29 Highlands Home 5/6:30
Sept. 5 Brackenridge There 5:00
Sept. 12 OPEN
Sept. 19 Lanier There 5:00
Sept. 26 McCollum Home 5/6:30
Oct. 3 Harlandale There 5/6:30
Oct. 10 Memorial There 4/5:30
Oct. 17 Uvalde Home 5/6:30
Oct. 24 Medina Valley There 5/6:30
Oct. 31 Kennedy Home 5/6:30
Nov. 7 Southside There 5/6:30

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