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Bobcats ready for season, coach says

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    BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough Bandera defenders move on a Cole runner during a Friday, Aug. 23, scrimmage at the Cougars home field adjacent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Bandera High School Head Football Coach Joel Fonten

New Medina Head Football Coach Kurt Nichols and his team have taken the last weeks to get to know each other as they prepare for their first regular season game on Friday, Aug. 30.

That night, the Bobcats take on Hill Country Christian at Martindale, southeast of San Marcos.

The Medina players and coaches kicked off their preparations for the year with a three-hour, 200-mile, one-way drive to Zephyr, near Brown-wood, for a three team scrimmage with Zephyr and Blanket on Friday, Aug. 16.

This past Saturday, Aug. 24, the Bobcats travelled to Bastrop for a scrimmage with three other teams - Bastrop, McDade and Bastrop Tribe.

The practices, scrimmages, and long trips are giving the Bobcat coaches and players more time to evolve into a cohesive team even though the members have been together only a short time.

Coach Nichols emphasized the growing sense of family among the Bobcats as he provided an assessment of how the team has evolved so far.

“After our practices and the scrimmage in Zephyr and Bastrop, I see a lot of players making progress,” Coach Nichols said.

Among those the coach named as having a good pre-season were center Greg Selement, ends Jacob Hinds and Gavin Walters, quarterback and defensive back Austin Horton, tailbacks Britton Wick and Wyatt Boatman and nose guard and fullback Dakota Nelson.

“I am proud of our kids, and we are really stepping up our work ethic. A lot of these players worked over the summer getting in shape, and now it is paying off,” the Bobcat coach said.

“At the Bastrop scrimmage we saw the defense needs some work, but overall we are improving on both sides of the ball,” Nichols said. “The players, coaching staff and Bobcat fans are all excited as we start the football season against Hill Country Christian at Martindale.”