He preached the mantra that 2013 was a distant memory and that it could all be erased when the Bobcats took the field at Centurions Stadium against John Paul II on Aug. 29.
And he was exactly right.
For the first time since Oct. 25, 2012, the Bobcats left winners, beating the Centurions 41-0 to snap a 12-game losing skid.
“It feels really good. It feels great,” Livas said about the victory. “We weren’t, obviously, going to worry about or think about last year; the biggest thing was getting that first win. That’s what we did.
“We focused on just getting that first win. It just feels great.”
The Bobcats got that first win in dominating fashion, outscoring the Centurions 34-0 over the middle two quarters.
That stretch allowed S-T to soak in the joyous feeling of winning throughout out the final quarter.
“That final quarter ... it was just good to turn around and see a lot of smiling faces from the kids but also from the coaches,” Livas said. “All that hard work, the offseason, the two-a-days; the hard work really paid off.”
That feeling, Livas said, is what his team wants every Friday night.
“One of the things I told the kids after the game was just, ‘Don’t forget this feeling. It’s a great feeling. And we want to feel like this every Friday night.’”
It’s a feeling the Bobcats could get quite familiar with if they turn in similar offensive performances in the future.
Andrew Casarez led a ground attack that racked up 353 yards on just 31 attempts with 128 yards and a score on five carries.
Ryan Lakso added 81 yards and two touchdowns on seven tries, while Alex Hernandez had 40 yards and two scores on seven totes.
Quarterback Wyatt Scott added 53 yards and a TD.
“If teams try to stop one aspect of our running game, obviously we go to another running back. It’s great when you have guys like that because I feel like it’s hard to prepare for, and as an offensive coordinator, it gives you more choices,” Livas said about his pack of backs. “They all did a great job of running the ball. And I thought we did a good job of distributing the ball to our backs.”
The Bobcats went up 7-0 after one, then led 28-0 by the break. They added 13 more in the third for the final tally.
It was Livas’ first win as the Bobcats’ mentor. It was the program’s first win since a 40-38 victory over Santa Gertrudis Academy in Week 8 of the 2012 season.
“As I told the kids during the week,” Livas said, “this was not about coach Livas getting his first win at Skidmore; it was about all of us getting our first win at Skidmore.”
Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com, or follow him on Twitter, @beepicsports.