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Bobcats ready to get first victory
by Kevin J. Keller
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Skidmore-Tynan coach John Livas, rear, yells as his players run through a drill during Monday’s practice. The Bobcats, who went 0-10 last season, open the 2014 season on Friday at John Paul II in Corpus Christi.
Skidmore-Tynan coach John Livas, rear, yells as his players run through a drill during Monday’s practice. The Bobcats, who went 0-10 last season, open the 2014 season on Friday at John Paul II in Corpus Christi.
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Someone is walking out of Centurions Stadium in Corpus Christi on Friday night with their first win in nearly two years.

Skidmore-Tynan and John Paul II both went winless in 2013.

The two meet on Friday in the season opener.

Second-year Bobcat coach John Livas is hoping that it is his team that will snap the losing skid.

“We talked about it last week, and that’s one of the things I told the kids, ‘Hey, we’re ready to get that first victory,’” Livas said. “The kids are ready. I’m ready as a head coach.

“Hopefully, we’re going to come out with that ‘W’ at the end of the night.”

To put the skid to rest, the Bobcats will have to go through a team eerily similar to them.

John Paul was stacked with underclassmen during the 2013 winless campaign, which is why 14 starters return this year.

And like S-T, the Centurions like the ground-and-pound style.

“It’s a variation of the wing-T. They’ll line up a wing to one side and kind of spread you out on the other side,” Livas said about JP’s offense. “It’s the same principles (as us). They’re going to try to trap and sweep, and they’re going to boot and throw the ball off of that formation.

“We’re obviously familiar with the style of offense.”

John Paul’s offense, called the West Coast wing-T by second-year coach Mario Vasquez, has a hint of passing in it, but Livas thinks his defense is ready for just about anything.

“We’re ready. What we’ve told the kids is that if you just trust your read, and read what you’re supposed to read, and do your techniques, we’re going to be fine.”

John Michael Gonzalez will call the signals in the Centurions’ new-look offense.

“He’s very athletic,” Livas said about Gonzalez. “When you have a quarterback who is athletic back there, you have to remember that he becomes a threat.

“Not only can he run the ball, he can throw the ball as well.”

Returning tailback Andrew Serna will be a big part of the JP’s offense as well.

“I think the same as the quarterback,” said Livas. “He’s pretty fast, shifty. Pretty quick little kid.

“It’s just like anything else; we’re going to have to find ways to stop him.”

For the Bobcats, getting off the schneid in Week 1 could set the table for big things.

“For us, (it would give us) confidence,” Livas said. “That’s what we need. I’ve always believed that ... success breeds success.

“Our kids just need to believe, and they need confidence.”

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.
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