Doege and the Eagles will visit Santa Gertrudis Academy on Friday night for the season opener.
For Doege, it’s a date he’s had circled on his calendar since arriving in Bee County in April.
“It’s a big night,” Doege said. “It’s a new stage for everybody. A new stage for the kids, a new stage for us as a staff, new stage for me.
“Everybody is going to be watching. ... That’s a great thing about Friday night football.”
Like Pettus, SGA will take the field under a first-year coach.
Arturo Lozano IV is the Lions’ new mentor, coming over from Bruni, where he went 49-17-1 while making the playoffs five times in six years.
Lozano brings with him the slot-T offense.
“It’s just (about) being disciplined,” Doege said about defending SGA’s offense. “They’re 75 percent run, and that’s because they run it well. That makes it tough when you don’t take care of assignments.
“We’ve got to be able to make sure that we defend them well but also try to take away things that they do well.”
Alvaro Saenz will likely get the call at quarterback for the Lions, with all-district running back Eric Garcia behind him.
“If you have two key components like that, those two key components make you go,” said Doege. “That’s what they have, along with a great line that moves well.
“It’s more than just those two, but those two make everything run.”
Defensively, Doege says, the Lions will attack.
“They’re downhill. They run well to the football,” he said. “They try to get outside and cut off anything to the outside. Their DBs and secondary, they come downhill.
“They attack the football.”
Starting the season with a win, says Doege, would be ideal.
“The saying is that you can’t win them all until you win the first one,” he said. “I’ve used that saying with (the kids).
“It’s something that they need and something that we need as a staff and we need as a team and collectively as a school. ... It means so much to just a school, a program, kids, adults, parents, community members, a town.”
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.