KERENS–The 2019 edition of the Kerens Bobcats football team is in restructuring mode, says their coach, Terrell Harris. The varsity starts regular-season play tonight at Waco Reicher, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
The roster revamping comes because several star players have graduated, including Tate Engel, Brady Blue, Ino Garcia, TK Davis, Payden Duggins and Trevon Mitchell.
The team will be led by sophomore quarterback R.J. Mornes, who battled with Josh Brown for the starting role during preseason scrimmages. Brown will contribute on offense along with another backup quarterback, Anders Sundquist, by getting reps at receiver and running back. True freshmen DaDa Davis, Caleb DeMoss and Benjamin Brooks will immediately play on the varsity.
“We pretty much have a core group of utility players and skill players across the board,” Harris said. “We’re kind of low on numbers so those guys have bought into having a fifth-quarter mentality, so we want to be in as good as shape as we possibly can, and know as many positions as we possibly can.”
During preseason scrimmages, the coaches have been impressed with player effort. “On defense, we have nothing less than eight or nine guys get to the ball each time, and on offense, they are doing what we ask them to do,” Harris said.
“With our youth, we understand that we’re going to have a little bit of growing pains, but our kids are coachable and are buying into the idea that we have to be one unit. As long as we stay together, there might be some things we’ll be able to do.”
Kerens added a new coach, offensive coordinator Jeff Rogers, who previously coached at Blooming Grove. The football team also has a new home at A.G. Godley Stadium, the athletics fieldhouse on the home side.
“They love it, are ecstatic about it and are already taking pride in it,” Harris said of the new fieldhouse. “It’s starting to smell like a locker room.”