Defensive line highlights seasoned Roscoe squad
ROSCOE, Texas - Among an experienced Roscoe team, one position group is at the top of coach Jake Freeman's confidence gage.
"The defensive line. This year we're coming back with a lot of experience. They continued to get better last year," said the fifth-year head coach.
"We're pretty fast up there and we like some things we're going to do, but defense as a whole, we've all got to work together."
The Plowboys return eight starters on both offense and defense from a team that collected its second straight 8-5 season that ended in the third round of the playoffs.
"We're all on the same page all the time," said Roscoe senior defensive lineman Parker Payne. "We know each other's strengths and we are always there to back up everybody if something goes wrong.
"We definitely have a lot more speed than we have in the past so that really plays to a good advantage for us."
Paul Pantoja, who recorded 11 sacks last season, joins Payne on the defensive line.
On offense, the Plowboys return star running back Francisco Garcia, who rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2016.
"He's our workhorse. He really powers through, as long as we get that block for him he's good to go," said Payne.
"Some of these guys are two-year starters coming into their senior year. We've got strong senior leadership, the most we've had since I've been here," said Freeman. "We have high expectations, as well we should."
The Plowboys will lean on Garcia and the defense while quarterback Jayden Gonzales settles into his new starting role.
Roscoe will have also have a new look with silver chrome cleats and matte purple helmets, which Freeman said will be complimented by a silver chrome Plowboy logo on the sides.
"The purple helmets are awesome. Stylin' and profiln'. They're awesome," said Payne.
Roscoe begins the with back-to-back road games at Haskell on Friday, Sept. 1, and at Early the following week.
The Plowboys' home opener will be against Albany on Friday, Sept. 15.