Young Bluecat team ready to challenge Cisco, Eastland again for 4-3A DII title


COLEMAN, Texas - We're halfway through week one of high school football 2-a-day coverage, as our first Wednesday journey took us south to visit Coleman, where the Bluecats know all-too-well about replacing star players.

John Elder's team will do it again this season, having to fill the shoes of graduated senior Bryson Hammonds.

But Coleman has always had that 'next man up' mentality, and with two-way starter Terran Holloway (RB/DB) healthy and leading the way, it seems Coleman will still be a big threat.

"Everyone has a big role on this team, it's not just one person," said Holloway at Wednesday morning's practice. "But I'm ready to just be out there with my brothers on Friday night's and fight to get back a district championship."

A third round trip in the postseason also helps in terms of late season experience to aid the program's new starters, but it stung in the offseason.

"You know it hurt, and that's what you want to do is just hurry up and get back to camp and kind of forget about all of that," said Elder. "But there's a lot of excitement around here."

And some motivation too, as the preseason third-ranked Bluecats stay hungry again to play spoiler against the likes of district powers Cisco and Eastland.

"This team is probably -- you know, we don't have a lot of depth like we've had the last couple of years, but however they have a lot of ambition," said coach Elder. "Everybody has to deal with the injuries and the penalties and stuff like that, but the thing that separate you is keeping your team unified, preparing for those games, and trying to keep them close to have a chance to win at the end."

Coleman opens up the 2017 season at Jim Ned on Friday, Sept. 1 st .