WALLIS — Nothing has been easy for the Brazos Cougars this season.
A late coaching change overturned the program in June.
First-year head coach Ryan Roecker has been fighting an uphill battle from the start.
But there will be no excuses coming from Roecker and the Cougars, even with the Brazos playing back-to-back games against No. 2 Shiner in week 11 and No. 1 Refugio in week 12.
Brazos will battle Refugio on Friday at Gobbler Stadium in Cuero at 7 p.m. in the Region IV-2A bi-district playoffs.
“Let’s do it,” coach Roecker laughed. “For me as a competitor, you want the best.
“It is one thing to do your thing against a lesser team and do well. But if I’m a competitor, give me the best.
“Let me see how I match up with them.
“If I go out and do well, people will start paying attention to us and if I don’t do well then I have to be a big enough man to own my mistakes and improve.”
Refugio has been a regular powerhouse with two state championships in the past decade.
The Bobcats were the team that played Mason next after Brazos bowed out against the eventual state champion Punchers in round three.
“Obviously, this is a David and Goliath match up,” Roecker said. “People are counting us out before a single ball is snapped.
“Thirty dudes here believe in the inside circle and that is all we need. As long as we’re on the same page and play Cougar football that is all we’re worried about.”
Refugio has been rolling over opponents to the tune of 547 points scored to 109 points allowed.
The only game in which the Bobcats were pushed this season has been a 48-40 win at home against Mart.
Mart managed 300 yards rushing in the loss.
It will be a tall order for the Cougars to fill with the team banged up with injuries to players including to senior Jaylin Vela, who was played all over the field for Brazos.
The Cougars can still hang their hat on the fact that no matter the outcome of Friday’s game, Brazos’ senior class has reached the playoffs all four years.