by Jon Little #29

#9 Hello Frisco

Well it’s gameday. Can you feel it?! Better yet it’s opening day for High School football. The excitement and anticipation of a new season.Every team is 0-0 with the promise of great things ahead. It’s a good day.
25 years ago,this week we were preparing for our season opener at Massey Stadium against the Frisco Racoons. They went by a different mascot name back then, but I’m not going to touch that hot plate. We had two scrimmages in the weeks leading up to our opener. Our final scrimmage was against Sanger and frankly speaking we did not look great in that final scrimmage. We lost 5 fumbles in the scrimmage and technically tied the Indians in the controlled portion of the scrimmage with 1 TD each. Even though I scored a touchdown in the scrimmage something didn’t feel right as we were not clicking on all cylinders like a Pilot Point team is expected to do. 
We had a lot of questions to answer going into the 1993 campaign. Namely we lost al ot of offensive production to graduation. We had three 1,000+ yard rushers in 1992, but All-State players FB William Clark and RB/LB Brett Renfro both graduated. We also had holes at receiver with All-State TE/DE Russell Jones, WB/SS Matt Walker, and WR/CB Ricky Rogers all graduating. I imagine 25 years later that Brett Renfro is still in the top all-time tackler in Pilot Point with 211 tackles. We had a lot to make up for on the defensive side as well.
However, going into the Frisco game, I can tell you we were still confident. We had pummeled them 42-0 at Frisco the year before and expected more of the same in 1993. We got off to a sloppy start though and had an unexpected amount of penalties in the game. It was 12-6 going into the 4th Qtr. until we scored two more touchdowns in route to a 25-6 victory. We had a lot to correct as we had 4 fumbles and 114 penalty yards. On a positive note our defensive looked stout and star Running Back Derek Jones ran for 282 yards in the contest. It would have been 300+ if not for penalties and we started to answer some of the previous questions.  Brian Chambers started to emerge as a solid replacement for William Clark at FB and Josh Chandler and Steve Custy accounted for 25 tackles in the game. They were filling the linebacker voids that Brett Renfro and Jeremy Deckard left via graduation. Paul Dennis also had 10 tackles in the game and did yeoman’s work at Wing Back alongside myself and Bob Erwin in helping us amass 374 total rushing yards in the game.
We didn’t have long to enjoy our victory over Frisco as our old foe Van Alstyne was on the schedule next. Van Alstyne had beaten us at home 32-10 the year before in week two.  Van Alstyne beat Howe 23-0 in week 1 in 1993 so they were feeling good about themselves. We knew this one was going to be a tough one since we dominated them to end their previous season and we would be playing them at their home field in week two this time around. This was a delicious early season match-up.
Good luck to thepresent-day Bearcats as they take on Bridgeport tonight. I understandthese Bearcats looked better in their scrimmage against Sanger thanwe did 25 years ago. Hopefully that is a good sign going into theregular season.

Go Bearcats!


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