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+ ports @hfplobosports SURVEY SAYS... HCISD gauges students' engagement in the classroom - Page 3B August 19, 2015 Page lB scrimmage a BY MOSES LEOS III shocked by the physical evident, with both teams out-leap his opponent is moses@haysfreepress.com nature of their first game delivering big hits to the his mindset. against someone else. opposing offense. ' "I always think he's not "It's football. It means It was Hays' offense going to beat me to this Physical play domi- playing physical," Hays that found the end zone jump ball," Bruno said. hated the field Friday as High wide receiver during the untimed per- "I go up and get it, and I the Hays Rebels and San Dustin Bruno said. tion. A pass from Hayscome down with it." Antonio Madison Mav- "That's what we came quarterback Braeden But with the increased cricks locked horns in out here to do. What we Kent found Bruno, who intensity came several a scrimmage at Shelton put on these pads to do. leapt over a defender for minor skirmishes. Hays Stadium. It's no shock." the score. High offensive lineman While Madison edged The physical tone of For Bruno, who has Logan Pool was involved out Hays in a live two- the scrimmage was a made several catches in one skirmish, where quarter scrimmage, Hays constant theme. Strongin midair during the High players were not defensive play was preseason, working to REBEL FOOTBALL, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel senior running back Cody Gandy takes one last step toward the sideline as a San Antonio Madison Maverick defender attempts to make a tackle on Friday. ii1~ ,,i ' ,'1%1 ,,' ,i A group of Lehman Lobo defenders collide into the left hip of sophomore Jeramiah Brown mage at Lobo Field. Lehman will travel to scrimmage Cedar Creek on Friday. Browse and buy press.corn under the photos link. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com The spectacle of foot- ball returned to Lehman High Saturday as the Lobe football team held its annual Blue & Silver scrimmage at Lobe Field. But amid the revelry, head coach Todd Ray- mond and the Lobes continue their quest to improve as the season rapidly approaches. Saturday's scrimmage completed the team's second official day in full gear. Despite some miscues, Raymond said the squad has progressed since day one. "We're a lot farther along. We're doing stuff that's pretty advanced. There's a lot of things go- ing on," he said. On the offensive side, the Lobes worked to ad- vance cohesion between returning veterans and newcomers. Quarterback Jacob Zamora said the team is working to build a "team bond" to advance suc- cess. He said, "The team is young and everyone is still getting used to each other." That extends to work- ing with wide receivers, which Zamora said he is working to build chemis- try with during practice. Keeping in-sync proved a challenge in the Lobe first team offense's first set of plays. Dropped balls and missed as- signments kept the Lobes from stringing big plays together. The Lobos rec- tiffed those issues in the second series. Utilizing an oP;tempo ffense, the Lobes moved down the field. Lehman junior run- ning back Bryan Mendoza believed the team "loosened up" in the second part. "We did good. We were a little rusty, even though it's our second day in pads," Mendoza said. "I didn't expect big things, it went okay. It went pretty good." While Raymond said the Lobes must take advantage of opportuni- -Todd Raymond, Lehman head football coach ties, he said most of the miscues are fixable. That s the stuff we can get turned around," he said. But it was the defense that stole the show on Saturday. Led by their experienced backfield, Lehman's defense kept the first string of- "mey"L--- aren't real fense out of the end big, but they'rezone. little missiles, Their te- nacity kept they fly around, pace with Lehman's That's what up-tempo offense, we're hoping for. keeping them in That they can check. get it going." Ray- mond lauded his defensive backs, es- peciaUy his upperclassmen Edward Arana, Austin Lakey and Adrian Martinez. "They aren't real big, but they're little missiles, they fly around," Ray- mond said. "That's what we're hoping for. That they can get it going." But for Raymond, the ability of the defense to help the offense prog- ress will be key as the PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III during Saturday's intrasquad scrim- photos online at www.haysfree- preseason forges ahead. He cited the defense's progress and said they are coming along at a quicker pace than expected. "They make us bet- ter on offense, because we have to adapt and adjust at a quicker pace," Raymond said. "It makes for some ugly moments, but it allows us coaching moments to make them better." For Martinez, improv- ing on the miscues, primarily swarm tackling and conditioning, will be the focus into the next week of practice. Sopho- more cornerback Caleb Priestly said the offense was trying to work the defense, but they held their ground. It came down to the defense getting their jobs done. Priestly said discipline and doing the "small things right" is the next step. But it was a ground- breaking moment for Priestly, who played on varsity for the first time in the Blue and Silver scrim- mage. "It was intense out here," he said. "Having the crowd out here had me pumped up a little bit to be out here and play football." PHOTO BY BRUCE RUCKEL, CHAPARRAL PHOTO Lehman Lady Lobo sophomore Kaytlin Mendoza (11) watches as two Taylor Lady Duck defenders raise their arms to block her attack during Monday's non-district match at Lehman High. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfreepress.com under the photos link. I | BY BRIANA AMARO three sets, 17-25, 18-25, moses@haysfreepress.com and 10-25. "We're doing more than what most people The Taylor Lady expect out of us," Warr Ducks bested the said. "We need to prove Lehman Lady Lobes at to everybody that the Lobe Den Monday we can be a winning night in an eye-opening team." 3-1 match. Warr praised the Head coach Candace Lady Lobes for their Warr said hitting errors victory in the first set. in the second set led to She said she wanted Lehman's shortcoming, the team to maintain The Lady Lobes won momentum from set the first set 25-14, but Taylor claimed the final LOBO VOLLEYBALL, 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High junior Anise LaHue (left) digs the ball toward the net as junior Ashley Slovak (right) backs her up dur~ ing Monday's match against Dripping Springs. Browse and buy photos online at www.haysfreepress.com under the photos link. BY MOSES LEOS III a game high 13 kills, moses@haysfreepress.com while Madison Green scored 32 assists. Senior Autumn Rounsaville A determined Hays had 11 digs. Lady Rebel effort Hays High sopho- couldn't topple the Class more hitter Kaltlyn 5A No. 1 ranked Drip- Krafka finished with a ping Springs Lady Tigers team high 12 kills, while Monday at Joe Graham junior setter Mackenzie Gym. Coates had 12 assists. Dripping Springs' Sophomore libero ability allowed them to Ashley Slovak scored six hold off Hays en route digs. to a 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 An intense atmo- straight set win. sphere surrounded the Lady Tiger senior hit- ter Morgyn Greer tallied REBEL VOLLEYBALL, 2B 4