SOMERVILLE -- After years of being one of the smallest schools in Class 2A, the University Interscholastic League has dropped the Yeguas down to Class A for the next two years, and Somerville is looking forward to battling teams on a more even playing field.
"We're going to end up being the third largest school in the district we're dropping down to. We were extremely small last year playing schools that had twice as many kids as us," said Somerville Head Football Coach Larry Cone.
"We're still in a tough district. It's nobody slouch: Flatonia, Ganado, Louise, Burton, none of those teams are pushovers, heck Burton beat us last year. We've got a tough row to hoe," claimed Cone.
A year ago Somerville dropped their last 6 games of the season on their way to a 2-8 campaign. The good news is the underclassmen got a lot of valuable experience and Cone is hoping that pays off big in 2008.
"He's (Cody Holliday, Yegua Junior Quarterback) is so much more at ease at the position. He's taken control. He tells them want to do and when to do it. Our offensive line has a couple of seniors, we've got experience at wide receiver and have a couple of running backs that are going to surprise some people too," said Cone.
The Yeguas have five starters back on offense and five on defense according to Dave Campbell's Texas Football. Defensively Somerville knows the biggest thing they have to improve on: run defense!
"If you can't stop the run then everybody just keeps running at ya," joked Cone. He's installed a new defensive package that will put two very skilled players in Jeff Foster and P.J. Pleasant on the corners.
"We're going to put them in a bind a lot of times and try to stop the run with everybody else," added Cone.
Somerville opens up the '08 season on the road August 29 when the Yeguas travel to Jewett to take on the Leon Cougars.
Kickoff is set for 7:30.