SHINER — It’s been a tough start for the Shiner St. Paul Cardinals (0-3). The coaching staff knew this coming into the season, especially with the schedule they’ve booked.
This week will be yet another tough test as the Cardinals take on last year’s state champions, the Cypress Christian Warriors out of Houston.
“They lost some kids [from that state team],” St. Paul head coach Jake Wachsmuth said. “I think they lost maybe 12-13 seniors from that team. We didn’t see them last year except on film.”
The Warriors are a spread team with a good quarterback and a good set of skill players.
“Pretty typical of what we usually see in those situations,” Wachsmuth noted. “They can throw the ball well but they also have the ability to run.”
Defensively, the team will run a split, or an eight-man front.
“They play a lot of man with a free safety,” Wachsmuth said, though the defensive front can sometimes move into a 3-3 stack. The head coach believes the team will probably see more of an eight-man front to stop their run.
Overall the Cardinals are making too many self-inflicted mistakes.
“That’s what we’re working on this week,” Wachsmuth said. “Just worry about us. Try to eliminate those mistakes.”
Whether it’s missed assignments, turnovers or penalties, the Cardinals are focusing on leaving Friday night a better team.
The Cardinals are still not at full strength, as the team has some bumps and bruises. But even then, the team is focused on cleaning things up before district play begins.
Kickoff for the game is at Houston, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.