Pigskin preview: Dora eyes another run despite youth

6-man District 2

• 2012 record: 8-1

• Coach: Mason McBee (3rd year, 14-4)

• Returning starters (offense): 2

• Returning starters (defense): 2

• Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Hondo 44-24 in the state 6-man semifinals.

• Things 2 look 4: The Coyotes open the season at home on Friday against Hondo in a rematch of last year’s 6-man state final. … Returning starters for Dora are junior QB/DE Eddie Arzate and senior RB/MLB Jestin Watson. McBee said three others opted not to play this fall. … The Coyotes’ schedule includes two games against Texas teams and home-and-home contests against Reserve.

• Biggest area of concern: Despite a relatively new squad, McBee is optimistic. “We don’t have any big area of concern, exactly — well, we’re young I guess,” he said.

• Coach’s take: “A lot of my young kids are having to step up, but we do a lot of things that make it tough to stop us. I think we’ll be OK. I think we’ll be right in the mix (in 6-man).”

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

ROSTER

Name Yr. Pos.

Andrew Gramzow So. RB/DB

Casey Faver So. WR/CB

Dylan Roberts Fr. RB/CB

Eddie Arzate Jr. QB/DE

Gabriel Gonzales So. DL

Hayden Skinner Fr. QB/CB

J.J. Tarango Jr. RB/LB

Jestin Watson Sr. RB/MLB

Johnny Pena Fr. C/DE

Levi Bickham So. RB/DE

Luke McSpirit Fr. OL

Timothy Gonzales 8th DE

Trenton Bates Fr. WR/CB

Zack Dewbre Fr. C/DE

SCHEDULE

August: 30 — Hondo, 3 p.m.

September: 6 — at Reserve, noon; 14 — at Vaughn, 1 p.m.; 21 — Amherst, 3:30 p.m.; 28 — Roy-x, 3 p.m.

October: 5 — Reserve, 1:30 p.m.; 12 — Lake Arthur, 3 p.m.-x; 19 — Floyd, 3 p.m.; 25 — at San Jon-x, 3 p.m; 31 — at Meadow, Texas, 5:30 p.m.

x-Denotes district game.

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