Despite his team being at a size disadvantage for the second scrimmage in as many weeks, Brazos head football coach Ryan Roecker found himself happier and happier the more he watched the film of the most recent preseason game against Boling last Thursday evening.
After alternating every 10 plays on offense and defense with starters and backups, two live quarters were played and it was there that Roecker discovered what this week’s focus was going to be heading into the first week of the regular season.
“We definitely showed when we got to the quarters part we are not as far along conditioning wise as I hoped, so that will be one of our focuses this week,” Roecker said. “With small schools you can’t put a beating on each other during the week but we’ve definitely gotta up our conditioning other ways.”
Outside of that, the coach included a few bright spots where he and his staff will look to build upon against Fort Bend Christian Academy this Friday night in Sugar Land.
“Going back and watching the film and freeze-framing it, we see 11 guys around the ball which is where we want to be (defensively),” Roecker said. “Offensively, we’re definitely going to run the ball to set up the pass but I think we’ve got a couple options to spread the field and take advantage of some one-on-one matchups.
“The biggest thing watching our kids is that they truly compete, they compete for each other,” Roecker added. “We have a couple mantras of being a family and we want to put pressure on them at the time we get off the bus to the time we pack up at the end of the game, we want to make them think they’re going to need to play their best game in order to beat us.”
The first opportunity to put those plans in motion will come at the end of the week when the Texas high school football season will kick off across the state as the Cougars open up with the Eagles of Fort Bend Christian Academy for the second year in a row.
That is when Roecker will make his official debut as the new head football coach in town and although he relishes that opportunity, he also elaborated on his role inside the school before those Friday night lights come on.
“That’s where I want to be, it’s great to coach football but our priority is to our kids on and off the field, being able to teach them up,” he said. “It’s great to be able to see them in the hallways and meet kids I haven’t met before; we’re not a big school so they can’t hide from you.”
He also noted how important it is to cultivate the player-coach relationships and has been working on those since being named head coach and athletic director this past summer.
“For kids to truly compete for you, they’ve gotta know that you care about them as a kid versus just as a football player, it’s not about what they can do for me, I care about them as the individuals so once you get that kind of relationship, the kids will do whatever for you,” he said.