Out of 40 players on last year’s roster, less than a dozen return for Lamesa.
Despite that, the Golden Tors actually return over half their starters offensively. Senior Ryan Aguilar will take over at quarterback – and he’ll have some help.
“I have a pretty good receiving corps,” said Aguilar. “I like it a lot. They’re catching everything I throw at them, so that’s the best part.”
“We like to think no one can guard us,” said junior wide receiver Josh Marquez. “We’re pretty quick. We have strong hands and we don’t drop it very much.”
This fall will be year three with former Lee Rebel Rodney Sims serving as head coach.
“You want to start building your program,” said Sims about the importance of his third season in charge. “We look to be here for a long time. I’m pretty pleased, but the kids are showing the energy. The kids are knowing that they have to show up to play.”
The Golden Tors will once again try to end their long postseason drought. The team’s last playoff appearance was in 2001.
Lamesa came close, though, last season. The Tors fell to Monahans 20-14 in week five – a result that ultimately decided the last playoff spot in the district.
“We lost two games within the last minute, last two minutes of ball games,” said Sims. “Understanding how to ride momentum and keep momentum is our big push this year. I think they understand that.”
“We just all have that hunger and want to get it done,” said Marquez. “It’s been like 20 years so we want to be the first group to get there again.”