KYLE — Rainy weather has kept the Lehman Lobos off their high school football practice field for all but two days this week. But the way this year is going at Lehman, every cloud has a silver lining.
Lehman football coach Steve Davis said Thursday that the administration told him of plans to place an artificial surface on the practice field. The plan still needs the thumbs up from the school board. But it’s progress. Davis said the football field was nothing but mud this week because draught conditions through the summer killed the grass and rain this week turned the dirt into mud.
Thus, the 4-0 Lobos spent much of this week in the gym preparing for their game Friday night against Gonzales at Bob Shelton Stadium (7:30 p.m.).
But they’ve got a pretty good carrot in front of them. A win Friday night means the Lobos would evade a losing regular season for the first time in their four years of varsity football.
“I just like to kind of stay in routine, but I think we were pretty focused this week,” Davis said. “One of the things we’ve been stressing is not making mental mistakes.”
Defensively, the Lobos have held their four opponents to 47 points in four games. Offensively, they’ve scored 32 points per game, averaging 399.25 yards per game. The running attack has been especially reliable. The Lobos have rushed for 1,144 yards (286 per game), led by senior Jacob Torres, who has rushed for 405 yards.
Most important, though, is that the Lobos have developed an ethos and mentality about football after winning six games in their first three years.
“Going from six seniors last year to 19 this year, that’s helped a lot,” Davis said. “And finally understanding the system. These guys we’ve had coming up, we’ve had since they were freshmen. The big thing is that this group is more close knit. They care about each other. That’s a big difference.”
Like the other Lehman opponents so far this year, the Apaches are struggling, 0-4 going to Friday night’s game. They lost last week, 47-3, at La Grange.
But they’ve got weapons, especially in the passing game. Ckody Burton has made 21 catches this year for 332 yards. The Apaches have not been successful running the ball, with only 259 rushing yards all year.
“The most aggressive team is going to win this game,” Davis said. “That needs to be us.”