Boys’ football: Red Raiders open new season in Forney tournament | Sports


Most teams use activities outside of the district to prepare them for their district race.

But it is difficult for the Tyler Legacy Red Raiders to prepare for the gauntlet of the District 10-6A soccer race, head coach Marty Germany said.

“Our district is so tough that you will lose every evening if you don’t show up,” said Germany. “We know that, and every coach and every player in our district knows that. We use the early part as a nice warm-up to get back in and build up some rhythms and sub-patterns. We’ll find out who our big players and other solid players are. It will be a nice tuning. But not much can prepare you for this level of competition. The district is stacked like this. “

The Red Raiders open the season on Thursday at the Forney tournament. Legacy will face West Mesquite at Forney’s Jackson Middle School at 1:45 p.m. The Red Raiders will then play three games at Forney City Bank Stadium – Friday 10:15 am against Corsicana, 5:15 pm Friday against Lakeview Centennial and on Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

Legacy went 16-4-2 last season, losing 2-1 to Mansfield Lake Ridge at Forney City Bank Stadium.

“We are ready,” said Germany. “The boys are all excited. We have played against a few other teams but they know it was scrimmages and that playing time is changing now that it’s real. We made sure everyone played in every game and got decent minutes to rate everyone. With football lessons all year round and playing against each other every day, by the end of October you get tired of playing against each other so they’re ready to face new people. “

Legacy had scrimmages against Lufkin, Pine Tree, Tyler High, and Kilgore – all of them win.

Back for the Red Raiders is Junior Noe Robles, who scored 26 goals last season and set a program record with 25 goals in the regular season.

“He is becoming more and more of a leader,” said Germany. “At the same time, everyone we play will touch it and try to turn it off. He’s good at sneaking away, finding spaces, and being in the right place at the right time. He has a great knowledge of football and can read the game. “

Two players who played key roles as newbies last season – Brady Filla and Knox Hicks – are both returning for the Red Raiders. Filla was a selection for all districts and a second team selection for all regions.

Other players who are back include Christian Baxter, Austin Beckham, Landon Bravo, Nathan Eidam, Jorge Sanchez, Cash Spalding, and Esteban Rodriguez.

Hansen Anderson and Fabian Verona take on the goalkeeping duties. Anderson is currently out due to injury, but the Red Raiders expect him to return at some point during the season.

Denver Rowe and Luis Bustos both join the Red Raiders after previously playing for Whitehouse.

Anthony Tierrablanca is a sophomore student who Germany said played all-field in the scrimmages.

“It does a good job wherever we use it,” said Germany. “He’s the guy you need who just does his job.”

Germany said he was optimistic about this season as long as the Red Raiders play their style of football.

“We’re really just looking for consistency,” he said. “When we throw the ball around and play our football, we look good. When we slow down, our passing game fails, we struggle to develop chances and build every kind of attack. We have to be consistent with how we play when we have the ball and when we don’t, and just keep building our game. “

Legacy is ranked No. 8 in Class 6A Region 2 by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization.

The Red Raiders will be at home for the first time on January 25th against the Dallas Skyline for the district opener.

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