By Christian Molinar
Burges High School Sports Reporter

The Burges Mustangs go into the second game of the season on a high note after beating the Mountain View Lobos last Friday night 28-19.

The Mustangs host Cathedral Friday night. The Irish also won their season opener against Parkland 22-6.

The team is looking for payback after losing to the Irish last season 27-20.

Players admit they took Cathedral too lightly in the last meeting.

“We won’t this year,” center Jorge Cruz said. “They punched us in the face, and we couldn’t recover from that. We are more prepared this year against them and are able to make our calls on the line more effectively.”

New to the coaching staff is Freddy Gonzalez, who is responsible for the linebacking corp. He coached at Cathedral for four years before joining the Mustangs this season.

“I really like the atmosphere here,” he said. “I like the kids, I like the staff. That’s the main reason why I came to Burges. It was a good experience at Cathedral. I actually have family playing on the field there.”

Players said they will be watching out for wide receiver 6’4” Josh Tovar, who has a height advantage over the Mustang secondary.

Adrian Montes, who played wide receiver last year, is now the starting quarterback. He was 4 for 6 last week for 100 yards and one touchdown. He said the team has made strides in knowing what’s important on and off the field.

“This group of seniors has taken a bigger role in leadership than last year’s seniors,” he said. “We mesh together well. We’ve been together since elementary school, so we know not to take any opponent lightly.”

Kick-off is at 7 p.m. at the Burges stadium.


BURGES PLAYER TO WATCH:

Aaron Jones
Junior- Wide receiver, safety, punt and kick returner
5’11, 160 pounds
Wears jersey #2
El Paso Times’ pick as a Pre-season All District and All City athlete

LAST WEEK AGAINST MOUNTAIN VIEW

Rushing- 3 carries for 62 yards for 2 touchdowns
Receiving- 1 reception for 49 yards
Kick-Off Returns- 2 for 135 yards and a touchdown

PRE-GAME RITUAL:

“I like to stay loose in the locker room, laying down, listening to music and a joke here and there helps with the pre-game jitters.”

FAVORITE PLAYER:

Former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith

PASSION:

"It’s between basketball and football. Basketball was my first love, but football is the greatest with energy and intensity.”