In the head coaching debut of Michael Davila, the H.M. King Brahmas (0-1) suffered a 46-7 loss to the Tuloso-Midway Warriors (1-0) in week one of the high school football season.
The first-year coach said the loss falls on his shoulders.
“First of all, it’s all on me right now,” Davila said. “We have got to get organized. We have to make sure our kids are in the right spots and we put them in the correct position to be successful. So, I take full responsibility for this game.”
On defense, the Brahmas struggled to prevent the Warriors’ offense from putting up a total of six touchdowns in the contest, but were able to force a missed field goal, a fumble recovery by Jonah Houston and three sacks in the contest.
Ethan Bazan led the way in tackles with seven on his own, Damien Arredondo had a team high two sacks and Dorian Arredondo also had a sack of his own.
The Brahmas’ offense was also spearheaded by Bazan who had 10 rushes for 21 yards, and quarterback Lupe Cavazos, who went 5-14 for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Tarance Carter caught the lone score for 45 yards and also had three of the five completions thrown by Cavazos on the night.
“We did have some positive things on offense,” Davila said. “We definitely need to get in shape, there’s no doubt about that. But this was game one. If I said I wanted to be good in game one, I would be lying to you. I want to be good when district starts.”
HMK will face the Alice Coyotes Friday in the Brahmas’ first road game, with Alice coming off a victory over Alexander, 41-23, in week one.
“(This week) it’s going to get tougher (for us)” Davila said. “Alice is a good program. Traditionally, they love their football down in Alice, Texas so we’ve got our hands full this week and we’ve got to get back to work.”
Davila said his team will have to play at their own pace in order to win the road game this week, which all comes down to execution from the beginning to end thanks to the experience his team gained during last week’s contest.
“We have to keep on chipping away,” Davila said. “It’s not how you start, but how you finish. I think we got some valuable experience for our young cats (last week) that are sophomores and even our freshmen got in there a bunch, so down the road that’s going to pay off.”
The Brahmas will face Alice on the road, with a kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.