By: HENRY MILLER
(DONNA) — Donna High showed some flashes of great play on Friday night in its scrimmage against Rio Grande City.
The difference between the two teams, however, came down to experience, which led to inexperienced decisions and just a few mistakes – costly ones.
After securing a 2-2 tie in the controlled portion of the scrimmage, the Redskins couldn’t find the end zone and Rio Grande City captured a 20-0 win in Donna.
“We have 16 seniors and they have 40,” said Ramiro Leal, Donna head football coach. “I told the guys we don’t have a lot of time to gain experience.”
Senior returning quarterback Hector Guerrero displayed his strong and accurate arm, as well as his running ability throughout the game, despite having two passes dropped by receivers. He also threw one interception in the end zone, on an option read play where he had some running room in front of him.
“I told him that’s when he needs to run,” said Leal. “He has the experience. He just needs to make the right decisions.”
On another play, Guerrero rolled right again and stared down his receiver while giving the Rio Grande City cornerback ample time to cut in front of the intended receiver.
However, he couldn’t hold on to the probably pick-six.
“There’s room for improvement,” said Guerrero, who showed that he’s more mobile than during his solid junior season. “The good thing is that the sun will come up and it will be Saturday and we can move forward.”
The Redskins couldn’t capitalize on a second and one in the regular scrimmage while they had momentum after moving the ball 50-yards on nine plays, eventually getting stopped on fourth-and-one at the Rattlers’ 21.
But it was a different Redskins squad in the controlled part of the scrimmage. The defense racked up hard hits in the Rattlers’ backfield on several occasions. The offense also scored twice with a methodical offense, effectively hitting short passes, and mixing up inside runs with quarterback options and tosses.
“The controlled part is when the coaches are out there and talking to them and it kind of makes up for the lack of experience,” said Leal. “But when the coaches aren’t out there you can see the difference in the experience. And Rio Grande City also has a good team.”