ELECTRA, TX (KAUZ) - Our Training Camp Road Trip resumes in District 7-2A Div. II with last year's runners-up, the Electra Tigers. Like many teams in the district, they're adjusting to a new coach this season.
"It's a very easy transition," said new coach Brian Ramsey. "It's easy for our kids. And we're excited to get out there and play some football."
Ramsey comes to Electra from Detroit, in East Texas and is making his fourth stop as a head coach. He said Electra's history of success, which includes five-straight winning seasons, was a big part in his decision.
"Electra's always been one of those schools that's been successful in their sports," he said. "Having the opportunity to come here as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, was extremely exciting. It's a football town, the kids are football players. They work hard, they show up every day."
Like Todd Doughty before him, Ramsey runs a Slot-T offense, and he'll adjust a bit of his play-calling to match what's been working for the Tigers: "We're Slot-T. We want to run the football. We want to pound the ball. You know they ran a lot of the option stuff last year; we're going to keep that going. It's something that I think can really open up our offense from what I know. Because Slot-T doesn't really run a lot of option. So using that, and keeping it installed in our offense is important."
He's also leaving the defense untouched. He told defensive coordinator Ryan Quillen to keep doing exactly what he's been doing with a defense that allowed less than 20 points per game a year ago.
"It feels like I've already been here a couple of years," Ramsey said. "Because everything's already installed. There's a little bit of change on verbiage, my verbiage is a little than theirs. But for the most part, it is almost the same exact offense, and the defense hasn't changed at all."
"I feel like it helps us a lot," said senior lineman Jacob Unruh. "Because we don't have to learn all of the new positions that he's going to put in, because it's a lot of the same thing. And we're still running a little bit of option here and there."
One thing he has installed is a strong sense of discipline to the team. Players race from one drill to another, and even pre-practice stretching has been honed to perfection.
"The discipline," said senior running back and linebacker Montanna Hernandez on the biggest difference this season. "We're running everywhere. There's no more walking around and all that type of stuff, and I think it's really good for us."
"It's important," said Ramsey of his sense of discipline. "Like I said, it's new to them, and I think it's something that they're looking for."
"It's making us closer as a team, like becoming better friends, better family," said Unruh. "Because you know, if we mess up then we're starting completely over. Like if we mess up on the very last thing, we're going straight back to the stretch lines."
It remains to be seen if the Tigers will be able to unseat Munday from their perch atop the district. Dave Campbell's Texas Football has them picked second, just like last year. But they plan on playing well into November.
"I think we're in the hunt," said coach Ramsey. "I think we've got the right kids to be successful. Are we going to be district champs? I can't say that. Are we going to be in the playoffs? I truly believe that."
"Our first goal is to make the playoffs, get within the four teams," said Hernandez. "And after that, district champs."
"A new coach coming in puts a new setting on everything," said Unruh. "We're just looking to please the coach. We're looking to play hard. Like I said, I'm a senior, Montanna is a senior, and it's our last year. We're just looking forward to playing with our friends."
The Tigers open their season September 1st, when they hit the road to Seymour to face the panthers in what has traditionally been rivalry game.
Tomorrow, we'll wrap up District 7-2A Div. II with the defending champions and state quarterfinalists, the Munday Moguls.
Electra Tigers 2017 Schedule
Sept. 1 at Seymour, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Frederick (OK), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs City View, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs Alvord, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Windthorst, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 BYE
Oct. 13 vs Haskell, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 20 vs Munday, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 27 at Petrolia, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 3 vs Quanah, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 10 at Archer City, 7 p.m.*