Roscoe knows even the best high school football programs aren’t immune from having down periods.
After 13 straight trips to the playoffs, the Plowboys are entering the 2012 sea-son on the heels of an 0-10 season, the program’s first winless season in 21 years.
But many of those players are back with a year of varsity experience under their belt and should get better. Seven starters have returned on both sides of the ball. Also, the UIL in February placed Roscoe in an altered District 7-A, Division II that may help the improvement. Though perennial power-house Albany was added, 2011 playoff teams Crosby-ton and Ralls are gone and four teams with losing rec-ords — Baird (1-8), Cross Plains (3-8), Gorman (4-6) and Ranger (0-10) — all with enrollments close to Roscoe’s — were added.
Coach Jonathan Haseloff also lined up a much easier, at least on paper, non-dis-trict slate than a year ago with De Leon (3-7), Irion County (4-6) and Miles (6-5) on the new schedule.
Another good sign is improved depth, with about 40 players expected in all.
Haseloff said his “realistic” goal is just to win some football games this season, but he’s well aware of the tradition. “We just want to try and stay the course as far as what we want to do. What defines character is how you react when things aren’t going well,” the third-year head coach said. “We want to worry about winning our first game, and then build from there.”
Roscoe has 10 seniors on the roster compared to just four a year ago, plus nine players who have received all-district recognition.
The Plowboys were a run-based option team last year, but plan to throw the ball more often with Dillon Freeman (145) and Luke Rovig (160) sharing quarterback duties again. Both players will also be seeing time at receiver along with Chris Deleon (145), Jesus Leanos (115), Brant Burnett (125), Matthew Davila (132) and Zack Longoria (150).
The running back duties will go to Landon Jones (185) and Eduardo Gallegos (140) and Alex Rhoades (242) is at center. Competing at the guard and tackle slots are Jose Rangel (170), Joe Luis Aguayo (220), Kyle Bromley (190), Tyler Bromley (240) and Mike Rosas (230).
The five-man defensive line includes Rosas at nose guard, Rhoades and Aguayo at tackle and Gallegos and Rangel at end, with Bren-on Moore (175) and both Bromleys also seeing action. Jones, Deleon and Longoria will be at linebacker and the secondary includes Leanos, Burnett, Rovig, Freeman and Davila. Rovig (defensive back, punter), Deleon (running back, linebacker), Rhoades (offensive line) and Burnett (defensive back) were second team all-district and Rangel (offensive line), Leanos (receiver), Jones (linebacker), Gallegos (linebacker) and Freeman (defensive back) received honorable mention.