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Bobcats look to repeat Championship season

By Tim McGrath

Photo by Tim McGrath
Medina Bobcats Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie (middle), Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Phillips (L) and assistant coach Art Delagarza (R) take a break from football preparations for this photo at the Bobcat gym.  Assistant coach Cody Taylor was busy with the Bobcat Cross Country teams and is not pictured.

The 2017 Medina Bobcats will hit the football practice field on Monday, August 7 as defending District 9-1A-D1 6-man football Champions and with the return of 20 talented lettermen seem poised to repeat their championship performance…and then some!
The Bobcats 2016 District Championship season came to an end in the Bi-District finals at the hands of the powerful Zephyr Bulldogs and that game seems to have provided plenty of motivation to the returning Bobcats who now have their sights set on success in the 2017 post season tournament.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie, in his second year as the Bobcats mentor, expressed his optimism for the season ahead and spoke of the differences in this season and the past. “This year the target is on our back. Our kids have never had that and sometimes it can make it a little harder to repeat. We need to stay focused on the little things like blocking and tackling and the rest will take care of itself” Faglie said.
Faglie also spoke briefly about the Bobcat “team leaders” and how they have stepped it up in an effort to get better each day. Junior spreadback J.R. Gonzalez and senior lb/rb Cameron Rambin have emerged as Bobcat leaders by their hard work, dedication and commitment to improve daily. “J.R. and Cameron have not missed a single workout this summer and showed their determination to get better every day. They are hard workers and our best players are our hardest workers”, Faglie remarked.
Faglie has also added a new coach to his 2017 football staff that brings over 12 years of 6-man football experience to Medina and should prove to be a significant addition to the Bobcat football program. Jeremy Phillips comes to Medina from Rochelle where he served as head coach for six years, earning District Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Phillips took his Rochelle team to the 6-man State Quarterfinals. Phillips will serve the Bobcats as Defensive Coordinator. The Bobcats were the best defensive team in their district last season and under Phillips guidance should improve even more. The Bobcats are returning five starters on defense from their 2016 team.
The 2017 Bobcats will begin their “training camp” on Monday, August 7 as the Texas High School Football season gets officially under way at sunrise. The Bobcats will be on the field from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday next week and will go up against each other in an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning, August 12 beginning at 8:00 a.m.