“Aubrey is a good football team and are coached by G.A. Moore, one of the most famous coaches in the state of Texas,” Gainesville coach Lance Gary said. “His kids are going to play hard and they are very physical up front. I expect them to put everything on the line this last week and get after us the best they can. I suspect there will be some trick plays that he (Moore) is used to dialing up at times.”
Gainesville will go into this weeks game almost in the same situation as last week, if not worse, as the injury bug continues to bite the Leopards. Denzel Johnson will be out again this week after going out in the first half of the game against Argyle a couple off weeks ago. Center Zach White will also be out due to the flu and Josh Gonzales looks doubtful too with illness. Aubrey like Gainesville has suffered numerous losses too in 2011.
“They are in a similar situation like us with at least 17 kids having missed at least one game and have lost six kids to season ending injuries,” Gary said.
Johnson being out means Chance Sikes will once again take the snaps under center but keep your eyes open for a new wrinkle in the Leopard offense as Gainesville plans to use a two quarterback system Friday night. Jonathan Mendez will get some reps at quarterback this week but Gary is unsure what the percentage breakdown will be on the two quarterbacks. He plans to start Sikes and the use Mendez depending on what the situation calls for. Despite another shake up, according to Gary, the former third string quarterback is taking everything in stride.
“I could not be prouder of Chance Sikes he has done a great job stepping in from a reserve role,” Gary said. “Chance has had some experience playing quarterback and from the type of gameplans we have put on him he has done a great job. He seems just a little bit more mature than last year, a little bit more settled in and he is the ultimate team player.”
Mendez, a sophomore, played some quarterback last year as a freshman but this will be his first varsity action as a signal caller.
“It opens up a little more of the dimension of the offense,” Gary said of Mendez. “We had him take some snaps last week in case something happened to Chance (Sikes). It is a package with Mendez that we just want to take a look at and its a package we’ll take a look at using possibly in the future.”
This will be the final game for the seniors on the 2011 squad as Gainesville will recognize the seniors prior to kickoff Friday night. Now in his fourth year at Gainesville, Gary has seen these kids grow up since they were freshmen.
“When I got here four years ago there were 17 that came out for freshmen football, I think we have eight left and those kids have stuck it out through thick and thin. There has been a lot of times it has been thin for them with numbers and things like that. There are going to be several seniors that I am going to miss that have played as hard as they could play and done everything that we have asked them to do.”