After a de facto bye week following the cancellation of its opening-week game against the Brazosport Exporters due to weather, the Sealy Tiger football squad will open its regular season and honor its seniors this Friday night on Mark A. Chapman Field at T.J. Mills Stadium.
The Navasota Rattlers will serve as the initial opponent, fresh off a 35-12 win over the Wharton Tigers. Quarterback Ja’mar Jessie scored one touchdown through the air to Xavier Steptoe and ran for another. Running back Darius Randle scored a pair of 40-plus-yard scores and Victor Torres collected a scoop and score fumble recovery for the defense.
Sealy head football coach Shane Mobley and his staff took advantage of the contest to see both this week’s opponent as well as a future district opponent last Friday night. Mobley mentioned that although the Tigers and Rattlers have played the last two years, Sealy had no other film from this year to exchange with Navasota ahead of the week-two matchup.
“We’ve got to keep it simple when it’s said and done,” Mobley said of the game plan. “We got a good senior class returning in a lot of key positions but at the same time we have a lot of younger guys stepping up and playing some major roles, so main thing is getting through the first quarter to get the nerves over with and go from there.”
The Tigers will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season and the seniors will be honored before the game with a senior night ceremony to ensure the celebration of their efforts.
“We wanted to make sure that we’re able to give recognition because you just don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Mobley said Monday afternoon. “We haven’t got a phone call, this time last week we had to have a phone call when the game was canceled on us, which was totally understandable. At least right now, we’re an hour and a half ahead of where we were last week.”
The message remained simple to focus on the small things in last week’s practices despite no actual game to play at the end of the week.
“Talked to the boys about maintaining focus through practice and continuing the mental preparation, because we do have something we’re playing for this week,” Mobley said. “It’s going to be a good test for us to see where we’re at and get in there battle it out some.”
Game ticket information
The head coach said he wished more people would be able to be in attendance but with the 50% capacity rule in place by the University Interscholastic League, a raffle will happen for general admission tickets at the end of each week for the next week’s home game.
“General public may send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered in random drawing for next week’s home game,” a release from Sealy ISD Athletics says. “Winners will be emailed on Wednesday afternoon and will be sent information on ticket pickup Thursday evening. Winner may purchase two tickets.”
“That’s the hard pill to swallow there because you’d love to have the bleachers packed and the stadium full,” Mobley said. “It is our first home game; we didn’t host a scrimmage or anything like that so that right there will be a trial and error.
“The main thing is to get the people back out in the community and I know that it’s big for the parents,” he continued. “They haven’t seen their kid play and it’s been a month, we’ve been practicing for games for a couple of weeks now. It was awesome to see them over at the scrimmage we had in Columbus so now that we had an open week, if you will, it’s 100% about getting out there and playing