Gridiron contenders meet sweltering two-a-day grindstone

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As the August temperatures have climbed in the triple digits in this part of West Texas, coaches and players are conditioning hard in preparation for this year’s upcoming football season.

The biggest change this year will be at the home of the Roby Lions as goalposts are being moved and new lines being drawn. This will be the inaugural year — although competing as an outlaw team — for the Lions to compete in the six-man classification.

This year’s football season should prove to be a significant learning experience for the16 players fielding the outlaw six-man team and Coach Angel Pantoja in his first time coaching a sixman team. Pantoja said he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of learning the new system and terminology.

“Obviously there’s a learning curve,” he said, but reinforced the idea that many fundamentals are the same, and the Lions will have plenty to offer the teams they will compete against this year.

He said he will be looking to upperclassmen to step into team leadership roles, and he will be depending on experienced players like Brenden Barriere and Kaige Covington to help make a stronger team.

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