SIMMS, Texas — At James Bowie, it is all about the lines.
Much of the Pirates' success has hinged on how well the offensive and defensive lines have performed. And both lines have been superb.
"I am pleased with how our offensive line has jelled, are blocking well and are moving people off the ball.," James Bowie head coach Eddy May said. "We had a lot of kids that started on the line graduate last year. It took a few games, but they've figured it out now."
Junior center Whitt Rogers anchors the line and is the lone starter back from last season. Freshman Hansford Storey starts at guard with Evan Williams at the other guard position.
Rounding out the offensive line are sophomore guard Blade Green, senior Brandon Hanna and senior Ethan Lum are the tackles and sophomore Brandon Obenoskey is the tight end.
"The defensive front has done really well," May said. "We used to control the line on the defensive side. So the lines have been a big plus for us this year."
Obenoskey and Williams play defensive end, Rogers and Hanna are the defensive tackles with sophomore Clayton Hanna rotating in at tackle for the Pirates. Storey sometimes comes in and plays defensive end.
"I think we are night and day from when we started," May said. "We lost 12 seniors so these kids had to get used to Friday night football. I knew we had to give them some time out on field. We hoped that they would progress and get better; and they have.
"We have come a long way. We keep things pretty simple on both sides of the ball. We just let the kids line up and get after it. I am proud of how far the kids have come, and we are going to keep trying to get better."
James Bowie (3-6, 2-2) takes on District 10-2A, Div. II foe Overton (0-9, 0-4) at Coach Chester Roy Stadium today at 7:30 p.m.