ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) — While winning just two games the past three seasons has taken its toll on the Odessa Compass Academy Cougars, right now the seniors said they’re focused on what to do. who was waiting for them.
Senior running back and linebacker Abraham Davalos added, “We have nothing to look back on. We are looking forward to a new head coach. We will go ahead and do what we do best. And it’s going to be football.
On Saturday, the Cougars staged their first scrimmage in years, and they were more than excited to step onto the field and play in their house scrum, the “Green and White Cat Collision.” In the mind of the new head coach, Floyd White, having these opportunities offers him a chance to change his mindset and focus on his love of football.
Now his hope is to continue on this path and completely change the culture, immediately.
“There’s a lot of things, a lot of bumps in the road because you have to break old habits, but you also have to start building those new habits and those new things that you want them to learn and you want them to learn. they understand, who are core to your program,” Coach White said.
White had recently taken up the head coaching job with Odessa Compass Academy after leaving his defensive coordinator position with Midland Legacy.
He said that when he switched to Compass, he noticed the first thing he needed to change was the mentality of his players. Over the years, trials and tribulations had made it difficult for some of the players to continue on this path, but with Coach White now in the lead, many newcomers were more than willing to help.
Main receiver and cornerback Jeremiah Dominguez came to Compass Academy just this year and had it in his head that he was there to help make a difference.
“I had a mentality to help him change this organization, to help them start winning games and it seems that helped a lot. And especially with the new coach, he helped a lot,” he added.
In a tough division with Crane, Alpine and Tornillo, the Cougars have their work cut out for them, but the players now have something to believe in: their new head coach.
Lead linebacker and offensive tackle Christian Stout said he played his entire high school career with the Cougars, he thought he was leaving, but it was Coach White who kept him there.
“I wanted to quit football. And then I heard we were getting Coach White from Midland Lee. I came back strong, I was bodybuilding all summer and I was bodybuilding with him “I take it seriously, I do whatever my coach tells me. I’m just ready to win football games here. That’s what excites me the most,” Stout added.
At the “Green and White Cat Collision” scrimmage, Coach White named the three captains for the season: No. 7 Abraham Davalos, No. 22 Jeremiah Dominguez and No. 52 Christian Stout. Coach White also said the fourth will be open to those who have proven themselves every week, on and off the pitch.
“That way it gives everyone the opportunity to step up and work and show that this program is important to me. It’s not just about the most popular players or the best It’s about everyone,” White said.