2-A-DAYS: Bruceville-Eddy Eagles

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (KWTX) Even though the Bruceville-Eddy Eagles finished in a tie for third in district 8-2A last season, the Eagles missed the playoffs after losing the tiebreaker to Axtell and Italy.

Heading into year No. 1 with Kyle Shoppach as head coach, the Eagles will also try to overtake Riesel and defending champion Bosqueville.

Shoppach came over from Robinson High School. His current players could be passing the ball around a bit more compared to the past, but they are also expecting to have an overall balanced attack.

"(I'm going to) do the best I can to help my team get to the playoffs, get all-district or all-state," senior running back and linebacker Nathan Quattlebaum said.

"We can't be selfish," junior quarterback Trapper Ensor said. "We've had that problem before, but we all like each other and we're all on the same page this year. We're ready to go."

The coaching staff is trying to make sure they don't stray too far away from what the kids have learned in the past. Whatever the approach, a loss to Italy last year made a lot of things turn sour.

"We missed the playoffs by about six minutes last year," Shoppach said. "They were up with a big lead and gave that away, so we just have to learn to finish. That's been our entire process from the beginning to right now."

Bruceville-Eddy has a couple scrimmages against Leon and Dawson before beginning the regular season at Rio Vista.