After a 7-year hiatus, the Premont Cowboys will finally be able to get back on the field.
The high school football game is the center of life for many small towns in South Texas. And the small town of Premont is celebrating the return of that tradition for the first time since 2011.
“The whole group, the whole school, everybody in town is all excited about the new stadium, and how we are going to get varsity football back,” said senior center Joel Perez.
“The community is very excited. We haven’t had this in awhile and playing under the lights, everybody is excited, and it’s going to be big this season,” said sophomore quarterback Jordan Gonzalez.
The Cowboys are picked to finish last in district 16-2A, but for them, it’s not their ranking, it’s about them getting an opportunity to start a high school football season, and maybe, surprise a few people along the way.
“We have a good team, and I think me and my guys can do big things this year in football,” said Gonzalez.
“There is a lot of potential here, and we are ready to play football,” said Perez.
For some time now, preparations have been underway for the start of the Premont ISD High School football season. Fifth year Head Coach Ruben Cantu and his staff have spent the past few weeks putting their team through tough and intense workouts with one goal.
“We are not going to make excuses; we want to get into the playoffs just like every other team around the area. We have one goal…to get into the playoffs,” said Premont head football coach Ruben Cantu.
“Two is, I think, is the minimum for us. I think we could definitely win 2 games, but I am hoping we can win more and maybe get into the 3rdor 2nd spot in the playoffs,” said Gonzalez
We know that Texas high school football holds a special place in many people’s hearts. And in some communities like Premont, that love affair is quite passionate as its team will finally have the chance to shine again under the Friday night lights.
“I am extremely excited. I very happy for the community and all the students in Premont, Texas,” said Premont resident Martha Barrera.
“Something has been missing, and now we are bringing it back. The kids are excited, the staff is excited, and the community is on fire. We can’t wait till August 31stto kick it off against Monte Alto, ”said Premont Superintendent Steve VanMatre.
Premont’s first game of the season will be against Monte Alto on Aug. 31st.This will be the Cowboys’ first home game since 2011 and will take place on the district’s new turf football stadium, which Premont residents agreed to fund through a $10.6 million bond approved in February of last year.