CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It's an old adage in sports: you don't rebuild, you reload. The Veterans Memorial Eagles are the perfect example of that.
The Eagles 2018 season was one to remember. They finished with an overall record of 12-1 and cruised through their schedule in route to a district title. Now they turn the page looking to repeat, but Cody Simper's roster has some holes that are in need of being filled.
They are returning just six starters on each side of the ball, but Simper has turned the program into a goldmine of talent, all looking to compete for a starting spot.
"Our kids come every single day knowing they need to work hard," Simper said. "They know they need to look sharp to fight for those positions."
The target on the Eagles will be big. They are at the top of district and are projected by Dave Campbell's Texas Football to win it once again.
"It keeps that chip on our shoulder that you know we go into every game knowing it is a battle," senior running back Kobe Piper said.
While the Eagles will worry about fending off the rest of the district in 2019, they also look to get passed their yearly roadblock: the third round of the playoffs.
"We came in and worked hard did," senior defensive tackle Anthony Guerrero said. "We did what we have to do to try and make a better run this year."
The Eagles will take on Edcouch-Elsa on the road for their first game of the season.