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ENHS excited for spring ball as it looks to fill voids ahead of 2021

Quarterback Even Medrano throws a pass during a spring practice Wednesday afternoon at Edinburg North High School.
(Photo by Kevin Narro / Rio Sports Live)

JEREMY PALACIOS | Special to RSL

EDINBURG – Edinburg North football returned to the field Wednesday afternoon and provided a glimpse of the previously missed spring schedule.

Despite schedules being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and teams had very little time to prepare, the Cougars are looking at a new chapter here in April, flooding players and coaches with eagerness and excitement. 

No one is more thrilled about seeing his team practice then Head Coach Damian Gonzalez.

“It’s awesome to be back,” he said. “The players are excited, the coaches are excited and even the parents are excited that their kids are back here. It’s a great feeling right now”. 

Edinburg North ended its 2020 season with a 2-5 record and a third-place finish in District 31-6A before falling 38-8 to Harlingen High in the bi-district playoffs. 

That loss was the first ever start for quarterback Evan Medrano, who will be a senior when the 2021 season kicks off and is continuously looking to getting better and fill a leadership role in the Cougars’ offense. 

“Last year, we didn’t get enough time to train,” Medrano said. “Now we feel like we are even ahead of schedule. We’re taking the most out of the opportunity, and we’re going to continue to work hard.”

Shifting over to the defense is a squad looking to upgrade their side of the ball.

Cougars head coach Damian Gonzalez during a spring practice Wednesday afternoon at Edinburg North High School.
(Photo by Kevin Narro / Rio Sports Live)

“We’re going to work on our footwork,” said senior Linebacker Daniel Rodriguez, who is coming off a season in which he finished with 22 solo tackles.“We missed a lot of tackles last year so were looking to get better in that area. Our defensive line is going to be real big for us, too. We have returning seniors in Trevor Acuna and Isaiah Cepeda who are looking real good.” 

Gonzalez said that spring will be the start of a team revamp after some heavy losses, but is confident with the players stepping into those voids.

“Our goal for this spring ball is to fill some roles,” the Cougars’ coach said. “Defensively, we lost a lot. We’re returning one man in our secondary and we lost a couple of good linebackers and defensive ends, but we have a lot of competitive kids looking for those spots. We’re looking to evaluate and find what niche these kids will fit into”. 

With a new season also comes new faces within the coaching staff as well. Former Edinburg High offensive coordinator Oscar Campos will don the navy and gold polo as he fills the same position here at Edinburg North, a hire that Gonzalez is very much looking forward to.

“We were fortunate enough to snag him,” Gonzalez said of Campos. “He brings a lot of energy and is very knowledgeable. Couldn’t be more excited to have him here.” 

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