Coolidge prepared to build under new head coach

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
After posting their first winning season since 2001 with a record of 6-4 in 2012 and finishing as a bi-district finalist, the Coolidge Yellow Jackets will be under the direction of a new head football coach, Randy Jones, after the departure of former head coach James Pinnell.
Jones, who turned around the Fannindel football program, leading them to a pair of district titles and four playoff appearances, will take the helm at Coolidge in hopes of continuing the current postseason trend. Jones posted a 29-22 record while coaching at Fannindel.
Coolidge returns 12 lettermen from last year, including four offensive and five defensive starters.
Players to watch this year are quarterback Eddie Rivera, center Darion Johnston, runningback Deandre Kirven and outside end Delvin Smith, leading a team expected to contend for the district title this fall.
The best news for Jones is that these same guys will all be back next year as well.
This year’s schedule pretty much stays the same with the exception of Waco Methodist Children’s Home replacing Gholson in non-district play.
• In Week 0 (Aug. 30), the Yellow Jackets travel again to Aquilla to face the Cougars (5-6, 2-1, bi-district finalist in 2012). Coolidge hopes to avenge last season’s 69-47 loss. The Cougars are the No. 2 seed going into the 2013 season in District 13-6M DI, with 11 lettermen coming back, with three offensive and three defensive starters to lead them.

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