Palacios takes off week to work on self


For Palacios Head Football Coach Chad Graves, the open week couldn’t come at a better time for his Sharks.

“This open week comes at a great time for us,” Graves said. “We get a chance to get away from the day-to-day grind of things but still this allows us to work on our fundamentals. It allows us to take a step back with the new staff here. We tried to work on as much scheme stuff as we could early in the season and now we can step back and work on the fundamental aspect of the game.”

Palacios is coming off of a 35-0 loss at the hands of the Industrial Cobras last Friday night.

“I thought we struggled to compete at times against Industrial,” Graves said of the 35-0 loss to the Cobras. “We turned the ball over way too many times in the first half. We turned it over three times to them and it gave them short fields to work with. 

“We dug ourselves into a hole in the first half and came out in the second half and played a whole lot better,” Graves said. “They were bigger, faster and stronger than we are but we didn’t help our situation out either by turning the ball over and having all those missed tackles.”

Graves said the advent of the open week allows the team to work on getting its game back to where it needs to be.

“We are excited about the open week,” Graves said. “We can get a couple of players back from some injuries and get us in a position where we can work to compete for district.”

Coming off of two hard losses, Palacios now has to get ready for the District 13-3A Division 1 opener Friday, Oct. 12 against Altair Rice at home.

“That is just something we have to deal with right now,” Graves said. “We are not going to change what we do or how we are doing things. Our kids are ready to get back to work. You could tell they were disappointed with the outcome of last week’s game but they were ready to come back and get to work on Monday.

“We will start looking at Rice at the end of the week but we still have another week to get ready for them,” Graves said. “We are concentrating on us right now and everything we need to do to put us in a position to be successful. When we are on the field this week, we are just going to work on making us better football players.”

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