The D.T Torres Era begins in Lometa on Friday night when the Hornets host Waco Live Oak at 7:30 p.m. 

“I’d like to think our fans will see a high-octane offense out of us on Friday,” Torres said. “And I expect the fans to see a hit-’em-in-the-nose type of defense. I want people to see that we’ve improved in our fundamentals — that we’re a much better blocking team.

“And, most important, I want our fans to see that we are a much more disciplined football team.”

After spending three seasons as Lometa’s defensive coordinator, Torres was awarded the head coaching position after Jim Simpson resigned in April.

Torres said he’s been pleased with his team’s August work.

“I won’t say we’ve always looked great,” Torres said. “But we haven’t ever looked terrible. The way I look at things is that we’ve been improving every single day and that’s all a coach can ask for. We’ll find out a lot about ourselves on Friday.”

Waco Live Oak is a private school.

“They know how to win because they won state last season in their specific division,” Torres said. “They have the experience necessary to go the distance. I’ve scouted them and they have athletes. They can ground and pound, play action, spread. We need to be ready to go.”

Torres opened camp with the quarterback position up for grabs. Ivan Jasso, a 5-foot-9, 125-pound junior won the job.

“Ivan is our starting quarterback now and he’s nifty,” Torres said. “He’s not a burner but he’s hard to catch in space. For his size, he’s very strong. He’s a 125-pounder who plays like he’s 180. He’s got a lot of heart.”

Jasso played football as a frosh but missed his sophomore season.

“I’m now ready to take the reins,” Jasso said. “It feels great that Coach named me the starter.”

Jasso will be handing the rock quite often to senior R.J. Haggard. Last season the 5-foot-7, 175-pound Haggard rushed for 1,800 yards.

“The crowd will see a lot of exciting runs from R.J.” Torres said. “He is so tough with that ball in his hands. You know what you’ll get when you call his number — everything he has. He loves to lower his shoulder, loves the contact, and that makes him so effective.”

On defense, Torres said he’s been pleasantly surprised by the emergence of sophomore Adrian Rivera (6-2, 180).

“He is one of the anchors on defense for us,” Torres said. “We like him right in the middle of the field because he knows how to use his hands and he is so tough to block. We expect a lot from him.

“Overall, we’re excited for Friday night.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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