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Lion season starts Aug. 28

“I’m excited to have a real game where you get all that excitement and that adrenaline going,” said Dublin Athletic Director and Head Coach Bob Cervetto.

The Dublin Lions have been on the turf the past two weeks in scrimmages to sharpen their skills for a real game. 

The scrimmages acted as good practice with players getting to ask coaches for pointer on the field, but Dublin and Clyde coaches returned to the sidelines at the end of the varsity scrimmage Thursday night so players could get a better taste for what tomorrow will bring when Dublin faces Deleon at 7:30 p.m. on the Bob and Norma Cervetto Field.

“When you go to live quarters, it always presents different challenges,” said Cervetto. “The guys asked some good questions afterwards and got to look at the film [Monday] morning.”
“It’s an eye-opening experience, but it’s exciting,” Cervetto added of the live quarters. 

Cervetto was happy with how his team performed, particularly since the 2020-21 area relatively young team after losing more than 15 seniors last year. 

“There are a lot of things we did well and there were a lot of things that are correctable,” he said. “All of our receivers did a god job and it was nice to see some of our guys exert some leadership.”
These strengths will come in to play in the season opener with DeLeon Friday night as Cervetto says the team is “much improved” under the direction of DeLeon Head Football Coach Andrew Dickson and David Yeager.

Cervetto expects  a lively night on the Dublin field.

“It’s just a shame we had to put a limit on how many people had to come in to the game,” he said.

Dublin is selling tickets to all of its home games online in advance to make sure that the sporting events maintain proper social distancing. Tickets to Lions varsity games are $4 plus fees from Hometown Ticketing, which is overseeing the billing and dispersal of tickets.

Lions fans are also asked to wear facemasks at the games to set a good example for the kids and to maintain all guidelines so that the players can continue their season. 

“It’s about our kids,” he said.

Cervetto sees a good season ahead for the Lions as long as it can continue with Friday marking the first of five non-district games getting the Pride ready to face a tough district schedule of Comanche, Jacksboro, Merkel, Millsap and Eastland.

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