Football Recap


Captains Jaylen Patterson, 12, Ernest Rodela, 12, and PJ Garcia, 11, escort Aaron Castillo’s #56 jersey onto the field for the coin toss against San Diego. The Bears dedicated the game and the win in honor of Castillo’s life.

Visanne Galvan, Auther

“When you don’t give up, you cannot fail” said Adrian Peterson, NFL running back.

The West Oso High School Bears varsity football team finished the season with the record of 2-8 and placing 7th in district.  The Bears fought through every game despite many trials and tribulations.  Through all of the distractions of 2020 West Oso did manage a short winning streak.

“The resilience shocked me the most You would’ve thought we were 8-2 the way we practice for the last two weeks.  The biggest set back this season was really and truly COVID-19. There was no off season, summer workouts were shut down, and players were injured ” Said Coach Brad Smithey.

Despite all of those setback this team had many proud moments.   Culminating with the team’s first victory of the year in Kingsville against King high School.  The 33-0 win was Smithey’s first as a head coach and ended the rough 4 game losing streak

“The growing up these boys had to do was a lot this season. A lot of young men stepped up to play a role they never thought they would be in and I’m definitely proud of them” said Coach Smithey.

“It’s like a calling I get to wake up and live my dream to give these boys the athletic world and the life lessons this sport teaches. I live for these moments. I been around sports my whole life and in it’s in my blood” stated coach Smithey.

Big expectations are expected for next years football off season. “District champions and playoffs is what we’re working for. That’s what we’re going to attack and preach everyday.”said coach Smithey.

Eddie Garza ended this season with a total of 626 passing yards with 10 games played(not all at the QB position).   Anthony pena playing in only 3 games due to an injury managed a total of 355 passing yards. Wide receiver Jaylen James finished this with a total of 550 receiving yards with Ryshad Carrington right behind him at 317 receiving yards.  Defensively, Patrick Garcia lead with a total of 77 defensive tackles followed bt Daniel Esquivel with 62.

This season was a bumpy road for the Bears through the many ups and downs.  West Oso dedicated their season to Aaron Castillo who passed away tragically during the season.  The highlight of this season was a thrilling 17-16 come from behind win at San Diego.  Arturo Hernandez, 12, kicked the winning field goal with little time left just days after Castillo’s death.  The amount of fight these boys had in them shocked all of us and they will continue to fight so be ready for next season.