BELLMEAD, Texas — After several years atop Conference 4A-I, the La Vega Pirates took a step back in 2021 when they were eliminated in the regional semifinals of the playoffs.
"The expectation at La Vega High School is the same as it always is," La Vega Head Coach Don Hyde said. "We're preparing to play in late December and possibly bring home the ultimate prize. That's the way it's been here for ten years, and it's not gonna change."
Despite their "early" exit, the Pirates still come into the season ranked No. 7 in the state.
Offensively, La Vega will be led by sophomore running back Bryson Roland, who had a breakout season for the Pirates as a freshman. He will get to run behind a veteran offensive line.
"Bryson is a kid that's gonna show up every day and go to work and try to get better when he does. He's good to have on your team," Hyde said.
Texas A&M-Commerce commit Nathaniel Washington will help lead a Pirate defense that returns just three starters from 2021.
La Vega will once again play a difficult non-district schedule, including local powerhouses Connally and Lorena.
Those games will help the Pirates prepare for what could be an even more difficult district schedule, including two reigning state champions: Stephenville (4A-I) and China Spring (4A-II).
the Pirates are picked to finish third in their district.
2022 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:
8/26 vs Kennedale 7:30 ]
9/2 vs Waco Connally 7:30
9/9 at Midlothian Heritage 7:00
9/16 at Lorena 7:30
9/23 vs Nike Dallas FC 7:30
9/30 at Yoakum 7:00
10/7 at Waxahachie Life* 7:30
10/14 vs China Spring* 7:30
10/21 at Alvarado* 7:30
10/28 Open 10/29
11/4 vs Stephenville* 7:30
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