SCHERTZ, Texas – Clemens senior defensive end Quinton Mayberry could not wait to get camp started in preparation for the 2018 Buffaloes football season.
“I woke up at 5:52 this morning and called my friends,” said Mayberry. “‘Whoo! Let’s go, let’s wake up!’ They were still in bed and I’m screaming at them on the phone. Just trying to be enthusiastic.”
The Buffaloes look to return to the playoffs this season, and they’ll compete in District 26-6A, a brutally tough district that includes their neighborhood rivals, Steele and Judson.
Clemens head coach Jared Johnson will be looking to rebuild the team after finishing last year with an 8-3 overall record and a berth in the Division I bi-district finals. Over 40 seniors graduated from the 2017 roster, and that means Johnson is looking for new starters to step up, especially with only two starters returning on offense.
“We’ve got a ton of young kids that are very talented and are great football players,” said Johnson. “But for a lot of them, it is going to be their first time under the lights. So they are going to have to grow up quickly versus Madison in that first ballgame.”
Clemens will kick off their 2018 season on the road at Heroes Stadium, where they’ll face the Mavericks on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
“It will help us a lot because we have to face better teams in the playoffs anyway,” said Mayberry. “I just think it’s good competition for the early season.”