A football team can enter the bye week in two ways - good or bad - depending on whether they won their last contest. The Dublin Lions are currently riding a high after ending a three-game skid after pulling out a shootout victory against Grape Creek in their non-district finale last week. 

“We’re happy about the win last week and right now we’re keeping everything the same as far as how we’re working out and practicing,” said Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto. “We just traded film, so we’ve been working on our stuff a lot, and we’ll gradually get into what Bruceville-Eddy does later this week.”

The Lions also hope they’ve left their up and down play behind them. With a season opening win, followed by three straight losses, the season has certainly been a roller coaster.

“Non-district play is really just there to get you better,” Cervetto said. “Obviously we’d like to have won all of them, but we also want to learn from our results and by playing good teams we learn our strengths and weaknesses. Now we’re entering our second season and these are the money games. We want to start peaking here and start playing our best football. It was good to get that win last week and I think our non-district schedule helped us out.”

As to what it is that Cervetto wants his team to improve upon moving forward into district play, the offensive consistency is priority one.

“The main thing is we want to just get our consistency down,” he said. “We’re playing really good defense and our offense is just now starting to click. We’ve had a lot of injuries so that’s hurt us, but everyone’s starting to get comfortable where they’re at so that’s certainly a good thing.”

With Dublin’s district opener against Bruceville-Eddy creeping closer, the outlook for the playoff race in district 10-3A Division II is as cloudy as ever. Only Jarrell is undefeated entering district play and beyond that no one is sure there are any favorites, even Coach Cervetto.

“Jarrell is the front runner right now, they’re undefeated and a have a great senior quarterback,” said Cervetto. “Rogers, Bruceville-Eddy, Clifton and Marlin have all kind of had ups and downs, but each have their strengths. I think we’re all pretty even and it’s going to be interesting to see where exactly this district winds up.”

Dublin will open district play on Oct. 9 as they host Bruceville-Eddy at Dublin Memorial Stadium.