By Jim Irish/Contributing writer Posted Jul 28, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Bastrop Tribe Consolidated will be the only local football team playing the first four weeks of the season.
Tribe, the three-time defending state six-man champion in Texas Association of Independent Athletic Organizations (TAIAO), will open the season Aug. 28 against Brazos Valley Christian Home Educators Association (BVCHEA) at Allen Academy in Bryan.
The Warriors blanked BVCHEA 54-0 en route to a 12-1 season and a Division I state title. They finished the season ranked No. 11 among all Texas six-man teams.Tribe’s only loss last year came in the season opener against Rankin, 54-44.
Star wide receiver Graham Mills was injured against Rankin and didn’t finish the game.
Tribe will also tackle Prairie Lea, Calvert, and Lifegate Christian before either Bastrop High or Cedar Creek open their seasons. The Bears and Eagles are starting later because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tribe coach Brent Golemon said the TAIAO executive committee voted to start football practice on Aug. 3.Tribe’s toughest opponent of the regular season will be Calvert.
The Warriors won a close battle over Calvert, 36-20, last year at home. Calvert (8-4) lost in the second round of the public school six-man playoffs to Richland Springs, 34-29. Richland Springs captured the Division II state title and completed a 14-0 season.
Tribe will replace four starters, including Mills and Grant Golemon, Brent Golemon’s son. Mills and Golemon are both playing at NAIA colleges in Kansas this season.Samuel Osborn, a senior, will be the primary offensive threat. Last season, he zipped for an eye-popping 2,308 yards rushing and 48 touchdowns.
He also completed 61% of his passes for 369 yards and seven touchdowns. Lake Mills, a senior and younger brother of Graham Mills, and Chandler Golemon, a sophomore and Brent’s son, will vie for the starting quarterback spot. Mills will also start at linebacker on defense.
Hansen Collie, a 6-5, 255-pound sophomore, will move into a starting role on offense, possibly at wide receiver. He is one of 13 children of Bruce Collie, a former lineman on the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl championship teams in 1988 and 1989.