November 15, 2022 By Quinn Donoghue Elgin Courier
The Bastrop Tribe Warriors continue to dominate in the world of six-man football.
After dismantling Victoria on Oct. 27 with a score of 50-0, the Tribe Warriors finished the season with a perfect 10-0 record.
With the win, head coach Brent Golemon was awarded coach of the week among private schools by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
Apart from their 52-48 victory over St. Stephen’s in week seven, the Tribe Warriors have hardly been tested this season. They’ve defeated their opponents by an average of 42.7 points, and have outscored their competition 618-191.
For a program with as high of expectations as Bastrop, it’s doubtful they’ll spend too much time celebrating regular season success. The Tribe Warriors won four straight state titles from 2017 to 2020 before finishing as runners-up last year.
After several weeks of rest via earning the top seed, Golemon spoke about the mindset of his team as they prepare for another championship run.
“They’re in good spirits. I think they’ll be fine when they get back,” Golemon said. “They’re healthy. They have a really good camaraderie… I think as a team they’re really strong.”
Despite all the blowouts, Golemon isn’t overly concerned about how his team will handle tightly contested games or high pressure situations should they occur in the playoffs.
“I really don’t worry about it too much because they have experience in the past, they’ve been in
big games, they’ve played hard opponents for many years,” Golemon said. “We fully expect to be able to play four quarters.”
Leading the charge for the Tribe Warriors this season has been junior running back and defensive back Josh Mcaslister. The two-way player has racked up 41 total touchdowns, 1,647 rushing yards, and eight interceptions, all of which lead the team. According to Golemon, Mcalister developed more physically and worked endlessly in the offseason, ultimately leading to breakout success in 2022.
“Coming into this year, he grew two and half inches, put on literally 25 pounds, definitely hit the weight
room and did everything he needed to do in the offseason,” Golemon said. “He was caught from behind quite a bit last year. This year, he’s able to pull away, and that’s a testament to his work ethic.”
Othey key contributors on offense have been quarterback Chandler Golemon and other running back Elijah Rendon. Golemon has thrown for 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions and has
a quarterback rating of 114.6 Rendon has rushed for nine touchdowns of his own, solidifying himself as a multipurpose weapon on offense.
Defensively, junior middle linebacker Chuy Gonzales has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. He leads the team with 66 total tackles, eight of them being for a loss of yards. Sophomore Ari Garcia has provided steady pressure for the Tribe Warriors defense and leads the team with 9 tackles for loss.
The Tribe Warriors will play their first postseason game against King’s Academy on Saturday, Nov.19, at 2 p.m. on a neutral field.