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BREAKING: Jovial, popular Dublin football coach Bob Cervetto announces his retirement

DUBLIN – He guided a long-struggling program from the doldrums to respectability, winning the first playoff game at the school in 50 years.

Yet it was his humanity that Dublin football coach Bob Cervetto became best known for during his time at DHS — a tenure that we now know will officially end on June 30 following the announcement of his retirement today in Dublin.

Cervetto, 62, will finish out the school year as Athletic Director, before settling into retirement with his wife Norma. He will be succeeded by longtime assistant Greg Hardcastle.

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FEATURE: Dublin’s smallish Cervantes leads capable linebacking corps

DUBLIN — Kevin Cervantes is anything but an imposing figure.

The Dublin senior linebacker stands in at only 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds — hardly a Dick Butkus frame. 

Cervantes

He does, however, have an uncanny ability to get to the football, through a combination of quickness, the ability to slip blocks, and an acute awareness of where plays are heading. 

He also has a healthy dose of attitude. 

“People always talk down about my size,” Cervantes said. “So I’m always ready to go and hit somebody out there. I don’t fear getting hit. … I’m ready for anything, I guess you could say.”

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2020 DUBLIN FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Inexperienced Lions on the hunt for leadership

Few teams in the Big Country took a bigger graduation hit over the off season than the Dublin Lions.

While Dublin does return 17 lettermen from last year’s 8-3 team, it lost 19. Among them: eight offensive and nine defensive starters, including standouts Cy Wing (QB), Colten Couch (receiver) and Johnny Jurado (Dublin) among others. 

That leaves 10th-year coach Bob Cervetto with the task of cultivating a group of green players into something cohesive in time for district play. 

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COUNTDOWN TO TWO-A-DAYS: Dublin Lions

Football is fast approaching, and we at BigCountryPreps.com are committed to bringing you the information you need to prepare for your favorite team’s season.

We’ll be releasing our Big Country Preps Preseason Football Preview, the most comprehensive look at the upcoming Big Country football season anywhere, on Friday, Aug. 14. But you won’t have to wait until then to sate your gridiron appetite.

Leading up to the first day of fall football practice on Aug. 3, we’ll be spotlighting each 11-man team in the area and posing some of the key questions they’ll face in 2019 as part of our “Countdown to Two-a-Days” series.

After featuring Comanche on Friday, we stay in District 5-3A Division II with the Dublin Lions. On Sunday, we will take a look at the Eastland Mavericks followed by the Merkel Badgers on Monday.

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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: New Dublin facilities and spring momentum will have to wait

The “What Might Have Been” feature series is Big Country Preps’ effort to celebrate area athletes who have seen their seasons affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The series will continue through June 15. If you have a suggested story for the “What Might Have Been” series, please contact Big Country Preps at Evan.Ren@BigCountryPreps.com.

Bob Cervetto is patiently awaiting a return to normalcy.

Dublin’s athletic director and head football coach misses the hectic spring sports season. He misses watching his athletes competing and working out daily.  

“It scares me to death because you never know where your kids are going to be,” Cervetto said. “I’m just like every other coach in the state — I hope they are doing something.”

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FEATURE: Dublin’s Huffman may keep things light, but he’s deadly serious on the field

DUBLIN — Start with serious production on the ground. Add some production as a receiver. Sprinkle in some speed and finish by throwing in a dash of humor, and you’ve got Dublin utility man Hagen Huffman. 

If, as a Big Country football fan, you haven’t heard of Huffman yet, a quick education may be in order. 

The 17-year old senior is one of the most versatile returning Class 3A players in the Big Country. And in all likelihood, he will be a key element if the Lions are to repeat the success they had in last year’s 8-3 season.

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DUBLIN TEAM PREVIEW: Lions hope to answer questions in the trenches

DUBLIN — With his team facing a host of questions heading into the 2019 football season, Dublin coach Bob Cervetto remains as upbeat as ever. 

Returning just five starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s 8-3 team, the Lions have taken graduation hits all over the field and on both sides of the ball. 

Despite all the new faces, a sprinkling of proven standouts remain among the starting 22. That, along with an above-average overall maturity level are what Cervetto will be counting on heading into this year’s campaign. 

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Dublin navigating through uncharted territory

DUBLIN — For programs without much of a history, a sudden wave of success can be an extraordinary experience for players, fans and coaches. 

But there is one potential problem that can come with winning: learning how to handle it. 

At Class 3A Dublin, there are few people who can explain to the 7-0 Lions how to deal with being the talk of the town, or for that matter, the talk of the entire Big Country. 

The last time Dublin posted a 7-0 record (1964), The Beatles were on top of the charts, Lyndon B. Johnson was the president of the United States and most of the parents of DHS’ current players hadn’t even been born yet. 

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Dublin wrecks Buckaroo homecoming 22-21

BRECKENRIDGE — For the second straight year the Dublin Lions were the guests for the Breckenridge homecoming. 

And, for the second straight year, they were completely indifferent to the occasion — edging the Buckaroos 22-21 in a thrilling Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Cy Wing threw for 233 yards and three scores, including a go-ahead TD pass to Mark Ybarra with 0:19 to play to lift Dublin (5-0) which remains unbeaten with its best start since 1999. 

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BCP Podcast No. 11: Evan, Daniel catch up with Dublin coach Bob Cervetto

When Bob Cervetto took over the Dublin football program, the Lions hadn’t won a playoff game in almost five decades. In the  seven seasons since, Dublin has twice reached the area-round in football and experienced a higher degree of athletic success during the winter and fall seasons.

This week, the always-upbeat Cervetto took some time to chat with Big Country Preps’ Evan Ren and Daniel Youngblood about his positive outlook on coaching and life, the state of the Dublin athletic program and what keeps him coming back each year on this week’s Capital Farm Credit Wednesday Night Podcast.

Also in this episode, Evan and Daniel discuss the Big Country’s most intriguing storylines heading into the 2018 high school football season.

Every day is a good day for Dublin’s Bob Cervetto

Every day he wakes up with something green and gold to look at is considered a great day for eighth-year Dublin football coach/athletic director Bob Cervetto.

That’s not overstated.

In a nutshell, most of Cervetto’s energy since 2011 has been spent pumping enthusiasm into a high school athletic program that was once considered to be one of the weakest in the Big Country. And we’re not just talking about football here.

The 60-year-old Cervetto, unlike many old-schoolers from his generation, is a total-program advocate. And every new day literally begins with the same mission: elevating everyone in his sphere of influence to reach for a higher level.

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Dublin Lions enter 2018 with great numbers

For fans of the Dublin Lions, 2018 brings some proverbial good news and bad news.

First, the downside: Dublin returns just four offensive and three defensive starters from a 3-7 team. Nearly 20 lettermen have graduated and there’s a lot of work ahead for coach Bob Cervetto to find the right combinations.

On the plus side: The Lions are top-heavy with upperclassmen and are expected to suit up roughly 20 seniors and 20 juniors — astonishing numbers for a 3A.

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