Bulldogs reveling in Acosta, Castilaw honors

COAHOMA — As Pete Acosta was trying to recall how many people have congratulated him on his selection to the 2010 Class 2A All-State Football team, another bystander shouted his name from afar, hoping to do the same.Safe to say Coahoma is proud of what the senior has done. Acosta was named second team all-state by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors with three other defensive backs. He wasn’t the only Bulldog on the list, either. Josh Castilaw earned honorable mention as an offensive lineman.“It’s crazy. I was going for all-district, maybe,” Acosta said. “Then they told me I got all-state. It shocked me.”The selection is impressive considering what first-year head coach Trey Gardner had planned for him during two-a-days. Acosta was slated to be at quarterback for the Bulldogs and he did get time there sparingly throughout the season.But with Tanner Ruiz’s emergence at quarterback, Acosta was a mainstay on defense, which isn’t a bad thing.Defensive coordinator Raul Sanchez has described Acosta as the leader of the defense and he played like, snagging seven picks this season. Acosta said he was just glad to help the team out where he could and that’s what impressed Gardner.Having Castilaw and Acosta earn this honor wasn’t just about them. Gardner said he wanted to make sure the two share the accomplishment with their teammates.“As soon as we found out, we were in athletics and we called all our kids in the weight room and made the announcement and congratulated Pete,” he said. “We also told the rest of them if you have an unsuccessful year, the those individual honors don’t come. We felt like it’s a reflection on the rest of them as well.”What Castilaw meant to the Bulldogs this year shouldn’t be understated, either.Castilaw came into the season expecting to mainly play on defense, but when Gardner needed him on the offensive line, he made the successful switch and it helped the team.“We needed him at center and healthy,” Gardner said. “He was willing to do that. He did a great job. We had very few snap issues. After about Week 4, we started jumping from under center to the pistol (formation), to under center and back in the pistol, we had no issue with our snaps.”