Pushing through final two games

Football team aims for progress

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Pushing through final two games

Junior quarterback Taylen Green (17) runs the ball down the field at the home game against Flower Mound on Friday, Sept. 27.

Junior quarterback Taylen Green (17) runs the ball down the field at the home game against Flower Mound on Friday, Sept. 27.

Andrea Plascencia

Junior quarterback Taylen Green (17) runs the ball down the field at the home game against Flower Mound on Friday, Sept. 27.

Andrea Plascencia

Andrea Plascencia

Junior quarterback Taylen Green (17) runs the ball down the field at the home game against Flower Mound on Friday, Sept. 27.

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Almost through the season, the football team continues to meet standards from the past years. With a record of [7-1], players look forward to the last two games of the regular season so they can continue to improve both off and on the field.

“I think so far we are doing well,” senior offensive lineman Hector Montes (62) said. “We’ve had a couple rough quarters, but I feel like if we keep our heads up and play at our max potential, we can make it to playoffs. [We plan on] giving it all at every practice and competing every day.”

With day-to-day improvement being the target focus for the team, the players utilize lessons learned from previous errors and continue to improve. The coaches recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the players and plan future games accordingly.

“I think any time you want to be a playoff team and be a contender, you have to establish consistency,” assistant coach Dudley McAfee said. “We’re working on being consistent every day, not only in our effort, but also execution.”

With a variety of changes in both offense and defense due to last year’s seniors leaving a successful legacy with an overall record before playoffs of [8-2], an opportunity was opened for this year’s seniors to show what they can bring to the field. As they add games under their belt, they adjust to each other’s playing style and are more familiar with how each other play.

“They are doing really good,” senior captain and defensive tackle Khristian Versey (33) said. “The seniors stepped up a lot because last year we had a lot of good players and they didn’t get to play a lot last year, so I think this year them stepping up is a really good thing.”

As the seniors grow into their roles as leaders, the team has prepared strategies for each game. By taking games one by one and learning how to improve every game, the team plans to end the season knowing they have improved just like last year. The second to last game of the regular season will be an away game against the Hebron Hawks at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.

“It’s been a normal week in terms of practice schedule, but intensity is picking up since we’re getting to the final [two] games of the season,” McAfee said. “There’s a lot on the line. Our players understand that and they’re raising the level of play to reach those expectations.”

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