Football faces South Garland in final non-district game

With three straight losses, the football team hopes to get back on the winning track with Thursday's game at South Garland.

Maddie Owens

With three straight losses, the football team hopes to get back on the winning track with Thursday's game at South Garland.

Keegan Williams, Sports Editor

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The football team is starting off slow this season with a 0-3 record, which combined with four straight losses to end last year, has the team on a seven game losing streak. But with Thursday’s final non-district game at 6A South Garland (0-3), the team feels like they are playing with everything they have.

“We didn’t go out on the field and we didn’t play with heart,” junior Dylan Robertson said. “We are working hard and listening to what he coaches have to say and what we have to improve to be better. Becoming a family like becoming like really good teammates and always being there for someone.”

Despite the team’s lack of wins, coaches are seeing improvement.

“You know obviously fundamentally we’ve gotten better,” assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Swinnea said. “I think as a team we’re kinda settling into new schemes because we have a new offense and a new defense and so sometimes those take time and so both players and coaches have kinda grown into what we’re trying to get done.”

The team very well could have at least one win, losing to Sherman 31-28 after leading in the 4th quarter.

“Looking at what we’ve done, we’ve been our own worst enemy,” Swinnea said. “You know speaking offensively, we’ve turned the ball over in the red zone when we were about to score and things like that so there’s good and bad to that. I think the good part of that is that it’s still in our hands, in other words we’re able to look back and say “man if only” and so it is fully within our capabilities to be successful, we’ve just got to do a few little things right.”

Losing to Wakeland to start the season 0-1 in District 13-5A, Thursday’s game doesn’t have a bearing on the playoffs but the team wants a win.  

“Hopefully we are all understanding you know these games don’t win us or lose us the district championship, but they certainly get us prepared,” Swinnea said. “I think our guys are hungry, we talked about it being time, it’s just time for us to win so tonight, it’s time.”