3. What have you and your staff have done since you arrived that you feel made the biggest difference in getting the program to where it is now? “The first year we struggled, and the last two we’ve been 8-3, the first time in school history making back-to-back playoff appearances. We’ve tied or broken school records for wins the last couple of years. We’ve had a chance to play for the region championship the last couple of years. All that starts with our administration at our school. They’ve made a big push to make athletics a bigger deal and make football important. I think it started three seasons ago when we had the Sheppard kid [Treylon Sheppard] break the state rushing record. That created a buzz. Our community and student body got excited about it, and it’s been a fun ride.”
4. What makes this team potentially better than the past two that made the playoffs? “At times, I do think we’ve played better team football than in the past. We’re not reliant on one great player like Sheppard. We play more as a team. Everybody understands his role. We’ve played the best defense that we’ve played since I’ve been here. It’s also one of those things where the kids started with us as freshmen when we got here and know our expectations and how we did it every day. They know our coaches and players that have been in our program. We’re four years into this, and this is when you hope it comes together, and I think it has.”
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