If you follow High School football in West Texas regularly, then you know in the higher classes that the 806 usually goes home in the third round every year when we go up against a Metroplex team. This year Monterey, Coronado, Lubbock-Cooper, and Tascosa all went home in the second and third rounds to Metroplex teams. Why is it that we always are favored to lose when we play those teams? How can we fix it for our upcoming teams in the higher classes so they won’t suffer the same fate?
This all goes back to the most important ingredient in the mix. TALENT. Usually in the 806 we have an assortment of players that can play with the Metroplex teams, but those schools have a full team sometimes and that is shown on the field when we go up against them. A coach that wouldn’t go on record told me the reason he left Lubbock to coach at a Dallas school is he is frustrated that their isn’t that much talent in the 806 pool as there is at a Dallas school.
Another reason is scheduling in non-district play. Now there are reasons we can’t go play the elite teams before district play, travel and costs being one of those, but until we expose our players to some REAL teams early to see where they stand and what they need to work on they never will know how good or bad they are until they run up against one of those teams in the third round and get eliminated. Dallas and San Antonio have advantages because all of those teams are right there and they can have a tough schedule every year so when they play us, it’s not even a tough game to them in their eyes.
Lastly, we as 806 teams have to learn to finish. Monterey was down 24-21 to Denton Ryan with the ball in the fourth and lost. Lubbock-Cooper was tied with Saginaw Boswell at 10 with six minutes to go in the game and lost. Coronado was down 28-27 after a slow start in their game against Colleyville Heritage at the half and came out in the third quarter and got outscored 13-0, which ultimately led to a loss. West Texas is ready to get on the Texas stage, but have to do the small things first, like scheduling tougher opponents and finishing before we can get the respect we deserve. I wouldn’t respect the 806 either if I was a Dallas squad..Until we win. Will we get a better crop of teams to challenge the Metroplex like the three teams we had in action Friday and Saturday? All these teams lose a whole bunch along with Tascosa in 6A so was this our best shot? I hope not but we will see…Next year…