No one can remember for sure the last time the Keller Indians started the season 3-0, but the one thing they can be sure of that this weeks game against Northwest, also 3-0 will be one of the biggest in the past decade.
It doesnt really matter to us if people think were good or not, head coach Carl Stralow said. The most important thing for us to convey to the kids is its all about us and as long as we think were good thats all the matters.
Keller also has found a little extra incentive to play for this season as one of their teammates who would have been one of the leaders and captains wasnt able to play.
This group has come together to become a tight knit unit who plays for each other, Stralow said. They dont care whos getting the yardage or whose getting the credit; they all care about the team and getting the win. We probably got a few wins so far people didnt think we would get, but its been fun.
The team started to turn heads with its season opening victory over Prosper 24-23 and then knocked off Mansfield 24-7 to go to 2-0, but people around the area and school started believing when they knocked off one of the areas powerhouses Bell 20-0 two weeks ago on the Blue Raiders home turf.
We have to keep the kids in the present and make their focus on that day and what we are doing, Stralow said. Were letting them know that its one game at a time and you cant look back at what you did. We have to make sure we keep our eye on the task ahead and play the next game one at a time.
Right now the Indians despite all their success have their sights set on Northwest in a game will most likely go a long way to challenging not only for one of the four playoff spots, but Carroll for the district title.
I honestly think more than anything, is that this group has decided to come together and play harder than they ever have, Stralow said. There just very opportunistic and fight their tails off and thats the mentality they have. Im not going to take and credit for our success right now.
Leading the way on offense has been senior running back Dalton Mills who has rushed for 333 yards on 60 carries and four scores. Stralow noted that teams knew Mills would be the focal point and has pointed to senior quarterback Hunter McEachern as a key to the offense.
Hunter just wants to win no matter if we throw the ball eight times or 50, Stralow said. He does whatever we ask and never complains. His first focus is the team and making sure they win. I couldnt be happier that hes our quarterback right now.
McEachern has completed 21 of 36 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He threw both of his touchdowns in the victory over Bell as he connected on 7 of 13 passes.
Having used this system last year and over and over in spring it has become easier, McEachern said. I just really tried to work my butt of during the off season. The offensive line does a great job of getting me protection when we do pass, but first were going to try to run it down your throat. When you stop it were going to throw it so I just try to be as accurate as I can. As long as were winning it doesnt matter to me, its all about helping the team win.
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