Things looked bleak for the Grapevine Faith football program last year after the team started the season 0-2 and was at 2-4 after the first six games—but that all changed in the last month.
The Lions rallied to win their last four games in district to claim a playoff berth in 2013.
Faith lost in the bi-district round of the playoffs, but not before the team got a taste of what it is capable of accomplishing on the gridiron, and coach Kris Hogan said the team is ready to get after it once more.
“Things are going pretty good,” Hogan said. “Spirit is high and morale is good. I think the kids are coming together well as a team. So we're excited for the season. We do have some obstacles, but overall, we are coming together nicely.”
Hogan said that the objectives for the season are to build up a strong sense of camaraderie on the team and to remain as injury free as possible.
“Our objective is for us to stay healthy,” Hogan said. “That is number one. And while that is our biggest objective, it is also our biggest obstacle and challenge right now. We're going to have to stay healthy if we want to have a shot at getting to the playoffs.
“Number two is that we are going to have to gel as a team. The interesting thing is, we have a wide mix of grades contributing at the varsity level, we have to have good chemistry.”
Some of the Lions’ stronger returning players this season include Cam Roane, Ben Ashton, Cameron Carter and Keyshawn Wyatt.
Hogan said that if every team is equally healthy, his district will come down to Faith, Dallas Parrish Episcopal and Pantego Christian vying for the top three spots.
In order to have pick up where it left off last season and have a successful 2014 campaign, Hogan said that it will take a couple of things from his team.
“I really believe that health is the issue,” Hogan said. “I really believe that if we have all our available guys, we will be great, and I believe that is the way it is with a lot of small schools. You lose one or two guys, and it has a domino effect ... so health is the key, along with team unity.”
Faith opens the season with Rio Vista at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Faith High School.