The season came to an end for the Mansfield Timberview football team last week with a heartbreaking loss to South Oak Cliff by three points in the final seconds of the game.
Coach James Brown said that he is proud of what his team was able to accomplish this season, but said the loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Wolves.
“I thought we played well enough to win,” Brown said. “I’m really proud of the kids. We had some missed opportunities to go up and just didn’t execute the last special teams play to force them to drive the ball to win it. The defense played as good as we have all year and gave us a chance.”
Reflecting on the season as a whole, Brown said that while things could have gone better for his team, he is still pretty satisfied with how things unfolded and what his team was able to accomplish by making the playoffs this season.
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“We had high expectations and fell short,” Brown said. “We played tough in a tough district and had opportunities to advance but fell just short. The kids played hard all year and still allowed us the chance to get in for the third time in three years, something never done before at Timberview.”
Brown said that things are shaping up good for next season, as well.
“I’m really looking forward to next year,” Brown said. “We will return seven starters on defense and three others with extensive time. Offensively, we lose some of our primary weapons, but we feel like we’ll have a good O-line, because five guys got a lot of experience in a very good district this year. We will need some leadership to step up. I feel really good about the running back and slot positions, and we’ll have some good kids that really understand the offense at QB. The JV, which is mostly sophomores, were 9-1 and are a very good group of players.”
Brown said he hopes his players take away a couple of things from this season.
“I hope they learned the ability to fight and continue to move forward in the face of adversity,” Brown said. “We tried to build stronger bonds in the team and really create a family.”