It has come as no surprise that the Colleyville Heritage football team is having a strong season in 2016.
The Panthers had a strong number of talented players returning, they moved from 6A to 5A and they are coming off of a playoff season in 2015.
One player that has certainly made his presence felt is receiver Conner Cole.
Cole has emerged as one of the top wide outs for Colleyville Heritage this season, with 355 yards receiving and four touchdowns, and coach Joe Willis said the biggest thing that makes Cole such a special player is that he does what is asked of him.
“Conner is consistent in his effort,” Willis said. “I love the fact that he puts on his work clothes everyday and isn’t a player that picks and chooses when it’s time to play hard.”
Cole said he has been pleased with the progress his team has made so far this season and said he believes that the thing Colleyville is doing best is focusing on its major objective for the season.
“We’re getting better each week,” Cole said. “We’ve done some things well on offense and on defense, but our goal is to get better each and every week. Our goal isn’t to be the team to score the most points in district each game, but to be the best in every facet of the game.
“We’ve also had a few injuries, which in its own way has been a great learning opportunity (in) that every player needs to be ready to step on the field at any moment.”
Cole, who also plays varsity soccer, said he makes it a point week in and week out to do whatever it takes to help his team win ball games, and that does not always mean catching touchdown passes.
“There are weeks where I block more than catch, and I’m fine with that,” Cole said. “I truly enjoy supporting the guys around me whether that be kicking, blocking, receiving or inspiring them on the sideline. Our goals for the team have never wavered since last spring, and that is to be playing on Dec. 17 in the state final.”
Willis said that is exactly the sort of attitude that makes his receiver the special player he is and said Cole’s impact on the Panthers team has been inspiring.
“I told him earlier this year he has quietly become one of the biggest difference makers we have on our team,” Willis said. “My goal for him is to have a senior year experience worthy of the type of work he has put into it.”