Hebron can write their own history this week.
The Eagles finish the 2011 season tonight at home against Calhoun Academy and although it doesn’t have any playoff implications, in some ways it feels like it does.
“We have a shot at a winning season,” head coach Tri Nason said. “That’s more than any other teams have had since I’ve been here. Friday night we get to write our own history. Are we going to be the team that starts getting Hebron on the right track that’s winning, or are we going to
fall in ‘almost there but not quite.’”
The Eagles (3-3), were essentially four points from a 5-1 season, snapped a two game losing skid last Friday on homecoming night with a 52-6 blowout of Flint Hill. Hebron had 363 yards of total offense and scored on four of the first five drives of the ball game. By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles were up 32-0.
A running clock in the second kept the score from potentially getting out of hand even more, nonetheless it was a victory and no doubt a little boost in their playing abilities for tonight.
But there is still a feeling of emptiness as the season is coming to an end so quickly.
“By no means are we ready for this to end,” Nason said. “We’ll make the most of it either way.”
The Eagles will host Calhoun Academy, a team they have had success against over the last few seasons.
This year the Cougars are 4-4, and have lost two of their last three games and have been out scored 120-94.
The Eagles will stay true to their game plan and probably not give the linemen a few reps in the ball game despite having much success with it last week. Don’t be surprised if Hebron has a few new plays up their sleeve.
“We’re going to tray and throw in a few more formations, try and get them confused a little bit,” Nason said.
For several players this was their first and only season to play, but for the seniors as a whole, this season was more than about winning titles and banners.
“They’ve actually grown to love the sport and love the team they’re playing with,” Nason said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. The guys that they play with, I think that’s more important to them. They want to play hard Friday because not only do they love football, but they want to remembered by their underclassmen as a good senior class.”
This will be the last time Quez Robinson, David Kinard, Ben Pearson and Hareley Thompson will ever suit up in the blue and gold.
For Nason, this was his first chance as a head coach, and despite having to drop down to 8-man, which automatically eliminated Hebron from the postseason, he doesn’t have any regrets.
“We weren’t in that situation,” he said. “So with the hand we were dealt to play out, obviously I would love to have just the one loss. But
Friday we make our own history.”
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