The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 18, 2013

H.S. Football: Game Balls Special End of Season Edition

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PALESTINE —

Even with the early playoff exit, the Wildcats should look forward to next season when all of the younger players will be more experienced.

 

GRAPELAND

 

The Sandies finished the 2012 season with a 2-8 record.

The Sandies finished the 2013 season with a 2-8 record.

Sound similar?

New coach Shawn Brown came in at the beginning of the year with a new spark for the Sandies, but sometimes it takes a little bit of time getting used to a new coach.

The Sandies had an up-and-down season for their football squad as they went on to win just two games this year.

The Sandies seemed to have two turning points in the season as they beat Lovelady in the third week to stop their winless streak at two and then again when they won their game against Cushing.

Both games showed sparks of life for the Sandies as they saw offense for the first time against Lovelady, and they saw a good defense show up against Cushing.

The game against Cushing was probably a bigger game for the Sandies this year, for it was the first game of district play and with the win, Grapeland was looking to turn its season around.

Ultimately, however, the Sandies weren’t able to turn their season around and they missed the playoffs for another year.

Next season, the Sandies should be much improved after having the same coach for two seasons in a row.

 

FRANKSTON

 

One of the most confusing of the area teams this year was the Frankston Indians.

The Indians lost their first four games by heartbreakers each time.

But, the turning point in the Indian season was the start of district play.

The Indians were finally able to get fully healthy right around district play, and the trio of quarterback Ozzie Buckner, wide receiver Kendrick Rogers and running back Oran Jenkins started to click.

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