Coach Josh Gibson made a very smart call to schedule his team’s bye week for the last week of the regular season.
This allows the Hawks, who just wrapped up their 3rd straight undisputed District Championship to recover from injuries and have two weeks to prepare for opening round of the playoffs.
Coach Gibson says it’s a very important week off. “This is going to be a BIG recovery week for our program. We have a few kids that we need to get healed up. This week, we will focus on lifting and conditioning and running self-scouting reports on ourselves.”
We asked the coach for an injury update. “By the end of this week, we should be 100% healed with the exceptions of Jackson Cobb and Connor Stanfill. This will be the first time since week 5 that all our players are healthy, so this week comes at a great time. Bruce, KJ, and Ben, are all banged up a bit, but will be good to go by next week.”
It is yet to be determined who the Hawks will play in the first round of the playoffs. Gibson says its between two teams. “We will play the winner of Nevada-Community and Dallas Roosevelt. They play each other Friday evening and we get the winner. After the game is over, the winning Head Coach and myself will set up a playoff venue, date/time, etc.”
Gibson says practice is a little different now. “Practice is scaled back a little bit on time, but other than that we will take the same approach. We do get the benefit of having more coaches with our varsity, because the JV/9th grade teams are finished at this point.”
Gibson concludes, “I’m really proud of this team and our senior class. We’ve been undefeated in district the last three years and have three straight District Championships. That’s hard to accomplish and we have a lot to be proud of. At the same time, we are hungry and ready for a long playoff run.”
These Hawks are ready and primed to make it three trips in a row to Jerry’s World, otherwise known as AT&T Stadium in Arlington. I know you can never count your chickens before they hatch, but I would not make other plans for 3pm December 20th. That’s the kickoff time for the Class 4A Division II Texas Football State Championship Game at Cowboy Stadium.