Quanah, Texas -
The only team ending the year the way they want to is the team winning the last game of the season. In 2012 the Quanah Indians lost to the team which did just that. Losing in the regional semifinal to eventual state champ Stamford last year. The Indians say they still think about the game. And it's what made them work even harder in the off season.
The Quanah Indians know winning. They did it nine times last season, but the game you remember is the last one. And unless that game is a win at AT&T stadium, it's not going to be a good memory. But linebacker Craig Braker says they're using last seasons loss to eventual state champ Stamford as motivation, "we use it as motivation. When we're working out we just think about that. It makes us push harder because we don't want to feel that way again."
Back for the Indians is junior quarterback Clay Robertson. Coming off a 3000 yard 31 touchdown season under center. And looking to take more of a leadership role after the Indians graduates seniors Brandon Heard and Austin Williams. Head coach Jason Sims says it's important having Robertson back, "it's nice to have your quarterback back. Any coach that has their quarterback back will say the same thing. It's nice for him because he's so intelligent and he knows the system. It's like having another coach. He does more coaching during practice than i do this year which is a breath of fresh air.
The Indians offense also returns running back Craig Miles. Coming off a 1000 yard 25 touchdown season coach Sims says Miles will take some pressure off Robertson by making defensive coordinators game plan for the run, "Craig is an explosive back. He's a power back. He's a rare blend of size and speed that you don't see in high school football to often. People have to game plan for him. They did it last year when he was a sophomore. You have to chose what you want to do. You can take craig away from us or you take the passing game away from us."
And with Clay Robertson already getting looks from major D-1 colleges, this could be a breakout year for the junior qb. Robertson saying that this year's squad has even better chemistry than the year before, "we're looking pretty good. We have a lot of chemistry with the guys i grew up with. We don't have a lot of size but we're going to be fast."
Quanah gets the year started at wheeler on august 30th. And looking ahead to district the Indians go on the road to face Archer City and Olney. And take on Windthorst and Seymour at home. Coach Jason Sims saying his team is intent on bringing the district crown back to quanah.