The Archer City Wildcats struggled last year, winning only one game. They haven’t had a winning season since 2010…also the last time they went to the playoffs. But the past is the past.
“We’ve had some tough times but I’m ready to pick this back up, go make a playoff run, get deep,” says junior, Morgan Wylie.
Head Coach Don Hasley says this year, they’re paying attention to detail, “We’ve got to dot our I’s and cross our T’s with every little thing. And that’s going to be a huge thing for us. Because what we’re doing both offensively and defensively, if they do the little things, then everything’s going to take care of itself.”
The Wildcats are looking to utilize their quickness and speed, “I think our quickness is going to be our key. I think we’re going to have guys that are going to be a lot quicker. We’re not the biggest team, but we will fly around and hit you in the face,” says Wylie.
“We’re really not big, so we’re going to have make up by being mean and quick,” adds senior, Tyler Briggs.
They also have a core group of seniors Coach Hasley is excited about, including Tyler Briggs, Caleb Rodriguez, Jerrod Richey, Darek Simmons, and wide receiver/cornerback Andrew Esley.
A challenge for the Wildcats this year will be depth, “We don’t have anybody that’s going to be a clipboard holder.”
The Wildcats join Electra, Haskell, Quanah, Munday, and Petrolia in District 7-2A DII, “We didn’t catch any breaks. We dropped smaller and we stayed in a pretty dang tough district. That’s not only got good kids but good coaches at all the schools. We can’t control who we play. All we can do is control how we play. And that’s the key and that’s the focus,” says Hasley.
Briggs adds, “We’re a different team than we have been these last few years…and I think our record’s going to show it.”