After Nate Downing suffered a torn ACL against Mineral Wells.. The Hirschi Huskies entered the playoffs without their starting QB.
For some teams.. this would be a game changer… But for the Huskies… It only reminded them there is still a job needing to be done.
Danny Youngs said,”We just go in and prepare our kids in the best way to go out and uh to win the football game on Friday night, but we have the confidence in Fred to do the job. We have a lot of really good players that we can plug in there, and you know it’ll never be Nate. Nate was a great player for us, a great kid, and a great leader for the team, but we also have good players that have stepped up and you know the defense has to step up and hold them to low scores and give the offense a chance to light one up for us.”
And the Huskies offense did light up Leo Brittain Field on Friday night… Hirschi scoring 42 points in the second half under new quarterback.. Fred Fleeks.
Fred Fleeks said, “It felt amazing, because my first time playing quarterback I didn’t really get the job done like I wanted to. So this second time, I thought I would try to get a lot better and so we did that overall… me and my teammates we all came together. Got a good win.”
JT Taylor said, “The win over Pampa felt great you know its always good to get a playoff win with some adversity. Our kind of motto is “Next Man Up” because you know we got a few people banged up.”
Heading into the area round of the playoffs.. the Huskies continue to focus on bettering themselves and improving as a team.
Jaron Jordan said, “Its fun, its like a nice atmosphere to be out here and be able to go to round two. You know Hirschi wasn’t known for that a couple years ago and you know that had not won a play off game since 1990s and we are just proud to be able to bring the win back.”
Christian Hendricks said, “It just feels good to keep the season going.. keep playing.. feels like its going to be a good game this week.”
Danny Youngs said, “You know we don’t look at the future, we don’t want to put the cart in front of the horse. We look at whats in front of us which is San Angelo Lake View and those things come as you get farther into the playoff run, but if you look past somebody that’s when you’re gonna slip up and you’ll be going home early.”
JT Taylor said, “It feels good to practice at this time of year, because you have to understand that some teams.. they are at home right now, and they’re getting ready to start off season so its kind of like a blessing and so we treat it as such.”
While many students get a break the week of Thanksgiving, the Huskies are thankful they are still hard at work playing the game they love.