Football to play Plano East in first district game


Photo by Sarosh Ismail

Widereciever Koda Bridges moves towards the end zone during their game on Sept. 10. The football team started the season 0-3 and is looking for its win as district plays tonight.

Football will play its fourth game of the season Friday at 7 p.m. Hebron will play Plano East at Hebron stadium coming off three previous losses. 

“I’m nervous since it’s the first district game, especially after starting 0-3, but I feel confident after having a [week-long] break and time to practice,” senior Carter Brock said. “This week we’ve been working on team morale and team building, which has been helpful. Hopefully [it] will pay off in this game.”

During the last game, on Sept. 10, the team had 12 penalties for 162 yards. The team has been working on identifying their mistakes and figuring out how they can fix them.

“We had last week to recharge our batteries and lick our wounds from a tough loss,” assistant football coach Jeff Hill said. “The kids are resilient, respond well and understand that everything is still in front of us. No matter how things started, it’s more important how things end.”

Last year when the Hawks played Plano East, Hebron won 35-20. Hill said this year Plano East has improved as a team, but the Hawks have prepared for the upcoming game.

“When you’re playing as a brotherhood, it’s really you playing as a family,” Brock said. “When you know the person to the left and right of you and you trust them, you know they will make the best decisions for the team.”

The coaches have been trying to keep the team’s confidence up to get them ready for anything thrown their way.

“Offensively we feel that we have found our identity,” Hill said. “We found things we do well and are really confident in our kids. Plano East is a good football team, and are not slouch in any means. Our kids know that, so they are focused and determined to build off the success we’ve had.”

Hill hopes that the varsity team gets their first win this season, and said he would not walk out on the field if he expected anything less.

“We have really resilient football players and the closeness the players have is special,” Hill said. “It’s [hopefully going to] pay off with wins and success this Friday and continue on in the future.”