Football to play last district game against Lewisville Nov. 3


Peyton Kuschmeider

Sophomore linebacker Luke Sharp leads other players in running off the field after the second quarter of the game on Oct. 14. The team played Flower Mound and won with a score of 38-14.

The football team will play its final regular season game against Lewisville at Max Goldsmith Stadium on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The game was rescheduled to Thursday due to predicted rain Friday night. 

The team’s previous game against Plano West was the final home game of the season. The game was delayed due to weather conditions, and ended with a Hebron victory at a score of 35-32.

“Last game, with the rain delay, [we were] sitting in the locker room, really not knowing if we were going to play [that night] or if we were going to be playing on Saturday,” senior long snapper Tyson Whatcott said. “Going out there, it felt like being a little kid again just playing in the rain. It was a fun game, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.”

With the addition of new head coach John Towels II, this season has presented challenges. Towels said it has been difficult because the players and coaches are still working to get to know each other, while competing at the same time. 

“It’s just been a work in progress,” Towels said. “Even though we’re in the season and working hard to be successful, we’re also trying to build something and compete at the same time. It’s like we’re trying to build the plane and fly it at the same time. It’s been challenging, but we’ve gotten over it.”

The team has won three games and lost three games in district, leaving them at fifth place in district overall – the top four teams in the district make the playoffs. Lewisville is currently undefeated and first in the district.

“There’s some bad blood between us,” Whatcott said. “Every time I’ve played against [Lewisville,] emotions have gotten high. I think this game, they’re coming in to try to beat us because they are undefeated right now and they want to remain undefeated. It’s going to be a tough game, but I think we’re going to get through it. We have to bring our all and be mentally prepared. We have to know that we can beat them.”

For the seniors, this may be their final football game in high school. Some seniors plan to pursue football in college and as a career, but for others, it could be their last chance to play on the field. 

“It’s bittersweet because I’ve been playing with these guys since like fifth grade,” Whatcott said. “It’s going to be sad seeing some of them go. I know that whatever comes next in my life is going to be a new journey and it’s just the beginning.”

Not only is this the seniors’ final chance to play, but they are leaving their legacy behind with the sophomores and juniors to carry on next season.

“It’s sad because the seniors are leaving,” sophomore defensive back Bo Onu said. “[The end of the season] is not really affecting me because I still have next year and the year after that, but for my teammates, it’s sad to see them go. They taught me a lot and they helped me a lot.”

After many practices, games and memories made, the regular season is coming to its end. The players and coaches are working to finish the season out in a great way. 

“We’re not trying to prepare for next year or next season,” Towels said. “We want to win right now for our seniors, so that they can have a good experience before they graduate, leave some memories behind and go out in a certain way that [they] can be remembered [by.]”