Following their fifth loss in a row against Montgomery County on Oct. 25 the Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks coaches had a heart-to-heart with their players going in to District play.
“We told them it doesn’t matter who our next opponent is. We have zero pressure,” said Coach Butch Wolanski. “We aren’t expected to win, we aren’t expected to put on a show. We beat that drum all week [leading up to Districts].”
The message worked.
After the final whistle of the District game against Monroe City blew, the IndianHawks were able to hold their heads high, despite a 44-36 loss.
“It took about 15 minutes of shear heartbreak until everyone was able to start talking and they were able to look at each other and say we played our butts off for each other,” said Wolanski.
The high scoring contest showed that the IndianHawks could play with any team and they had a chance to tie the game with a TD and two point conversion but time ran out ending the season.
“It’s disappointing for the Seniors,” said Wolanski. “This 2-8 season is a bitter pill to swallow, because talent wise we know this teams record should have been better. We proved that with our play Friday night.”
During the season, execution was something that stressed upon, however in their losses, lack of execution on just a few plays, was their downfall. However, Wolanski loved the teams spirit and their moral.
“I feel we were able to have fun again, team moral was really good despite not getting the victories,” said Wolanski. “The record really didn’t show how good this team was.”