Every day in every way we get a little better. The boys have heard this over and over again, and the last two weeks were proof of it. Last week especially. Your Fighting Colonels were oh so close to tasting a well earned victory, but a late charge by Grandview team would keep them from a loss on their Homecoming night.
And to be honest, despite the final score of 29-22, it was one of the most fun games I have ever had the privilege to be around. It was everything that was great about high school football. Intensity, passion, brotherhood, emotion and good, clean hard hitting football.
MMA Got on the board first with a TD strike from emerging Junior Steven Prinster to Dillion Dawson.
After an answer by Grandview, Prinster struck again, this time to Senior WR TJ Daniels for a 40yd TD. The Colonels led at half 14-8. With the Colonels Trailing 21-14 at the beginning of the 4th, Senior Jacob Priester intercepted a Grandview pass to and on their next drive, Ivan Quiroz Sacked the Grandview QB to bring his overall sack total to 6.
With 6:50 left in the game, MMA began a drive at its own 40 yard line. Tough running by Alex Wilson and Michael Maddox moved the ball down to the 20 yard line. On 4th and 1 and no choice but to go for it, Steven Prinster rushed for a 3 yard gain and a new set of downs. With 1:20 on the clock Alex Wilson Punched in a 3yd run to bring the Colonels within 1, 21-20. Earlier in the drive I had decided, after conferring with our coaches, that we would indeed go for the lead instead of the tie. Running behind great blocking from Gerardo Guerrero, Jacob Priester, Marcelo Gomez, and Julio Romero, Alex Wilson pounded it in for a MMA 22-21 lead.
Unfortunately, Grandview rallied in the last minute and scored on a 1yd qb sneak. However there were untold positives that came out of this game.
- The boys were faced with adversity, did not wilt and converted under pressure multiple times.
- They had their first real taste of success, both with a lead and coming from behind.
- They played as a team, with great blocking and gang tackling.
- They celebrated, not just individually, but together as a team.
- They lead a group prayer after the game, with Grandview (something that several opposing players and coaches thanked us for).
- They played with class, respect and great sportsmanship.
It is easy to tell someone something, but if they don’t believe it, it can fall on deaf ears. I believe that after last week the boys are truly believing that they can be a good team. They know they can play defense, and now they believe they can score. Better yet, they are starting to trust and believe in each other.
This week will be Homecoming week for your Fighting Colonels. The team will face a 3-1 Principia team fresh off a loss on Saturday. Expect Principia to blitz from anywhere and everywhere defensively and MMA to get a heavy dose of their QB, #7 running the ball. It should be a fairly evenly matched game and the boys are excited to show off infront of 300 friends, family and alumni.