TEAGUE, Texas — The Teague Lions reached the playoffs once again in 2021, after missing out on the postseason the year before. This year, under new leadership, the Lions will have to rely on their defense to carry them back there.
This offseason, Teague hired New Caney defensive coordinator Zachary Linscomb as its new head coach. In his final year at New Caney, the Eagles allowed more than thirty points in just three games.
Linscomb said part of what drew him to Teague was the hard-nosed hard-working mentality of the kids there.
"These kids are hungry to be successful," he said. "I've been able to sell the really successful programs I've been a part of. And the kids know it worked. I just told them that all you've gotta do is show up and work. We're gonna have a plan that's proven. And if you'll buy in and do what we're asking, it's gonna prove to work for us."
Defensive improvement will be crucial, especially given the Lions poor offensive showing in 2021.
In seven games last season, Teague scored just 14 points combined. They were shut out five different times.
One key contributor on that side of the ball will be Linscomb's son Daxton, who transferred with his dad from New Caney and will play linebacker this fall.
"Culture wasn't very good when we came here," Daxton said. "But now, it's like right when you come in they're ready to work. You come to work out and they're ready to work. They're working their butt off every single day."
Offensively, Coach Linscomb said the Lions will be led by experience in the trenches.
"The deciding factor in my mind of how big of a jump we can make in this first year is how quick we can grow up and overcome that lack of experience in some areas and get to that consistent Friday night level we've got to play at," Coach Linscomb said.
2022 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:
8/26 vs Rockdale 7:30
9/2 at New Waverly 7:30
9/9 vs Centerville 7:30
9/16 at Buffalo 7:30
9/30 vs Eustace* 7:30
10/7 at Malakoff* 7:30
10/14 vs Mexia* 7:30
10/21 at Groesbeck* 7:30
10/28 vs Kemp* 7:30
11/4 at Fairfield* 7:30
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