The Connally Cadets will play the Bullard Panthers first round of the High School Football playoffs this year.
Connally Head Coach Shane Anderson acknowledges the Panthers have a big playmaker of their own, a two-way playing, dual-threat quarterback.
But, Coach Anderson said the Cadets will hang their hat on running the ball, as it is what has helped them get to 7-3 on the year.
The Cadets made the playoffs in '16, but missed out last year. So, getting to this point has been a main goal for this year's senior class.
"The senior class, man, we've been through a lot. So, you know, we've seen it all: the highs and lows, and we're back going back high. We're in the playoffs, so we kinda know what it takes, and we're just telling the young guys, just buy in... which they have, they've been bought in since spring.. and just telling them just lay out, do it all for your brothers and just sacrifice everything," Gaylon Glynn, Connally's senior quarterback, said.
If the Cadets can advance to round two, it'll be quite historic.
"One of our team goals is to practice on Thanksgiving, and if they win Thursday night, that happens for them. And it hasn't happened here in 14 years. And so the last time that Connally practiced on Thanksgiving was 2004... and some of these kids were barely born. So, you know, that's a big deal for our program and our community," Coach Anderson said.
The Cadets will take the field against the Panthers Thursday night up in Ennis. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.
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