Here is a blog headline: We Lost.
Yes indeed, we lost Friday night, 59-28. We didn’t win; we lost. We didn’t play well. We didn’t execute. We didn’t play with the same edge we played with last week. We were not the same team from seven days ago.
We practiced well all week. We did what we needed to do. We prepared. We worked extremely hard. We had the same practice enthusiasm we have always had. We just didn’t get the job done. No, we did not.
Nowhere in my previous two paragraphs did I use the words, “I”, “me” or “you.” We lost this game as a team. It was a WE effort.
We must collectively gather as a unit and regroup. We must understand that we will face many challenges this season and we will overcome them together. We will do this as a team. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We will battle and overcome as a team. We are a team. We will always be a team.
Things don’t always go your way. But life certainly doesn’t always go your way either. We can overcome a football loss on Friday. This will help prepare us for life. We must continue on and learn from our failures. Overcoming failures is a necessity in life. Learning comes from failure. That’s how it goes.
We play Thursday night. We will be ready. That’s all there is. We will regroup and we will march on as a team. We are in it together. We will bounce back together.
Football is about we and team. You cannot have a team without a “we” concept. We know who we are and we know where we want to be.
We will be back. That’s a promise from us.
We will FIO.
by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach