The Turnaround: Shallowater Wrap

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by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Well, the Westerners pulled one off on Friday night with a 28-25 win over Shallowater.

This was a complete team effort, with major contributions coming from each phase of the game.  It was the first complete game that we have played all year, despite playing behind for almost the entire game.

It was an outstanding way to end a pretty unique week for the Westerners.  The only thing I was doing last week was venting and defending my players and coaches.  I had no idea this blog was going to take off like it did,  but I’m glad it did.  It gave our guys a voice.  We have gained support from all corners of the United States.

Our kids gained some respect last week.  That’s all I ever want for them.  They work hard.  They are all effort.  That deserves respect.  There is a lot more respect in great work ethic than there is in a few wins.

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Strunky’s daughter Kennedy celebrates Shallowater win with Westerners’ QB Kwami Wilborn.

Thankfully, our kids earned some respect last week and earned a victory in the process.  That makes me smile.

Proud Moment

Before the game I was standing behind my team, as they were waiting to take the field. The National Anthem was played while we stood there.  What I observed was awesome!

My team had their helmets in their left hand.  Right hand was on the heart.  That is our normal routine. However, on this night, they sang along to the National Anthem.

I just stood back there and smiled.

Do I need to say anything else about this?

A new week begins.  It is a bye week, but nonetheless the Westerners will be out there working.

More to come this week.


About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.