Q: This is the fifth state title for the Broncos and the 10th final in the last 21 years. How do you explain such consistency?
A: I really wish I knew the answer. I believe it has a lot to do with the ATTITUDE we have here. The community loves and supports their kids and athletes. Kids have a love affair with the high school players and they want to be like them. Each year, the graduating seniors leave some tremendous footsteps for the younger kids to follow.
I think another attitude is that of the coaching staff. They will not allow the kids to fail. That doesn’t mean we push these young men to win but this staff will not let these kids settle for anything but their very best. If they find the best that is inside them they are winners no matter the outcome of the season. Fortunately we have had our share of winning seasons as icing on the cake.
Q: Look back on the season if you could and tell me when you first realized you might have a team that would win the state championship?
A: We first realized these kids could win a championship at Boot Camp in August. They came in with an attitude of working hard and making an immediate impression. They were determined every day to not be denied their goal.
That was the way it was the last day we practiced on the football field as well. It never changed. I know every school and every team has the same goal year after year.
There was something special in the air those first couple of days at the Dude Ranch. It makes it hard on the coaches to do their very best so as not to let these young men down.
Q: What did you learn about South Summit the last time around that helped you this time?
A: What did we learn? We learned we had to stop the inside game and not give up the big play. We could bend but we could not break.
We went into the game Saturday wanting to see what they had changed and then we would adjust to what they did. It’s like a sparring match for us to see what adjustments need to be made and make it happen.
Q: Do you have a play, defensive or offensive, that defined the season for you?
A: For me personally it came against Durango when there was but a few seconds left on the clock before half time. I called a stupid trick play and it resulted in a touchdown for Durango.
It eventually cost these kids a victory. I vowed I would never put these kids in a situation like that again. These kids deserve better of me and I wanted to give them that. I always wanted to give them the opportunity to win on their terms not mine. It worked and THEY won the state championship not me.
Q: What is next year’s team looking like?
A: Next year will be determined by what these under classmen do in the off season. How willing are they to get into the weight room, how many hills they are willing to run, how many passes are they willing to throw and catch and how many hours of game film are they willing to watch?
If I were a betting person I would not bet against next years BRONCOS!
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