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Football Season has arrived

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By Rodney White

It’s that time of year, when a young man’s fancy turns to “football.”  This is the time of year that almost every male looks forward to – the brisk chill in the air; the sound of helmets crashing into each other; and the whistle of a coach, calling the end to a play or suggesting that you better start running.  Now that the final scrimmage is behind the Wolves, the season can begin in earnest.  

Coach Young conducted his annual visit with the Rotary Club and said that one of the goals of the team this year is to accomplish something that has never been done before in Dalhart.  That would be to be able to say on November 6, 2009, that the Golden Wolves have made the playoffs for the 4th consecutive year.  Is this an impossible task?  

The Wolves return six starters from last years’ playoff team and it is a very talented crew led by a returning quarterback that matured a lot last year.  Noah Jesko will try to open things up this year as a junior, and Coach Reed and Coach Young are going to pass the ball more than the usual Dalhart squads.  I’m sure Coach Sherwood will probably be having nightmares up in heaven, because this is not A right 234 on set, one of about six plays that Coach Sherwood would use over and over again.  Add to the quarterback some great returning receivers like Harper Scofield and running backs like Devonte Burks, and the season looks promising. Combine all of that to the new kicking weapon from South Africa that the Wolves have and they should be able to score from almost anywhere. 

This success doesn’t just happen.  There has been a lot of hard work put in during the off season, and Coach Young and his staff have been in place for four years now.  That stability and dedication by a staff of men, and the influx of several new young coaches with lots of enthusiasm, could be just what the community of Dalhart is looking for.  Coach Young is looking forward to the start of school, so he will know exactly how many young men will be involved in practice.  Right now, Coach Young expects to have 37 players on the Varsity, 25 JV players, 25 ninth grade players, 55 eighth grade players, and 65 seventh grade players. 

Can the Wolves compete with the much larger schools in our district.  Only time will tell. But, as for me, I think that Coach Young can provide the leadership to make the dream come true.  I know that I am ready.  The first game will be Friday night at Sanford Fritch 7:30 p.m.  Be there to be a part of something special.

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