By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigers and Roosevelt Eagles had many challenges over the season to vie for a spot in playoffs.
Both advanced to Bi-District however, with Slaton playing Bushland and Roosevelt facing Spearman.
While both teams’ seasons ended in that first round, both coaches said there were a lot of memories they would take away from their seasons.
Slaton Head Coach Lawrence Johnson, in his first year as Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at SHS, said their theme this year, “Respond to Adversity,” took a new meaning.
“The season was full of great moments and memories but more adversity then we would have like to had,” he said. “(Thursday) night was a true testimony to our kids finishing! We could have easily waved the flag and cancelled the game due to kids being out and sub varsity guys having to step up and play. Our kids don’t have quit in them and wanted the outcome to be determined by playing the game.”
Roosevelt Head Coach Matt Landers said the season showed an improvement of the players over the year. “I’m very proud of our players and coaches this season. Last year the team went 3-8 and this year they went 8-3. (We had) Back to Back Playoff appearances since 1985-1986 (34 years),” he said. “So I am very proud of the way our kids played on and handled themselves on and off the field.”
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.