30 in 15: McCamey’s mighty Badgers hunt for another division title

MCCAMEY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – Home of the mighty Badgers, McCamey High had a stellar season last year, winning its district.

Even with the incredible 5-0 result in the district, the Badgers should now finish second, behind Wink’s Wildcats. But for head coach Michael Woodard and company, the mentality hasn’t changed.

“It’s the same mentality as us, we’ve always worked hard, worked hard and loved, you know, we’re going to work, get out of the condition, that’s the foundation of who we are. When you play football d ‘a small town 2A West Texas, the game winner isn’t always the most talented, it’s not always the best game It’s the one who can go to the fourth quarter and we are determined to be the team who has the most energy and the legs to win the fourth quarter.

Focusing on this season, the Badgers said supporting each other was key to their continued success.

“That’s the big thing that we have to do, help each other, motivate each other, say to each other, we have to do this, we have to do that,” said senior left guard and left defensive tackle John Silva.

At the same time, they also focused on staying healthy and working hard to ensure they can stay injury-free all season.

Junior defensive end and left tackle Xavier Vazquez said, “Stay healthy. We have our star players and our squad that we need to stay healthy. So staying healthy is good for us.

Vazquez has also said in the past that the fighting and driving wasn’t as strong until this season.

“I was still a little scared to play with bigger guys. But this year I feel like I’ve adopted this attitude, I have to go and punch someone in the mouth or they’re going to punch me,” he added.

Right now, Coach Woodard is heavily focused on trying to get his offensive line back to where it was last season, after losing several key seniors.

“We’ve lost some really good offensive linemen and there and we’ve had kids who had to fill those shoes and they’re doing a great job of learning so far. Of course, they’re not where those guys were. But I see that in the future, if they keep working like they are doing now, they will get there,” Woodard said.

For Woodard, all he can say is that he hopes the Permian Basin can see the potential in these young athletes.

“I hope the Permian Basin pays attention to McCamey, not because I promise you we’re going to win games because these kids work hard and they’re something the Permian Basin should be proud of.”

McCamey kicks off his 2022 season against longtime rival Crane on Friday, August 26.


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