STANTON, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) — Many Buffaloes said last season sparked a lot of doubt as they finished 5-7, 0-4 overall in their division, finishing fourth. Now they’re back to prove they can fight and they belong; they believe in themselves and hope that this belief will spread soon.
After losing in the playoff round to Brady, head coach Cody Hogan and company are looking to move on and have no plans to look back.
“We’ve talked about it a bit, but the biggest point we’re telling the kids is that we need to take another step beyond this. So what happened next is not good enough anymore,” Coach Hogan pointed out.
Many players said that doubt had gone to their heads last year, but now they want to use it to their advantage and prove themselves in a tough division.
“We can definitely improve our mentality. Last year we had so many doubts, and I feel like that pushed us down a bit, but throughout the season we improved a bit, so I have the feel like we can improve more this year,” said senior offensive and defensive tackle Raphel. Rivera.
Senior running back Ryan Andler wants to leave his mark after sitting out last year waiting for his opportunity to present itself.
He finished the season with 32.9 yards per game and 2 touchdowns, so he said he was hungry for more and looking to fill a role his team lacked.
He plays both running back and defensive end, which he says only makes him want to help his team more.
“It just puts me in a position to help my team better. So I’m trying to do my best to condition myself for it,” an enthusiastic Andler said.
Facing a tough district with teams in the state’s top 25, including Abernathy, Idalou and Lubbock Roosevelt, the Buffaloes expect fierce competition from their rivals this season.
“I think it puts more fire and desire in us because as they are our rivals we just want to beat them more. We play better, we do everything we do harder to be able to beat them,” Andler added.
The Buffaloes have only one thing to say to those who do not believe in what they are about to do.
Rivera insisted: “They always doubt us. So hopefully this year we can prove them wrong. Don’t underestimate us.
“Buff nation… Let’s roll!” Andler said.
Although the Buffaloes know they face one of the deepest districts in West Texas this season, they are ready for the fight.