9th Grade Jackets. "It's been a pleasure to work with you this year," began coach Will Hickson. "We don't make the decisions as to who goes up (to the varsity squad). The varsity coaches have been watching you all year. It's not about you. It depends on the position and the depth chart. If you all will stay together, work out, keep your grades up - you can be the team that wins the state championship. Some of you will play varsity next year. There will be lots of spots to be filled.
"Forget the individual stuff for right now. I appreciate each of you and I want to see you play for the state championship. No matter where you play, I will always be your coach. Call me if you need some help. I do what I do for you, not for the money."
At the half. "The offense needs to take care of the football," began Hickson. "You need to be more physical. Great pass play. You looked off the receiver and made a good play. Offensive line is playing great. Defense is playing great. We have to be able to run between the tackles. Hold on to the football and continue to play with the same intensity."
Before heading out to start the second half, coaches challenged them to get rid of the "me" problems. "Fix the me problem."
At the end. After a hard-fought 8-6 win, Hickson congratulated them on a great win. "Defense, great job. It was a defensive war. Offense, you did enough to get a win. You've had a great season, but the most important thing is to get your grades and behave."
Quick hitters. With the game over and the team meeting on the 45-yard line, the players drowned Hickson with one of the water containers