We are a very close-knit team. On Wednesday nights, offense goes to one house and defense goes to another to have our own meetings, watch film and talk about strategy and the upcoming game. At the end, the coaches always (and players sometimes) get up and say what the game means to them and give us a lil' more motivation to win. We usually end up opening up to each other—sometimes things get emotional. On Thursday nights, the whole varsity defensive line and linebackers go out to eat and talk about everything besides football. During the games, we know that when we get in a tough situation, we can trust the guys next to us, and this is only possible because of how much time we spend with each other on and off the field.
Before each game, we have a pre-game meal. Our coaches don't care where we sit, so some of us decide to sit by unit, and others just sit with friends. We read the papers' predictions, which we love to do, because they don't know anything about football; and they always predict us to lose.
The day after we won the state championship, we had open gym to lift. It wasn't mandatory, but almost everyone showed up, because we knew we wanted another ring.
Overall, I think one of the reasons we are so successful is because everything we do is player-driven, and we all just have a lot of fun. Tied together with some great coaches and some big hearts, this helped us win a state championship.
— Danny Russell
Nease High School / St. Augustine, Fla.
Before a game, me and my girls listen to the crunkest music, and dance and rap. Then, we all go to the mall and chill for a minute. After that, we head back to the gym to get crunked again. We really don't celebrate our wins together [at night]. We wait until the next day at school, so everybody can have fun with us.
— Chasidy Williams
Saltillo High School / Saltillo, Miss.
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