TUSCOLA, Texas — When we here the word respect, most immediately spell the word out like Aretha Franklin did back in 1967. Close to 52 years later, the word has not lost its meaning and should be connected to this year's Jim Ned Indians football team. 

"From a football standpoint, it's kind of inherited," head football coach Matt Fanning explains, "I don't think it is something that drives us. We know who we are and what we want to do here. We don't hang too much on bulletin board material. We don't look for little things like that to motivate us. We got kids that work really hard and self-motivated to be successful.  And coaches that are like-minded. So we don’t spend that much time thinking about it. To be honest with you.” 

As much as the football team and coaching staff plays down the fact that this team is due for some respect, just look at the numbers. The Indians are 6-0 with four shutouts and have outscored their opponents this year by 216 points. 

Senior quarterback Dylan Martin is on fire during the first six games with 10 touchdowns
Senior quarterback Dylan Martin is on fire during the first six games with 10 touchdowns
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There is still a lot more work to be done for the Indians. With three teams tied for first in the District 3-3A, Fanning is keeping the team on track.

“Wall is kind of the next step. And being a part of this district, if you can make it out in the top one or two seeds coming out of this district then you’ve got a great shot and prepped to make a playoff run," Flanning explains, "You’re going to see playoff-type teams every week. That’s really tough sledding but it’s also something that benefits you down the road.“ 

These next four weeks will determine who in this district deserves 




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