WALL, Texas — The Wall Hawks football team has been waiting since December of last year to get back to action. On Monday, coaches and players hit the field for the first practice of the 2022 season.
Last season was a tough one for the team who went 5-5, marking their first non-winning season since 2008. However, going into this season head coach Houston Guy believes they have what it takes to keep their winning spirit alive.
"I think our kids understand what the expectations are in this community. I think they understand the chance that they have this season you know, with being as young as they were last year. I think that maybe the shoe will be on the other foot this year with the maturity that we have on our team," Guy said.
With many players returning for the Hawks, depth will be a key advantage as the season goes along.
Landon Melton, senior right guard, says heading into this season there's one word to describe the team: passion.
"We really like what we do and we're really energetic. I want to try and make it as far as we can in the playoffs, farther than what we did in the past few years and just try to do our best," Melton said.
With only days left until kickoff, senior left guard Nolan Laminack believes there is still improvement to be made within the team.
"I think we need to play and do better in practice, we didn't have as great of a practice as we'd like to last year. We have a great coaching staff and need to listen to them. We got to just stay amped up no matter what happens and have a positive attitude," Laminack said.
The Wall Hawks will kick off their season on August 26 in a non-district game against Eastland.