After back-to-back state titles, the Borden County Coyotes finally met their match in the postseason.
BC fell to Garden City in the second round of the playoffs. The Bearkats 45’d the Coyotes in the fourth quarter to win it 60-14.
“You can sit here and candy-coat and you can make excuses, but the bottom line is they took us out behind the woodshed and just beat our old tails,” said Borden County head coach Trey Richey.
Throughout the 2018 season, the Coyotes were forced to deal with several key injuries. This upcoming campaign will present its own challenges.
“We don’t have near the size we’ve had in the past,” said senior Camden Edwards. “We’re a lot smaller, so we’ve got to get quicker and we’ve got to get stronger in this offseason.”
With that lack of size, Richey has placed a focus on the mental aspect of the game.
“I don’t care whether it’s six-man, 11-man, 8-man, 12-man – it’s still about blocking and tackling and leverage,” said the Coyotes coach.
Having won 11 straight district titles, the Coyotes know they’ll get no sympathy from their opponents.
“Having the target is also a pride thing and a privilege thing,” said Richey. “We’ve earned it. These kids have earned it – not me, not [assistant] coach [Bubba] Edwards, but the program – the kids. They’ve earned that target.”
While a deep playoff run is the ultimate goal, the first goal for Borden County is winning its 12th straight district title.
“It’d mean a lot, because coach always tells us there’s not a lot of programs out there that can win as many district titles as we have,” said senior Will Yarbro. “I’d be really proud of that.”