MONAHANS, Texas – A quick look at the Loboes’ record last year would undersell how close they came to making the postseason. Despite just two wins, Monahans wasn’t eliminated from contention until the final game. The team has tried to take some important lessons away from that experience.
“That we can overcome anything and we just have to do it together,” said junior Leonard Davis. “We can’t bring anyone else down. We can’t bring each other down.
In year two under head coach Fred Staugh, the Loboes are much further along with their understanding of their offensive scheme. After years of running out of the Wing-T formation, Monahans converted to a spread system last season.
“In the beginning of last year, it was pretty hard to run the offense,” said junior Tre Gomez. “This year is got easier. Last year, as the year progressed it got easier.”
Helping matters with the passing attack is the return of the team’s starting quarterback Bond Heflin. As a junior, the Monahans QB accounted for 19 touchdowns.
“Second year in the system, he’s a lot more comfortable,” head coach Fred Staugh said of Heflin. “He knows where everybody’s going to be on any given play. If a play breaks down, instead of just not knowing or going into panic mode, now he knows where everybody is.”
Beyond schematics, Staugh has placed an emphasis on the program’s culture which he hopes can pay off with a return to the playoffs.
“I really hope the takeaway there is how much it takes to win,” said Staugh. “Every kid in the state of Texas who plays football wants to win. We’re going to have to give everything we have mentally and physically to get where we want to be.”