Friday night lights

Eagles beat Chapel Hill and look for another win

The varsity football team will play their second game of the season September 5 against the Carthage bulldogs, at Carthage. Last Friday, the team got the winning touchdown against Chapel Hill in the last quarter of the game, resulting in a final score of 21-17.

“This was a great win for our confidence,” head football coach Mike Meador said. “We will build on that and continue to improve.”

Carthage won the D1 3A state championship last year, and their team has not lost a home game since September 2012. Despite this, the boys are keeping a positive attitude.

“I just think we need to work hard and execute what we know in this next game,” senior Aaron Jackson said. “We’re out to shock some people this season.”

Friday night’s game was the first game of what will be a tough season for the boys. Lindale is in a new district this year that includes Jacksonville, Whitehouse, Lufkin, Corsicana, Nacogdoches, John Tyler and Ennis.

“We all know it’s going to be a hard district,” senior Justin Willis said. “We hear people talking about how we’re going to get destroyed, but we don’t listen to them because we’re a team and we can always lean on each other when it gets tough.”

Even though Lindale is said to be the underdog in the district, the boys are using that as motivation to do well this year.

“I feel great about this upcoming season, especially after Friday night’s win,” sophomore Matt Coley said. “We have a lot of determination to win this year.”

The support from the students, including the band, drill team, cheerleaders, twirlers, and student section remains an important part of what happens on Friday nights.

“I don’t think the cheerleaders and the band kids get enough credit for how much they do and help us in the games,” junior Kam Neely said. “It seems that no matter the score of the game, they are always having a positive attitude, yelling and having a good time.”