It was not the way CCS wanted to end what was, in many ways, a magical season. But the Warriors still put together a season that they can certainly hang their proverbial hats on. To even be in the position to compete for a playoff spot is more than many expected and this team beat the odds to secure the school’s first non-losing season since 2010. Horton said he could not be more proud of his football team.
“Here’s a team that was picked to go 0-3 in district and really not even challenge anybody. We were an afterthought to some of these schools. We made teams show up to beat us. They don’t quit. I love that about them. There have been many games this season when it would have been easy to quit. But it’s not in them.”
Senior Sammy Brazeal echoed his coaches pride in what the Warriors accomplished.
“I’m extremely proud of these guys,” he said in the locker room, his right arm resting on his leg from a shoulder injury suffered during the game. “These guys picked me up through the whole season.”
In his final game, Sammy caught a few long passes from his cousin Isaiah, one of which went for a 35-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter. Isaiah said he wouldn’t have wanted to finish his career any other way than playing with his cousin.
“It reminded me of Thanksgiving honestly,” he joked. “It’s the same stuff we’ve been doing since we were eight years old in our grandma’s backyard.”
Isaiah added how much it meant to finish with a .500 record after coming back from an ACL tear in last year’s 1-9 campaign.
“I didn’t think I was going to be worth much,” he said. “Honestly, I’m just happy to be here with the same guys I started playing junior high ball with. This was one heck of a season. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”