“I’m looking forward to this game,” he said. “On paper, we should be the favorite, but they don’t play them on paper. We’re going to have to go in and do what we did against St. Jo again. I want to see the team that showed up for St. Jo, the team that’s showed up in fourth quarters late in this season, a team I really like. If we do that, we win. I really feel pretty strongly about that.”
Horton explained he and his team have split this season into four sub-seasons: a challenging first four games against mostly superior, measuring-stick opponents, a three-game stretch in the middle against either evenly-matched or under-matched teams, a tough district slate and then (hopefully) the playoffs. Horton said the immediate goal is to go 3-0 in this second leg while continuing to improve in two winnable games against Christian Life and Hill School.
“I’d like to go into district with a 4-3 record, that’s achievable for this ball club,” Horton said. “It’s getting pretty obvious where we’re successful and where we’re not. I’d like to work on both of them.”
The Warriors have established an identity as a physical running team that plays good defense up front. If they can ride their newfound confidence to three-straight wins and a 4-3 record to begin district play against Azle Christian on Oct. 18, CCS could set itself up for a memorable year, punching their ticket for that fourth season and perhaps beyond.