Mineral Wells Index
By TONY EIERDAM
The”second season” begins for the state-ranked No. 13 Strawn Greyhounds as they begin their quest for a state championship today in the first-round of the six man Division II playoffs.
The ‘Hounds will take on Bowie Gold-Burg at 7:30p.m. today at Bryson in the bi-district playoffs. The winner of the game will move on to the area round and face the winner of the Jayton/Vernon Northside contest.
Beginning this year, an appearance in the state championship game has added flavor as it will be held in Arlington at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium).
The ‘Hounds feel like they have unfinished business as the core of the team that fell in the state semifinals last year to eventual state champion Richland Springs returns, including offensive standouts Harrison Nowak, Ross Alison and Coletyn King.
Strawn (8-2) roared through district play, sweeping the competition with a 3-0 mark and outscoring opponents 118-8 with one forfeit (officially a 2-0 win) included in the count.
Strawn is the highest ranked team (sixmanfootball.com) in Region III and could only face a higher-ranked team as late as the state semifinals.
A rematch with Richland Springs (No. 30) could only occur in the state semifinal game. The only higher seeds in the Division II playoffs are No. 9 Jonesboro (Region IV and possible opponent in semifinals) and No. 3 Follett (Region I). Strawn could only face Follett in the state championship game.
Greyhounds head coach Dewaine Lee said he and his players are not looking ahead to anything but the next game.
“We have said all year that we just want to improve week to week, and we have,” he said.”Ross, Harrison and Coletyn have gotten better each week, but honestly, so has everyone on the team.
“We also are not looking at any rematch games from last year or anything like that. If we continue to improve each week the rest will take its course.”
The Greyhounds are facing a Gold-Burg team that got beat 68-22 by Lingleville. Consider Lingeville fell to Gordon, 60-12, and the ‘Hounds beat Gordon, 75-30.
But despite the fact the ‘Hounds are facing a 3-7 team, Lee said if Strawn doesn’t take care of a few subtleties they might be facing a harder game then fans and media expect.
“No question, on offense we must take care of the football,” he said.”We also must play sound defense.
“We have improved each week defensively and need to continue that in the playoffs.”