Preparing for Friday night Image and video hosting by TinyPic

By Nathan Reck and Andy Tabor
Assistant Sports Editor

Video by Andy Tabor, Blake Van Patten, and Payton Porter.

On Friday night the stands are filled with screaming fans and the team runs onto the field ready to play. It takes weeks of summer practices and off-season training to get to that point, where they are able to go out and execute though.

Each game requires a certain amount of individual attention as well, so that the team knows their opponent.

“After a game we look back at film and talk about areas where we did well and where we can improve,” Coppell head football coach Joe McBride said. “But once we are done analyzing a game we immediately turn our focus to our next opponent.”

So while the student body may talk about a big win on homecoming or against a big rival the team can’t dwell on a game that has already been played.

“We have to always be looking forward to the next game,” senior safety Nic Johnston said.

Throughout the week the team works on what they may have struggled with the prior week, but they also work on playing toward their upcoming opponents weaknesses.

“Throughout the week we have meetings, watch film and go thorough our normal practice schedule,” McBride said. “It really comes down to just putting in the long hours.”

While you often hear of many teams or star players having weird game day rituals and superstitions, the cowboys prepare in a pretty business like manner.

“None of the coaches really have any rituals, we just have a short meeting and meal,” McBride said.           

The same goes for the players.

“We have a time where everyone is quite and keeps to themselves and then we play some loud music to get everyone pumped up,” Johnston said.

So while they don’t have any crazy pre-game traditions or unusual preparation habits the Coppell varsity football team puts in long hours all week long to prepare for Friday night.