By Alexandra Gutierrez | Photo By JayJay Gonzalez
The band, dancers, and fans have gone home. The support that normally floods the stands isn’t there. But the rain’s effects didn’t keep the Mavs from scoring big points and making a statement entering district.
On Sept. 28 varsity began district against Churchill and rained on their homecoming. On Oct. 5, the Roosevelt Rough Riders were on the other side of the line and boarded their bus to homecoming with a 21 point loss.
“We do what we do,” senior wide receiver Dannon Cavil said. “We had to bounce back off the tough loss against Smithson Valley.”
Before pre-district the Mavs were being a bit flashy but most words were silenced after a hard opening loss against Steele. The team is still overcoming some unsportsmanlike conduct and is trying to stay humble through plays. The boys are putting their big wins behind them and concentrating on the games they have to come.
Last season, the team fell short against Reagan, but this season a lot is riding on the game and they are prepared to take it one half at a time.
“We have to stay positive and not let up,” junior wide receiver Byron Daniels said. “Like coach says, we can’t let off the gas pedal and [we have to] keep playing how we’ve been playing.”
Cavil believes everyone should look at this game as a district championship because the end tally could reflect how well they do in playoffs.
“Reagan’s a good team,” he said. “We had a tough loss against them last year but good, bad or ugly, we’re going to come out with a W.”
The Mavs will be playing Reagan at the Pink Out game on Oct. 13 at Heroes Stadium at 7 p.m.
“There’s a lot on the line,” McAllister said. “Not to undermine the other teams, but this is one of the better teams we’re going to play. This is huge for us.”