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Down but not out: still hope for football team’s recovery

Although this is a fairly new school, Leopard sports teams have had success from the start. Football is just one example. But after three consecutive post-season berths, some wonder whether this team can yield another long playoff run.

After suffering a disappointing defeat in the season opener, fans are already preparing themselves for an off year. To be fair though, they were playing an Argyle team that’s ranked No. 1 in Dallas Morning News SportsDay’s 3A rankings, and already has two seniors committed to Division 1 colleges for athletics.

For the Leopards, key players were missing on both sides of the ball; seniors Eddie Puskarich (kicker) and Nate O’Connor (left tackle on offensive and defensive tackle on defense) did not play for the entire game, while junior Nick LaSane (running back and linebacker) was injured in the first half and senior Trey Carson (wide receiver, running back, and safety) is now out for the season after tearing ligaments in his shoulder during the opening game.

With only 3 starters returning on offense, the unit is predominantly comprised of juniors such as Zach Saffle, Cullon Greene, Nick LaSane, Austin Turnbow, and Drew Scolaro. While the team did show areas that need improvement, there were several encouraging signs.

Starting his first game at quarterback, Saffle did remarkably well. Hitting on 11 completions in 15 attempts with no interceptions, he also had 21 carries for 67 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Greene, a transfer from Allen, playing his first game in a Leopard uniform, and had a 47-yard carry. Junior kicker Matt Sims, substituting for Puskarich, scored on all three of his attempts, including a 43 yard field goal.

Unfortunately, these accomplishments were not enough for the Leopards to win. It’s only the first game of the season, and first games can be far from perfect. The team is young and inexperienced, and before everyone begins to over-analyze, scrutinize, and theorize, the players should be allowed to become comfortable playing together. Once they are playing like a cohesive unit, we can see where their potential lies.

Another thing to remember, injuries can dictate the path of a team’s season. The key to success is to have all players healthy. So far, the Leopards are not off to a good start. Losing a captain, Carson, for the rest of the season is not the only problem they have to deal with, seeing as O’Conner will most likely be out until district play starts. Those are two experienced seniors the Leopards need out of the field.

So before you start mentally preparing yourself for a losing season, wait a few more games and let the players work out the kinks Argyle exposed. The talent of the team may not be near the level it’s been previously, but the team still has time to figure out how to combine all their individual strengths into a cohesive, confident team. Let’s just wait a few weeks before we evaluate.

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Initially, the legendary snack cabinet and promise of courtside Mavericks tickets lured Senior Samantha Wendt to the newspaper class. Wendt enjoys experimenting with dessert recipes, and sometimes spends upwards of 6 hours making a decadent dessert. Even more than food, Wendt worships the Dallas Mavericks. She idolizes NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, and knows every single statistic and happening within the Mavericks organization. In the 1st grade Wendt alternated between studying the biographies of the first 42 US Presidents and learning Russian. In 4th grade, she progressed to mapping out the rest of her life; she decided to travel to every single country in the world for a year after college, become a spy for the President, take a bullet in the leg for the President which would led to her subsequent two-term election, and become a college professor until she dies. Now, Wendt has made her life plan more achievable, and aspires to join the FBI.

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