The Red Ledger

Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






After a turnaround 2017 campaign that saw the football team overcome a 0-5 start by winning the final five games of the regular season to clinch a playoff berth, the Leopards will square off against the Heritage Coyotes on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in the Tom Landry Classic.

“It’s really cool to get to play at a big time atmosphere against a quality opponent,” head coach Todd Ford said. “We get to go out there and show who we are for week one.”

Senior quarterback Carson Collins expressed excitement and confidence heading into the first game of the season.

“I feel like we are all super excited for the game this week,” Collins said. “We have a great team of players who all believe that we will win this game. I do not think anyone is nervous about it. We have prepared, and we are confident.”

Even amid the excitement that is prominent for every player, coach, and fan, Ford supported the idea of not allowing the magnitude of the first game to be a distraction.

“First games are typically lost rather than won,” Ford said. “The team that plays the cleanest and makes the fewest mistakes is going to have a significant chance to win because it’s the first game of the year.”

The Leopards are not familiar with Heritage (4-6 last season), and the Coyotes will begin their season under a new coaching staff, though Ford noted that the Leopards have seen film of Heritage’s scrimmage against Celina.

Senior defensive back Chase Coronado said he learned from studying the film, but it is more important that the Leopard defense sticks to its gameplan.

“Their [quarterback] has an arm, so we will adjust according to that,” Coronado said. “We plan on just playing our game and sticking to it.”

Although new players will have to fill vacancies left by last year’s seniors on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, Ford said he has high expectations for this year’s group.

“You’ll see a very similar look from us offensively and defensively, and that’s very exciting for us,” Ford said. “We’re further along in our program, and now our kids are allowing us to coach them to a higher level.”

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Benjamin Nopper, Section Editor

After a successful inaugural year on staff, junior Benjamin Nopper is delighted to return to The Red Ledger for his second year as a contributor. Although...

Leave a Comment

The Red Ledger values the opinion of its readers and encourages them to discuss its content. All comments are subject to approval by The Red Ledger staff. The Red Ledger does not allow anonymous comments and requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. Comments are reviewed as often as possible. Comments with inappropriate content will not be published. Once submitted, comments become the property of The Red Ledger. To see our full Comment Policy, visit https://www.theredledger.net/about-us/policies/

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    TRL Super Bowl predictions

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Pick Six: Let the bowls begin

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Girls basketball to host Home School Athletics Association

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Pick Six: Five NFL games

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Pick Six: Back from the bye week

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Football to challenge Aledo in area championship

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Volleyball finishes second in state after falling to Kingwood Park in finals

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Featured Sports

    One down, one to go

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Football to visit Kaufman for first round of playoffs

  • Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic

    Fall

    Volleyball to face rival Dripping Springs in state semifinal

Navigate Right
The online student news source of Lovejoy High School
Football to kick off 2018 season in Tom Landry Classic