Speed and endurance are going to be on the side of the Apache Football team this season with new freshmen and returning sophomores.
These young athletes have been working for several weeks now trying to develop teamwork and a huge hunger to win. With every play, every push, and every run, they continue the TJC tradition of Football.
The coaches are working daily with their players to increase ability and install the best training young men can have for now and in the future.
These young men have been practicing since Aug.12. To kick off the start of the season the Apache football team played against Kansas. The results were impressive to players and the coaching staff.
“Number one to start off we did very well against Kansas. Kicking game was very sharp, which will be good this year. And I expect to make playoffs. It is one our goals,” Head Coach Danny Palmer said. “We take full responsibility for class attendance. We’re not all about talk. I expect us to be better than last year, and the players expect that also,” Palmer said.
“We’ve been working pretty hard on the field building our strengths,” said left guard Fonda White. “Every single workout, every single huddle is important the to team and coaches.”
To kick off their season was the scrimmage with Texas Lutheran.
“The Tyler Junior College Apache defeated Texas Lutheran, 41-0 Saturday in a football scrimmage,” Charles Smith, assistant director of Intercollegiate Athletics, posted on Aug. 24.
One of the main concerns on this team is its academics.
“We take full responsibility for class attendance. We’re not all about talk. I expect us to be better than last year, and the players expect that also,” Palmer said.
It is very important to the Apache Football team to also lead in academics. This team and coaches wants to achieve on and off the field.
“Number one, we have to be on time and do what’s right. We take responsibility for class attendance; we have an 11 p.m curfew. My saying is, ‘you don’t do things right some of the time, you do things right all the time,'” Palmer said.
With Academics being the number one objective, they will be the all around team that they are striving for thisseason.
They are prepared for all types of traps the opponent may try to make. With practices that produce anticipationand growth as a team the Apaches are ready for anything.
Sophomore full-back DavidBrown said, “we really prepared on offense. We will be cold this year.”
With the experience and guidance of coaches such as Palmer, Assistant Head Coach Ryan Mahon, Assistant Coach Jermaine Williams, Assistant Coach Patrick Gown and many more they are sure to enlighten the Apache football field.