SPORTS ADDICT: Warriors streaking at the right time as playoffs, Arlington Bowie loom around corner…

by dentonramsey

SPORTS ADDICT: Warriors streaking at the right time as playoffs, Arlington Bowie loom around corner…

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

The South Grand Prairie Warriors are now on a six-game win-streak.

And there’s no better time to be streaking.

Many times, playoff bound teams are judged by how well they perform at the end of the regular season.

Why else do you think no other major league baseball team wanted to face the Houston Astros in October?

However, I digress.

We’re here to talk about football.

And the Warriors know how to play the game – on both ends of the field.

Head Coach David Fisher’s young team appears to be anything but young, as every player on the team has grown with experience through this unfinished season.

Game after game, adversity after adversity, the Warriors have prevailed.

Outside of their one lone loss to highly touted Euless Trinity, the Warriors are undefeated.

And even in that lone loss, I believe the Warriors matched up evenly with their opponent from down the road in Euless.

Granted, we lost that game to Trinity.

No doubt about it.

But we kept the game close to the bitter end.

We made some incredible plays despite being slaughtered according to the scoreboard.

We battled back to make a game of it, scoring twice in a matter of seconds before recovering an onside kick due to remarkable special teams.

And don’t think for one second that that’s a coincidence.

Fisher’s young men practice the skills they show on the field of play every Friday night.

The Warriors coaching staff hones in on individual talents to bring out the best in that player as well as the team as a whole.

The senior leaders on the Warriors have done their jobs as well, taking the younger guys under their wings en route to a 9-1 regular season finish.

And then, of course, the younger guys have been more than ready when called upon.

One prime example would have to be Matthew Maldonado and his remarkable run at the helm.

Maldonado took over for SGP starting quarterback Denzel Dewberry after he went down awkwardly in the second quarter against Irving Nimitz in the Warriors final home game.

And very quickly, Maldonado made his presence known – scoring on a quarterback keeper after entering the game for the injured Dewberry.

Then, just last week in the team’s regular season finale, Maldonado got the nod as the team’s starter.

The coaching staff, holding out Dewberry for precautionary reasons, wanted to see how Maldonado would do in his first true start.

And from the get-go, he looked great.

But as we all know by now, Maldonado’s first true start was halted midway through the ball game when he was sacked in the backfield.

Maldonado was then carried off the field, ending his first true start with a season-ending ankle injury.

Once again, though, these kids battled back and won.

Once again, the Warriors found a way to get it done.

Fisher and the coaching staff opted to sub-in junior varsity sophomore Sedric Bates on the Warriors ensuing drive.

And once again, the young guns came to the rescue.

Bates helped propel the Warriors to a regular season finale victory over Dallas Jesuit last Friday night in a 35-14 SGP win.

And the Warriors are aiming to do more come Friday night, Nov. 17 at Mansfield’s new stadium when they face-off against Arlington Bowie in the Bi-District round of the playoffs.

One thing is for certain: the Warriors are for real.

Last year, in the Bi-District round of postseason play, Dewberry lead the Warriors to an overtime victory over Denton Ryan.

Dewberry, the team’s starting QB and senior leader, is a winner.

And that winning attitude has translated over to the rest of his team as well.

The Warriors are a team made up of winners.

Plain and simple, these guys find a way to win, game-in and game-out.

I don’t expect anything more come Friday night in Mansfield.

We all know that the SGP Warriors win a heck of a lot more than they lose.

And now Fisher’s young Warriors get the chance to prove they belong among the elite on the big-stage: the Texas High School 5A Football Playoffs.

The rules are simple: win – advance, lose – go home.

Come late Friday night, I’m betting we’ll be preparing to pack our bags for a round two appearance.

The only question is: who’s up next?

 

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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