We keep rolling along with our football previews and today it's all about a team trying to snap a five year playoff drought and with a ton of returning talent. The guys at Martin think they have what it takes in 2018.
The last time the Tigers made the playoffs was 2013, meaning this year’s crop of seniors were but seventh graders that year. Many thought last year might have been the one where Martin finally broke through but a series of close losses doomed their postseason hopes, a mistake they don't plan on repeating.
"Looking at last year, there were a lot of games that we could have won, it just comes down to the little things that we've been working on in the summer and through the offseason." (Mathew Duron, Martin QB)
"We're our number one enemy, it's just a matter of going out there and taking care of what we can take care of, work hard, take care of the football, limit penalties and we're going to win a good amount of football games this year." (David Charles, Martin Head Coach)
A big reason for the optimism is the big number of returning players on both sides of the ball, but maybe none more so than on the offensive line. For a team that likes to run the ball so much, having experience in those positions is vital.
"I can really trust them. They do what they have to, I do what I have to. A little mistake, it's ok, next play let's go." (Daniel Martinez, Martin Running Back)
"We're real excited with the potential we have there, it's just a matter of working. We set our expectations really high and they have been taking it pretty good in working to reach those goals." (Charles)
Making the playoffs won't come easy as the Tigers find themselves in a brand new district facing off with teams like CC Winn along with San Antonio squads Harlandale and Southwest. While some teams might dread those long bus rides, the Tigers embrace the opportunity.
"It's actually quite fun getting out of Laredo, playing against other people, seeing what kind of talent there is up north and just knowing we can play with those people makes us feel good about ourselves." (Duron)
While many across South Texas might not think much of Laredo’s oldest high school, the Tigers are ready to prove their doubters wrong.
"I believe in this team. I believe we can do so many, so much more than they think we can." (Martinez)
"Playoffs, going deep and winning district. That's something that we've been preaching and something we know we're capable of, we just have to prove it and show out." (Duron)