With three weeks left to play one could say the Goose Creek Memorial football is entering a playoff dress rehearsal stage.
Standing at 2-2 in District 9-5A II play – and 3-4 overall – the Patriots are in the thick of the playoff race and a 7 p.m. tonight trip to Galena Park could make things even interesting if they escape with another win.
“We are approaching every game like it’s a playoff game,” GCM head coach Shannon Carter said. “The tone has been set and it started last week. Hopefully we continue to compete in high leverage games.”
Galena Park (2-5, 1-3) may not be a touted program, but it has pride and can administer a scare or ten if allowed to get going.
“We are trying to play our best game this season,” Carter said. “We have shown flashes of being a good team and being a team that hurts itself. Galena Park is going to fight. They are in desperate mode too. They have strong kids and some good players.
“I hope our desperation can match theirs. They have a good offensive line that is strong and big. If you aren’t playing disciplined, they can get out of the game on you.”
Last week, GCM routed Wisdom 61-3 and did so without lowering its level of play while maintaining discipline and execution.
“We played well, we played clean, everyone was executing and doing their job,” Carter said. “You just hope you can carry that momentum into practice the next week.”
Carter’s team has won three games this fall, as much as the previous three years combined. Regardless of who the wins came against, Carter believes progress is indeed being made.
“The kids are going out and giving it their all,” Carter said. “If they do that, you can live with the result.”