Friday's homecoming matchup between the Wes-Del Warriors (2-5) and the Tindley Tigers (3-4) had a lot on the line, especially since the Warriors were trying to break a stretch of homecoming losses.
“[We] haven’t had a ton of homecoming victories in the past, so getting something like this is really special to these guys,” said head coach Matt Nuckols.
With all of the distractions that can potentially come with the event including parades and other festivities, the Warriors made sure to keep their minds focused on the game as they defeated the Tigers 35-14.
“We have this whole week build-up and we do all these activities,” senior Trey Adams said. “But you really got to focus on the football game at the end of the day, because that’s what it’s about.”
The head-to-head matchups between these two teams have been hard-fought in the past, and this one started no differently. Each team put up a score in the first quarter. For the Warriors, they were led by a strong rushing attack from sophomore Brock Nauman, but was quite the opposite for the Tigers who struck through the air on a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Deon Richmond
Throughout the game, Wes-Del would rely heavily on senior Trey Adams on the offensive side of the ball. He ended the night with 2 touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground.
“I expect that from myself every night,” Adams said. “I want to go out here and do my best and give the guys my best.”
Tonight was a night to remember for seniors Triton Blevins and Adams who combined for 5 touchdowns in the game.
The offense on the other sideline would struggle through most of the game, continuously putting themselves behind the 8-ball with penalties. The Warrior's defense was able to stifle Tindley’s offense for most of the game, forcing 3 turnovers and capitalizing on two of them with scores.
The win for the Warriors meant a lot not only to the players, but also to the community surrounding the team.
“I think everybody is coming together. We have the whole community on our side.” Nauman said. “It’s crazy how the community helps us.”
The energy surrounding the entire program is something to marvel at. Despite past woes in the program, there is a noticeable change in the culture and you can tell just from the energy of the players and coaches.
“The biggest thing is having guys that will buy into a culture that’s different than what we’ve had and buy into a system that’s different,” said Nuckols. “That’s what’s making things special, and what’s gonna turn things around.”
Wes-Del now looks towards senior night next week on Friday, Oct. 6 against Union County (0-7).