If you ask Duncanville High School Head Football Coach Reginald Samples how he feels about his team’s next opponent, chances are he’ll tell you it’s just another game and he does not get wrapped up in who is on the other side of the ball.
That was Samples’ response last week even when the opponent was Dallas Skyline, the powerhouse program he built from nothing to a team that took six straight district titles during his tenure.
Unlike some coaches who are reluctant to take on teams that might ruin a successful season, Samples said he liked the idea of a challenge.
“I wanted us to play some quality competition,” Samples said. “We can’t find out how good we are unless we play somebody that’s really good.”
The quality of Skyline’s 2016 team is still to be determined. They have a 0-3 record following Friday night’s game where the Panthers beat them 31-14.
Coach Samples is only in his second year as Duncanville’s head football coach, but already he is seeing more wins than losses. He said the key to any turnaround is convincing his players that if they work hard, good things will happen.
“I really believe the reason have we have had the success we have had is that the kids made probably the biggest commitment that I’ve seen since I’ve been here in Duncanville,” Samples said. “We had almost 100 percent attendance at summer work outs and the summer is really hard.”
It’s been since the early 2000s since Duncanville started the football season 3-0. The prospect of a winning team has renewed fans’ interest.
As for the rest of the season, Coach Samples uses the age-old philosophy of preparing for one game at a time. Up next is a bye week followed by the Irving High School Tigers.
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