Game of the Week: Walker Valley looking at bigger picture despite winless record
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tn. - Every football team faces its own set of challenges throughout the season. But for the past two, Walker Valley has struggled with one vital component to success.
"The mentality of the team has been kind of rough. Ya know, going on 0-6, hoping to come out 1-6. We've had a lot of adversity strike us and stuff and we're just trying to come together as a family, as a team, to overcome that," junior defensive lineman, Mikey Humphres, said.
It can be easy to get discouraged when you're winless, sure. Not want to show up, understandable. But not these mustangs.
"When you deal with adversity and deal with rough things, you can do one of two things. You can split apart and start pointing fingers, or you can rally together. I feel like the guys we have right now are rallying together and starting to understand the importance of that," head coach Glen Ryan, said.
One thing Walker Valley does have in their corner is youth. And those young guys are getting much needed experience that is invaluable at the high school level.
"I think they're finally starting to figure out what it means to be a family and a team and stuff. So, I think they're responding to it better than I would have, honestly," Humphres said.
Since the start of 2017, Walker Valley has a combined, 1-15 record. That one coming against the team they'll line up against Friday night. Would it be nice to get a win, of course it would. But they're not going to let it distract them from the bigger picture.
"We've got to get better each rep. We've got to get better each day. We've got to get better each play. As long as we take that attitude and keep working with it, you know, we feel some good things are in store for the future," Ryan said.