Nocona Indians Looking to Grow Up Fast

The Nocona Indians have had a successful run of playoff appearances, making it to the postseason the last three straight years.  
Now this year's Indians will be a younger group, made up players in new roles.

But they say the goal is still the same: the seniors want to finish their high school careers never having missed the playoffs.  
"We don't want to be the team to not make it," said senior Kyle Sentell. "We want to be the team to be in the playoffs all four years of our high school."

"I think we have the heart and we want to," fellow senior Ryder Nobile said. "We don't want to disappoint people, so were going to get there."

One of the positions Nocona will have to replace is their quarterback. Christian Ibarra will step in to fill those shoes, and even though he will be a first-year starter on varsity, his chemistry with the offense dates back a good ways.

"We've been playing since pee-wees and midgets," Ibarra said. "And I know their speed. We have a really good connection, we've been together for a long time and we're just ready to go. It's good to have that."

"We have been playing since we were real little,"
added Sentell, who plays receiver on offense. "And it's nice to know that if I'm running a fade, I know exactly when the ball is going to be there and the timing. All of it's down perfect."

Nocona will be younger and smaller up front, but they will look to use the advantages they do have. A big part of that is the speed of their smaller team.

"We're a lot quicker this year than we have been," Ibarra said. "We're smaller, but we're quicker. It helps a lot. We'll be able to wrap, pull, do a lot of stuff. We can spread it out with our receivers; we have a bunch of returning wide receivers."

"That's all we've got to be, is quick on the line," Nobile said. "We're all small, so we've got to be quick on the line. We've got a few kids in the backfield [who are] quick, so I think we'll be better on the quickness level."

"We'll have to play a speed game this year," said head coach Brad Keck. "You know, our line's very small. So it's, get off the ball as fast as you can, get up on people as fast as you can."

The Indians will open their season on the road at Alvord on Friday, August 29th.

Nocona Indians 2014 Schedule

Aug. 29 at Alvord, 7:30
Sep. 5 at Muenster, 7:30
Sep. 12 vs Ponder, 7:30
Sep. 19 BYE
Sep. 26 vs Henrietta*, 7:30
Oct. 3 at Holliday*, 7:30
Oct. 10 vs Cisco*, 7:30
Oct. 17 vs City View*, 7:30
Oct. 24 at Millsap*, 7:30
Oct. 31 vs Eastland*, 7:30
Nov. 7 at Jacksboro*, 7:30

*District 2-3A Div. II game