QUANAH, TX (KAUZ) - We continue our look at District 7-2A Div. II with the Quanah Indians. They're coming off a disappointing year, but this year they come in with a new attitude and 14 seniors on the team. They expect that experience to really help them this year.
"It's a new season," said head coach David Fambrough. "It's a new team, we have a new look, we have a lot of new coaches. You know, there is a new sense of brotherhood out here. There is a lot of energy. It's a great time to be an Indian."
"We're just trying to change the attitude," said senior quarterback Matthew Day. "We didn't have a great attitude last year and right now our attitude is looking good. So we are trying to get the younger people hyped up about football and have the right attitude."
"Our attitude has just been so much better," said junior linebacker Ryan Alaniz. "Nothing is down around here anymore. Everything is hyped up, everyone is hyped, no one is ready to go home everyone is ready to stay longer and get more reps and be better than everyone else in state."
"We all have a new attitude here," said senior receiver and defensive back Tyler Fambrough. "We have a new motto as well: 'Whatever it Takes.' We are going to do whatever it takes to win this year and we really instituted this in our minds."
The biggest change for the Indians this year will be on defense. They have a new defensive coordinator and they expect to be much better on that side of the ball this season.
"I've got a new defensive coordinator, Coach Ray, coming in," said coach Fambrough. "He's doing a great job. We are excited, we are changing our defense so there is a little more learning on defense right now than it is on offense. They are picking it up quick. They are absolutely loving what he is bringing, and we are having a good time."
"We have a ton of defensive starters from last year that are coming back, and we have experience out the window," said Tyler Fambrough. "I mean we know what we are doing and we are going to do it fast this year. We are all strong and fast and we know what's coming and we are going to hit it hard."
On offense, the Indians expect to be explosive with tons of starters coming back, including the younger Fambrough. The coach's son missed most of last season with an injury.
"It was very difficult when I went down," he said. "It was very hard to accept that I wasn't going to be able to play, but my main goal was to try and contribute to the team as much as possible. And I was there on the sidelines, but it's great to be back out here contributing to the team and helping us get the W."
"We have Tyler Fambrough right now, and Danlee Duncan and Reason Fuqua," said Day. "They are some of our key players right now. And Jordon Wood, he's been doing some work too, and any time they get them the ball in their hands they are going to be dangerous, no matter where they are at."
At quarterback, Day is back looking for a full year at starter, but he will have to fight off some competition to win the starting job.
"He's grown a lot over the summer," said coach Fambrough. "Mentally and physically, he's doing a great job he's fighting for the position. We've got two or three guys that are kind of vying for that spot right now, and they all bring something different to the table. So it's a really interesting dynamic that we have going right now. All of them are working hard and supporting each other and trying to get the job."
The biggest storyline in the district title race is the new coaches. There are four new coaches coming into the district so Quanah knows they will have to be ready for anything.
"Our district is tough," coach Fambrough said. "It's got a lot of perennial powerhouses in it, and a bunch of kids that are going to be all trying to get the district championship. The big question mark is, there is a lot of new coaches. So as a coach that's been here, it's hard for me to know with all these new coaches coming in, until I see what they are going to be running and how they are going to run it. And regardless of what offense or defense they are running, they play hard and that's something we are going to talk real heavily on, is that it doesn't matter who graduated or who's back these are some teams that have pride and they have tradition and they are going to come out and play hard and we know it."
The Indians will open their season Friday, September 1st on the road at City View, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday night we'll continue in District 7-2A Div. II with the Petrolia Pirates.
2017 Quanah Indians Schedule
Sept. 1 at City View, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs Seymour, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Windthorst, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs Memphis, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs Shamrock, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 BYE
Oct. 13 at Petrolia, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 20 at Haskell, 7 p.m.*
Oct. 27 vs Archer City, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 3 at Electra, 7 p.m.*
Nov. 10 vs Munday, 7 p.m.*