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Head coach Brian Gandy looks to bring life into Huntington football program

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

Huntington's new head football coach Brian Gandy is on a mission- to energize and bring some life into their football program.

It seems to be working. Although Huntington lost their first game of the season, it was one of their best openings yet. The Red Devils lost by just one touchdown to a respected Westwood team.

Huntington even had the 14-7 lead at half and a 1-point lead with a little over seven minutes left in the game. This was before Westwood got their last touchdown of the night in the closing minutes of the game.

Gandy has really harped on no lulling around at practice and the games, keeping his team moving at a high tempo, and focused on instilling confidence within his team.

“We're just taking baby steps right now. We’re trying to get over the hump, get over the losing that's been going on in the past, and trying to move forward with that,” said Gandy. “We got a good group. They're doing everything I ask right now and it showed Friday even though we lost by a touchdown. We're moving forward and moving in the right direction. I'm expecting great things from these kids.”

“He's bringing a lot of energy. He’s enthusiastic and very hands on with us,” said senior Jeremiah Robertson. “He’s straight to the point. He's truthful, honest, and that's what we need in Huntington right now.”

Overturning a program doesn’t happen overnight, but Huntington will have another opportunity to improve this Friday night when they host Hardin at 7:30 p.m.

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