HUNTINGTON, Texas (KTRE) - The Huntington Red Devils have their sights set on their second playoff appearance in 37 years.
Even though the Huntington ISD football team only went 3-7 last year, their 21-14 district win over Tarkington last year gave the school its first playoff appearance in the school’s history. That translates into 36 years without a playoff game.
After Head Coach Jim Kerbow accepted the AD job with Itasca ISD, Josh Colvert was promoted to head football coach in Huntington. Under Colvert, the team is looking to make it two years in a row with a playoff appearance.
“Making the playoffs and making history last year, all that has done is raid the expectation from the kids and staff,” Colvert said. "What we are really happy about is what we are building. It was a monumental event and a jumping off point.”
The team takes the practice field with a new intensity and outlok on the game. The past spring and summer was more fun for the players returning after last season.
“The community has always supported us and believed in us,” left tackle Andrew Culpepper said. "I think we as a program are changing. I think it only gets better from here.”
The leaders of the team said the summer program was more successful then ones in the past and they hope that translates to a better team on the field.
“I have been with the team all four years,” linebacker Chase Calhoun said. “We have a different mindset now that we can win. We are going harder than ever.”
The Red Devils only won one district game last year. Colvert was the offensive coordinator and felt that had their chances.
“We should have won one or two more games I think in district,” Colvert said. “We are wanting to take the next step. We want to play fast and aggressive. They are getting after it on the defensive side of the ball. I am pleased with the intensity and effort. Defense is going to be the strength of the team.”
Huntington will take the field on August 30 at home against Warren.