Published On: Sat, Sep 18th, 2010

Bye Week Has Lions Focused

By: Orlando Greenwald

Since the start of football season, off days have been rare for the Olympics Heights football team. The Lions had their first evening off this Friday, and it fortuitously fell before one of the most important games of the year. They will travel to Broward County next week to take on their fierce district rivals, Hallandale.

Junior defensive back, Damani Wallace, wasn’t sure what he would with his first Friday night off since the school year began.

“Well I don’t know. I think I might hang out with some friends and just be a ‘high schooler’,” said Wallace.

While a nice night of relaxation might be good for the team, they all agree that next weeks game won’t be effortless. It will be important to not let last week’s 56-0 blow out of Spanish River get to the team’s head.

To guard against complacency, the Lions have been hard at work all week preparing for Hallandale.

“They’re the real deal, ” said Tavon Jenkins when asked about Hallandale.

Starting quarterback Matt Kelly agrees with Jenkins’ sentiment and is glad for the extra preparation time. But, the young quarterback is still extremely sure of his team’s ability.

“[We] got a few extra days of practice to better prepare ourselves for Hallandale,” said Kelly, “But we are all pretty confident that we can win. We beat them last year and our team is better this year so I think we can do it again.”

The bravado comes from preparedness. The Olympic Heights’ coaching staff has been drilling Hallandale’s system into the team all week and, as a result, have an excited, focused football team.

They’re ready for a hard, hostile game in Broward County on Friday.

“I think we are going to beat them,” said Wallace, “It’s going to be a hard fought battle, but I think we’re going to come out with the win.”

Kickoff is at 7pm at Hallandale High School on September  24th.

Be there and cheer the Lions on!

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