Big Turn-around For Tyler Team

Not too many teams experience such a dramatic turnaround as the T.K. Gorman football team did this year. After just one win last season, the Crusaders are now 5-3 this year, and more importantly, staring down a possible district title. They know they are already playoff bound, but a win at Plano Prestonwood Friday would put them alone atop the heap of Tapps Division III, District 2.  What's different from a year ago?  Transfers, graduation and injuries forced head coach John Nasche to start 7 freshman and sophomores. This year, they're a year older, more experienced, and more confidant.

"These kids know that every game means something," says Nasche. "A year ago it wasn't that way. We were the underdogs, we knew it going in we were probably going to lose. This year it's not like that. The optimism is high, the kids are playing hard, and it has raised the expectations and the level of excitement."

"This is great knowing we've turned it around," said senior offensive/defensive lineman Tony Arisco. "It's our first chance at a district title in about three years, and having those kids that were young playing last year really helped because they've been through it all and they know how it is in varsity ball, because now they're all experienced and they can keep up with it."

Since it's a five team district, Friday is Prestonwood's final district game. They have a bye next week. So, if Gorman wins, Prestonwood finishes 3-1. The Crusaders, then at 3-0, will need to win again next week against 2-1 Canyon Creek to clinch the district title.

Kevin Berns reporting.