WILDORADO, TX (KFDA) - This year's Wildorado Mustangs have already made history, as their high school's first football team.
"Last year they did play junior high 6-man football here, so for some of the boys, it's their second year of playing and for the sophomore boys its their first year to ever play 6-man football," said head coach Jack Graves. "We've got a lot of growing pains, but it's exciting, and these boys have been working extremely hard."
This team realizes that no matter how many wins they rack up this year, they're laying the foundation for something special.
"I've thought about coming back twenty years down the road and seeing our names on a banner for the first year of football and stuff like that," said sophomore Jake Kennedy.
"The first day we talked about it with these boys, I said 'One day when you come back as alumni ,and you see your picture on the wall, you are the first high school team Wildorado has ever had,'" said Coach Graves.
The community has already started to gain excitement for the Mustang's inaugural season.
"We've received tremendous support from the community so far. From our coaches, teachers, and people all around asking us if we're playing football, we tell them yes and they tell us they'll be there," said sophomore Benson McAlister.
As momentum builds, the Mustangs plan on building an electric atmosphere in Wildorado every Friday night.
"I know these sophomore boys are really, really excited. They had to sit out last year and watch the other guys play. I know the community is excited. It's their first time having high school football and we're actually going to have a couple of homes games," said Coach Graves. "So we start slowing getting the atmosphere of what Friday night lights will eventually be here."
Win, lose or draw, Coach Graves wants his players to graduate and leave his program prepared for the real world.
"The logo in the school which I like says, wisdom, integrity, strength and determination. If these young men can exhibit those characteristics beyond what they do on any field here, they can take this into life," said Coach Graves. "I want these guys to leave with the tool belt of life, lessons learned through sports and what it teaches them in high school."
The Mustangs will play most of their games on Thursday nights as they work toward building a football tradition at Wildorado.