DUMAS, TX (KFDA) - As the Dumas Demons prepare for the season, they'll be leaving it all on the field for one of their own.
"Life isn't all about football, but football is all about life and this is a very, very unfortunate situation but its just something that teaches our kids that life is going to happen," said head coach Aaron Dunnam. "We've got to control what we control after that and that's what we're doing right now."
Coach Antonio Murga was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer just before fall camp started but refuses to miss any time around his football family.
"Its just an inspiration. Without a doubt its inspirational to our staff, its inspirational to our kids . He met with our kids day one and talked about his situation and this is something that's out of our control. This is in god's hands now but we can control what we do from hear on out," said Dunnam. "I think when the kids see him out here they know there's no other place he'd rather be than out here coaching kids and it's very inspirational to all of us."
This year the team's motto means more than it has ever before.
"We are together and it's just saying that one of us might get hurt, but we're going to there for that guy always," says senior wide receiver Wyatt Lay.
Despite losing some key players last season, Coach Dunnam believes those holes can and will be filled.
"We're really excited about our football team this year, we do have some holes to fill. We lost the 3-5a offensive player of the year and lost the 3-5a defensive player of the year with our inside linebacker Paul Hernandez, explained Dunnam. "We've got some holes to fill but I do like where we're at. We have a really strong offensive line right now, we've got a very experienced receiver core with some seniors coming back. We've got some holes to fill on defense but i think we're up to the challenge."
The Demons main focus this season is remaining consistent.
"Consistency's the key. There isn't going to be a whole lot of change we're going to the same thing we've done on offense and the same thing we've done on defense. I think that's a big deal that we stay the same and keep our kids consistent and we just get back to work, "said Dunnam.
The Demons will open up their season on the road against Perryton.