photos by Tori Listoe
The Dripping Springs Tiger football team had a devastating loss against Foster High School ending their season. The Tigers put up a fight and left with a score of 51-28. Making it into the fourth round of playoffs for the Tigers was just history within itself.
“It didn’t matter if we were up or if we were down in a game,” Head Coach Galen Zimmerman said. “We were competing and never gave up.”
Even though the Tigers lost a game against district opponent Boerne-Champion, the Tigers never lost hope or had doubts and kept continuing to give it their all throughout the 2016 season.
“I really was proud of our kids and how they prepared themselves each day,” Zimmerman said. “It didn’t matter who they were playing, they never stopped competing.”
The players’ goal was to be 1-0 each week and to get better during practice, mentally and physically.
“I think it is a motivating factor,” Zimmerman said. “[The kids] can see what we have done and it does work.”
Football isn’t just about the game, being on the team has given some of the players opportunities to develop friendships and gain a sense of brotherhood with some of the other players.
“All in all, I’ll take away the brotherhood and friendships I gained through this season and the community support through it all,” senior defensive end Mckenly O’Neal said. “We have now set a standard for the guys who come after us.”
O’Neal plans to play football after high school at a Division 1 university and is planning on studying business.
“One of my goals that I accomplished this year was going to playoff with my team and getting all defensive district MVP,” O’Neal said.
Senior starting quarterback and Sam Houston State University baseball commit Reese Johnson is also proud of how he and the team finished out this football season.
“One of the goals that was accomplished this season is that we played in December,” Johnson said. “We’ve had that goal all year and it was awesome to accomplish it.”
The support from the community was significant. At every single football game, there was always an outpour of people that came to support their favorite high school football team.
“The biggest highlight of going to the playoffs was the support of the entire school and community,” Johnson said. “From this football season, I would take away that our whole team grew close together, and we all have brothers for life.”
Written by Jillian Shepperd