2-A-DAYS: Fairfield Eagles
Every team talks about wanting to have unbreakable chemistry during a football season, and some of the Fairfield Eagles proved that their bond isn't just being strengthened on the field.
After a scrimmage against Teague, some of the Eagles players not only hung out with one another the next day, but did so by helping another teammate move between houses.
"Eleven varsity players were over there helping," head coach John Bachtel said. "They just like being with each other. If we're helping move, if we're going to play Teague or Gatesville, whatever we're doing, if it's a volleyball game, they show up. They just like each other."
Fairfield's hopeful next destination is a district 8-4A Division II championship, which was won by the Lorena Leopards last season. The Eagles finished with the same record in district play (4-2) as Connally, but held the tiebreaker for second place over the Cadets.
"Getting first this year, we're going to have to play real fast, be real tough and be good with our techniques," senior Tyler Haynes said. "We're getting everything lined together and we'll be a good ball team."
Bachtel is leading Fairfield for the eighth time, and he's got plenty of reliable bodies up front, returning four starting offensive linemen. Everyone else on offense, however, will be first-time starters, including senior Justin Abram, who will be a starting quarterback for the first time.
"We have to play faster than we did last year, and that's what we're going to do," Abram said. "We're going to keep going hard in practice and not slack."
Fairfield begins the season with two road games -- at Rusk and Brownsboro.