When Skyline’s team was preparing to play North Texas State on Sunday, the entire team and some of their parents, including coach Jason Leitch, sat in a conference room for about an hour and a half to discuss the program’s future.
Leitch said he and the rest of the coaching staff are “very proud” of what the Skylines did on Saturday, but it was a big step.
Leighty is also the coach of the team that is expected to compete for the state championship this season.
Leisurely hours in the school building at Skyline was part of what he was looking for, Leitch explained.
The Skylines also brought along a video camera for a game and a projector to put on the game so they could see what their opponent was doing, Leighty said.
Leish said his team came out of the meeting looking for a “big moment,” like a win.
“They were really excited to do it and we didn’t want them to take any risks or let any pressure put on them,” Leish told The Huffington Post.
“It was the right time for them to come out and get the victory.
I was really excited about it, but we weren’t ready to do that just yet.”
The team that defeated the North Texas team in the finals, which is one of the best in the country, is expected in March to compete in the NCAA tournament.
Leigh said the team was nervous after facing the North Dallas team that upset them in the semi-finals, but the team has become more relaxed in the past few weeks.
Leix’s team finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and advanced to the final on a last-second field goal by quarterback Alex McEachern in the final minute of regulation.
The win was the first time since 2013 that the Skyliners beat a team from a lower-division program.
The North Texas win is also a big boost for the team’s confidence, Leix said.
“We feel like we’re pretty confident now,” he said.
He said that despite the upset, they will be playing a much harder schedule in the next two months.
“Our goal is to be in a position where we get a good win every game and go back home and feel really good about ourselves,” Leix told the team.
“I’m really excited for them.”
Leitch and the Skyples, who won the league in 2014 and the state title in 2017, are looking forward to the season and the challenges ahead.
“This is an opportunity to be a part of a great program and a good program to be around,” Leitch told the players after the win.
Leilleys goal with the Skylets is to go undefeated in the regular-season and make the state tournament.
The team is hoping to win back-to-back state titles this season, but Leitch is confident that it will take time.
“That’s not going to be easy,” he added.
“But the way I look at it, it’s not about how fast we can get to the next level, it is about getting to the level where we can compete at a level we haven’t been competitive at.”
Leix added that he and his staff have been preparing for the possibility that the team might not be competitive in the future.
“The challenge for us is that we have a long way to go before we’re ready to compete,” Leige said.