Seniors prove vital in weekly gridiron prep work
Preston Hopkins and Anthony Rosas are names that haven't been splashed in the headlines after MacArthur football games this season, however, they understand that they are role players whose most important job is to help the starters prepare for any scenario that might occur in upcoming games, like Friday's Class 5A semifinal against McAlester.
And, they take their jobs very seriously.
"These guys are classic role players," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "Preston is a good defensive end but on this team with several great defensive ends, he hasn't played as much as the others. And Anthony is a good athlete who has played corner for us. They are seniors and they could have quit at any time but they wanted to be part of this experience.
"They are both great in their roles on the scout team. They both go hard at every practice and make sure the starters get a good idea of what the opponent is going to do each week. Those types of players are vital to any program."
And, they love the success as much as anyone on the team.
"We are just as enthused as the rest of the team," Rosas said. "We know that this is an important game for us and we're doing what we can in practice to help the starters get ready for McAlester. We all remember that feeling last year when they beat us, so we're working hard to make sure that doesn't happen this time."
Hopkins even knows the history of the program and wants to help bring about change.
"We've never won a state football championship and we want to be a part of that," he said. "We want to be the team that comes back for a reunion and says we won the first state championship in football. It's very important to all of us, but most important for the seniors."