Team of the Week: Laney Buccaneers
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–A loss in sports can sometimes stick with you for awhile, but that has not been the case for Laney High School football. Almost two weeks ago Topsail hit a game winning 40 yard field goal to beat Laney 22-20, but since then the Buccaneers have rattled off two straight conference wins.
“It hurt, honestly it really did. Together as a team we thought everything was clicking at that point. At the beginning of the season we played not to lose, but now were playing to win, and having fun. That’s a big difference in this football this year,”said senior QB Sherod Sidbury.
The Mantra of the season so far for Laney has been when they going gets tough, the tough get going.
“When life is tough you just can’t quit. You just got to keep your head up and just keep fighting. Things will workout for you. Our kids believe that and that’s exactly how we are in this situation we are now,”said head coach Ashaad Yeoman.
The Bucs still have a losing record on the year, sitting at 3-5 in the MEC. They say their record doesn’t show what type of team they are.
“We have had conversations here and there, we aren’t what our record show. We are better than what the record show. It just took an extra step for us to get there,” said senior DeVaughn Shepard.
Looking at the Mideastern Conference Standings, Laney sits in fourth place with just three games left to go. The Buccaneers have the opportunity to finish near the top, but for now it is one game at a time.
“Honestly I don’t even focus on that. I focus on one game at a time. Right now our focus is on West Brunswick. We just got to do what we can, so that we can have that conversation at the end of it all,”said Yeoman.
With rain coming into the area Laney and West Brunswick will play on Thursday night at 7:00 P.M.