Pipers' expectations helping to win nail-biters


HAMLIN, Texas - After starting the year with two losses, Hamlin enters the football playoffs on an eight-game winning streak with several nail-biting victories.

The Pied Pipers have won five of their last six games by seven points or fewer, including two wins in overtime.

"Maybe it's because we're not that good," jokes head coach Russell Lucas on the amount of close games his team has been in this season.

"Our kids just play so hard. They have been successful, so they feel like that's the way it's supposed to work for them. There's a certain expectation there for them, as much as it is the community and us, too."

Hamlin claimed its second straight unbeaten district championship with a 21-14 overtime win against Roscoe last Friday. Senior receiver Colby Stevenson kept the Pipers' drive alive with a 16-yard catch on fourth down and five.

Freshman quarterback Braydin Warner then scored on a 1-yard run, and the Hamlin defense held the Roscoe offense scoreless.

"We've been to overtime twice this year, and we've came out with the win both times," senior running back and linebacker Kyler Gann said. "We expect to win games like that, and we always find a way to come out on top."

Gann said the team doesn't feel uneasiness when in tight games.

"Since I've been in high school that's the way it's always been."

Hamlin's bi-district game will be a true road contest at Springlake-Earth on Friday night at 7:00.

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