Fort Mill Times

Indian Land Warriors improved on '07 performance

The Indian Land High Warriors wrapped up their football season with a 34-0 loss to Great Falls.

The Warriors had trouble running the ball and the passing game was basically nonexistent. Although Indian Land lost and was eliminated from playoff contention, there are signs that the team is headed in the right direction.

The Warriors were coming off a 2007 season in which they only had one win.

They improved this season and finished 3-8, but head coach Mike Mayer said his team has been dealing with problems all season.

"We have had to deal with a lot of adversity," Mayer said. "We have been plagued by injuries all season, at least three players have missed each game due to injury. We have also had to suspend players for discipline reasons in five games."

The Warriors started the season off with a very good defense and the running game at times carried them to wins.

The passing attack had its problems and the team was sometimes overmatched on talent, but they never gave in and never made excuses, which is something Mayer has said he most appreciates about his team.

Mayer knows that the kids have worked hard and stuck with the team all season.

He said he is proud of his players and feels that the foundation is starting to be set for the Warriors to get better.

This season, he said that the team has worked hard in the weight room and been blessed to have good kids and a good support system from parents.

As for next year, Mayer still sees room for improvement from the Warriors.

Although their season came to an end Friday, they have to start thinking about next year and getting Indian Land back to being a state title contender.

"We must continue to get better with the little things on and off the field," Mayer said.