"When you play good teams, they point out your weaknesses. [Anson] definitely pointed out some weaknesses for us. We were able to work on those, and we feel like we're getting better. We had some other teams in our non-district that were tough. In our district we have some tough games, and we feel like we're getting better ever week. The kids have bought into it, and they're working hard," said head coach Russell Lucas.
The Pipers have also made big strides on offense by scoring over 44 points a game this season. At the same time they've stepped up in the past few weeks on defense.
"We just keep doing what we're doing. Keep the intensity at practice, and make the practice perfect," said Tyrone Johnson. "Our line is blocking pretty good. Our receivers are blocking pretty good, working hard."
"We have taken it up a level. We had a lot of guys play a lot of reps last year, and it's really helping us a bunch. We're just trying to get better as we go, every game, every practice," said Brannon Stegemoeller.
Continuing to focus on improving every day has also been a big key to the Pipers success so far this season.
"There's teams practicing across the state everyday, including today, just like us. Somewhere, somebody may be having a better practice than us. When we play them we're going to beat us. Whether that's this week, in two weeks, or a month from now . We've got to take care of our business. We want to have the best practice in the state of Texas today, and that's what we focus on," said Lucas.
Hamlin will need to continue to improve with sixth ranked Albany on the final week of the regular season in a de facto district title game, as well as another trip to the postseason right around the corner.
The Pipers host Cross Plains on Friday night at 7:30.