Sunrise ready for heavy-weight matchup against rival Liberty
By Alex Adams
On Friday, Sep. 21, the undefeated Sunrise Mountain Mustangs will go to hostile territory with confidence and determination to take down their undefeated rivals; the Liberty Lions. Sunrise feels confident, but not arrogant. Many of the players are even-keeled about their stupendous start to the season, and feel that this year is different from any other season. Senior Elroy Masters expands on this.
“There is a difference between last year and this year,” Masters said. “Last year we were talking and cocky about our 4-0 start. This year, we expected it; we expected to be successful, so there’s nothing to talk about.”
Other players, such as senior Neiman Sneed, also display this sense of confidence Masters has.
“Even though it is my first full year as a Mustang, and first time playing them [Liberty], I feel like I have been here all four years,” Sneed said. “Just like everyone else on the team, I don’t like them. I want to go out there, play ball, and get a win.”
The Mustangs, respectfully, have mixed emotions about the game. These emotions consist of anxiousness and nervousness. Yet, senior Dylan Touvell feels that if the team keeps its composure, they will have a successful night.
“We need to stay together and not let our emotions get to us,” Touvell said. “If a mistake is made, we need to pick each other up. We need to just play our game.”
Sneed feels the same way.
“If we make mistakes, we need to keep our composure and continue to play our game,” Sneed said. “If we do that, we can bring home a win.”
There is one thing that all the players believe in; if they play their game of football, Mustang football, the team is confident they will come out on top.
“I feel like if we stick together as a team and play as a team, there will be a positive outcome for Sunrise,” Touvell said.
Sneed and Touvell think the same.
“I think we’ll get a W,” Sneed said. “This is our year. We are good team with good coaching that should take care of business.”
More than anything, Sunrise wants to go out there and get the monkey off their back; Sunrise has never beaten Liberty in a football game until the Junior Varsity team did so 49-6 on Thursday, Sep. 20. They want to go out and prove that they can hang as well and beat any team; if they want to prove that, this is the game to do so. Two undefeated rivals go head-to-head; the winner not only maintaining their unblemished record, but gain pride, dignity and respect.