FanFare 2018 - Page 9

Fight to the finish Kemp, Malakoff, Eustace look to make District 6-3A, Division I fun for all fans in attendance f you think there is not any tension when it comes to District 6-3A, Division I, you can think again when it comes to the Henderson County area schools. In the new realignment, the past two state semifinalists in the Kemp Yellowjackets and Malakoff Tigers join the Eustace Bulldogs, Dallas Madison Trojans, Dallas Life Oak Cliff Lions and Dallas A+ Academy Knights. “It is kind of two groups really with us, Eustace and Kemp and then the Dallas area. I don't know a lot about the Dallas schools except for them being really ath- letic,” Malakoff coach Jamie Driskell said. “It will be interesting to see how all of that unfolds. We will go after each oth- er and see what happens. I think it is wide open, and obviously Kemp is the in- coming favorite. That is exactly how we want it, and we can't wait to play them.” First-year coach Steve Smith said join- ing this district will be fun for him after coming from Class 2A Sundown. He said they are focused on themselves and not the other teams in the district. “I think the main focus is understand- ing that our success is going to depend on the team. I think in today's society the way things are people get focused on individuals,” he said. “Team sports offer an opportunity for a kid to understand that to be a part of something bigger than themselves and to give to some- thing that will give them rewards they I By Joe Elerson Cameron Clamon looks for running room in a loss to Brock last year in the state semfinals at AT&T Stadium. can't get on their own. Regardless of how good the starters are going to be, the rest of the guys will have to play and play well together. We will work on being a family, chemistry and being the best team that we can be.” Smith said when it comes to the Dallas area schools, he will having some learning curves to adjust to during those weeks. “I don't know about the charter schools. I think they have a lot of tran- sient type things that happen with 9