The Coach’s Conduct

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The Coach’s Conduct

Coach Cab directing the Mauldin game against Hillcrest.

Coach Cab directing the Mauldin game against Hillcrest.

Emily Wilson

Coach Cab directing the Mauldin game against Hillcrest.

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Coach Cab directing the Mauldin game against Hillcrest.

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Beginning of school can usually be a drag. It’s slow, everyone wants to sleep in, summer is starting to end, and homework is no fun. Even though these things seem negative, everyone is looking forward to the the start of the football season. The Maverick Roundup team has made sure to capture the excitement our football team has for this season. 

Coach Cabaniss, known as Coach Cab by his players, surely shows his excitement for the coming season. Sitting down and talking with Cab about this season, it’s safe to say he seems very confident and excited for the coming months. After asking Cab what the team and the coaches do to prepare for something like this, he said, “It’s something you do all year, not necessarily for this game, but getting the boys ready for what a Monday looks like or for what a Tuesday looks like. It’s not necessarily getting ready for the opponent, it’s something you do year round.” Instead of coaching the team week by week, getting ready for the next opponent and the one after that, it’s a year round effort to get the team ready for the whole season. The players put in a lot of work for these games as well, with Cab explaining to us, “We started in January with winter workouts, and then straight from there we went to spring practice throughout the entire months of May, June and July. We were on the road like crazy. In June, we were here every Monday through Friday every week, and then every Monday through Thursday in July, and finally straight into football season practice.” Some of Mauldin’s players have been training their whole lives, like Shakeem Gallien, a junior wide receiver for the varsity team. He’s been playing football since he was five years old. Gallien has dedicated many hours of blood, sweat and tears into his position to help his team. “I just really want to make this my season. Being put on the varsity team as a junior is a big opportunity for me” Gallien said. This definitely shows how resilient our football team can be, and how hard they train for the season. Sometimes other teams have a mentality that sets them up for failure. We asked Cab how he thinks this season will go and he replied, “We’ll take it week to week like we’ve always done. Every week is its own season and we don’t really look past that, especially with the region that we’re in, we can’t do that. So we play in the ACC west of High School Football. You have to just focus week to week.” We asked him how confident he was in the team this season to which he said, “I think we’ll be good this year. We are way more athletic than we were last year. We’re young, but we are way more athletic.” His players and Mauldin students have the same mentality. “We’re gonna win,” states Forrest Attenbury, senior outside linebacker for the varsity team.  “For sure, going to win.”

Emily Wilson
Coach Cab directing the Mauldin game against Hillcrest.