There was no panic when the Tattnall Square Trojans started the season with two losses.
Instead, the feeling around the program was one of resolve that the players and the team would improve and be right in the hunt for Tattnall’s 11th state title. That thought proved to be true as the Trojans have rolled off 10 straight wins to earn a spot in the GISA Class AAA championship game.
Up next? Rival Stratford.
“Earlier in the season, we knew we had a good team,” Tattnall’s Andrew Layson said. “We just had some young guys who had to learn, and we had to get some players healthy. But we knew we just had to keep getting working and we’d get better as a team.”
The Trojans (10-2) have followed that blueprint in recent seasons.
In 2009, Tattnall lost two of its first three games before reaching the semifinals. Last year, Tattnall had its first game cancelled by weather and lost its second game before making it all the way to the championship game.
“We’ve typically not been a fast starting team,” Tattnall head coach Barney Hester said. “But these players didn’t let up after those first two games. They believed we’d get better, and we did. We have had great leadership this season, and they didn’t want to go out without a fight.”
This year’s players have been motivated by last year’s championship game appearance. Tattnall won 10 straight games entering its trip to Deerfield-Windsor but struggled in that game and lost 38-22.
The Trojans haven’t won a state title since 2007.
“It’s amazing that we have another chance at a state title especially after we didn’t fare so well last year,” Layson said. “We came up short last year, and that was disappointing, but we don’t want to come up short again.”