After watching Sixman my entire life and being part of the town of Westbrook since my 8th grade year, I have seen a lot of ups and downs as all of us in small towns have, I’ve seen teams with little to no talent come through, I’ve seen very good teams that beat teams in preseason that end up making it 2 rounds deep In playoffs not even make it out of a loaded district. I’ve seen coaches who dedicated themselves to this school for years and I’ve seen coaches who have used us as a stepping stone along their path to something “bigger and better”. A few years back when Coach Matlock ( Westbrook graduate) decided to come be a coach for some reason I had a good feeling about it. I know he is passionate and I know he is a hard worker. What I didn’t know is where he would lead this group of kids along their journey and for that matter this entire community. The first couple of years were rough of course but the kids really bought in too the weights and really bought in to just doing things the right way, win or lose. He demands respect and he demands sportsmanship wether your winning or losing, you will do it the right way. I’ve watched a ton of sixman football over the years and I’ve seen things on the field from kids that make me cringe wether it be showboating or just getting mad because they got tackled too hard lol and I’ve seen teams go belly up when things get hard. I am so proud of how our kids carry themselves on and off the field and that is because of this coach and his staff. He’s never had kids brag about personal stats or personal goals or anything of the sort. He’s always preached and prayed over our boys and let them know that’s it’s about the team and not individual stats or awards. We are so very thankful to have a leader like coach Matlock who shows our kids everyday what it’s like to be a great leader and most importantly what’s is like to be a great man. We will lose a great class this year with 5 great kids moving on including in my opinion one of the best to ever play the game in Cedric Ware who is no doubt the most humble kind hearted kid you will ever get the privilege of knowing. Pahton Dominguez one the best defensive players I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes, who Wednesday played his heart out after being taken To Dr the night before because his leg was hurting so bad he couldn’t walk. He played with tears running down his face literally the entire ball game because he loves the game and most importantly he loves his teammates and coaches. Hadley White, Colton Walters and Lane Hale the exact thing you look for in leaders and great teammates. They have never been about stats or anything else other than winning football games with their brothers. These last two years have been amazing and I’m here to tell you is far from over, we will come back loaded again next year and with that hunger to get right back to the top. We will face doubters from every angle as we have the past two seasons whether that being from nobody’s to people with a platform. We will be ready for the fight that is most definitely ahead of us with the same brutal schedule we have grown a custom to. But one thing will not change is that we will do the right way because of the kids and coaches that we have. So with that being said I just want to say a huge thank you to our Westbrook Wildcats (back 2 back state champions) for taking us on a journey that we will never forget as long as we live. We love each and everyone of you boys and coaches!!