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El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The Matadors went 6-5 and finished in the Bi-District playoffs in 2013. But simply reaching the playoffs is not good enough. That's according to the Parkland players who will be making big changes on offense and defense to better fit their personnel.
The biggest change will be on defense where Parkland will run a 3-5-3 offense for the first time in Jerry Walker's tenure. But with a new look District, losing Canutillo and adding Bel Air, the Mats feel like they can be a major factor this season.
"We're trying to go to be the district championships this year, try to go farther than the first round of the playoffs and trying to go second round, third round, as far as we can go," said Senior DE Nathan Lyon. "It was nice being back in the playoffs after a few years and we're trying to keep it going again."
"We are playing more as a team this year and that's something I really look forward to and I'm really pleased, and take pride in saying that. We are actually, instead of playing individually, are working together as a team and we are one family," said Senior WR Marcel Gilley.
The first test will come Friday when Parkland faces Irvin to start the 2014 at Tony Shaw Field.
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