LANSING, MI (WLNS) – T-minus nine days and counting now until the opening night of the high school football season and the return of the 5th quarter for a 24th season.
Our 14th stop takes us to Lansing Eastern High School where new Coach Troy Matlock takes over after serving on Dan Boggan’s staff at Lansing Sexton for 13 years.
Matlock brings new energy to a Quaker program that has won only three games in the last four years, 1-and-8 last season and eastern hasn’t made the playoffs since 1997. Troy Matlock doesn’t want to hear anything about the past, he’s excited to start a new era of eastern football a week from Friday against Williamston.
“Very excited, the kids are pumped. They showed me this summer the dedication, commitment to work out. They came in the weight room, they were very consistent,” said Troy Matlock, Eastern Football Coach, first season.
Reporter: “You had that pedigree under Dan at Sexton, does any of that carry over here?
“Yeah, most of it does. The aggressiveness that we’re gonna play with that we played at Sexton, I can see it coming over here, doing the same thing cuz the kids are ready, they’re motivated,” said Matlock.
Reporter: “What’s the difference with the new coach? “
“We’ve been working a lot harder, they’re pushing us a lot harder and it’s just like a new attitude,” said Aurelius Christian, Eastern Sr. linebacker.