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More Than a Game

Lennard gives coach every reason to feel on top of the world

With Leto and Lennard not having won a single game this season, one thing was for sure. After their Oct. 25 clash, one team was going to walk away with a win.

After the first half, it was becoming more and more clear that for the first time since head coach Keith Chattin came to Lennard, the Longhorns would claim their first victory.

"We've been working hard this week, trying to give something to Coach he's been needing this entire year," said starting quarterback Diontae Johnson. "We did good, and gave Coach a 'W.' He got emotional afterwards that we put so many points up on the board. But we just went out there and played our best."

As the final seconds ticked away, and as Lennard finished postgame handshakes with Leto, the real celebration began. Chattin shed tears as he embraced his wife, Janet, then went to savor the moment with his team.

"I'm really proud of my husband and the boys. It's very exciting building this program," his wife said. "I get all choked up just thinking about it, what a win would mean to my husband. It's going to mean a lot, more so because it's about the kids."

After water was splashed on Chattin and laughter ensued, the guys gathered around their coach.

"They finally understand what it takes to win," Chattin said. "That will always be the achievement for the senior class."

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Each week this fall, Times photographer Eve Edelheit will scan the county to focus on the ancillary aspects — players, drama, coaches, fans, highs, lows, tradition, cheerleaders — that make prep football in this area "More Than a Game."

Lennard gives coach every reason to feel on top of the world 10/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:16pm]
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