WINONA, Texas —
For Keylon Kincade and the Winona Wildcats, the 2019 season has been a roller coaster.
So far, the Wildcats are 5-4 and 3-3 in district play. No winning streak has gone past two games. Yet the Wildcats have yet to lose two consecutive games.
Despite the adversity, Kincade says his team has show tremendous resolve.
"They never, never quit and never stopped playing," Kincade said. "They're pretty tenacious and relentless, and they get after it. And that's something that we preach, and we make sure that we demand out of them. And they delivered it for us."
Kincade, once a running back for SMU and the Cowboys, has been at the helm of the Wildcats for six years. It is less of a job than a calling for him. It is his passion. He attributes that passion to his old high school basketball coach who first convinced him to give coaching a try in life.
"'Those kids need you,'" Kincade remembered his former coaching telling him. "'Kids can learn a lot from you, and you can get some kids to be more than what they think they are and expect to be.' And he pulled me in, and I'm still here, 12 years later."
However, those memories have their time and place. Kincade is focused on the games ahead, including the possibility of capturing another playoff birth.
"You got to have a high sense of urgency and seize the moment," Kincade said. "You got to think and live and play like there is no tomorrow because you never know what tomorrow's going to bring today."