How Kerry Lane led Pine Tree back to the playoffs

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) - Winning is contagious, and so is losing.

That was the trend Pine Tree head coach, Kerry Lane, was looking to change when he took over the program in the summer of 2016.

"I've been a part of some programs that have won, and my coaches have too, but these kids haven't, so they decided in November they were going to be different.  So I'm excited about them getting to see what it feels like to put in that work, and see those results," said Lane.

After a 16 year absence, Pine Tree has made it to the post-season, an accomplishment this group of Pirates, hopes will carry on for seasons to come.

"For me personally, I'm proud that we have young ones looking up to us, and that we're trying to change this program better, for everybody," said Pine Tree tight end and quarterback, Keshon Williams.

"Well, it's really important to all of us, to do something special like that, and it's really because we're all in to everyone around us, and truly care about each other," said quarterback Wade Seidel.

With two games left in the regular season, the Pirates still have plenty to play for right now, including a possible district championship. 

They now gear up to head to Marshall to take on the Mavericks, in a place the Pirates haven't won since 1985.

"I believe we'll go out and give our best ,and we'll have a great outcome if everybody buys in, like coach Lane says," said Williams.

So, as Pine Tree gears up for their biggest game of the season so far, they're focus is still on the process.

"We never talked about winning, we never talked about playoffs, that's stuff wasn't important.  What was important, was taking a community that was separated, an athletic program that was completely separated, and bringing everybody together, and I think we are seeing the results from that," said Lane.

Showing, you can't erase your history, but you are in charge of your future.

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