It’s been the theme for Robert E. Lee all offseason and through the early part of the year: The only important game is the next game.
Coming off of a 34-13 win over G.W. Carver, Lee’s first win in the series since 2002, the next game for the 2-0 Generals is hosting Class 7A, Region 2 foe Smiths Station.
“The only game that’s important is the next game. Nobody really cares about what we did last week. In athletics, it’s all about, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ That’s the attitude we have to have,” Lee coach Tyrone Rogers said. “I told them, ‘I better not hear anybody say anything remotely about what we did last week.'”
That train of thought has translated to senior linebacker Quantravis Kelly. The three-year starter isn’t resting on past success, but has noticed a difference as the Generals have already won as many games as they did last season.
“We have to come with the same attitude that we had when we weren’t winning games,” Kelly said. “I think we have a lot of young players looking up to us, and we’ve got a lot of senior leadership that we didn’t have last year.
The next step for Lee as it matures into a contender is putting together a complete performance. Last year Smiths Station won 35-19 thanks to six Lee fumbles and a slew of penalties.
“The first time we came out and played Lanier, we started cold and then sped it up in the second half. Then last time, we started hot and kind of stalled in the third quarter. You can see it’s inconsistent. We need to be more consistent. We’re not where we need to be,” Rogers said. “It’s just two games, there’s a lot of season and we’re just into region play, so those games really don’t matter to us.”