FEATURE: Response to early-season adversity key to surging Eastland Mavericks’ success

Three games into this season, the Eastland Mavericks found themselves at a crossroads.

Sitting at 0-3 after some disciplinary and COVID issues had derailed the start of a promising campaign, coach James Morton’s squad could either give into the adversity it was facing and resign itself to a disappointing year or it could embrace its situation, grow from its struggles and turn things around.

Ten games and 10 wins later, it’s clear now the choice the Mavericks made.

With a 10-3 record entering its Region I-3A Division II title game against defending state champion Gunter (12-1) on Thursday, Eastland is just two wins away from its second state championship game appearance in school history.  And with an intimate knowledge of all his team has gone through to get to this point, Morton is as pleased as can be with the position his Mavs find themselves in.

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