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“BURN THE SHIPS!”

Posted by admin September - 18 - 2014 - Thursday

There is some controversy as to whether this story really happened. No matter! It’s a great story and a tremendous motivator. It’s our theme this week as we play the defending state champions in our division.

The story goes that Hernando Cortez, the conqueror of the Aztecs in Mexico, landed on the Yucatan Peninsula to take on the Aztecs and procure all of their gold. When the men were in the small boats rowing to shore, Cortez yelled out, “Burn the Ships!” This was his way of saying: “NO Plan B! No turning back. We either go in and conquer and win or… we DIE!!!” What it required of his men was a total commitment.

That’s just what we’ve asked of our players all week! They have responded extremely well. We are going over to their school in Virginia Beach and when we get off of the bus we are going to “Burn the Ships!” Our guys are ALL IN! Soooooooooooo… I know they will go ALL OUT!!!

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