They can't promise their pupils the football or a chance to score a touchdown.
Personal glory is not one of rewards they can offer.
But the offensive and defensive line coaches at Rider and Wichita Falls High School have found plenty of ways to motivate their players into playing hard and playing as a team this season.
Head coaches Jim Garfield and Jayson Lavender shared a few thoughts on their line coaches as the two teams prepare for their rivalry showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.
The Rider offensive line coach is Marc Bindel, the co-offensive coordinator. It's a line that has adapted equally to the spread offense and the box set (single wing).
"Marc is a student of the game," Garfield said, "He works extremely hard in motivating his players to play with an intense burning desire. Marc is a person who plays attention to detail. He always has the interest of his group in the forefront of his teaching progressions."
The Coyotes' offensive line coach is Clint Perkins, a former Marine who has been at WFHS for four years.
"A great technician that pays attention to details," Lavender said. "Players get excited when they are coached by coach Perkins. A former Marine that instills discipline in his players that will carry with them for a lifetime.
"He has been a huge asset to this program."
Bill Mercer is Rider's defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. He had to mix in some new players this year after Dylan McDorman (North Texas) graduated. But he's seen Cody Ribble, Trey Parker and Dylan Williams develop into a sturdy unit.
"Bill is sound in his teaching progressions and has an extensive knowledge in defensive line play," Garfield said. "He is a person who goes the extra mile to make sure his group understands the concepts that need to be accomplished during the week. Bill is a tireless worker."
WFHS defensive line coach Joe Cluley is the son of former Coyotes head coach Joe Cluley.
"He coaches with great energy and enthusiasm," Lavender said. "One of his greatest assets is his ability to build relationships with the players who play for him. Players love playing for him because they know how much he cares about them."
RIDER LOSES COIN FLIP
Rider has set its playoff game with Fort Worth Dunbar. Garfield lost the flip so the Raiders will travel to Clark Stadium in Fort Worth to take on Dunbar at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
Tickets will be $7 at the gate. The pre-sale tickets at school will be $6 for adults and $4 for students.
LAKE DALLAS ALIVE
The Lake Dallas Falcons (5-4, 3-3) will have a chance to extend their playoff streak as they take on Azle (7-2, 4-2) on Friday night. A win by the Falcons along with a Byron Nelson (6-3, 3-3) win at Denton would created a three-way tie for the third and fourth playoff spots.
Azle put itself in a good place with a 23-14 win over the Bobcats on Friday night. The Hornets would be OK in a three-way tie as long as they don't lose by 12 points or more.
The district uses a points tiebreaker with a maximum of 14 points. Nelson is done at minus-2 in that scenario. Lake Dallas comes into Friday at minus-7 and needs to win by at least five points.
The other game this week has Denton Guyer taking on Denton. Guyer will be the No. 1 seed going to the Division I playoffs and Rider will be the top team going to D-II. Lake Dallas will go D-II if it gets in and Nelson would be Division I. Azle's place would depend on the other entry.
Rider receiver and kicker Brandon Williams was on crutches Monday after suffering a high ankle sprain on a play against Denton. Williams thought he could be out almost six weeks, but he's hoping it heels fast and he could rejoin his team on the field for the state semifinals or finals
Williams averages a team-high 23.8 yards per catch on 12 catches. He is averaging 36.3 yards per punt.
Luis Trejo will take over kicking duties.
The probable starting quarterbacks for Friday are Davon Allison for Rider, for a third straight game, and Deshaun Young for the Coyotes. Young's been troubled by an injured wrist but said Monday he plans to be ready.