The Clifton Lions Club met in September to discuss club updates, and hear from Head/Coach Athletic Director Chuck Caniford on Clifton Cubs Athletics. Some Lion memorabilia from days past was present, with local Lions checking out the artifacts.
Lion Mary Gean Cope received the Membership Advancement Key 5 at the meeting. She has sponosred five Lions who have been a member for at least 13 months.
Savannah Lea introduced Athletic Director/Head Coach Chuck Caniford. Caniford took the podium ready to dive into everything Clifton Cubs football to-date. He expanded onto the Volleyball, Basketball, and Cross Country Team as well. He even highlighted students that made it to the state track meet in Austin last year.
He highlighted athletes headed into state at track, and gave a shout-out to Volleyboal Coach Page Poth. They’ve been working together to take the team to new heights with excellent results, though the Varsity Lady Cubs face a tough start in district play this year.
Talk then turned to football and the Clifton Cubs. The program has the highest number of athletes since Caniford has started at 70 kids. Student athletes have also been hitting the gym hard, with higher attedance in the weight room that previous years.
He and the rest of the team are still working towards the District Championship Playoff game gold football trophy. Caniford said that he wants to be ready in district, and fix team mistakes beforehand. Helping kids understand is a big challenge of the coaching process. He talked about having to change and adapt based on athletes’ skill sets and stature. He said that the team is finding a groove, and working consistently with film each week. Little tweaks are increasing. Play action on the line is important with the current group of players, with their goal to get the ball as far as possible – quick.
The team has faced a run of injuries even at this stage in the season, and some abstaining from play due to the proximity to COVID-19 diagnoses. He still says that the standard is still making it as far they can into playoffs. However, it’s all about the teachable moments leading up to that first district game.