It has been a while since I've written about my Texas 1A Fan travels to six-man towns. While these short articles may not be a popular read, I feel the need to write about my time with six-man kids and coaches. Because they really are the best and this helps me remember them!
Late this afternoon, I headed down the Brownfield highway toward Meadow. The temperature reading on my pick-up shouted 104 degrees at me, but there were some Broncos needing attention. For those of you not from the West Texas and lower panhandle area, Meadow sits about 27 miles southwest of Lubbock along highway 62/82.
I arrived in the land of the purple and gold and made my way behind the school. While front and back yards all over this flat part of the world are crunchy and dead, the grass on the Meadow game and practice fields was a beautiful green. It was more green grass than I've seen in many months.
Coach Joshua Conner saw me walking to the practice field and greeted me with a smile. This is Coach Conner's third year at Meadow, and he's definitely building a good program! Last year when I covered Meadow, I was pleasantly surprised by the heart each player showed throughout the game. Yes, that is what often gets me. You can see it ooze from a player. Grit, heart, and the persistence to keep going. It's all in the body language and it yells loud and clear. A perfect example was evident in the Broncos blood, sweat, and tears battle with Whiteface in district play. They got the win by one point, 73-72. That win sealed their path to the playoffs. They ultimately lost to Spur in the Bi-District round, but it definitely left them hungry for more. And more is coming in 2022.
This year will see the Broncos in District 5 in Region II, Division I. Fifteen Broncos will take the field in game one against the Baird Bears at home on August 26th. They have several returning starters who earned All-Region honors in 2021 including Paul Franco, Jimmy German, and Caleb Sanchez. Keep your eye on the purple and gold this year. Meadow will surprise some folks.
Thank you, Coach Conner, for being so gracious and giving me the opportunity to join in practice today. Although it was 104 degrees with no wind, watching plays and observing how your team interacts during practice was a pleasure! It really did make me forget about the heat... mostly! Oh and that green grass at Meadow? Coach Conner gave a big shoutout to the maintenance guys. You guys rock! Keep up the good work!
Good luck, Broncos, and remember, go Forward and Do GOOD!
-Bobbie Brown, Texas 1A Fan
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