By Dency McClure
The Eden field was lush and green with a perfect big blue E on the 40. It has been so dry and hot in this area I can only begin to imagine the work and water investment made to get and keep it so nice. Principal Odom told me the beautiful field was all because of Coach Shay and his crew.
Eden had their bleachers well marked with big blue x’s. They showed the rows on which not to sit. It was unusual seeing people spread apart and so many watching from the other side of the fence. We are all so happy to get to have football that we take it all in stride.
Walking all around a football field in 100 degree weather, in a mask is a bit daunting. It can be done and I did but wow sometimes you just have to get way off by yourself and take a good breath. You can tell nobody wants to wear them all the time. We all did our best to keep them on and keep the environment safer for everyone. By the end of this season I may not even notice the mask.
What a game Eden and Blackwell had in store for their season opener. It ended with Eden winning by a mere 2 points. Now I know if you are from one of the towns competing it can get stressful and you don’t view it as a great game. But for a non biased observer it was a fantastic game. The suspense and the never knowing just who was going to pull it off and come out with the win was great. I’ve had the honor of watching both these teams and many of their players and coaches over the recent years. You can’t help but get excited about seeing them all again and watching to see how certain kids have improved their talent.
“Camo” Coldiron actually saw me and greeted me before the game. He has been in my viewfinder many times. Hunner Rodgers is easy to spot as he is the tallest on the field and has an arm. Eden is blessed with two great quarterbacks on their team this year because they also have Gamboa. Now Gamboa and Rodgers are quite a pair to watch on a basketball court as well as a football field. I was sad to see Tyson Walls in a cast. I always enjoy watching him on the line and his older brother was a beast as well. So many great kids on both of these teams that I love to watch and photograph in action. Too many to name here.
Once the game got under way I noticed that the player box was huge. As a photographer I work hard to stay out of the way of the coaches, players, trainers, etc. That always means watching the player box lines and only invading them when the team is at the other end or completely out of the way. Well, when I looked closely I realized the player box was literally marked from the 10 yard line to the 10 yard line. I’ve known Odom for a while so I got his attention, as I was standing in the player box, and asked him if they were trying to have the biggest player box in the state. He chuckled and told me that wasn’t the case at all but that that was the new regulation size due to Covid. I was shocked. Lots of things are different but it almost took up the entire sideline. I still worked to distance myself, even more than normal, from the players but I did end up shooting from inside the enormous player box regularly.
Oh the cramps of a week one game in the heat. They were bad for sure. It seems like it is always worse the first week of the season. The Eden trainer asked me how many photos I’d gotten of her stretching the kids. I told her I never take pictures of the kids that are down but only of those kneeling and waiting. I think she was relieved. She laughed and told me that at one point she thought she was going to end up with all of them down cramping. It got so bad that even the Blackwell players were jumping in and stretching the Eden players that were down. The annoncer even thanked them.
The announcer did a great job. Early in the game one of the referees started to walk the ball off in the wrong direction and the crowd started fussing. The announcer came over the speakers loud and clear and told everyone to calm down that it’s the first game and it will be alright. This quickly changed the mood from frustration to laughter. So very true! It was the first game and we all needed the calming voice to let us know it’s ok if we mess up a bit. It is even hard for me to get back in the groove of being where I need to be to get the shots I want according to what is going on on the field.
Towards the end of the game Superintendent Gandy was down on the sidelines. I asked her if she was there to keep the field borders intact. She let me know that indeed she was there to keep the fans from gathering on the field. I know things are different this year and I’ll abide by and live with whatever restrictions we have to so we can keep getting to have our games and some sense of community while attending. No it’s not normal but it is what we have right now and I am thankful for it. I’d rather be wearing a mask and taking photos from a distance than sitting at home and missing out on Six-man football.
See you on the sidelines!
By Bobbie Brown
When I arrived in Guthrie, Texas, it was 109 degrees. It was around 5:00PM. Game time? 6:30! If you haven't attended a sporting event in Guthrie and gone to their concession stand, you are completely missing out! Just look at those nachos! Do you know many concession stands that make nachos like that? They are so good, Texas Country Reporter did a story on them (link at end). Another great thing about the host to White Deer and Strawn... everyone was incredibly nice and the field looked amazing! So green and pretty. I understand Coach Shipman carefully tends to the field. He does an outstanding job!
As most of you have heard, Guthrie lost a Jaguar last week. #56 Rue McNiel. Many teams have chosen to honor Rue this year by displaying his number on their helmets. Teams have also contributed to help Rue's family. White Deer and Strawn did the same. My heart breaks for the loss of Rue. Of any person. I hope that the 1A community remembering him this season helps if only a tiny bit.
Coach Shipman's green grass beckoned after conversing with the folks in the fabulous concession stand. The Bucks and the Greyhounds were warming up. It was game time.
The Bucks are big and fast. They bring back a whole slew of great players from last year. Hunter Warminski. Mason Mooney. William Sirmans. Graysen Freeman. Just to name a few. Several others caught my attention. Keep your eye on Kaydon Johnson and Karson Ketchum. Johnson is freaky fast! When the Bucks settle down and all get going in the same direction at the same time, WATCH OUT! I expect for that to happen way sooner than later.
Oh you greyhounds! You jump up and surprise me every year. I don't know why! Coach Lee churns out fundamentally sound players and cohesive teams year after year. Several players stood out. #2 Lorenzo Garcia has a low center of gravity and uses that to muscle his way past defenders. #3 Evan Williams looks unassuming. Always remember that looks are deceiving. He's quick and does an excellent job under center. I'd be remiss not to mention #55 Max Hopkins. Max blocked like it was the last block of his life. I noticed he focused in on his block and stayed with it - I finally got a good picture of his focus doing his job on the field. It literally looks like he's staring a hole in his opponent. Strawn is no joke. Greyhounds, keep it up. You'll get there quickly if you keep playing like that!
One thing is for certain about White Deer and Strawn. Both teams are extremely hard hitters. Helmets flew off, sweat sprayed, loud crashing sounds slammed into the sidelines and right into my ears. Many times during the game, I found myself cringing when a player ran into what seemed to be a brick wall. Some of the hits, I swear I felt! Week 1 and those hard hits? Sheesh! What will these two teams be like in the playoffs? Yep, guess I just let it leak... White Deer. Strawn. Playoffs. Pretty sure that's going to happen after watching both the Bucks and Greyhounds. Each team is chalk full of heart with a large helping of never give up. And they will hit and hit hard.
So until next week, go forward and do GOOD!
Guthrie Concession Stand featured on Texas Country Reporter
By Bobbie Brown
As I made my way through the cotton field backroads on the plains, I thought about both Southland and Cotton Center. Both schools are on the smallest end of the 1A spectrum, but both have a fighting spirit that has kept them alive in all types of 1A activities. And let’s face it, I was more than a little excited to be attending the first football game of the 2020 season. This one did not disappoint!
Some interesting things about my visit to Cotton Center… the ladies at the entrance were incredibly nice, and the wee Elk that handed me a program was smiling from ear to ear. I’m with ya, Bud. I was smiling, too! The field was ready. Nice, green grass. Fans were trickling in. Most pulled right up to the one-wire fence surrounding the field and were waiting in their cars for the action to start. The Eagles and Elks were warming up. There weren’t a lot of them and I was soon to find out, that doesn’t matter. Heart is what matters. And they all had it in spades.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the various pandemic-related instructions from the announcer. We were all instructed that no one would be allowed on the field after the game and once the game was complete, everyone should leave the property. You and I both know that going onto the field is a rite of passage for parents and fans. It’s just something we do and have always done. This might be one of the disappointments of this football season, but I have no doubt, fans and parents will be down on that field following a game in no time at all! I had to laugh throughout the game. The first game is a time to figure out what we’re doing and get back into the swing of things. The Cotton Center announcer made me laugh on several occasions. It seems he was figuring it out as well. Sometimes I didn’t hear him at all and his voice would break through the game sounds in mid-sentence. Dude… I feel ya. Keep plugging because you’re doing a really good job!
The Southland Eagles jumped out to a two touchdown lead early. The Cotton Center Elks never gave up. By half, the score was tied. The difference in this game came down to the last five minutes. The players were exhausted but found a way to dig down and continue to battle. Both sides… warriors and never gave up! I love seeing games like this. The back and forth and yells and grunts. For a first game in August, I was truly impressed! Sterling Berry and Zeke Saenz stood out for the Elks. CorDale Benham stood out for the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter, I had a great conversation with the Assistant Principal at Cotton Center, Allen Keys. The Elks were ahead and he was pumped! Going into this game, the Elks were 0-29. He desperately wanted a win for the team and school. As the final seconds ticked off and the Elk faithful let out a roar, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad that the fans and parents wouldn’t be able to celebrate this win on the field with the players after the game. Three years without a win, and they got it done!
I spent a moment talking to Coach Dusty Grantham, Eagles head coach. He’s doing a very good job at Southland! He has a whole slew of freshmen that are contributing. I will be seeing the Eagles again in a couple of weeks when they play at Whiteface homecoming. I’m eager to see how much they improve.
I don’t think I’ve been to a game where everyone was smiling the entire game. Everyone is so relieved that football is here and the games are going forward. It’s true what they say… there is nothing like football in Texas. I felt that in Cotton Center. I will feel it again each week in 2020. And I welcome it. The fans smiling. The crowd cheering. The player's excitement. I will take it all in and enjoy every second. I hope you all do the same. This is a small return to normalcy. And I love it!
Always remember… go forward and do GOOD!
By Johnna Reynolds
Picture it. Jaybird Stadium. It's a hot Thursday night; I'm about to photograph my first scrimmage of the year. As I drive up, I'm asked to give the Cliff Note version of my life in ten seconds or less. As I drive through the gate, I notice that there is a caution tape running down the middle of the stands on both the home side and the visitor side. That's interesting. Four schools, four areas for the fans to cheer on their teams. Together, yet apart.
Seriously, it was great getting to be out on the field once again. Even though I was a big sweat puddle! I knew I missed watching all the action unfold through my little camera lens, but I didn't know how much until that moment.
Although this season may look a little different, it's still going to be filled with the same picture perfect passes, awesome blocks, tackles, and terrific touchdowns. Every football Friday or Thursday is going to be so exciting! Who's going to make it to the big dance? I can't wait to find out! I'll be on the sidelines capturing each moment.
By Bobbie Brown
This time of year makes me incredibly happy. More so this year than any other! I pulled into Silverton and noticed right away two things: very green grass on the football field and a really nice concession stand. Although I was early, cars were steadily pulling into the stadium. I think we were all just a little excited to see Silverton, Crowell, and Springlake-Earth take the field to scrimmage. I couldn’t stop smiling!
I wandered out to the north end of the field to get ready for some good action shots. Silverton and Crowell were already warming up. Coach Parham on one end and first-year head coach, Mitchell Parsley, on the other end. Without much ado, they got right to it!
I got the chance to talk to Coach Parham for a short minute. I noticed two very tall players for the Owls. One is a 6’2 freshman and the other is a 6’4 sophomore. They also had a shorter player (number 8) who did really well running the ball for the Owls. I didn’t get his name, but you can bet I will the next time. He wore glasses beneath his helmet and never stopped. He was always moving. The Owls moved well together and focused on wrapping up on defense. They were really good about tightening around the defenders legs. That came as a surprise because I don’t normally see very good wrap ups in a scrimmage. That is usually perfected during the season – if at all! Silverton looks to be on the right track. They will face Groom, Hart, and newcomer Wildorado in Division II, District 2 this year. Although they are young, they worked well together.
The Crowell Wildcats are coached this year by outstanding alumnus Mitchell Parsley. He was all business! I did not get to talk to Coach Parsley, but there were several things I noticed about the Wildcats right away. They are big and they have some speed. Jamaal Lane returns for the Wildcats. He had some breakout runs into the end zone several times. Once he jukes and gets past defenders, it’s very hard to catch him. Harold Chapman also stood out. He rambled for a good number of yards. I have to mention Harold’s brother, Freddie. Sometimes I hear really funny things on the sidelines, and he was the subject of one such thing. Freddie plays on JV and got free for a long run into the end zone. As he was galloping down the field, I swear I heard someone yell, “Go get em, Cheeseburger!” As his run was the only thing happening at that time, I have to assume Freddie is Cheeseburger. I guess someone from Crowell will have to let me know on that one! Coach Parsley wasn’t the only one on the Crowell end of the field that was all business. His Wildcats were serious and focused during the scrimmage. You could tell they were listening to every word from the two coaches. The Wildcats also wrapped up nicely. I spotted the coaches actively showing the Wildcats this maneuver during the scrimmage. They took it to heart. Crowell is in a tough Division I district this year with Knox City, Spur, Northside, and Paducah. While they are a young team, I think they will make some noise if they stay focused. Crowell is on track to make a run in the coming years.
And now to the newcomers of six-man, the Springlake-Earth Wolverines. Coach Ethridge (Leakey) & Coach Baker (Baird) made the move to S-E. Two things are interesting about this team: Both took an 11-man Baird team and made them into a six-man team. And they are doing it again this year! Braxton Ethridge played on a Leakey team that went from 11-man to six-man his freshman year. Braxton is now a Wolverine and doing it again. On the way to Silverton, I thought about the excellent basketball season Springlake-Earth had two years ago. Two players on that team stood out. They were so athletic and just outstanding players! I really thought they were seniors. After a peek at the roster, I was shocked! Both were freshmen! I couldn’t help wondering if they would participate in football as they were both pretty fast and wiley on the court – sometimes that translates well to six-man football. Sometimes it doesn’t. Because I’m older and have a horrible time remembering names, I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name of those two excellent players. I’m pretty sure I picked them out on the field – again, S-E fans will need to correct me if I’m wrong. Both stood out. Keshan Holmes and Wolverine #1 (yes, I need to get his name). For their first outing, the Wolverines did very well! They didn’t seem to have the growing pains of past newcomers I’ve watched right out of the gate. Ethridge definitely helped with that. He comes from excellent six-man lineage, and he is a definite leader on that team. The Wolverines will improve a lot under Deleon, Ethridge, and Baker and will face Kress, Lorenzo, Nazareth, and Petersburg in Division I District 2 this year. Just because they are new to six-man means absolutely nothing. If Keshan figures out how powerful he can be on a shorter field, it may be all over in District 2. Many very good players for the Wolverines this year. Watch out. They are coming!
Scrimmages provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get back in the swing of things before games officially start. It is no different for me and the rest of the Texas 1A Fan team. The time before games start gives me a chance to warm up the old camera and talk to coaches. I see now that I’m going to have to work on remembering names. We all have something to work on. Silverton, Crowell, and Springlake-Earth are definitely headed in the right direction. We all came away with things to work on before next week. Week 1. First game of 2020. I cannot wait as it is so awesome seeing kids playing the game they love. It oozed out of them during the scrimmage. And that is what it’s all about.
I’m ready for Week 1. Are you? While we’re all waiting impatiently, always remember… go forward and do GOOD!
By Dency McClure
I arrived in Perrin and found the school parking lot packed. Not only was this their first scrimmage, it also was meet the Pirates. Argh! By the way, they have an octopus flag in the pressbox with an eye patch. I only saw it from a distance but it looked really cool. What a fun mascot to have. Their mascot uniform is also amazing.
Once I got to the field, I started searching for Tammy Reynolds. She sends us fantastic photos of the kids to post on our Instagram. She is a great photographer and gets amazing volleyball photos. If you shoot sports, you know volleyball is one of the hardest to get good action photos of, and she nails it. I did find her! She is very down to earth and has a warm personality. I liked her instantly. We visited a bit and then got to work doing what we do... take pictures.
The festivities kicked off with a beautiful memorial tribute to Jo Brumfield. The class of 1984 presented a gorgeous wooden rocker with an engraving on the back to be placed in the school library in memory of her. I could quickly tell she had been a blessing to many students over the years and dearly loved.
The evening proceeded with the introduction of all the sports teams, players, coaches etc. It’s always nice to see everyone mentioned and honored as a new school year kicks off. It's a great time for the community to reunite and visit. I heard many conversations of people catching up on each other’s lives. With the spring break vacation blended into the summer one, many people hadn’t seen each other for months. It was good to see and hear the reunions.
While the festivities were finishing up I made my way over to the Forestburg coaches. I told them my photos from the evening would be on Texas 1A Fan Facebook page. I did not forget to talk up Gold-Burg to them for Coach Helms. In true form, I told them about his 20 big fast players. They responded that I needed to let Coach Helms know they had 21. We all laughed. As I walked away, I realized I had not formally introduced myself… Sometimes I just start talking and forget to do that. After sizing their team up, I’m not sure they had 21, but they couldn’t be out bragged. Gold-Burg definitely doesn’t have 20, but they will do just fine with their Swiss Army Seven.
There were so many referees in brand new stripes, it got a bit crazy. I sent a phone photo to some friends and asked them what do you call a cluster of seven or more referees? They responded with a herd. I was hoping for something a bit funnier but a herd it definitely was. It’s pretty normal to see lots of new refs at scrimmages. They have to get their training games in somehow. Just like the coaches and players are practicing at a scrimmage, so are the referees. The experienced ones are getting back in the swing of things and training the new ones. I myself am doing the same. Getting back in the photography mode and back on track for catching the best shots.
Both teams were doing well and looking very good for the first and only scrimmage of the season. The quarterback from Forestburg did catch my attention, though. I think I’d have to not even been there to have missed him. He definitely looks to be a player in Six-man that you would want on the line for your defense. So, I was a bit surprised to see him in the backfield throwing some sweet, steady passes almost as long as the field itself. The plus side to all that controlled power was that they had some boys that could receive those sweet passes.
I got a nice surprise visit from a young lady that used to play high school Six-Man football. She walked up to me and asked if I remembered her. I did and I called her by name. We chatted for a few minutes. I took lots of pictures of her when she played. There is one of her that I still treasure. I caught it before she got her helmet on. It showed her beauty and her strength. She is still a beautiful, strong young lady. Proud of her and glad that she took the time to greet me.
The sun got low enough I was able to get a few photos of the Forestburg sidelines before things wrapped up. I spied a photographer on their side as well. Schools with their own photographers are blessed. There are so many that just don’t have people capturing those moments for them. I’ve noticed over the years many come and go from the sidelines as their kids graduate and they move on to other things. If you have one for even a short time, be thankful and let them know they are appreciated. You will cherish the memories they captured for you for years to come.
See you on the sidelines!
By Jason Henderson
In keeping with my theme for the week of new coaches and schools, I visited with Coach Dodson and the Groom Tigers. The Tigers have a new school and a brand new state of the art football field that is worth the trip to see along with one of the great concession stands in the panhandle.
The Tigers, who had a great 2019 season, fell just short of a trip to AT&T Stadium after falling to Motley County last year in the State Quarterfinal Game. Coach Dodson is very excited for the upcoming season and said that he has at least four players who he can give the ball and expect big things. Two of those players he lost last year on back-to-back plays with torn ACL’s. He said in his long impressive coaching career that was the first time he had ever seen that happen.
Coach Dodson said they will start the year with 13 healthy players and in my opinion, a good chance to represent Division II in Dallas as I see the Tigers and Motley County Matadors as the two top teams in their tough region. Groom has been to the big game several times in the past, and with Coach Dodson and the Groom Tiger’s speed, they will be a key team to watch as the season goes on.
By Dency McClure
I made my first ever trip to Gold-Burg ISD. I immediately fell in love with the little school on the hill in the country. Across the road was a field full of round bales. The football field was at one end of the campus with lush green grass surrounded by open countryside as far as the eye can see. Behind the visitor stands was a barbed wire fence separating the open country from the little stadium. It’s definitely a peaceful country setting, except for the roar of a truck from time to time on the nearby highway. It was about 90 degrees and there was a good, cool breeze. Definitely not what one expects of an August afternoon.
The school is located in the town of Stoneburg. Ringgold and Stoneburg consolidated school districts making Gold-Burg. I thought it was neat how they used the ending of both towns to make the name for the new school district. It is always hard to give up a bit of your community identity to consolidate.
I arrived shortly before school let out and the junior high boys were on the field and finishing up their athletic period. I sat at the picnic table, at the end of the field, and watched. I was impressed by the number and their ability to throw and catch a football. I soon heard children behind me rushing to their buses. This was the signal for Coach Helms to release the junior high boys.
Coach Helms walked over, greeted me and then introduced me to his assistant Coach Vaughn. He told me it would be a few minutes until the high school boys would be out. He then told me he had seven players. I asked both coaches about the other town that made up the school district and was informed of Ringgold and where it is located as well as that Ringgold had maintained its own elementary until a few years ago.
The boys came out and greeted me as they hit the field. I heard them chuckling in the background as I was snapping pictures of the countryside. They found it funny I was there to take photos of them but instead taking pictures of the distance. It was kind of funny, but the views needed to be captured as well.
With only seven, it didn’t take me long to know I had captured pictures of all of them. They laughed and teased each other as they did their stretches like siblings and cousins would. The seven are already a family on and off the field.
The lone waterboy, an 8th grader, used his down time to practice kicking field goals. During one water break, Coach Helms walked over and spent a few moments with him showing him how to mark his steps and kick. As practice continued, he got better and better; carefully replicating what Helms had shown him. When the high school boys got to his end of the field, he would simply pick up his tee and move to the other end. I was extremely impressed with his persistence and self drive. He also kept the water ready for practice.
Coach Helms and Coach Vaughn spoke to me off and on over my time there. We talked about their district and upcoming scrimmage. Helms is looking forward to getting the boys some practice with six opposite them on the line. He chuckled and told me drills didn’t take long with only seven. He also told me they would look good at the beginning of games but that stamina would be their enemy. I bet stamina will build quickly as the season progresses and he helps them build it during practice. Cooler weather will probably also be their friend. I told them I was going to the Perrin for their scrimmage with Forestburg. Helms told me to be sure and let Forestburg know that Gold-Burg has about twenty players and that they are good and fast. We all chuckled about that. I told him I had his back and would talk them up to Forestburg.
I have shared the sidelines many times with Coach Helms during games over the years. I am always impressed by his calm, thoughtful demeanor and respect for his players. Today was my first time watching him in a practice setting. I was even more impressed today. I watched him calmly and intelligently walk the seven through play after play. Often asking the boys what they saw and what they expected and then telling them now this is what we are going to do. Every one of the seven was listening and answering and responding with knowledge. Today was not about physical conditioning, as it was the day before a scrimmage. It was a day about mental focus and the power that can bring.
I watched as he would bring the boys in and assign their positions and send them out again. Each round of plays a player would have a different position to fill. This continued as each boy played many different positions. When you only have seven, they must all become utility players mentally and physically. This is why I have dubbed them the Swiss Army Seven. Each and every one of them is learning to fill many positions and many roles for their survival as a team. They have to think smarter and perform smarter than a larger team player. They have to be able to play both sides of the ball every single down of the entire game. Giving it their all from whistle to whistle. There are no offense and defense players called out as the ball turns over. They are it! They won’t leave the field except for the occasional relief from their seventh man rotation. I can’t even begin to imagine the mental and physical exhaustion it would take to do that play after play and game after game. A true testament to the game. Lots of teams have done it over the years just to play the game.
The Swiss Army Seven have a strong chance to do well this season. They are all quick, smart, athletic and already a family on and off the field. With Coach Helms at the helm they have a great chance of riding the waves of turbulent trials with their crew of seven strong. As long as they can face the cross winds, they have a good chance of sailing into the playoffs.
See you on the sidelines!
By Jason Henderson
The 2020 Jaguars may be low on numbers but not on enthusiasm. I had a great visit with Head Coach, Kyle Timmons, and Assistant Coach, David Jeffrey. Coach Timmons said as of play time for his first scrimmage, he will have six kids suited up with another couple, hopefully, coming back from early injury.
Coach Timmons said that he will be starting two Juniors, two Sophomores, and two Freshmen this season. The future is looking bright as all six of those players will return next year along with 8th graders who will suit up next year as well.
Coach Timmons is very excited about his season and mentioned some of his top players to watch for:
I have visited many six-man fields, but one of my top three is without a doubt, Jack Huey Field. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a must! They are well known for their concession stand, The Jaguar Gridiron Grill. It was featured on Texas Country Reporter!
A big thanks to Coach Timmons and Coach Jeffrey for the great visit and hospitality. We ask that the entire six-man community keep the coaches, players, and community In your thoughts and prayers as one of their own was injured during two-a-days and is currently in Houston at Children’s Hospital.
By Jason Henderson
I was unable to make it to the Cowboy Corral last week, so I reached out to a good friend and mentor, Craig Sperry, who gave me a lot of great insight on the Cowboys upcoming season. Craig is also the voice of the Happy Sports Network and another great show we all enjoy, The Press Pass with Kale Steed. The Cowboys led by Head Coach Stacy Perryman had a great season last year with an early loss to McLean in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cowboys are excited for the new year and return four starters on both offense and defense and will be anchored by Senior, Stetson Jameson, who takes over at spreadback and will anchor the defense from his outside linebacker position. I look for the Cowboys to be right at the top of their district this year and look forward to the games when they play McLean and White Deer as these three teams know each other very well after the last four years. I expect there to be some epic battles for the district title as the rivalry between those three teams are definitely in play.
If you’ve never been to the Cowboy Corral in Happy, it’s worth the trip as they have a great concession stand along with a rich tradition of very physical hard-nosed football. Good luck to the Cowboys and a huge thanks to Craig for the info and great pictures.
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