Starting this summer I’ll be traveling through Texas following ten outstanding football teams, a week at a time, from Saturday morning meetings through the Friday night game. My goal is to write a book showcasing these amazing programs and the character of Texas high school football as a model for the rest of the country. Texas high school is unique in its support, the professionalism of its coaching and the amount of quality programs within the state. As someone who spent many years coaching in Nevada, I see Texas as a place where the value of the game is respected and where coaches are given the tools to do their jobs the right way.
From the six man level, I’ll spend a week at Throckmorton, a small town between Dallas and Abilene, coming off a state championship, undefeated season. Coach Reed has led the Greyhounds to a 47-5 record over the past four years.
I’ll be visiting two 3A programs, from East Texas, the Carthage Bulldogs and the La Marque Cougars in suburban Houston. Carthage is ranked 2nd in the DCTF preseason poll and La Marque is dropping down to the 3A after advancing to the state semi’s last year in the 4A.
I will also visit the a 2011 4A champion at Aledo outside of Fort Worth. The Bearcats are led by coach Tim Buchanan, who has put together an 85-19 record since 2004.
From the 5A, I will be traveling to the Rio Grande Valley, and spending a week with the Harlingen Cardinals as they take on their cross town rival Harlingen East. In 2010 coach Manny Gomez led his squad to the state semifinals.
Several other programs are considering taking part, I will update this blog as more commit. I will be starting my journey at the Texas High School Coaches Association clinic in late July and will stay through the state championship games in mid December. I will chronicle what I’ll see on this blog. Check back this fall to follow the roadtrip.
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