I had two big issues when covering the Throckmorton Greyhounds for this blog. First, from a football standpoint the six-man game, while very interesting, is kind of alien to me. The rhythm, strategy and mentality are completely different than the 11 man game. Even though I did spend a week with them, I never got used to the sight of so few players on the field. That said, nobody who knows how to read a scoreboard or understands what a touchdown is could watch the Throckmorton Greyhounds and not know they are far and away the best team in the 6-man DI division. They proved that Saturday night, handily defeating the Abbott Panthers 72-30 for their second straight 6-man championship. Leading 40-24 at the half the Greyhounds quickly put this game away after a touchdown, an onside kick, another touchdown, a fumble and a 3rd touchdown, put T’rock up 64-24 with 4 minutes to go in the 3rd. The only drama left was whether Abbott could play a full quarters holding off the 45 point lead that would have ended the game. A touchdown and a slowdown offense in the 4th allowed the Panthers to save face and finish the game falling to the Greyhounds by a final score of 72-30.
The second problem that I had was that while I could see multiple playoff games in the metroplex or in Houston, all the six-man playoff games were played in West Texas, putting me in a position where I would have to forgo seeing my other teams or just seeing the Greyhounds. This is why I missed the 1st half last night. I left Waco and the Cedar Hill game and drove as fast as I could to get to Abilene and catch as much of the T’rock game as I could. I’m happy I made it in time to see the ‘Hounds get their championship medals and trophy. Winning a championship takes a tremendous amount of work no matter how much talent your team has and it was nice to see these people I spent time with celebrate a successful end of the season. Congratulations to the Greyhounds, it was a pleasure seeing you again, if only for a few minutes. Like all the teams I’ve covered, I have a lot of respect for the people involved with Throckmorton High School and the Throckmorton football program. They are where they are because they do things right.