Three months until I leave to Germany for my coaching job with the Razorbacks. Below is the link to the English translation of the press release about my hiring.
We’ve finally finished the process of hiring our two American import players. It’s my first time being in a position of helping recruit and choose players and was an interesting experience.I talked to a lot of great kids. The toughest part was turning down some great candidates. There were probably 10 players I spoke with that I would love to take over there, but unfortunately we only had the budget for two. I AM excited about working with the two we got though. Garett Coleo is a quarterback for Miami, who played D-2 ball in Minnesota and spent last season playing in Sweden. He’s fast, mobile and has an accurate arm. Jeremy Stewart is a DB/LB from New York State. Good hitter and cover guy who can even play some receiver and will be on all our special teams. Even more important, both seem like quality young men, mature enough to handle and be excited about six months living overseas, playing football for room, board and a few Euros.
For my new European followers, I’ve added a new domain name to this blog. As well as Texasfootballroadtrip.com, this site can now be reached through Eurofootballroadtrip.com. I know, it isn’t very accurate or creative, but it keeps my site consistent.
Ten Texas Championships will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington starting Thursday and for the first time in three years I won’t be there. My wife is out of town and I’m stuck with dog sitting duties or I’d grab a flight to DFW and get there. This is such a great event. I said it last year and wrote about in in Big and Bright, but if you love high school football the Texas State Championship ten-header needs to be on your bucket list. The football is amazing, the venue is incredible and the price is right ( $10 a day). Its a fitting showcase for the greatest high school football in the nation.
As with the last two seasons several of the teams I wrote about will be there.
First off, Congratulations to the Throckmorton Greyhounds who won the 6-man division 2 crown defeating Groom 66-20. This is the third championship for T’Rock in the past four years. This year the “Hounds got there with a new coach after Mike Reed moved on to the 11-man game.
The Aledo Bearcats will also attempt to to continue their dynasty with a new coach. Aledo dominated John Tyler in the semis, 44-14. Saturday, the Bearcats will vie for their fifth championship in six years. Aledo is now led by former defensive coordinator Steve Wood who took over after Tim Buchanan moved up to the District athletic director position. The Bearcats will take on Temple Saturday at noon.
The Cedar Hill Longhorns will also make a return trip the AT&T. For the third straight year the “Horns will play the Katy Tigers for the 6A D-2 title. Katy won the title in 2012, and Cedar Hill took it in 2013, setting up a rubber match between the two powers. Unlike the last two seasons, Cedar Hill had a relatively smooth runs through the playoffs, with it’s only close game against another Big and Bright program when they beat Abilene High 36-28. Saturday, the Longhorns punched their ticket for the championship beating Spring Westfield 64-33.
Good luck to both the Bearcats and the Longhorns, I wish I could be there, but I will be watching on Fox Sports Southwest who will be covering all 10 of the games starting on Thursday.