About

I set up this blog to document the adventure I’m embarking on during the fall of 2012. After 22 years of coaching football in Reno, Nevada, I have taken the year off to write a book, follow, and experience the best high school football in the nation. Football in the State of Texas.

Texas football is unique in many ways. No other states combine  quality coaching, institutional support and community enthusiasm for football like Texas does.  Texans love high school football, respect its value as part of a complete education and support it in ways coaches in the rest of the country have to envy. Big and small; urban, suburban and rural; White, Hispanic, and African-American; rich and poor; passion for high school football is the common thread Texans share from the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle.

As a football coach, who loves the game, I see the Texas example as sometime admirable that the rest of the country would do well to emulate.

During the 2012 season I will be following eleven outstanding programs a week at a time, from Saturday morning scout meetings through the Friday night  game. The coaches have been generous enough to allow me complete access to their programs and I will do the best I can to capture the preparation, excitement and action of  Texas High School Football.

I have a great cross section of diverse programs from many parts of the state, that will give a picture of high school football at its best. During the season I will update this blog a few times a week to let anyone interested see whats going on. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I hope you sign up and follow along!

Gray Levy

 

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  1. Paul

    I can’t wait to see what happens this season. I am looking forward to learn ng something about Texas high-school football.

  2. nobody

    You need to check out Lake Travis 5 titles in a row and it is pretty nice there..http://www.laketravisfootball.com/ indoor field and one of the biggest weight rooms in the country at a million plus…

    • I did visit the school. You are right, very impressive campus and facilities. Coach Carter has invited me to watch them practice, but unfortunately he had the flu the day I was there. I will try to make it there during two a days.

  3. paul k.

    Gray
    What a great idea, and what a great adventure! Please update us on two-a-days and community involvement.
    Pk

  4. Your blog and website are a topic of conversation on my website

    http://www.coogsports.net

    Mike Lockwood
    La Marque, Texas

    • Thanks for the support and free publicity. I really enjoyed my morning with the La Marque coaches and kids and am looking forward to my week there. Please introduce yourself that week. It would be great to talk to you.

  5. You are quite welcome, I look forward to meeting you.

    Mike Lockwood
    La Marque Class of 1971

  6. Gray: I have enjoyed following your trip. I miss the open road and Highway 83, but I am going to be in Canadian this Friday as they host an undefeated Abernathy team. Coach Koetting is a class act and I am looking forward to the game. Keep up the good coverage. I envy you!

    Dave Almany
    Prairie Blitz: High School Football on America’s 50 yard line

    • Thanks Dave, Tell Coach Koetting hello from me, I really enjoyed talking with him on the phone. I still hope to get up there and meet him at some point, maybe during the playoffs. Thanks for reading my blog. I’m having a lot of fun and meeting a lot of great people in Texas.
      GL

  7. Chris

    Hey Gray,
    My name is Chris and I am currently studying at Texas A&M as an exchange student from Austria for this fall semester. I came to Texas and especially to Aggieland because I am a huge football fan. I want to watch as much football as possible during my time here in Texas.
    Could you give me any recommendations about high school football games in the College Station area? I wouldn’t mind driving a few hours if there are games I’d have to see…
    I would also like to go to one of these small towns, like the one you see in all these movies and TV series, where football is religion and the whole town is in the stadium friday night… could you recommend any towns???
    I would really appreciate your help,
    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Mark Howell

      Chris,
      Normangee HS has their homecoming game next Friday night, October 5th. Its a very small school about 45 minutes from College Station. I have never been there and have no idea how good their football team is but small town Texas football is always interesting. You should check it out.

    • Chris,
      My travels haven’t yet taken me to College Station, so I can’t claim any expertise on the programs there. I know the 5A school there, A & M Consolidated is very good and has played some interesting football the last two weeks, knocking off the number one team in the state, Lake Travis two weeks ago and putting up astronomical numbers Friday against Lufkin. There are lots of small towns with great traditions within a few hours of you, but again I’m not very familiar with the programs in that part of the state. You aren’t very far from Port Lavaca and I can absolutely vouch that this is a town that closes down when the Sandcrabs are playing. Great fans and an outstanding atmosphere. There are so many towns in Texas that high school football is a huge part of the local culture that I’m sure you couldn’t go too far wrong by going anywhere nearby. Hope this helps and thanks for reading my blog.

      GL

  8. Chris

    Thank you guys for your help!

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