by Alex Shumaker
It has been said that the night is the darkest before the dawn.
That can describe our football program except for the fact that we have been stuck in the night for the past three years, unable to shake the darkness.
Exhibit A: we have not beaten St. Pius once. Exhibit B: we have only succeeded in beating Beaumont Kelly one time in the past three years.
My first year of football started in 2007. Since then, we have had three consecutive losing seasons.
The real issue is why we cannot have a winning regular season with the amount of good athletes we have.
In 2007, Kurt Page was the coach of our football program. In addition to Page, we had amazing group of talented football players and assistant coaches.
However, that year, the Eagles went 3-7 with no games won in district play. After that season, Page resigned and Donald Hollas took the helm of the program.
A change in the lead job was only the first item on the table then. Houston Christian was realigned into our district, and Hollas implemented a college-style offense called the spread, which he has run for the past three seasons.
The spread is a type of offense that is supposed to cause an increased amount of points scored in a football game with the ability to have a smaller offensive line.
Instead of being a great system of attack, we relatively have one of the most troubled offenses in our district, causing us to heavily lean on our defense. This dependence causes a major burden for them and can cause significant injuries to our players.
Hollas’s second season ended a little better. The Eagles had another two-win season but still made the playoffs. The team went fired up into the first post-season game but lost 37-7 to Trinity Christian.
Though we lost, there were still highlights, a hopeful flash of what was to come in the next season. We got to see young quarterback, Justin Sebo, throw a touchdown pass in a playoff game as a freshmen.
This year we have a great offense with a new quarterback and running back that made all district last year. We cannot forget our senior kicker, Beau Brady, who has offers to play in college and dreams to kick in the NFL.
All of the pieces are in place for a great football season and hopefully another playoff birth for a second year – and this time, one that will last beyond the opening round.
This season began to seem bleak and felt like another year with low scoring and huge blowouts. Then the turnaround began with victories over New Caney and Splendora.
We still have all our district games coming up. There is a long way to go before we can talk about state championships.
In the end, we need to do more than hope for our first playoff win in a very long time.
And if it is not too much to ask for, it would be nice to beat St. Pius, too.