Leakey Press Release

Leakey Football Moves Forward

The mood of the meeting was serious as the Leakey School Board quizzed the district’s Athletic Director, Donnie Dutton; Head Football Coach, Josh Stacey; Assistant Football Coach, Brian Leiker; and Principal, DeeAnna Blanton regarding the pros and cons of considering 6-Man Football.  Athletic Director Dutton said, “Serious injuries have plagued the Leakey Eagle Junior High and High School teams this year as they faced older and larger players on the other teams.”  Coach Stacey added that just last week a junior high school student broke his arm, and a high school student was diagnosed with a concussion.

Leakey is currently one of the smallest schools in the state still trying to field an 11-Man team.  It has been years since Leakey has been able to win more than 50% of its games.  But the Board members agreed that more important than any win-loss record is the safety of our local athletes. Currently, due to injuries, only 16 students will be able to play football this Friday night and many of them are young players.  One game was already forfeited this year due to injuries.

Next week the district’s Athletic Director and Superintendent must file the district’s intent to not only play UIL Football next school year but also whether or not it would be 6-Man or 11-Man Football.  Just last year Nueces Canyon and before that Medina ISD faced the same crossroad and successfully transitioned to 6-Man Football.  In the 1970’s Leakey was a powerhouse in the state’s 8-Man Football league, an option no longer available.

In February the UIL will release which teams Leakey will play next school year in six-man football.  Hopefully, it will include our neighbors Medina and Nueces Canyon and other teams that are in close proximity as more small schools consider this option. Coaches Dutton, Stacey, and Leiker assured the Board that they can easily make the transition to coaching Six-Man Football.  Coach Stacey cited that his own uncle had done so after many years of coaching 11-Man.  He also cited that the move will allow the program to bring back JV Football so students can learn the craft of football playing students their own size.   Coach Dutton already has many years experience coaching 6-Man Football and sees the transition, including a shorter 80-Yard Field, doable.  Mrs. Blanton, Principal of Leakey School, says that she loves the “faster pace” of 6-Man football used by her previous school, Zephyr.

In the end, a motion was made and passed to move the Leakey School Football program to 6-Man Football for the next two years.  In the future as larger classes move up, the district could decide to go back to 11-Man Football.  The decision is made every two years according to Coach Dutton.  In the meantime, the safety of the current athletes took a front seat. Superintendent, Barbara Skipper,  commended the Board for making such a difficult decision.

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Barbara Skipper Ed.D. Leakey Superintendent

Sanderson Eagles vs West Texas Oilers

by: Cowboy Parks

 

I’m running so late this week that I considered not doing a write-up. After some thought on it, I decided I couldn’t leave Sanderson’s performance unmentioned.

 

The Eagles earned their first mercy-rule win of the season with teamwork- several players had decent stats. Wyatt Mills had 69 yards one touchdown on the ground, passed for a touchdown, 114 receiving yards with two touchdowns, and 14 tackles.  Hunter Truesdell ran for 29 yards, passed for 130 and two touchdowns, and got an interception.  Tyler Harris and Sean Lopez had one receiving touchdown each.  Elijah Carrasco had no recordable offense stats, but with eight tackles and two fumble recoveries, he was an important part of the Eagles’ defense.

 

Statistically, Wyatt Mills was the star of the show, but I was more impressed with two other players- Chuy Lopez and Ian Perez. Chuy is not a little guy and he’s far from being fast.  In fact, if he was in an 11-man school, he would likely be a lineman.  Luckily for Sanderson, he plays six-man for them.  On the ground, Lopez rumbled for a total of 62 yards and two touchdowns.  He also threw for 29 yards and a touchdown, logged 9 tackles- 4 for lost yardage, and took a fumble recovery to the house.  Ian Perez, 8 tackles and 3 pass break ups, is a freshman with the potential to be a defensive stud.  This kid is definitely not afraid of contact- he delivered most of the big hits in the game.

 

I can’t forget the Oilers. These young men played hard and never gave up, they were simply outmatched.  Winning would have required a level of fundamental soundness that very few teams will ever reach.

Gorman VS. Iredell Recap

Gorman Panthers vs Iredell Dragons
Cowboy Parks

With a large homecoming crowd there to support them, the Iredell Dragons made short work of the
Gorman Panthers.  The Dragons were only 11 point favorites, but made a mockery of our prediction with
a 64-18 mercy-rule win.

The Dragons made an early statement, and set the pace, by scoring eleven seconds into the game.  With
just over two minutes left in the first quarter, Iredell had extended their lead to 24-0.  Iredell’s offense
did just as well in the second quarter, and finished things off in the third. Head coach Luis Guereca had
this to say about the game “It was a big win for our team. With all the distractions of homecoming
week, the team was able to block that out and focus on the opportunity that was in front of us. It was a
great effort from top to bottom by our players and coaches.”

Gorman was scoreless in the first, but attempted to rally in the second. The Panthers managed to score
twice by halftime and made it into the endzone once more in the third.  Unfortunately, they never found
a way to consistently break through the Dragons defense. When asked for a comment about his loss,
Panthers coach Jeb Dixon was short and to the point. “Iredell is a really good team that is well coached.
We had to many mistakes and they just flat out-played us tonight.”

The win moved Iredell to the #8 spot in the Sixmania Division II rankings- trading places with Calvert.
This brings a question to mind.  Can the Dragons compete with teams like Richland Springs and Strawn?
I believe they can- IF they execute well and continue to play as a team.  I look forward to seeing how far
they can go.

Division II Top 10
1.  Balmorhea
2.  Strawn
3.  Valley
4.  Richland Springs
5.  Milford
6.  Crowell
7.  Follett
8.  Iredell

9.  Calvert
10. Oakwood

Games to Watch (Week 5 by Cowboy Parks)

Week 5 Games to Watch

Cowboy Parks

 

Iredell Dragons vs Gorman Panthers

7:00 pm Saturday @ Iredell

Both of these teams have been slowly climbing in the rankings this season.  Gorman is undefeated, but they haven’t faced a team of Iredell’s caliber.  The Panthers are 11 point underdogs and will need to be on-point to win.  After being shutout in week one by Jonesboro, the young Iredell squad has stepped up their game and earned three straight mercy rule wins. 

Neither team will give up easily, so be ready for a long night- this one will go the distance.

 

Coach’s Take

Gorman HC Jeb Dixon

“Iredell has a good group of kids that have played together for a while.  Most of them have been on varsity since they were Freshman.  I have played them every year and they just get better and better.  They are well coached and very athletic.  Iredell is multiple on offense running both spread and tight.  Defensively, they will give a variety of looks.  We will have to play well and limit our mistakes.”

 

Iredell HC Luis Guereca

“We have a tough match up this week.  We’ll be facing a solid team in Gorman.  Coach Dixon is doing a good job over there and I know he is going to have them ready to play.  We’re going to have to match their intensity, and play well, to give us an opportunity to win.”

 

Blackwell Hornets vs Moran Bulldogs

7:30 pm Friday @ Moran

This won’t be a marquee game, but it should be a barn-burner.  Blackwell is undefeated, but lost to Moran last season.  The Bulldogs have only lost one game this season- to #4 Bryson.  These teams seem to be developing a rivalry, so both will go all-out to get the win.

 

Coach’s Take

Moran HC Lee Lewis

“They’re a very good team with lots of talent and Coach Lowery has done a great job with them.”

 

Blackwell DC Dale Means

“Moran is a really good team.  They are big, quick and physical.  It is a game that has been circled on our schedule since last year!  We have been chomping at the bit for this one and I know they have too.  It should be an old fashioned slobber knocker.  We feel like they will by far be the best team we play before district.”

 

Fredericksburg Heritage Eagles vs Medina Bobcats

7:30 pm Friday @ Medina

Heritage is a mainstay in the private school side of Texas sixman.  Many consider them a perennial powerhouse, and they are undefeated so far this season.  The Eagles will enter this game an 11 point favorite. 

Medina returned to sixman in 2014, and have done reasonably well.  The Bobcats know Heritage has a great program- Medina is 0-3 against them.  Medina will be looking to change that this year.  This should be a fun game to watch.

 

Coach’s Take

Freddy Heritage HC Tim Shipman

“Coach Faglie and his staff have done a tremendous job of building Medina into a great six-man football program.  You can by tell watching them play that they have some playoff experience veterans on the team.  We look forward to very tough test on Friday night. We have been growing through our mistakes and need to take that next step.  Friday night’s test against Medina will be an opportunity to do just that.  We must play solid in every phase of the game if we want to come out of there with a win.  It is games against this caliber of an opponent that prepare you for district and the playoffs.

I figure this will be a very tough, physical football game- one in which turnovers, penalties and small mistakes will dictate the outcome.”

 

Medina HC Josh Faglie

“We think very highly of Heritage.  They are a solid team, and very well coached.  They beat us last year, but our boys are much improved.   We will have to tackle well in order win but our team is ready for the challenge.  I can’t say enough about the way our kids show up ready to work everyday.  They are the hardest playing kids I have ever coached.  It has been a lot of fun these first few weeks, and we will be ready to play on Friday.”

 

Nazarene Christian vs Denton Calvary

7:30 pm Friday @ Denton Calvary

I hate to admit it, but I don’t know much about many of the private school teams- including these.  But with an eight point spread, this game piques my interest.  It should keep everyone there on the edge of their seats.

 

Coach’s Take

Nazarene HC Chris Connaughton

“We Pride ourselves on going out and finding tough competition that will prepare us for district, playoffs, and hopefully a State Championship.  Denton Calvary is a historically tough program and this year is no exception. We have a lot of respect for them and look forward to a great game of football!”

 

Ropes Eagles vs Ira Bulldogs

7:30 pm Friday @ Ropes

Ropes has only won one of twelve meetings with Ira.  They will be looking to make this game win number two in the series, but Ira isn’t going to make it easy.  The 3-1 Bulldogs are continually getting better, and Coach Goodwin will have them ready for this one.  Our system has Ropes as a nine point favorite, but any true sixman fan can tell you a game can shift by 20 points in a minute.  PATs will be critical, and the team that doesn’t make them will likely lose.

 

Coach’s Take

Ira HC Toby Goodwin

“Ropes has an explosive offense and an aggressive defense.  We must be mentally ready and execute extremely well.”