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The 2022 Texas High School Football Banquet Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance is proud to partner with Dave Campbell’s Texan Live to live stream this year's banquet. The banquet will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 6:00PM at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, TX.
To view the free live stream, simply go to https://texanlive.com/video/626af3d64a9cd200019edbad and click on the live stream button. Dave Campbell’s Texan Live is the premiere live and on demand platform for Texas High School Sports. “We couldn't be more excited to give football fans an opportunity to join us as we honor these outstanding Texas High School football players and coaches."—Mike Anderson, Hall of Fame President.
The 2022 Hall of Fame class includes:
Dick Stafford - Temple High School
Ray Rhodes - Mexia High School
Rodney Allison - Odessa High School
Shea Walker - Port Arthur Jefferson High School
Tony Brackens - Fairfield High School
Colt McCoy - Tuscola Jim Ned High School
Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game Award - Robert Wilcox (Iowa Park High School Announcer)
Tom Landry Award winner Todd Dodge (Westlake High School) presented by the THSCA.
Gordon Wood Award is given to Marlin High School
This year's banquet will be emceed by Class of 2016 Texas High School Football Hall of Fame inductee Craig Way. Mr. Way is the Play-By-Play Voice of the Texas Longhorns and on Bally Sports Southwest for the UIL. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Managing Editor and Bally Sports Southwest’s Greg Tepper will lead the pregame show providing analysis alongside DCTF Editor Ishmael Johnson and DCTF Reporter Mallory Hartley conducting interviews with the inductees.
Please join us as we induct these Texas High School Football greats into the Hall of Fame.
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Class of 2022 Inductee Bios
1959 and before
DICK STAFFORD, Temple: Dick Stafford was a three-year varsity letterman for the Temple Wildcats from 1953 to 1955, playing fullback and safety. Stafford earned Super Centex selection as a fullback, as well as All-District honors, and honorable mention All-State. As a senior, Stafford was picked as Temple’s best all-around player on a District Championship Team. Stafford played one year of college football at Midwestern State, where he was a starter at fullback. He went on to play three seasons at Texas Tech University. He was a two-year starter at fullback and linebacker for the Red Raiders. Following his playing career, Stafford spent 31 years as a high school coach. In 1979 he won the 4A state championship as an assistant coach at Temple, a team that went 15-0 for the season.
RAYMOND EARL RHODES - Mexia High School: Ray Rhodes was born and raised in Mexia, Texas. In 1968, Rhodes played a crucial role in integrating Mexia High School, as he and three other black students transferred from Dunbar High School to join Bob McQueen’s Black Cats. Although Rhodes played multiple sports and received a letterman in basketball and track and field, his football career started in Mexia. Rhodes was a dynamic running back at Mexia and helped his school earn a district championship and playoff berth. In college, Rhodes played running back at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth for two seasons then transferred to Tulsa University in Oklahoma where he played wide receiver and running back positions. Rhodes was drafted 10th round by the New York Giants in the 1974 NFL Draft. Rhodes played wide receiver for the Giants before switching to the cornerback position. In 1979 he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Rhodes played a total seven NFL seasons before beginning his coaching career. From 1981 to 2012, Rhodes coached in the NFL for the following teams: Defensive Back Coach for the 49ers; Defensive Coordinator Coach for the Green Bay Packers; Defensive Coordinator Coach with the 49ers; Head Coach with the Philadelphia Eagles; Head Coach with the Green Bay Packers; Defensive Coordinator Coach with the Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks; and Assistant Defensive Coach with the Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans. During his NFL Career, Rhodes received 5 Super Bowl Rings with the 49ers and one championship ring with the Seahawks. Rhodes made history by becoming the fourth African American Head Coach in the NFL. In the 1995 NFL season Rhodes received the NFL Coach of the Year Award, taking the Eagles to the playoffs and ending the season with a 10-6 record. Ray Rhodes was known for his no-nonsense coaching style that proved to be effective in motivating his players. The excellence exhibited by Rhodes in the many facets of his professional life is also a reflection of Mexia High School Football, where his career in football began.
RODNEY ALLISON, Odessa: One of the top quarterbacks to come out of Odessa High, Rodney Allison led the Bronchos in a memorable game versus Permian in 1973 when he passed for 198 yards, 3 touchdowns, and rushed for 140 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown. Allison started for the Bronchos for two years. As a senior, he passed for 1,344 yards and earned first-team All-State at quarterback. As an outstanding high school baseball player, he was drafted by the Houston Astros out of high school, but decided to continue playing football at the college level instead. He made visits to the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and held various other offers. Ultimately, he chose Texas Tech University and started for the Red Raiders from 1975-1977. In 1976, Allison earned Southwest Conference MVP when he led the Red Raiders to a 10-2 record and a share of the conference title with Houston. He led Texas Tech to three consecutive bowl appearances. Allison was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2017. He played two seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts before joining the coaching ranks. Allison served as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, Duke, Southern Mississippi, where he coached Brett Favre, Auburn, and Clemson before becoming the head coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2003-2008. He’s currently the Executive Director of Texas Tech’s Double T Varsity Club, which caters to former men and women athletes from Texas Tech University.
SHEA WALKER, Port Arthur Jefferson: In two seasons of high school football, as a wide receiver and safety for Port Arthur Jefferson, Shea Walker caught 85 passes for more than 1,200 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. As a senior, he had 64 receptions for 923 yards and 8 touchdowns earning him 1st Team All-State honors, District 22-5A Offensive Player of the Year, and recognition as a Houston Chronicle Super 60 player. Walker went on to play at Texas A&M University, where he was a 4-year letterman for the Aggies and a 2-time Southwest Conference Champion. He finished his career at Texas A&M with 98 receptions and a school record of 1,411 receiving yards. Walker has done color analyst work at both the high school and collegiate level working with Westwood One, The Southland Conference, the UIL Texas High School State Championships, Fox Sports Southwest, and Bally Sports Southwest.
TONY BRACKENS, Fairfield: Tony Brackens was one of the hardest hitters of the 1990s. Brackens earned that reputation while at Fairfield earning him a place on the UIL All-Century team. (Brackens’ nomination did not include any high school statistical or awards information.) Brackens signed with the University of Texas and played three seasons for the Longhorns from 1993-1995. During that time, he was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection and an All-American defensive end in 1995. He finished his career at Texas with 24 sacks. Brackens was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NFL, all for the Jaguars. Brackens is the all-time sack leader for the Jacksonville Jaguars with 55 sacks, and he compiled 362 total tackles.
COLT McCOY, Tuscola Jim Ned: Colt McCoy finished his high school career as the all-time passing leader in Class 2A history with just shy of 10,000 yards and 116 TDs. He was twice the AP All-State 2A Offensive MVP. He led Jim Ned to the 2003 Class 2A D1 State Championship game. Colt excelled as a 4-sport standout competing in track, golf, and leading Jim Ned to the Texas State Basketball finals as well. As a Texas Longhorn, McCoy passed for 13,253 yards and 112 TDs. He went 45-8 in 53 career starts earning first-team All-American honors in 2008 and 2009, and became the all-time winningest QB in NCAA history. He was a two-time Walter Camp National Player of the Year and a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist. He won the Maxwell Award, AT&T Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brian Award, the Manning Award for the nation’s top QB, and the Unitas Golden Arm Award. McCoy is one of only 6 players in Texas history to have his number retired. Along with those accomplishments, McCoy was the winner of the Bobby Bowden Award (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, and was selected to the Allstate AFCA and Big 12 Good Works team for his leadership in community service. Colt will be entering his 13th season in the NFL as member of the Arizona Cardinals. He has passed for 7195 yards and 33 TDs as a pro.
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JOHN PARCHMAN, Midland Lee: John Parchman guided the Midland Lee Rebel’s to a three-peat of 5A state championships (DII in 1998, DI in 1999 & 2000). Parchman’s 1999 team was named National High School Football Champions. That same year, he was selected to coach the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. He compiled a 152-73-1 record in 20 years as a head coach at Frenship, Cisco, El Paso Socorro, Llano and Midland Lee. In 2000, Parchman was named USA Today National Coach of the Year. He was elected to the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor in 2020.
JOEY MCGUIRE, Cedar Hill: Joey McGuire began his coaching career at his alma mater, Crowley HS. Two years later, he took an assistant coach’s position at Cedar Hill coaching varsity secondary, tight ends, and outside linebackers. McGuire was promoted to head coach in 2003, inheriting a program that had never won a playoff game. In 2005, CHHS won its first district championship in 25 years, made its first playoff appearance in school history, and McGuire was named 7-5A Coach of the Year. The Longhorns had a perfect season in 2006 going 16-0 and winning the first ever Division II 5A State Championship. That same year, McGuire was awarded the Dallas Cowboy High School Coach of the Year and Dave Campbell’s 5A Coach of the Year. He would go on to lead the Longhorns to 3 state championships in 14 seasons, including back-to-back state titles in 2013 & 2014, and 12 straight playoff appearances. McGuire’s teams amassed a 141-42 record, won state in 2006, 2013 & 2014, made 4 title appearances (runner up in 2012), won 9 bi-district championships, and 7 district championships. During his 14 years as head coach, he coached 95 Division 1 athletes, 6 NFL players, and saw close to 20 million dollars in athletic scholarships earned by players. His numerous awards include: two-time District Coach of the Year (2005, 2006), Dallas Coach of the Week for MaxPreps (2013), Dallas Morning News Area Coach of the Year, Taco Bell North Texas Coach of the Year, National Football Foundations Dallas Club 5A Coach of the Year, MaxPreps 2013 Texas High School Coach of the Year, Padilla Poll 5A Division 2 Coach of the Year, the 63rd Annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association's All State Football Teams Class 5A Coach of the Year (2013). He coached the Under Armour All-American games nine times, and was the head coach of the Semper Fi All-American Bowl (2013). In 2014, he coached the THSCA All-Star North Team and was the Padilla Poll 6A Coach of the Year. McGuire served on the THSCA Board of Directors from 2011-2014, and was a Regional Director and a 2-time nominee for President. After his legendary run at Cedar Hill, McGuire spent five seasons at Baylor before accepting the head coaching position at Texas Tech University. He and his wife Debbie have been married 28 years and have two children. Raegan, 26, is the Senior Designer at AMUR in NYC. Garret, 23, is an Offensive Analyst for the Carolina Panthers. Their Blue Lacy, Charlie Dog, is 6 years old and runs the house.
Dave Campbell Contributor to the Game
ROBERT WILCOX, stadium announcer, Iowa Park: Robert Wilcox served as the Iowa Park stadium play-by-play announcer for 72 years. In 1947, Mr. Wilcox was a high school senior and played fullback for Iowa Park at a whopping 130 pounds, but he was tough as nails. Unfortunately, it was this toughness that led to the end of his football days. In the seventh game of the season, he dove through the line and came out with a broken knee cap. After deciding his knee was too badly injured to return to the game, the superintendent went to him on the sideline and said, “Son, we have a new public address system that we haven’t used yet and we need someone that recognizes the numbers on the jerseys and who they are. Do you think you could manage that for us?” The team carried him up to the top row of the bleachers and thus began his 72-year journey of announcing Iowa Park football games. Wilcox finally retired as the stadium announcer in 2019 at the age of 91. Since his retirement as announcer, at 92, he still readies the press box for all Thursday and Friday night games at Iowa Park.
Tom Landry Winner-Coach Todd Dodge
Todd Dodge served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Westlake High for the last eight years. Dodge, newly retired, finished his 36 years in coaching as a state champion. The last three years at Westlake, Dodge went 45-1 with back-to-back-to-back 6A State Championships. Upon conclusion of his eight years at Westlake, Dodge boasts undefeated regular seasons in 2017, 2020 and 2021. During his five-year run at Southlake Carroll from 2002-2006, he was 79-1 with five consecutive state championship appearances at the Texas 6A level – winning the state championship four times during that run. Dodge holds eight career state championship appearances overall and has won seven. As a high school coach, Coach Dodge has been named National Coach of the Year four times. His overall career coaching record is 236-72. Coach Dodge has been married to Elizabeth Neptune Dodge for 36 years. They have two children – a son, Riley who currently serves as Southlake Carroll’s Head Football Coach and is married to Alexis, and a daughter, Molly who is married to Weston Kuenstler. Todd and Elizabeth are the proud grandparents of Tate Riley, Landry Mack, and Blakely Dodge.
Gordon Wood Winner—Marlin High School
Marlin fought to get back for a long time.
Not just in football, though the Bulldogs ended 2020 with their ninth losing record in 10 years. Not just in the classroom, though the Texas Education Agency has been running the school since 2017 when the state installed an appointed board of directors in place of the elected school board. Even the town of Marlin faced hurdles with things like an aging water infrastructure system that left residents without water on more than one occasion in the last decade.
It would be overly simplified to suggest a football coach came in and saved the town. Marlin has had hard-working football coaches in the past, and the town and school are still fighting for progress. But the Bulldogs’ 2021 football season at least raised everyone’s confidence.
Under first-year coach Ruben Torres, Marlin put together an 11-4 campaign last fall and came within a touchdown of going to the Class 2A Division I state championship game.
“It gave Marlin just something to cheer about, something to be happy about, something to be proud of which had gone away from Marlin for the past decade to 15 years,” Marlin ISD Superintendent Darryl Henson said. “We understand the importance of what sports can bring to a community, especially football in the state of Texas. This year our Marlin High School football team did a phenomenal job not only on the field but their success in winning on the field was a success for the community of Marlin.”
The Bulldogs have a proud tradition in football, which includes state title game appearances in 2003 and 1964. This year’s team took a gigantic step back in that direction and has now been chosen as the Gordon Wood Award winner.
Torres was hired at Marlin and arrived in town just in time for the great winter storm of 2021. That was the first challenge, but the new coach was up for it.
“Coach Torres showed up in the freeze and knew what our community was going through,” Henson said. “His heart came out first and being the football coach was second.”
Torres’ second challenge was to instill a winning culture. He chose to start in another sport besides football. By emphasizing track and field, the new coach notched a few early wins. The Bulldogs won area and regional titles and sent both boys’ and girls’ relay teams to the state meet.
“I think you’ve got to win, not just out on the football field,” Torres said. “For us it was in track. That was one of my non-negotiables — you’re going to at least practice. They got a great taste of winning. I think that’s where it started.”
Going into the fall, Marlin had a strong group of returning players from a squad that went 4-5 and made the bi-district round of the playoffs in 2020. Although the Bulldogs lost their season opener at Riesel, 17-6, better days were coming soon.
Marlin won three of its next four games going into district play, including a hard-fought 34-29 victory at Valley Mills.
The signs of what was ahead really showed in the district opener at Italy.
“Going into halftime, we were up a touchdown. They came out and scored,” Bulldogs junior Derion Gullette said. “The old Marlin, we’d be like ‘Dang, they scored’ and everybody would get down. After they scored, it was like nobody got down. We actually fought back. After that, the whole momentum changed.”
Torres said that night and the next day in film sessions, he could see that his players were still locked in.
Marlin didn’t lose again for a while. The Bulldogs went on an eight-game winning streak that took them well into December football. Perhaps the crowning achievement for Marlin was a win over Crawford in the regional final. Marlin capitalized on the opportunity and defeated the Pirates, 26-6, at Tiger Field in Belton.
The switch has been flipped.
“Earlier in the year, some guys were iffy trying to feel (Coach Torres) out,” Gullette said. “After we made the run-in football, ok now it made them hungrier. Now they want to keep doing it. It’s going to change over all the sports and I can tell it’s going to translate over big next year.”
Bios written by CHAD CONINE
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