Before John King became a beloved Texas high school football coach, he was one of the best players to ever take the field for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
In one of the final conversations Kade Burns had with his father before he passed away in August of 2009, Melvin Burns – a legendary coach in Mason – told his son he was proud of how hard his Thorndale team played despite walking away on the losing end of the 2009 season opener.
"Get off your ass and go get it" — The frank lessons from friends and mentors that have fueled JJ Resendez's rise
"The thing I always loved about JJ – the reason I knew he was going to be a great coach – was he was always the first to do the things nobody else wanted to do.”
“He called me out in front of everybody and I deserved it": Lessons that have shaped Texas' most enthusiastic coach – David Gilpin
“We’re trying to do both here – have a winning program and build men of character. We’ve done both of those things."
The Leopards have risen to No. 7 in 4A DII after being picked to finish fourth in their district, and in a wide open year in that division, the sky's the limit.
The Indians are undefeated and may be in a perfect position to play spoiler in the 2A DI playoffs.
The Lions have put together some great teams over the years, but this group – and this defense, especially – is rumbling with a purpose.
The Thunderbirds are taking it one game at a time, but a drop down from 6A and a stellar season have expectations quickly rising.