"If you build it they will come", so says the spirited ball players in the movie Field of Dreams. After last night's UT coaching fireworks let's not forget that football is a game for players.
Cibolo Steele Knights defeated the Spring Branch Memorial Mustangs 44-21 before a packed house at Heroe's Stadium in San Antonio on the back of Malcolm Brown and the Knight high-powered rushing attack.
The Steele three-headed backfield monster of Brown, Sterns, and Stockton racked up an even 300 yards with Malcolm leading the way with a 9.5 ypc average on 17-161. Steele scored on each of their 6 possessions with only the final clock stopping them on their final drive.
And boy, is Malcolm Brown a player. With Major Applewhite in attendance, he racked up 3 touchdown's on the night with another impressive display of speed, power, and special teams accumen. He has the ability to run between the tackles, execute split-end reverses flawlessly, and return kickoffs.
Yes, kickoff returns.
With Steele leading 24-7 at half, Steele would receive the kickoff working into a very stiff breeze. Malcolm caught the ball 2 yards deep and headed due north through the rumbling Memorial coverage team, cut it outside and the rest is Texas schoolboy lore going 102 yards for the score to blow the game wide open. You could hardly hear the radio broadcast as the stadium erupted in what could only be described as pure football ecstasy.
Memorial coach Gary Koch had these words after the game, "He was the best we saw."
The Cibolo Steele Knights advance to the State 5A-II state championship at Cowboys Stadium in only their fifth varsity season to face the cinderella story Denton Guyer who upset Longview yesterday on a late game punt block and TD pass in the waning seconds.
Everyone in the North Texas area should be at the game.
But Longhorn nation should have faith that at the end of the day, because coaches come and go, it's the players we adore.