The one thing I desperately miss not living in Texas is the High School football playoff season. The last great game I saw was the epic Dallas Carter-Odessa Permian state semi-final clash. Yeah, I was there.
My dad was a great high-school football player whose post graduation career was cut short by a 20+ year battle with cancer. He played in the 1959 state quarterfinals as center for SA Edison Bears losing to eventual state 4A champ Corpus Christi Ray. He was a 3 year letterman who had the privilege of playing against the great Tommy Nobis in district play (go get 'em Pop).
The very first Texas High School playoff game I remember attending was the clash of the titans at Waco's Baylor Stadium in the 1971 state 4A championship in which the Tommy Kramer led SA Lee Rebels beat Wichita Falls by one point. Dad drove us the 90 miles down I-35 from Big-D and we made a day of it. Just me and him. Yeah, that was my baptism to Texas High School football. The one thing I remember most in that game was my father getting into a verbal scuffle with some real loser fans who were drunk and cussing the whole time. That has stayed with me ever since. Cheer 'em on but do it with class.
There have been some fantastic high-school football playoff games and I am honored to have witnessed a few in my time.
Anyway, if you are not licking your chops this morning after seeing Malcolm's line yesterday then you're just not breathing. He rumbled for 242 yards on 21 carries with 3 TD's (let me save you the trouble...that is a whopping 11.52 ypc) as Cibolo Steele beat SA MacArthur 49-26 in a Texas 5A II state quarterfinal match-up. That stat line puts him well within spitting distance of 2,000 yards for the year! Can you say "back-to-back" 2,000 yard rushing campaigns.
"It was a team win," Brown said. "The offensive line's getting better every week, and everybody's firing on all cylinders. This whole day was a beautiful thing."
Move over Jesus Shuttlesworth. The second coming is on his way.
Congratulations to Malcolm on his U.S. Army All America selection and to the rest of the Steele Knights. Should be a great match-up against Houston Memorial next weekend.
God bless Texas High School football.