GRANDFALLS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Grandfalls-Royalty returns more than half of its starters from last season’s 10-win campaign. Those seniors who graduated, though, accounted for plenty of productivity.
Among them: First Team All-Region selections Oscar Huertas and De’Shaun Rogers.
Those next in line for the Cowboys are eager to show what they can do.
“I’m really excited to see where they fit in on this team and what they can contribute,” said junior Chris Miller. “I trust these guys. I feel like they’re going to step in fine. I’m really excited to see what they’re going to do and what they can do.”
Another notable departure is head coach Joe Helms, who is now coaching at Gold-Burg High School in Bowie.
Grandfalls-Royalty alum Jeff Corean will take over in his place after serving as an assistant last season.
“Patience is the number one thing I took away,” said Corean about his time working under Helms. “Number two was just the little things – a little bit about his shotgun offense, little defensive tidbits here and there. Just his poise and patience in the big game.”
While this fall offers its own excitement, the Cowboys will also look to build a foundation for the future. Next year, all but two players can return to the team.
“We want to build fundamentals down all the way,” said junior Abel Rodriguez. “That’s the key to everything. Fundamentals, over and over. Getting used to the hitting, blocking – the normalities of it all.”
The mantra for this season is simple: One More.
One more rep in the weight room. One more sprint. One more rep on the field in play. Everything, one more,” said Corean. “One more game. One more win. One more round. One more trophy. Just take it one piece at a time. Just do that little extra. Do all the little things right. Just come together as a group one more time.”