More than anything, Centerville head coach Kyle Hardee was happy to win a district game. But the Tigers’ 26-6 win over District 9-2A Division I foe Cayuga was a little extra special. It was Hardee’s 100th win in a career he’s spent entirely with his hometown Tigers.
“I just think as a coach, you realize as bad as we want to win and as much as we put into it, it always goes back to the kids,” he said. “None of those wins did I go out and win a football game. Those kids earned all of those, so I give them all the credit. I just feel fortunate to be able to be a part of it.”
Several former players texted their congratulations, which Hardee appreciated. Before taking the head coaching reins, Hardee worked under Bill Hunter, who won 223 career games, including the first-ever playoff game in Centerville history, and Keith Gardner, who led Alto to back-to-back state titles in 2006-07. In total, Hardee has been at Centerville for 28 years and is in his 15th season as head coach.
“I came up under some good coaches and good men,” Hardee said. “It’s been special for me. Centerville’s my home. I was able to come back home. I was able to raise my four kids in Centerville.”
It’s been a bit of a rebuilding year for a young Centerville (2-3, 1-0) squad, but Hardee enjoys watching his team improve seemingly every week. The Tigers look to continue that trend at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a road game against Malakoff Cross Roads.
Four undefeated teams remain in Brazos Valley
By now, every team has taken a few lumps and battled through adversity. But for four Brazos Valley teams, that hasn’t affected the number in the win column.
Four local teams, A&M Consolidated, Rockdale, Anderson-Shiro and Allen Academy, remain undefeated heading into Week 8 of the regular season.
For many, Consol and Rockdale’s excellent seasons are no surprise. Consol’s stacked senior class has helped power the Tigers through some of District 10-5A Division II’s toughest opponents with wins over No. 7 Huntsville (24-14) and then-No. 8 Lamar Consolidated (41-7). Consol (6-0, 2-0) has a tough task this week as it takes on Katy Paetow, which also is undefeated, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tigerland Stadium.
Rockdale, which is two years removed from a Class 3A Division I title, cruised to comfortable wins against its nondistrict opponents, including Class 4A’s Giddings and Caldwell. The Tigers (6-0, 2-0) have gotten even better since District 10-3A Division I play started, outscoring opponents a combined 133-34. The road to a district title gets tougher over the next few weeks though as the Tigers travel to Troy before hosting Cameron in the annual Battle of the Bell.
Anderson-Shiro and Allen Academy, two teams that had breakout seasons a year ago, continue to impress. The Owls, who last year were pulling off wins by razor-thin margins, are dominating teams this year thanks in part to a bruising ground game led by Brazos Valley leading rusher Zacarrius Haynes and a stifling defense. Anderson-Shiro (6-0, 1-0) is coming off a close 35-32 win over Hemphill in its District 12-3A Division II opener and takes on New Waverly this week.
The Rams (7-0) returned many players from last year’s core squad, including senior Brandon Boyd and juniors Brent Tucker and Aaron Boegner, who all were TAPPS 6-Man Division II all-state picks last season. Allen Academy averages more than 50 points per game while allowing just 14.6, and after a 33-31 win over rival St. Joseph, the Rams have a bye week to prepare for Conroe Covenant Christian.
In the polls
Just three local teams appeared in the weekly Dave Campbell’s Texas Football rankings this week.
After beating then-No. 8 Lamar Consolidated, A&M Consolidated held at No. 4 in Class 5A Division II. The Tigers also were named the Dave Campbell’s Class 5A team of the week. Rockdale moved up a spot to No. 5 in Class 3A Division I after blowing out Lago Vista 52-28. In Class A Division II, Calvert remained at No. 5 despite losing 36-30 to Class A Division I No. 5 Milford. The Trojans (3-3) will host BVCHEA at 7:30 p.m. Friday.