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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - December 28, 1997, Galveston, Texas B6 sunday december 28 1997 county Texas the daily news 1997 Al county team i a Stream offence Yemen Texas City St Center Iron started All 15 games earned firs team 234a honors while maintaining a Grade Point average John Kam la Marque 250 of firs team Al District 23 4a selection he was a main cog in la Marques offence which averaged nearly 400 Yards a game Robert Lundy Hitchcock 64 220 of Lundy consistently graded out As one of the Best linemen on a weekly basis or Stream Alldis strict 283a selection Jarvis Miller Bali High 63 260 of Miller was firs team All District 245a selection helped the tors Strong running attack that gained More than Yards Randy Noble Clear Creek 62 210 of Noble was a firs team All District pick on the Offen Sive line and As a defensive end for the 1997 wildcats Tommy Conneh Texas City 62 270 of Conneh graded out at 95 percent for the stings 15 games he was also a firs team Al District 234a selection Bobby Bouse High Island or receiver Bouse had 767 Yards receiving and eight touch Downs on 54 catches or Stream Al District 13a and Tsway first Teamer no photo available Jon Nethmi cooped la Marque receiver or Stream Al District 23 4a receiver had 41 catches for 764 Yards especially adept at picking up yardage after the catch William Harris Friendswood 510 130 receiver stepped into main receiver role because of injury and had outstanding season in first varsity year or Stream Al District 224a pick Wes Kom Dorffer Dickinson 60 Iso receiver or Stream Al District 23 4a selection kept up great numbers All season despite playing against stacked defences Ervis i Texas City 6q 175 a a unanimous firs team All District 234a pick and District offensive player of the year Rinshed with nearly total Yards Dwale coynes la Marque re unanimous firs team ail District 234a pick in shed with Yards Rushing and 20 ids aver aged Yards per carry Danny Herman Santa be 56 Iso re a if True Dynamo that rushed for Yards in 10 games he also scored 12 touchdowns and aver aged Yards per carry Daryl Williamson Friendswood 81 195 re or Stream Al District 22 4a selection rushed for Yards and scored 20 touchdowns averaged Yards per carry Shane Armstrong Friendswood kicker or Stream ail District 224a pick and firs team 4a All state selection had 12 Fps and 45 extra Points including 7for7 in playoffs Dowling not just about wins losses by Kevin Lueb the daily news Texas City wins and losses Are important to Rusty Dowling but not necessarily the ones that show up on records and help win state titles for example As Dowling walked off the Astrodome Field shortly after Texas City beat Corsicana to win the 1997 Glass 4a division i state title he noticed a group f his former players from his coaching Days at san Antonio Jay those players along wifi Many of dowlings for Mer Singaree players wanted to show their support and offer congratulations when you see that and when you see that you have a program that Means that much to former players that gives me a Good Dowling said people ask me if winning the state title was the Pinnacle of my coaching career wins and losses Are there part of the game but ifs More rewarding to me to think that some Way shape or form i have had an effect on things the kids think Are while that is not always easy to measure Dowl ing was certainly successful in the things that can be in seven years he took a program that had enjoyed Only rare Success and guided it to the top every season since his 19 Mark in his first year with the stings in 1991 Texas City has improved in one Way or another culminating with this years state title after two losing seasons including a 46 Mark in 1992 Dowling made the biggest Enfield change in his time with the program by scrapping the passing attack he had always been associated with the stings opened up the 1993 season with five straight losses while learning the new More conservative offence but the style caught on and the team made the playoffs for the first time since the Early 1980s we just didst feel with the athletes we had and what we saw Down the Road like that was our Strong Dowling said it was a big change Jar me there were games in the past where wed throw the Ball 70 times a game and never run now we might throw it five times but thais what we Felt like we needed to do to give ourselves the Best Chance for Rusty Downing Texas City accomplishments guided Texas City program from 19 record in to state championship in 1997 named coach of the year in District 234a and named coach of the year by the Houston touchdown club at least in terms of winning on the Field but Dowling still is More satisfied with what football can do for a player off the Field losing a game is one thing but losing out on trying to reach a player is another you might not need a certain kid to win Ball he said but you want them to come out and be a part of something there in a position where the program can do More for them than they can do for the team losses i can take but a kid you cant reach thais a real and that part of the reason Why Dowling asks his players Why they want to play football he wants to make sure they get the most out of the experience even if it int a trophy a lot of them will say that they like to tackle and run and throw touchdown he said but what id like for them to say and mean is that they want to commit to to be a part of something that they want to work hard every Day and learn that there Are no guarantees Only that you will not be successful if you do not and when the players do work hard and succeed like Texas cites players did this year Dowling still looks for that something extra to More interested in them taking something with them when they leave the he said not something that shows up a the win loss column or on a championship trophy when they come out of it All As a better person those Are the victories that make you sleep Good at Daniels shows big game prowess by Kevin Lueb the daily news Texas City Adrien Daniels is being Hon ored As the Galveston county daily news 1997 offensive player of the year but the Texas City senior running Back really Only deserves a couple of player of the game awards it just so happens those were two big games to the stings semifinal game against Waco mid Way the game Texas City had to have to improve on the 1996 season Daniels rushed for 204 Yards and scored four touchdowns Texas City won 3915 to earn the programs first Ever state title berth and As if that were not enough he came Back for even More in the state title game against Corsicana in that Effort Daniels had 396 a purpose Yards and scored four More touchdowns As Texas City won 37 34 his 3yard to run on his last carry As a sting clinched the game for Texas City Arriens performance in the state championship game was said Texas City coach Rusty Dowling the numbers he put up thais been done before but against a team like Corsicana in a game that big and tile manner in which he did All those factors Point to a tremendous Effort by in those two games Daniel rushed for 404 Yards and scored 48 Points and All without the Benefit of practice As he was nursing some minor injuries 1 was just pumped up because it was a big Daniels said after the Corsicana game my offensive line opened up some holes for me and i just hit Adrien Daniels Texas City accomplishments rushed for Yards and 38 touchdowns had 204 Yards Rushing and four ids in state semifinal and added 396 Al purpose Yards and four More scores in state championship game for the season Daniels ended up with Yards and 38 touchdowns both county bests and it could have been More he sat out a Bunch of second halves while the stings were rolling up Blowout after Blowout during the regular season he also put in a lot of time at linebacker he just works extremely hard on every Dowling said he Doest Back Down from any Case in Point was at the championship game near the end of a Long Kickoff return Daniels went head Ohead with a Corsicana player and bulled his Way through for a 78yard to return that play Dowling said was a prime example of Daniels increase in Power he added after a Strong of season of working out he just got better As the season went Downing said that was a tribute to his strength once he saw that he was stronger than anyone and realized he was faster that added to his conf raw is draws strength from his focus by Kevin Lueb the daily news Texas City Everick Rawls was too fast and Straig to not put him at running Back but he was also too fierce and focused to not put him at linebacker Short of cloning the Texas City Junior there want much stings coach Rusty Dowling could do during the 1996 football season except use Rawls As much As he dared at both spots and rest him when possible the result was that raw Shad a pretty Good year at tailback and a pretty Good year at linebacker while the stings reached the state semifinals for the first time in the programs Long mostly uneventful history but this year Dowling and Rawls took a different tack instead of splitting time Rawls concentrated on defense the result was he had a great year and the stings won the class 4a division i state title i think that had to be the difference for Dowling said we got to keep him almost exclusively on defense and he seemed to respond Well to that Well enough to be named defensive player of the year for class 4a in the state and in the highly competitive District 234a he also did Well enough to be named the Galveston county daily news defensive player of the year he was also nominated for the Houston touchdown club defensive player of the year honors i think what lends Everick to so much of this Noto Everick Rawls Texas City accomplishments recorded 176 tackles including 21 for loss forced seven fumbles recovered four fumbles and had two interceptions piety is that he plays with a great Deal of focus out Dowling said i dont know that Everick has Ever had a marginal game Hes steady consistent All the but his concentration is Only part of the package with the strength equal to most linemen and the Speed of a defensive Back Rawls is As physically imposing As any player on the Field he also plays basketball for the Texas City team Rawls did play some on offence helping out in the teams overtime win Over Bay City in the playoffs but he admits it was better for him to concentrate on one position i can get in that state of mind and stay he said i like playing running Back but if ifs better for the team for me to be linebacker than thais what i want to Jermain Anderson Texas City 62 215 de or Stream Al District and Allstate made 28 tackles for losses forced five Fum Bles and recovered three fumbles had 16 sacks Jerry Evans Bah High it District 245a defensive map and unanimous All District selection had 105 tackles honorable men Tion Allstate selection Trey Unken Hoker Clear Creek 510 220 do firs team Al District 24 5a selection front Man in the wildcats District 24 5a leading defense Jon Thomas Texas City 62 270 it firs team Al District 23 4a or Stream Allstate made 30 tackles for loss forced three fumbles and recovered two More Gabe Williams la Marque 63 205 de Williams was a firs team Al District 234a selection had Tea leading five Solo tackles in championship game against Denison Chuck Ferguson la Marque linebacker or Stream ail District 23 4a one of the leaders of la Marques Noname defense that recorded shutout in championship Ryan Mills Texas City 511 200 linebacker unanimous firs team All District 234a had 101 tackles including 25 for loss also had 12 Quarter Back hurries Doug Parsley Ball High Sli 190 linebacker moved to defense follow ing Al District performance As fullback in 1996 rest team Al District 245a recorded 85 tackles Nathan Woodard Hitchcock 61 225 Une Backer or Stream Al District 28 3a fourth year As first team Al District selection recorded 140 tackles and returned a pick for a to Roderick Belle Creek do or Stream Al District 24 5a recorded four interceptions also a dangerous return Man averaging 25 Yards per Kickoff return Joe Grant Texas City do or Stream Al District 23 4a big play defensive Back had 11 interceptions and returned two for touchdowns Marvin Jackson bal High do marvelous Marvin was a firs team Al District 245a selection As a defensive Back and As a return specialist recorded 86 tackles Tyrone Jones Texas City 63 200 do or Stream Al District 23 4a second on team in tackles with 12 also broke up three passes and had two interceptions Mike Pinesett la Marque do or Stream Al District 23 4a leading Tacker for the cougars Black storm defense had five Solo stops in title game Harvey Degrassa Bah High 160 so punter led District with an average just under 40 Yards a kick no blocks in 29 attempts key weapon in tors Battle for Field position

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