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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:40 pm

After five days of visiting 19 schools and logging 1,202 miles, my first Odessa American football tour is done.

Consider this tour the beginning of a new clean slate.

It was more of an eye-opener for me. As the new area beat writer, I got to visit with all the coaches and see firsthand how they’re building and maintaining their programs.

Adding to the clean slate on the area beat, Rankin, Iraan, Monahans, Buena Vista, Pecos and Kermit all have new coaches.

There are plenty of teams vying for district titles. It’ll be interesting to see where each team fits into the puzzle once the playoffs come around.

 Each team brings something unique to the table.

The days on the tour were long. It seemed as if the road was endless and filled with never-ending oil rigs and pump jacks.

On the fifth day of the tour, it was a blessing in disguise, after a stressful week, as the excursion made its way into scenic Alpine.

Being a Sul Ross State University grad, it was a nice trip down memory lane. Viewing the Davis Mountains cured my chronic scenery depression for just a brief moment.

It took a collective effort each day. Everyone contributed to the tour’s daily duties. The alarm rang quickly. It seemed like it was just a few hours ago when I had just went to bed. Sleepy-eyed and half awake, I ventured out for another day of football and overused clichés.

Football is football. There might be different plays or lingo, but, all in all, the language of football is universal.

Each day was similar. Each team is working towards a common goal and has dreams of one day winning a district title and hoisting a state championship trophy at AT&T Stadium.

Expectations are high everywhere. Players have butterflies in their stomachs after waiting ever so patiently to return to the gridiron with their band of brothers.

Coaches are back on the grind and blowing their whistles. It’s all one big integral part down the road to success.

I spent four years covering sports in southern New Mexico before making my way back to my home state of Texas.

Of course, in New Mexico, basketball is the state’s sport. The only place in the state that mirrors the Texas football tradition is Artesia.

There are plenty of imitators and wannabe’s in this country, but nothing comes close to Texas football and its rich history.

Anyone can easily identify Texas football with its large crowds that populatye massive facilities that are almost like cathedrals. Marching bands add to the suspense of each down and build up the hype.

Goosebumps and chills run down the spine of every fan and player around this time of the year. It’s football time in Texas.

 

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