Trying to find the most memorable moment in an athletic season is not an easy task, but that's the challenge placed before a few of the coaches at Graham High School, and it took some time for each coach to zero in on a specific occasion. As baseball coach Allen McGee said, “There's a lot though this year to be proud of.”
Football: Blowouts, weather
Kenny Davidson, football coach
On their way to making a second straight appearance in the state semi-finals, every game the Steers played, with the exception of Abilene-Wylie, was a blowout by halftime. Even in the loss to Argyle, Graham was down 21-0 at halftime.
“That's the thing that stands out that's really uncommon,” Davidson said.
Davidson also remembers the weather making the postseason an unusual experience, as it postponed two Steers games.
The Glen Rose game was moved to a Saturday, and two weeks later the Shallowater game had to be rescheduled to Monday. When the team drove out to the Shallowater game, there was sleet and the roads were iced over. Both Graham and Shallowater were 13-0 going into the game.
“That's once-in-a-lifetime of coaching to where you got two 13-0 teams playing each other,” Davidson said
Baseball: Winning first round of playoffs
Baseball Coach Allen McGee
For the first time in years, the baseball team won a playoff series. The Steers had won the district title three years in a row, which meant they earned a first-round bye.
By finishing second in district this year, Graham had a different post season experience. The Steers won in Springtown 13-3 to clinch the playoff series. They lost to Liberty Hill in the next round.
“It's good to go into the playoffs and not have to wait 21 days to play a game,” McGee said. “We got to play right away and I think that helped our guys out a lot.”
Read the full story in this weekend's Graham Leader.