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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) For the seventh time in 10 years, the Graham Steers celebrate a district championship. Steers coach Kenny Davidson credits the continuity in the coaching staff as a major factor in the Steers success.

Steers clinch back-to-back district championship titles

For a second consecutive season, the Graham Steers are district champions. The championship was secured with a 28-14 Senior Night victory over the Mineral Wells Rams Friday night at Newton Field.

The past two weeks have marked a change in the Steers’ offense attack. Head coach Kenny Davidson has opted to stick to the running game and grind games out with a combined 91 rushing attempts over the past two games compared to 21 passing attempts.

Jilek has been the primary beneficiary of the increased dependence on the ground game and has averaged 207.5 yards in wins over Vernon and Mineral Wells. He ran the ball 24 times for 185 yards and one touchdown. Jilek has carried the ball 20 or more times each of the last five games after averaging 15 carries per game in losses to Springtown, Decatur and Hirschi. Seth Flowers has seen an uptick in production with the increase in running. After averaging 15 yards and three carries per game through the first eight games, he has 125 yards and 17 carries combined in wins over Vernon and Mineral Wells, including 10 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown Friday night.

“We are a tough team and want to use it to soften up teams,” Davidson said after Friday’s win. “We can still pass the ball and did tonight and got a score.”

For the rest of the story, see the Nov. 3 edition of The Graham Leader.

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