The importance of historical sporting events are relative dependant upon, among other criteria, demographics. And I guess all sporting events could be classified as historical because, whether chronicled in a newspaper, a national broadcast or just a yellowed page in a mom’s score book — the event happened, and it’s history.
If the defined demographic in this particular case is Parker County, then there was a pretty significant event last weekend, perhaps made even more poignant by the background that has served as its prelude.
Brock played a football game in Dallas on Sept. 14. Not that the activity itself was all that momentous — kids in Brock have been playing the game for several years. But in just its second season of school-sponsored gridiron play, the Brock Eagles packed up equipment, players, coaches and fans, and played in their first bona fide varsity game.
The importance of who the Eagles played and the final score is of less importance (even though they beat the bejeebers out of Dallas Lakehill Prep, 43-0, and the kids, coaches and fans do indeed think that is really, really important). But the milestone of the event was chock-full of validity, and in the next few years may be the documented first steps of bigger and better things.
Not that Brock has any shortage of accomplishment-filled sports history — one could start with four-straight girls’ basketball championships as an appetizer (more of a multi-course repast, in fact). Pick a sport, any sport, and the Eagles are pretty much another notable chapter just waiting to be written.
Though it has been a sometimes-contentious path to the Friday night lights for Brock, and the school district and its residents still have some more decisions to make, given Brock’s storied history in athletics, resolved issues will likely lead to more of the same for the Eagles — this time in yet another sport.
I can not — will not, hide it. There is a lot of room in this reporter’s heart for all the sports and schools I have the privilege to cover in this county, but I do loves me some football, and I loves me some (local) football teams. And while true Parker County football rivalries, for one reason or another, have failed to develop (or last), but I see another candidate in the near future... with Bulldogs and Eagles at its core.
Brock and Millsap fans may also be anticipating the Friday-night encounters down the road. And if the rest of the county is not intrigued... Well, I am pretty sure I have enough anticipation to fill any void.
And of course, the first trivia answer dedicated Eagles football fans must always remember: Leddy French, a 23-yard run. For more Brock historical-trivia fodder: http://weatherforddemocrat.com/sports/x72191236/Brock-dominates-in-varsity-premier