— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — Like it or not —and indications are that he is OK with the situation — Brock senior Slaten Gough recently became a significant piece of Eagles’ athletic history. In a school year chock-full of firsts for Brock football, Gough has added and indelible mark in school annals as Brock’s first gridiron student-athlete to sign a letter-of-commitment to play at the next level.
In a recent gathering at Brock High School, Gough’s family, friends, classmates, coaches and other well-wishers, celebrated the event over lunch and photos, and lots of both. Brock head football coach Chad Worrell began the event with a praising account of Gough’s contributions to the Eagle program while touching on the running back’s impressive stats on the season and the precedent his accomplishment sets for Brock athletes to follow.
In a touch of historical irony (also another apt entry into the Eagle Athletics diary), the first bricks were being laid for the field house at Eagles Stadium the very day Gough inked his intent to attend and play football at Hardin-Simmons University.
The meaning of the past year’s events are not lost Gough, who is a member of Brock’s first varsity football team, and is pleased to be part of the Brock football milestones.
“It’s been fun, helping to get this football program started,” Gough said. “Playing on this team as a senior was an awesome experience, and I had one of the best years I’ve ever had playing football.”
Even in the relatively short time the running back has attended Brock (he transferred to the school district at the midpoint of his junior year), the bonds with his teammates for the 2013 season are strong. Gough has confident expectations for the 2014 team who, yet another first, will enter University Interscholastic League play in the fall.