Weatherford Democrat


September 23, 2012

Same history book, different chapter — Column

Webb of thought


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.

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