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Brahmas compete in State Lineman Challenge
Linemen for the Stockdale Brahma football team celebrate their strong showing at the inaugural State Lineman Challenge in Abilene. The Brahmas finished fifth in the overall team standings and took home first-place honors in the Tug-o-war event.
ABILENE -- While the backs and receivers from most area high schools participate in 7-on-7 during the summer months, there aren’t as many opportunities for the big guys up front. Coach Randy McIver and the Brahma coaching staff didn’t like that very much, though, and decided to do something about it.
McIver looked into hosting a competition in Stockdale, but eventually decided to take his team on the road. The Brahma linemen made the long trip up to Abilene earlier this month, and participated in the inaugural State Lineman Challenge held inside Shelton Stadium on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University.
Stockdale competed in Division 2, doing battle with teams from all over the state. The Brahmas made a great showing, and went home with a big boost in confidence and excitement about the upcoming football season.
The competition included a number of events meant to test the teams’ strength, speed, and endurance. While events such as the Bench Press were nothing new to the Brahmas, the competition also included a Truck Push, Dumbbell Stack Relay, Farmer’s Walk, Tire Pull Relay, Obstacle Course, and Tug-o-war.
The Truck Push was just that. Two members of the team pushed the truck while three rode inside. The Farmer’s Walk involved carrying heavy pipes with weights attached around a cone in a relay-style event. Pulling a huge tractor tire with a sledgehammer was a new one for boys, and the obstacle course really put their speed and agility to the test.
“We did well in the power and strength portions, but realized we need some work on our speed,” McIver said.
One event in which the Brahmas shone particularly bright was the Tug-o-war.
“It was tournament style,” McIver said. “Single elimination, and we drew for the initial pairings.”
The Brahma linemen knocked off Dallas Madison in the first round of the event, and then sent Cuero packing in the second round. The team from Lubbock Roosevelt went down to Stockdale in the third round of competition. The Brahmas lined up across from Fort Worth All Saints in the final, and Stockdale took it to the house to win the event.
In addition to the first-place finish in the Tug-o-war event, the Brahmas finished fifth overall out of a field of 15 teams from Class 2A, 3A, and 4A.
“I was very pleased with how we did,” McIver said. “The boys seemed to enjoy it, too. They liked the competition of it all, and it was good for them.
“I could see they were giving it their best effort,” he added. “They really got after it. It was a blast.”
McIver said that as far as he knows, this was the first time linemen from Stockdale have participated in such an event. He would like to host a similar competition in Stockdale next summer, assuming he can get eight or 10 schools to participate. If the numbers aren’t there, though, McIver said he will do what he can to take the boys back to Abilene or to another similar competition.
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