Comanche Connections To The State Football Championships…By RC

Since I am not a Cowboy fan, I really have had no desire to visit Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas or as most people refer to it: “Jerry World.” But that was before all the state championship games of Texas high school football were scheduled for this phenomenal venue. When I say all the state championships, I am speaking of all the UIL schools with the exception of the six man schools…………………

I began to plan a trip to Arlington when I learned that the Brent West version of the “Big Dam Loboes” from Cisco would be taking on Refugio in the Class 2A Division II at noon on Friday of the championship weekend. I have known Brent since he was running around the West home on the lake in diapers. His dad Grady and I became very good friends in the mid-70’s after we started attending coaching school together, he at DeLeon and me at Aspermont.

In the late 70’s I became one of his assistants at DeLeon High School and this great experience helped launch my career as a head coach back once again at Aspermont in the early 80’s. So watching Brent coach, and witnessing a gutty performance from the Loboes against an extremely talented Refugio team was a real treat. The very lucky Bobcats won a squeaker in spite of a torrid comeback by Cisco…………….

Brent is also the nephew of former Comanche head football coach Fred West and cousin of Kelly West a former CHS quarterback who, by the way, is superintendent of schools at Cisco. Kelly’s brother Daylon also was a standout player for the Indians………………

And congratulations to the Southlake Carroll Dragons for another Class 5A State Championship. The Dragons had been in somewhat of a championship drought after what seemed an annual rite of football season when Todd Dodge led the Green and White to several championships during his tenure there some four or five years ago.

Helping the Dragons return to the throne room was two former Comanche Indian athletes, Jacob Webb and Jarrett Bates, members of Coach Hal Wasson’s staff. This was especially pleasing to me as both these fine young coaches as well as fine young men were athletes during my stint as the head coach of Comanche. And I do not want to leave out Alice (Bergmark) Webb, Jacob’s wife, who I think coaches in the girls system in Southlake as well. Alice was one of the toughest and most determined Comanche Maiden athletes to ever suit up for the black and gold here at CHS ……………………..

And to keep it in the family Alice’s brother Stephen was a sophomore running back for the Dragons. His play especially early on in the season helped Carroll get off to a great start. The future is very bright there for Stephen either as a running back or defensive end/linebacker. Either way, here is hoping the best for this quality young man……………..

Roaming the defensive secondary for the Aledo Bearcats was a young man named Dayne Davis. Starting since his sophomore season this defensive stalwart is the son of former Comanche High School and TCU running back David Davis. David is also the younger brother of Fredda Jones.

I never had the privilege of coaching David, but rather had the monumental challenge of trying to defend him while I was coaching at DeLeon. He could really carry the mail for the Indians. What a career for Dayne as he has been a part of three consecutive 4A state championships…..

Aledo will try once again next season to keep the streak going but it won’t be easy since Jonathan Gray, the all-everything and most decorated player in Texas over the past three seasons will be wearing the burnt orange and white for the University of Texas Longhorns next season in Austin. However, don’t count out the Bearcats just yet because the great coaching of Tim Buchanan and his staff won the big trophy before the arrival of Jonathan Gray. Good luck Aledo and to theDavisfamily!…………….

The Wimberley Texans were victorious in the 3A Division II championship game as they bested the Argyle Eagles by a 21-14 score. Playing wide receiver for the Wimberley was a young man named Hunter Burttschell whose father Darrell played tight end and defensive end for the Indians back in the 70’s.

I think that I am correct in saying that Darrell was probably a teammate of both David Davis and Kelly West. While Darrell was a fine athlete in every sport that he played, he was just a phenomenal golfer. I am pretty sure that he made it to state and may have even been the medalist there. But I can’t confirm that without a lot more research and time is just not on my side for that………………..

Coaching on the Wimberley staff as defensive coordinator was former Comanche assistant Kip Holt. Kip was also the head track coach here before leaving for a similar job inPampa. He has been on the staff of Weldon Nelms, the former Rotan mentor and also a Plains, Texas native, during some very successful playoff runs during the last few years……………………………

Other connections from the championship games included Munday which lost to Tenaha 52-28. Former Indian assistant coach and high school principal Jerome Hall was the superintendent at Munday after leaving Comanche. Steve Gideon, former CHS assistant was also the head coach at Munday at one time………………..

At Stamford, the head coach is Wayne Hutchinson who coached current CHS head basketball coach Jeff Thomason atArcherCityHigh School. Wayne himself was coached in high school at Knox City by current CISD superintendent Tony Daniels. Wayne quarterbacked Knox City to the state championship in 1983 and his son Hagen is quarterback and tremendous all around athlete for the Bulldogs. He will return for his senior season this fall. So look for another run for the storied Stamfordfootball program………………

Let me say congratulations to the Motley County Matadors for a trip to the state championship game in Six-Man Division II. Unfortunately they caught the perennial Six-Man power Richland Springs Coyotes and were handily defeated 76-28. There was a time in my youth when the Matador Matadors, as they were known then, could very well have captured several state championship in Class B football had there been such a thing back then. I was at nearby Roaring Springs, now a part of Motley County ISD, and we weren’t bad either……..

And finally congratulations to Cole (Boomer) Franco as the staff that he coached on led St. Paul High School of Shiner into their division of TAPPS state championship game.St. Paulcame up short, but what a first season for the former Indian running back and linebacker…………

With all that said congratulations to all who got there and I can’t wait until this coming December to go back and watch……………

If you have more information or even corrections to this blog, please feel free to comment. I would love to hear from anyone connected to the Comanche Indians and where your career has taken you. …………..


About Ronnie Clifton

Ronnie Clifton was a Texas Football Coach for 29 years. In addition to football, Clifton also served as the head coach in basketball and both girls and boys track. “I loved being involved in and playing sports as a kid, and I soaked up every ounce of available information about any sporting event; I also love to write. What better combo for me than becoming the writer of a sports blog?”
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