Snook has Football Fever for the Very First Time

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

We all know that football is a religion here in Texas, but did you know that one Burleson county town has never enjoyed an evening underneath the Friday night lights?

Well, that could all be a part of the past as the Snook Blue Jays are looking to build a Texas tradition. However, with the exploration of new territories comes a few growing pains.

The small town of Snook is known for several things: high school basketball, kolaches, and Chilifest are just a few of them, but there is something new on the horizon.

Snook High is fighting to make a comeback in a sport that hasn't been seen in these parts for quite some time.

It's been tried once before, but this time it just might work.

Despite being the state sport of Texas, football is something new to the town of Snook, and for players on the team, it's about time.

"I know it's been a while but I'm just glad to be here and play. It's the best feeling." John Wheeler, Snook Senior Lineman said.

However, getting the gridiron started in a town of 568 hasn't been easy. You see, Snook, has centered itself around basketball, so when it came to football, the town just never got that itch, until now.

Now that it has, things are changing behind the town's school building. What once was a playground is now a practice field---a 50 yard long practice field that is.

"That backstop you see there was further up the field and there was a little softball field out here so we just added the goal post and marked the field," Mike Tomme, Snook Head Football Coach said.

The residents of Snook are noticing. The last time anything like this happened here, you have to go back to the 1950's. It's no wonder that when folks see the team, they're buzzing with questions.

"An elderly lady stopped me and asked, Where are you going? I said, well we're going to play football. She said, When are y'all going to play a football game here, I told her we don't have a place to play here. She said, we'll we need to get one of those because I want to see a football game," Tomme said.

To be able to hear locals talking about football and not basketball, gives the team even more motivation to keep practicing to keep the program.

"They got that basketball pride right now. We're just trying to break them of that. Just telling them that football is out here, you don't have to stick with basketball," Wheeler said.

It's that kind of excitement, that feeling of something historic happening that is making it way from the team to the town.

"I've heard kids mention that this is history. We can look back and say we were part of the first team. I think they're proud of that," Tomme said.

The Snook Blue Jays will continue their sub varsity play for the next two seasons.

They still have a lot to work to do, but they hope to be put in a district when the U.I.L. realigns the state's high school teams in 2010.


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