Despite coaching for a quarter of a century, Bellville head football coach and athletic director Grady Rowe said he still couldn’t sleep the night before the first practice Monday morning.
“It’s funny, year 25 for me overall and I still can’t go to sleep the night before,” Rowe said in a Monday afternoon phone interview. “I’m up all night long just ready to go every year it’s funny how that happens. You’d think you might get comfortable and get used to that but the energy and the excitement is always there, just excited to get rolling on the season.”
Fall sports teams hit the practice field for the first official action in the University Interscholastic League since the cancellation of the basketball state championships and Rowe said it was great to just be on the field with the players again.
“It was good to get out this morning with our freshmen and have our entire coaching staff be able to work with them,” he said. “They did a great job; it’s good to get out and start,” Rowe said.
Rowe enters his 10th season at the helm of the Brahma football team which will be eyeing a 10th consecutive trip to the postseason among a mix of old and new faces in District 12-4A-D2. Bellville has recently been part of districts with Royal, Sealy and Wharton while also seeing Sweeny for a two-year period. Those teams, along with La Marque, will battle for the top spot.
“It’s a good little district and one that’s a little bit different really for everybody,” said Rowe. “A couple of teams have been together before and then it’s been a while since other teams have been together. Although we’re all a little bit familiar with each other, it’s still a little bit of a different makeup.”
The Brahmas will square off with Navasota in the preseason and will open the regular season against a district opponent from the previous realignment in Giddings on Aug. 28.