With some of the best athletes in the Big Country, Stamford High School just might be teed up for back to back state championships -- in two different sports. Most people inside athletics will tell you not to jump the gun and to only concern yourself with the next game on the schedule but if there is any team that has shown they have the personnel to pull off the unlikely, it is the Bulldogs.
Head coach Ronnie Casey has been in the coaching profession for nearly 20 years and when the basketball season is over he finds himself on the football field coaching the secondary.
"The athletes who's skills transfer from the football field to the court the best are in the secondary," Coach Casey explained to KTXS on Thursday. "They need speed and the ability to turn on a dime."
It just so happens that the three central figures for the Bulldogs on the court are their most dynamic athletes on the football field. Hagen Hutchinson, James Washington and Isaiah Llewellyn have lead Stamford this season to a district 9-1A DI title and an impressive run in the playoffs. The latest playoff win came against a team that was ranked 10 spots above them in Poolville. Llewellyn, the team's leading scorer talked about what the journey has been like.
"It's kind of like a miracle. To be able to be in a position like this to be able to win one or two or three state championships. It's been a blessing, it really has," Llewellyn explained, "I can't pick which sport I prefer. I just like to complete and to win."
The Bulldogs have been doing a lot of both. The fact is that if they can get past Trenton on Friday, a date could be set up with the other 1A football champion Munday Moguls. For those who think the Moguls could represent the end of Stamford's magical run, think again. The Bulldog's current record against Munday on the court so far this season is 2-0. If you are just a casual fan of basketball waiting for football season to start up again, head on down to Moody Coliseum on Friday and watch some familiar athletes make history.