Falcons’ season comes to an end
The 2018 Hargrave Falcons won their final two games of the regular season and captured a Bi-District championship — the school’s first playoff win since 2011.
However, their season ended in Lufkin on Friday, Nov. 23 in the Area round with a 46-0 loss to the Carthage Bulldogs.
Carthage is the two-time defending state champions and the No. 2 ranked 4A team in Texas. The Bulldogs came in on a 37-game winning streak.
“There’s no shame in losing to Carthage,” said coach Mike McEachern. “Our seniors will not let this game define their season and all that we accomplished as district runner-up and Bi-District champions.”
Hargrave lost its first two games of the season and sat at 2-4 after six games. That sixth game, the district opener, was a 38-31 overtime loss to Lumberton on Oct. 12.
The Falcons won four of their final five games of the regular season, with the only loss coming at undefeated district champion Splendora.
“The season was a bit of a roller coaster,” McEachern said. “But our kids worked hard all year. They held strong and put the time and effort into practice and had a nice three-game winning streak at the end.”
Including its two losses, Hargrave outscored district opponents by a cumulative total of 72 points in its five district games.
2018 marked the tenth time in 11 seasons that Hargrave made the playoffs.
“Next year we return a lot on offense, and we hope to continue to build on that fact,” said McEachern.
Among the offensive players who will return are junior quarterback Justin Shively and junior running back A.J. San Miguel.
“We are going to have to fill some holes on defense, but our kids will continue to work hard,” said McEachern.
Among the seniors who will graduate are defensive linemen Caleb Tiffin and Seth Cozart.
Several fans and members of the Huffman community showed up outside Hargrave High School to send the team off to its playoff game.
“I’m proud of the support we had from our parents and fans this year and hope it grows even more,” said McEachern.