East View Patriots
THE EAST VIEW PATRIOTS’ FIRST VARSITY
season was a humbling struggle, made worse by a
run to the state championship game by the school
most of the players had been attending.
“That was kind of hard,” said East View coach
Robert Davies. “We went 3-7, and the kids could
have been a part of a state championship run. But
it’s going to be our turn now.”
East View split off from Georgetown High School
two years ago. The schools are located approxi-
mately five miles apart. The majority of the 2014
senior classes grew up together.
In the spring of 2011, approximately 30 freshman
football players were relocated to East View. They
arrived to a campus without a practice field. The
weight room was nice, but designed to handle volleyball and softball teams.
“That first spring, there was nothing,” said
Davies. “The kids were still wearing their workout
stuff from their other school.”
The Patriots played a junior varsity schedule in
their first fall and had success, maybe even a little
There’s Kensley Miller, a senior defensive
tackle who, when he was in middle school, lost his
mother in an unsolved shooting tragedy that also
left his father blind. According to Fitzhenry, no one
knows, even authorities, exactly what transpired,
but the effects on Kensley were glaring. He was
failing, always in trouble with the principals and on
the verge of being thrown out of school. Fitzhenry
stepped in and showed him some success on the
football team and things changed.
Miller says football helped him overcome
learning disabilities and transform into a leader
in the classroom and on the field. “It’s like a
whole different world when I’m on the field,” he
said. “I don’t have to think about anything else
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NO ONE IN TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOT- ball has a bigger fan than the one Bra- zosport’s Craig Barlow made on a cool evening in February on Surfside Beach.
Barlow’s big fan was estimated to be 12-foot
long, weigh two tons, and it had horse-breath.
But that didn’t stop Barlow, a 160-pound
sophomore defensive end, from teaming with
a group of citizens to rescue a juvenile minke
whale that was stranded in the surf just off of
Surfside Beach. The whale was estimated to
be 12-feet-long and weighed two tons.
Barlow was on his way home after school on
Feb. 8, when his mother called and told him
there was a whale stuck. Barlow had never
seen a whale, but didn’t hesitate to rush down
to the beach, where a group of citizens were trying to stabilize the whale.
too much success. In their second season, they
stepped up to the varsity level and into one of the
toughest districts in the state, 17-4A.
“The kids kind of got a misconception that JV
success carried over to varsity,” said Davies. “At
first, I think they were a little surprised when we
started playing varsity competition. It was quite a
bit different game, faster and more physical.
“So, there were some growing pains. But now
they know what it’s like to be in a Friday Night
football game. They didn’t like getting knocked
around at times and really went to work to address
some of the deficiencies in the weight room. I’m
really, really pleased with how far we’ve come and
looking forward to a great season.”
The Patriots have playoff aspirations this sea-
son, but Davies says no matter what, the senior
class has been a success.
“We’ve had our first varsity win and our first all-district football player,” said Davies “It’s not easy
building a school, building a tradition. And we’ve
given a lot of kids who might not have gotten to play
if we were a one-high school town an opportunity to
experience being a high school football player and
when I’m out there.”
Miller is an all-district candidate with next-
level potential, says Fitzhenry. He’s gone from a
troublemaker to someone that gets onto other
students who disrespect teachers.
Said Fitzhenry, “Kinsey’s one of those kids
who make you smile. He’ll light your world up.
People really like him. I think he started having
some success on the football field and realized
that, ‘Hey, I do have some value.’”
Then there’s big Samuel Stoker, a 6-5,
320-pound former competitive swimmer
who has turned into a promising offensive
tackle. Big Samuel comes from a Texas high
school football family that is also known for its
“We took turns at the head, the stomach
and the tail,” said Barlow. “It really felt like rub-
ber, wet rubber. When it breathed, it smelled
like a horse.”
With marine animal rescuers on the way,
Barlow and the group of people spent close to
three hours trying to balance the whale’s body
against the surf. It was dark, before finally, after
three hours of heavy lifting, the whale showed
signs that it might be capable of heading back
out to sea.
Fitzhenry describes Stoker as simply “an
enormous human being.” He’s talented, too.
Stoker medaled as a swimmer and in the shot
put, but is now turning the bulk of his attention
to football. College coaches are watching.
“His footwork and athleticism are going to
really benefit us this year,” said Fitzhenry.
Fitzhenry enters his third season at Pine Tree
with high expectations, but it’s safe to say his
off-the-field work have already exceeded expectations. No matter what twists and turns come
out of the Pirates’ 2013 season, there are unquestionable heroes on this team, heroes who
are very easy to cheer for.