THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
The Wallace twins: Tracin (left) and Tylan
BY LAUREN CHERRY
UNDER HEAD COACH J.J. RESENDEZ, THE CORE of the Fort Worth South Hills football program is about building relationships. Perhaps that’s why identical twins Tracin and Tylan Wallace felt right at
home when they arrived at South Hills.
Tracin, who plays quarterback, recorded more than 30
touchdowns last season and Tylan, his identical twin, had
587 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver. Resendez is
no stranger to challenges, but coaching identical twins takes
it to another level. “Whether it’s grades or who’s a better
athlete, they’ll settle it on the mat,” he said.
With offers coming from colleges across the nation, don’t
let their sibling rivalry fool you. When it comes to making a
decision on national signing day they are a package deal.
2014 State Championship List
6A Division I – Allen 47, Cypress Ranch 16
6A Division II – Cedar Hill 23, Katy 20
5A Division I – Aledo 49, Temple 45
5A Division II – Ennis 38, Cedar Park 35
4A Division I – Navasota 42, Argyle 35 (2OT)
4A Division II – Gilmer 35, West Orange-Stark 25
3A Division I – Cameron Yoe 70, Mineola 40
3A Division II – Waskom 41, Newton 22
2A Division I – Canadian 34, Mason 7
2A Division II – Bremond 28, Albany 21
1A Division I (Six Man) – Crowell 62, May 16
1A Division II (Six Man) – Throckmorton 66, Groom 20
“The kids still have a chip on their
shoulder, the taste left in their
mouth from that fifth round exit has
driven them to work and believe that
nothing will hold them back. We
have a great group of leaders, cats
that can make plays, but mostly,
these kids know how to win.”
Head coach Jeff Riordan, Crosby High School
Man on a Mission
J.R. HALL SAT IN HIS HOSPITAL BED AT BAYLOR Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas with a pile of school books next to him. “They’re making you do homework?” he was asked.
“No. I asked for homework. I have to get my diploma so I
can move to Abilene in the fall.”
After a successful senior season at Mesquite Horn High
School, Hall was looking forward to putting pen to paper and
signing his national letter of intent to play football at Abilene
Just two days prior to National Signing Day, Hall was involved in a near-fatal car accident that fractured his spinal
column and broke his neck in four places. Hall’s injuries were
so significant that doctors didn’t know if he would ever be able
to lift his arms above his head, much less play football again.
Now, Hall is on a mission to prove the doubters wrong.
In therapy, when he is asked to do 100 pushups, he does
120. It’s Hall’s determination that Mesquite Horn head football
coach Mike Overton says makes Hall such a special talent.
“When I heard spinal injury, I knew it wasn’t good, but I also
know that if anybody has the heart to come out of this, it’s J.R.”
Perhaps that’s what Ken Collums, head coach of Abilene
Christian saw in Hall when he offered him a scholarship to
play safety for the Wildcats.
“Just because a kid plays good football doesn’t mean I’m
offering a scholarship. I wanted to know if this guy’s heart
is what I want. Ultimately it’s about finding the guys who you
can get the best out of.”
For Collums, honoring Hall’s scholarship was never in
question. When Hall committed to his football program, he
immediately became a part of the ACU family.
“He’s our guy. His goals may be higher than every doctor
with common sense can set for him, but I know he will bring
something to the table and whatever that is, were going to
use that,” Collums said.
For Michael Johnson Wallace,
leaving the Bahamas and
enrolling at Texas Christian
School in Houston was the
chance at a better future.
After losing both parents
at a young age, Wallace
relocated to the United States
to live with family with
nothing more than a small
inheritance and his dreams
of making a name for himself
as an athlete and a scholar.
He calls his new home the
“land of opportunity,” an
opportunity he doesn’t take
According to his coaches,
at 6-7, 230 pounds he not only
has size, but also the skill set
of an athlete who simply has
In one of his first
gridiron appearances last
season, Wallace scored six
touchdowns in the first half,
impressive considering he
had never played a down of
football in his life. On the
basketball court, he plays on
D wight Howard’s AAU basketball team and was named
the 2014 player of the year
after averaging 25 points and
15 rebounds a game.
Having success as a multiple sport athlete and also as
a student with a 3.8 GPA has
drawn attention from college
recruiters in both basketball
The driving force behind
his success? His family. “I
know my parents are still
around. I’m going to make
them proud by going hard
every day and being the best
person I can possibly be,”
Protect Her Project
WHEN THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES Association was called upon to endorse the Protect Her Project, an educational video regarding violence against women, they
jumped at the opportunity to lend their support.
After learning that $250,000 must be raised to get the
curriculum into the hands of high school coaches, they got to
work. Their first target? The professional teams which have
been at the forefront of domestic violence issues recently.
The Houston Rockets have donated $25,000 and Rutledge
has sent letters to other organizations across the state.
D. W. Rutledge, executive director of the TXHSCA, believes
that professional and college sports should recognize that
educating at the high school level will have the greatest impact.
High school coaches have a special platform that allows
them to be fathers to the fatherless and role models to those
who often fall victim to their environment. Rutledge feels that
by sharing the video with student athletes, it opens the door
to have those hard conversations and to make a difference
in the long run.