THE 2014 EDITION OF CHARGERS OF Brownsville Veterans Memorial High School football team will be driven by one player uniting the team as it engages on
the school’s third varsity football season. That
theme can be heard from the players as they con-
clude practice with a resounding “Nate Strong.”
Nathan A. Garcia, a young man of 17 years
who enters his senior year, was diagnosed with
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 24,
2014. Nathan continues his relentless fight at
M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas.
Surrounded by family and prayed for by loved
ones, Nathan has become a great inspiration
for his never-quit attitude in his fight against
cancer. He has courageously taken on every
medical obstacle as a consequence of the
disease, and continues to be in good spirits at
Looking ahead to the 2014 Charger football
season, only one thing is guaranteed – the boys
will proudly be playing with their teammate Nathan in their hearts and hoping to make him smile
as they leave it all out on the field in his honor.
– David Cantu
Head Football Coach, Brownsville Veterans Memorial
The Four Horsemen
WHITNE Y KEELING HAS WHAT HE calls a “problem” most coaches would love to have. The Waskom High football coach has four outstanding running backs at his disposal whenever he wants to move the ball on the ground.
The Wildcats went undefeated last year in 3A
Division II District 8 and finished 14-1 on the season. They rushed for 6,394 yards, the most in 2-A,
and passed for 735 yards with 97 touchdowns.
All four seniors – Kevin Johnson, Junebug Johnson, Dillon Benton and Trace Carter – raced for
more than 1,000 yards on the ground.
“Our offense is designed throughout the game
to give the ball to who the defense isn’t keying
on,” said Keeling, who has been coaching for 17
years. “We either hand the ball to the fullback on
every play or our QB fakes it to him and either
pitches it to the slots or keeps it. We do run plays
that are designed to get the ball to certain guys,
mostly Kevin and Junebug.”
Kevin Johnson (5-foot- 10, 165 pounds) rushed
for 1,860 yards and scored 26 touchdowns
last year. Carter (6-foot- 3, 180 pounds), the
quarterback, rushed for 1, 145 yards and
16 touchdowns, and threw for eight more.
Halfback Junebug Johnson (5-foot-6, 155
pounds) rushed for 1,429 yards and scored 17
touchdowns. Benton (5-foot- 10, 180 pounds),
a fullback, rushed for 1,196 yards with 16
Finding enough touches for all these guys
isn’t a problem for the Waskom coaching staff.
“Our kids are very unselfish,” Keeling said.
“I tell them to be patient throughout the game,
keep doing what you are supposed to do and
you will get the ball.”
Waskom’s goals are to win the district and go
deep into the playoffs.
“Our quarterback and running backs will be a
big part of that,” said Keeling. “We have some
holes to fill [especially on the offensive line],
but our core group returns. If we stay healthy
we have a chance to be playing in December.”
– Terry Jacoby
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