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Coach talks football, more at Kiwanis Club

Harrell shares views on tough district competition
Ennis High School football coach Sam Harrell spoke to the Kiwanis Club this week, talking football, playoffs, steroid use and his son Graham.
Harrell met with the club as the group’s weekly program and touched on several topics involving Ennis High School football.
“I appreciate the opportunity to come out,” Harrell told the club.
With district play beginning this week Harrell said Waco High would be the most challenging opponent the team has yet faced.
“Lancaster was the toughest yet, but Waco High will be tougher,” Harrell said. “Our challenge is very high and we need to play well. You play district in hopes of making it to the playoffs.”
With all the difficult games Ennis will play this season, it could be a good thing four teams from the district are going to the playoffs this year.
“We’re probably all somewhat glad four teams are going because of the tough competition,” Harrell said of the competitors in Ennis’ district. “Waco High is the favorite in the district and then Waxahachie is probably right behind them. That doesn’t mean it is going to end up that way. Waco Midway is really good. So is Corsicana. Of course Ennis is in there. Midlothian is improving year after year.”
If Harrell had a say in the matter he would rather go back to only letting two teams from the district go to playoffs so that it means a little bit more. He even reminisced about when only the district champion went on to a playoff season.
“Nowadays, being district champ isn’t as big of a goal because used to the district champion was the only team making the playoffs,” Harrell said. “It’s still something you want though.”
During club member Wynell Rose’s introduction for Harrell, she mentioned his recent appointment to the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) as president elect. Rose said not to worry though, because he wouldn’t let the extra responsibility take away from winning this season.
“Being elected president elect was quite an honor,” Harrell said. “We don’t have any meetings right now and there is nothing to do until December after football season.”
There are approximately 19,000 coaches as members of the THSCA, according to Harrell.
Taking questions from the club, Harrell was asked whether random steroid testing was still in effect throughout the state. Harrell said the state did regulate steroid tests, but Ennis’ school district monitored its students through other drug tests as well. Harrell also said he was more concerned about the use of the other illegal drugs than steroid abuse.
Ennis’ district tests students who take part in any school activity and test for all drugs other than steroids. Harrell said this was the case, because testing for illegal drugs such as marijuana and ecstasy costs about $12 per student, whereas the cost of testing for steroids is about $100 more than that per student.
“I think that’s more important than steroid testing,” Harrell said regarding the tests the local school district regulates. “I don’t want it to sound like I’m for steroids, but I think (other illegal drug) testing deters students from trying anything even once.”
Always a topic when Harrell makes an appearance, Harrell was asked about how his son Graham was doing as the quarterback for Texas Tech.
“We’re having a fun time watching him in his last year,” Harrell said.
The Kiwanis Cub of Ennis meets Thursday at noon at the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Retirement Center.

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