Texas high school football fans, let me introduce you to Roshauud Paul. Other than having a name that is practically impossible to spell without double-checking, this man can do it all.
The Bremond athlete has put up mind-boggling stats this season to earn himself a Mr. Texas Football award and a chance at a third consecutive state championship for the Tigers. Paul has thrown for 2,103 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 2,661 yards and 50 touchdowns and being on the receiving end of three touchdowns. He has also recorded four interceptions on defense along with 49 tackles.
Again, these are stats for just the 2016 season, not his entire career. In his career, Paul is 46-0 as a starter.
Paul will be faced with his toughest challenge in his career in his last game as a Tiger when he faces off against an Iraan team dedicated to honoring a lost member of their support group with a state championship.
On December 2nd, following Iraan’s regional championship win over Munday, a bus carrying six cheerleaders and two adult chaperones was hit by an 18-wheeler, resulting in the death of Iraan booster club president Elizabeth Pope and varying injuries with the rest of the cheer squad.
Since then, overwhelming support has been sent to the Iraan cheer organization and football team from schools in not only Texas, but across the country.
Iraan comes in with a 15-0 record to compliment Bremond’s 46-game winning streak, marking the only 11-man state championship this weekend to feature two undefeated teams. This may be the smallest class in 11-man football, but the hype around this game has exceeded expectations compared to past state championships in 2A Division II.
It’s always good to see a team face tragedy with triumph and it is exactly what Iraan has done this postseason. It would be great to see the Braves end their run with a state championship trophy, but this won’t happen.
Roshauud Paul is one of the best all-around players in the history of Texas high school football and will prove to be too much for the Braves on Thursday morning. Paul will have yet another 100×100 game with passing and rushing yards as the Tigers rout the Braves by 21 points.