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Mart’s Final Nail

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hillmanBryson Nail hopes to do a lot of hammering this fall.  After spending three years under the tutelage of his father, Rusty, and playing along his older brother, Collin, the Panthers center will go it solo in 2015.

After nine seasons, the elder Nail resigned as head coach in January 2015 to enter the financial planning business.  During his tenure, the Panthers compiled 105 wins and captured two state titles.  Former offensive coordinator Kevin Hoffman now directs Mart’s football program.

“It’s been different not having my dad and brother there,” the senior told Jason Orts of the Waco Tribune-Herald.


Nail’s on-field performance spoke for itself last year.  He graded 91 percent as a blocker and totaled 28 pancakes.  The Panthers rushed for 4,066 yards following Nail’s lead.

“He’s an awesome kid, and he works hard,” Hoffman said in the Trib.  “We’re going to count him to do the same things he’s done over the past couple of seasons.”

In addition to his snapping duties, Nail (6-0, 258 pounds) also serves as Mart’s kicker.  Due a lack of experienced players, the senor may wind up playing both ways filling in on the defensive line or at linebacker.

“Wherever they can put me is fine,” he commented to Orts.  “I’ll do whatever I need to do to help my team.”

With the coaching change and loss of key players such a quarterback De’Nerian Thomas, Mart’s preseason ranking has taken a bit of a nosedive.  The Panthers currently hold the No. 7 spot in Class 2A Division I.  But Hoffman won’t relinquish the top position without a fight.

“It’s my job to keep this train running down the tracks,” he remarked to the Trib.  “The goal is like it is every year in Mart, to win the state championship.”

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