Tony goes one-on-one with the Shadow Creek Shark’s Head Football Coach, Brad Butler.
Tony: In high school you played for a program with great tradition in Brownwood. You also helped open Manvel and helped establish the traditions there. What can you bring from those experiences to help build the traditions here at Shadow Creek?
Brad Butler: Every situation is unique. Coming here starting from scratch, after my time at Manvel being there when we opened the doors, that kind of gave a dry run for this job. We are trying to create our own identity, and we’ve had two years here where we have played kind of an “outlaw” schedule or non-UIL schedule. Our kids are just really, really excited to see how we measure up at this point.
Tony: I looked over that “outlaw” schedule last night. That was a very aggressive schedule for a brand-new school. Why not just play varsity?
Brad Butler: When we opened, as a staff, we got together and felt like in the long run we would take some lumps trying to play some established programs we just thought in the long run to be a little more tested than playing straight JV programs would help us to be more prepared to start out our first Varsity season this year.
Tony: Tell me about a few of the leaders this year?
Brad Butler: We’ve got some older guys some seniors returning in the secondary that have done a great job, had a great off-season. Jevin Murray, Kaymen St. Junious, Ron Nunnery, have done a great job. Offensively, our offensive line starts with Cam’ron Johnson, a big left tackle that we are excited about this year and the leadership that he’s going to bring to our team. Another kid offensively for us is Kealon Jackson. He’s had great work ethic this summer. He’s a guy that can kind of keep guys in line and we expect great things from him. And running back Marquez Huland.
Tony: Give me a few players that we don’t know right now that we’ll know before the year is over.
Brad Butler: Defensively, we have an insider backer, Jeremiah Harris, that we really feel like is ready to break out and have a big junior season for us this year. Offensively, we’ve got some receivers and some young offensive linemen, Caleb Leonard is a sophomore that we are hoping can step in and do a great job for us. We’ve got a returning quarterback in Jamrian George and then some young quarterbacks behind him. We are excited about the future.