Richland Springs Coyotes, now there’s a PROGRAM! Since the year 2000, the Coyotes have tasted defeat nine times. Nine times in nine years. How many of you would accept one loss a season on the average over the last nine seasons? I think I failed to mention that Richland Springs has won 111 games during these nine seasons I am discussing.
Try this on for size. Only six different schools beat Richland Springs during the last nine seasons. Strawn did it three times. Panther Creek did it twice. Cherokee did it once. Calvert did it once. Whitharral did it once, and Throckmorton did it once. Learn more as you read.
2000 Richland Springs was 7-3. This is the worst record they have had in the last nine seasons. Strawn, Cherokee, and Panther Creek managed to pick up wins against the Coyotes. Panther Creek won the state title in 2000. As a side note, PC beat Strawn twice and Cherokee once in 2000.
2001 Richland Springs was 13-2. Besides 2000, this is the only time the Coyotes lost more than one game during the last nine seasons. Panther Creek again was one of the teams to notch a victory against Richland Springs. The other team to accomplish that was Whitharral. This was in the State Championship game beating the Coyotes 27-20. Do you see a pattern here?
2002 Richland Springs was 12-1. The single loss was to Calvert 60-57 in the Quarter Finals of the playoffs. Calvert went on to smash Abbot the next week and defeat Sanderson 51-46 in the Finals. Another side note, Calvert was down 32 points at the half to Sanderson in that Championship game. By the way, the pattern continues. Do you see it?
2003 Richland Springs was 13-1. The only loss came at the hands of Strawn 56-54 in the State Semi-Finals of the playoffs. Strawn beat Fort Davis the next week for the Title. Have you caught on yet?
2004 Richland Springs was 15-0 and State Champions for the first time.
2005 Richland Springs was 13-1. The lone loss was to Throckmorton 72-58 in the State Semi-Finals. This loss was something special, more on that later. Throckmorton defeated Valley the next week in the Championship. Are you with me?
2006 Richland Springs was 14-0 and won the State Championship for the second time.
2007 Richland Springs was 14-0 again and won the State Championship, not only for the third time but three out of four years. The Coyotes destroyed the Rule Bobcats 98-54 in the Championship. Rule was an outstanding team with several great athletes. They were 36 and 3 from 2005-2007. All three of those losses came at the hands of Richland Springs. Richland Springs led by Jerry Burkhart and his staff and Tyler Ethridge and a host of great players posted 55 wins against ONE loss over four years. I said earlier the loss to Throckmorton in 2005 was something special, that is why. One loss in four years.
2008 Richland Springs was 10-1. The loss was in Bi-District to their old nemesis Strawn by the score of 83-72. Strawn went on to win the State Championship. So what is the pattern I have made such a fuss about all through this? I think it is safe to say that the road to the State Championship leads through Richland Springs. They won three championships themselves, 2004, 2006, and 2007. They lost to Whitharral in the State game by 7 points in 2001. They lost to the eventual State Champion, Calvert, in 2002 by 3 points. They lost to the eventual State Champion, Strawn, in 2003, by 2 points. They lost to the eventual State Champion, Throckmorton, in 2005 by 14 points. They lost to the eventual State Champion, Strawn, by 11 points in 2008.
“If and buts were candy and nuts” as Dandy Don used to say and Richland Springs had scored say seven more touchdowns in the last nine years than they did you might be looking at a team that won eight gold rings in nine years. Oh! What might have been? NO! Don’t kid yourself with what might have been. Live with what they did. Congratulations to Richland Springs on their fine program.
I know about “The Fort” and the great years they enjoyed but I will stack the Coyotes 2000 through 2008 years against all comers. If you are planning on winning state, you better figure Richland Springs in your plans.
Program, program, get your PROGRAM.