As strange as it may sound coming from a female, I have always wanted to coach football. Instead, I had to be satisfied with studying the sports section of the newspaper and following the NFL, college teams, and my favorite high school teams. Last year, Coach Brand helped my dreams come true by starting a Faculty Fantasy Football League. Finally, I got to have a “real” team. This year is no exception, and I find myself in the Championship game of the year pitted against Coach Shawn Rogers, offensive coach extraordinaire. But wait, is he just a fantasy coach or the real deal?Coach Rogers moved from Arlington to near Brownwood when he was a high school student. His parents wanted to get their children out of the city and into a small school; thus, Rogers attended high school in Mullin. He had played pee-wee football when he was young, so he quickly found himself positioned to play spreadback and quarterback for the Mullin six-man football team. After high school, Rogers graduated from Tarleton University in Stephenville and immediately came home to Mullin to coach six-man football. In 2005, Rogers left Mullin and came to the home of the Coyotes, Richland Springs. He is the brain behind the Coyote Offense, and he has earned four state championship rings while coaching the Coyotes. Coach Rogers watches endless hours of film of the opposing team in order to scheme against them. He draws plays as he watches film. Does he have some trick plays up his sleeve? Oh yeah! According to Coach R., he always keeps a few plays secret until the play-offs, and he uses them for various purposes, such as giving the defense a rest or giving the spreadback a rest or just making a big play or score. His current scheme is “to keep the ball away from the other team and run the ball more.” Coach Rogers said he and the other coaches watch films of the Coyotes’ practices every day after practice. Then, they each go home and try to come up with new ways to correct what went wrong, and they watch more film at home. Watching film and preparing is a never-ending process for a successful team. Coach said, “We don’t even have time to think about the win.”When asked to what he attributed this year’s success, Coach Rogers answered, “They know how to win. These kids are determined and want to leave their own legacy here. They want to prove themselves. They are the smallest team we’ve ever had, and there are other teams in our division with more talent, but these kids have put in lots of hard work and training. They lift weights three times a week, and they run three times a week in addition to practicing and watching film. They know the fundamentals. They have heart.”Is Coach Rogers a successful Fantasy Football Coach? Yes, but more importantly, he is the real deal. He is a quiet, shy, unassuming man who always gives the credit to the players. He said, “I am so lucky, so blessed.” With everything as it should be, Coach Rogers, who was predicted to lose the Championship game of Fantasy Football, is in the lead, and this Saturday, he will be in Abilene, Texas, going for his fifth state championship and the Coyotes’ sixth state championship.