Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – In a three-year span the Del Rio High School Ram football team went from a negative record to splitting a district championship and reached the third round of the playoffs. This year they played neck-and-neck with one of the toughest 6-A Div. II squads in Texas, but amid all those achievements one moment will remain, and that is to bring back the playoff games to the Walt Levermann Ram Stadium.

This season, the Rams finished their football run with an overall record of 10-4, 4-1 in District, with losses only to top tier schools.

Del Rio High School head football coach, Frenchey McCrea, highlighted the most remarkable moments of the season.

“Finding out that we are going to split a district title because a team we had lost to early in the season (Laredo United) ended up losing later in the season, that was a highlight getting into the playoffs, but having a first round playoff here in Del Río in the stadium, having a home game (Palmview) that was awesome,” Coach McCrea stated. 

McCrea also highlighted the feeling of passing to the second round of the playoffs and playing against Weslaco East, a great football team.

“We had a great comeback in the last three or four minutes of the game to win it, that was pretty big, and of course facing Steele in this last game, and being able to go toe-to-toe with them, obviously we lost at the end but we went toe-to-toe with a giant in Texas football,” he said.

The Rams head football coach recognized the hard labor that took the team in their three-round tour into the playoffs, including the coaching staff, offense, defense and special teams.

“Obviously all my coordinators, I know I can’t do this by myself and having good coordinators and good first assistant coaches, because they carry a lot of the weight as far as the football side, and I was able to maintain the order of the game and watching out for the kids outside football,” McCrea said.

Next year the team will have to enter a new phase, after losing 30 plus seniors to graduation, but Coach McCrea is confident that a lot of the juniors coming back will be up to the task.

Coach Frenchey McCrea, a DRHS and ASU graduate, finished his second season as head of the Del Rio High School football program, he previously was an assistant coach with Head Coach Steve Hoffman and an interim head coach. At ASU, Coach McCrea also worked as an assistant coach for the ASU Rams.

In 2013 the DRHS Rams had an overall season of 3-8, with a district run of 2-4, while in 2014 the Rams finished with an overall of 6-5-1, 3-2 in conference play.