Finally, Bulldogs have someone to steady the ship

While most football coaches across the state of Texas are dusting off playbooks, starting to prepare game plans and filling out depth charts here in the middle of June (Texas Football comes out Monday!), Thorndale just hired itself a football coach.

The Bulldogs will be led by Monahans running backs coach Kade Burns who replaces Todd Doughty, who departed for Meridian after five years in April after a chaotic year in Thorndale athletics.

(As a footnote: Doughty's first order of business was to hire former Bulldog assistant and Milano head coach Tim Berg who will become Doughty's defensive coordinator— again.)

Monahans was 10-3 last season and District 3-3A champion and made it to the regional level before being knocked out by Bridgeport on a field goal in overtime.

Burns kept himself busy last season. The Loboes rushed for 4,100 yards and 48 touchdowns and had three runners go over 1,000 yards.

Burns, 31, was also the head track coach at Monahans.

Burns is also a top notch golfer, having finished as second medalist at the state golf tournament in 1995 for Class 2A Mason and he also played collegiately at Abilene Christian.

Burns was hired by new superintendent Casey Callahan, who is also from Mason and a former Rockdale teacher.

Burns is the second coach to leave Coach Mickey Owens staff at Monahans, Chris McWilliams recently took the head job at Class A Petrolia.

The Thorndale athletic department—and the entire school district for that matter— has been in a state of disarray ever since long-time athletic director and basketball coach Jeff Lieberman decided to take a leave of absence before the school year started.

For most of the year, there was also no principal and an interim superintendent.

Burns has a lot of fence mending to do at what was once one of the top programs in the state.

Perhaps a state championship this week will get things headed in the right direction. Couldn't hurt.

Log on to Logan

While Nic Hammett garnered most of the local recruiting attention last season before signing with Rice, this year Logan David is starting to get bleeps on the recruiting radar.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Tiger lineman is becoming a ubiquitous presence on recruiting websites and especially on ESPN.insider.

According to ESPN, the senior is gaining medium interest from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Missouri, Arizona St., Baylor, Kansas and even Oklahoma.

There is also a video on the site showing David's greatest hits—literally.

Here's a sample of what recruiting experts are saying about the biggest Tiger.

"If David really is at that 300 pound mark then he naturally has good size for the defensive tackle position.

"Also if he is that big he seems to carry his weight pretty well and looks on film to be about what he is listed at.

"He can be a solid run defender who will flash the ability to make some plays for a big boy. He has an adequate get-off. He will flash a solid get-off, but needs to be quicker off the ball more consistently.

"He does a good job of using his hands to keep some separation. He also does a solid job of being able to play half-aman and get into the gap.

"When he crosses the ball he will break down and locate the ball and displays the ability to make the play when it presents itself.

"He has a solid motor and flashes a pretty decent little closing burst for his size.

"He seems best defending the run. He has the tools to play at the next level."

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