Buckholts football—the feel good story of the year
Let’s call it basketball on Astroturf.
Sadly, neighbor Buckholts’ magical season came to a close Saturday in Bryan with a 83-71 loss to Oakwood (see story at right).
The Badgers “feel good story of the year” has special interest in more ways than one, but especially since a local boy had a large hand in the team’s success.
Chad Satcher, a 1993 Rockdale High School graduate, came to Buckholts from Hempstead where he was the defensive line coach for the Class 2A school, which made it to the state title game in 2011 and lost to Melissa.
As is the case at most small schools, Satcher, 37, will also wear the title of head coach for basketball and baseball as well. He had never been a head coach before.
Satcher replaced Cory Schwartz who left to become head coach at Holy Trinity Catholic in Temple.
Now, the Badgers had gone to the playoffs in the past two seasons under Schwartz, but had the misfortune of facing two-time defending state champion Richland Springs in the first round.
Winning the District 14 title this season guaranteed that would not happen again.
At Rockdale, Satcher played football, basketball and baseball.
He was also a first-team all-district catcher for the baseball team.
Satcher noticed during the team’s very first workout, that there was some speed on the field, so he changed the offense from an I-formation to a spread.
“I brought in the new offense, which was foreign to Buckholts,” said the bearded Satcher. “We wanted to open the field to have the option of running or passing.
“The boys took to it well and we had success, once everything caught on. We ended up having great stats.”
Senior quarterback Nathen Rice threw for 2,837 yards and 53 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions.
“Our team ended up combining for over 1,500 rushing yards, so we tried to stay balanced,” Satcher said. “It was a whole lot of fun, but hopefully just the beginning.”
Making the transition from 11-man to 6-man was not as difficult as it might seem.
“The hardest thing to adjust to was the lack of numbers on defense,” Satcher explained. “In eleven man, if one person got beat, there was always someone else who could make up for it. I have always loved eleven man football and feel the offensive strategy is a simple transition.
“I still feel way more comfortable with an eleven man defense, but learned on the fly and feel the boys made great strides for next year and years to come.”
He loses six seniors, including Rice, and fourteen of his players will be back next season, but, in keeping with Buckholts recent history, will Satcher be back?
“I know I chose to coach sixman and we have moved our family here. Hopefully, I am here for the long haul.”