Satcher teaches his Buckholts football team to stay hungry

BILL MARTIN

The fact that Chad Satcher returned as head football coach for a second season may be Buckholts greatest victory ever.

When Satcher, 38, left Class 2A Hempstead to accept his first head coaching position last season, he became the 10th head football coach at Buckholts in the past 13 seasons.

The Rockdale graduate (RHS ‘93) proceeded to lead the perpetually orphaned Badgers to an 8-4 record, the District 14 6-Man Division I crown and the school’s first playoff victory in 47 years, 66-60 over Aquilla.

Buckholts had earned a playoff berth the previous two seasons before Satcher’s arrival, but couldn’t get out of the first round.

While all the above would certainly be categorized as a success, Satcher wants that kind of performance to become the norm, not record-setting.

That requires him to transform his players’ minds as well as their bodies.


Rockdale’s Chad Satcher returned for a second season at Buckholts. Rockdale’s Chad Satcher returned for a second season at Buckholts. “Most important thing is to stay hungry,” he said. “These guys had never tasted the second round of the playoffs, so we’re preaching for last year not to be the highlight in their high school career.

“We have some really good teams on our schedule, so it’s going to take a solid commitment to improvement to duplicate our success. However, we have the team to do it. They’re really focused and no longer are they hoping for success— they expect it.”

Eight experienced hands returned from last year’s watershed team that was upended by Oakwood in an 83-71 shootout in the Region IV semifinals in Bryan.

Buckholts lost Josh Halsey to graduation, who was named to the 6-Man All-State team as a punter.

Satcher had to replace starting quarterback Nathen Rice who threw for 2,851 yards and 53 touchdowns.

The Badgers are using a two-man rotation at quarterback with Jon Avila and Austin Montalbo who have combined to throw for almost 900 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Seniors Miguel Rodriguez and David Trevino lead the ground attack and have combined for almost 900 yards and Rodriguez has crossed the goal line seven times.

Kade Cowan is the top receiver with 21 catches for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

Buckholts’ offensive output is split almost evenly between passing (208 yards per game) and rushing (255 yards), which is how Satcher wants it.

The Badgers stand at 2-2 in this young season, having defeated CenTex Home School and Living Stones Christian (a 67-66 thriller), while dropping home contests to No. 2 ranked Jonesboro and Calvert.

Buckholts battles Waco Methodist Children’s Home Friday in Waco, which is 3-0 and ranked No. 4 in the TCAL.

All is not lost as the Badgers have another month and three more games before district play begins.

Buckholts is the favorite to repeat as league champions and they have a decided scheduling advantage as four of their final five games are at home.

“Last year, they were really skeptical about what they could do,” said Satcher. “Now that we’ve been together a year, they expect to win.”


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