BULLARD — Over the past three years, Bullard football has flown to new heights and the Panthers have sent several players to the various college ranks.
Far from a drought the Panther faithful had suffered through for about 18 years of setbacks.
Finally two years ago, as these juniors that helped led to make the playoffs, win the first playoff game in school history, and upset Waco Robinson to go three rounds deep.
In the meantime, Bullard made playoff runs the last four years and worn the district crown twice.
On Friday afternoon, among a crowd of family, teammates, coaches, schoolmates and friends filling Owens Auditorium on the Bullard High School campus, Holden Bryant, Trevor Rumbelow, and Houston Alexander signed on as Texas Lutheran Bulldogs for next year.
All three played football together for three years of varsity play. Two will now move on to pursue baseball for the Bulldogs, in the American Southwest Conference.
Alexander, a third-year gridiron varsity starter, will play running back for TLU Bulldog football team.
Bryant and Rumbelow will go the baseball route and bolster the Bulldogs’ baseball program.
The Bulldogs baseball team has made the American Southwest Conference tournament the last four seasons under the tutelage of six-year head coach Greg Burnett.
The TLU football team has struggled with a 4-6 overall record last season, but fell off to 2-5 in Southern College Athletic Conference action last season. The Bulldogs are coached by Danny Padron.
Said Alexander: “After I went to visit with my parents, they had me sold just because they have such a great coaching staff, and it just seemed like the place for me to continue my football career.”
Said Bryant: “I just enjoyed the campus, the coaches, and most importantly the education. I was the most impressed with the importance of an education. Playing in college with a high school teammate is a rare commodity that both look forward too. I have also wanted to play with Trevor in college so that helped make my choice too.”
Said Rumbelow: “I loved the program. They are traditionally very good and compete very well.”