After last year’s winless season, Sean Stell Jr. was determined 2017 would be better for his Texas College Steers.
Stell’s offseason workouts, along with teammates, have the Steers better prepared in the debut season of Coach Charles Moss.
Although TC lost its season opener last week against Lane College, the Steers made a better showing than the 2016 contest, a 44-6 loss in Jackson, Tennessee.
Still, Stell, the quarterback of TC, and his teammates scoff at moral victories, but the squad showed signs of improvement.
Despite the 40-20 loss to the Dragons, Stell and the Steers are anxious to get back on the gridiron. They will do just that on Saturday in Abilene, taking on the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys, an NCAA Division III squad. TC is in the NAIA.
Stell hit on 16 of 27 pass attempts against Lane, throwing for 136 yards and two TDs.
“Our execution was good at times, we just need to be consistent,” said Stell, a native of Fresno, California. “I thought the line did a good job and we ran the ball well.”
He complimented running backs Jude St. Julian and Carlos Mosby. Also, he tossed TD passes to Myles Hill and Cory Sherman.
“There’s a whole new culture in the football program,” Stell said. “You can sense it everywhere. You could see it in pregame, on the field, on the sidelines and after the game. I could see the difference in the crowd with our fans.”
Before coming to TC, Stell attended Washington Union High School where he led both the football and basketball teams to district titles. He was the point guard in basketball.
He decided to keep playing and landed at Reedley College in Reedley, California. Reedley is located in the San Joaquin Valley, 22 miles east-southeast of Fresno.
After two years at Reedley, he said it was time to travel to Texas and landed at TC.
The business major plans to intern at Nike after graduation and then pursue a career in sports marketing.
TC NOTES: Following Saturday’s game, the Steers return home Sept. 16 to face conference foe Southwestern Assemblies of God at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kickoff on Earl Campbell Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Texas College Steers (0-1) play the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys (0-0) on Saturday in Abilene. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Shelton Stadium.