Over the past three years, Bullard football has flown to new heights and grown into the feisty Panthers worthy of several college players among the various college ranks.
Far from a playoff doormat, 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 a No. 3-ranked Waco-Robinson going 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 and combat local, UT-Tyler.
Three-year gridiron varsity starter, Houston Alexander 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 conference tournament the past 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 Podron.
HOUSTON ALEXANDER – Football, Track, Powerlifting
Alexander has played several different roles for the Panthers in three-sports, and a regional qualifier in track and powerlifting. This past season on the gridiron, Houston gave up some defensive rotations as a senior, for stronger late game endurance, playing in the ‘District of Doom.”
Alexander proved to be a tough tackle and impressive enough to draw attention of several Division III, and NAIA schools.
The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement major had it narrowed down to three all along really.
“TLU and Austin College wanted me at running back, ETBU talked about me playing strong safety.
Safety would be a new position after so many roles at BHS, but his regional-qualifying speed could be used as a hard hitting strong safety.
“But 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."
Alexander then recounted on his BHS days.
“I was blessed to have been a part of the Bullard Panthers,” Houston said, “Our success the past couple of years really put us on the map as a team and a community.”
HOLDEN BRYANT – Baseball, Football, Track
Talk to Holden Bryant about his signing to play in college, the four-sport star will give the praise to God, unbelievable family support from the parents of three athletically blessed student-athletes, and a great coaching staff.
A four-year varsity football player, and track star was capped off with his four-year stint on the baseball diamond his calling to the next level signing with the Bulldogs.
Always one of the smaller defensive backs on the field, he always challenged by the quarterback and opposing coaches. Later, Holden always drew raves from those coaches for his heart, playing ability, speed and competitive edge.
Bryant will be playing in the same conference as the top two teams recruiting Holden (Hardin-Simmons, ETBU). touting Bryant’s sure-handed middle –middle infield, and contact hitting.
Bryant has really enjoyed his days at BHS, and playing with Kirk, (Mississippi College), as a freshman and sophomore, and Haden, his twin that always keeps each other reaching for the best.
“It has been awesome,” said the lead-off catalyst for the playoff bound Panther baseballers about his coaches. “They have challenged me to never be outdone by them (his brothers), and have they have helped me the best I can be.”