UNHERALDED by Dr. Brent Neale Melloy.
How JACQUIZZ RODGERS led the 2007 LAMAR CONSOLIDATED MUSTANGS to an improbable TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
In 2006 the Lamar Consolidated Mustang football team was considered the favorite to win the Division I Class 4 A state title in Texas. After being upset in their semi-final matchup, graduation took a heavy toll on the team. 2007 was considered by most pundits to be a rebuilding year. But once Head Coach Lydell Wilson started to put the pieces back together, he realized the ’07 squad was his one legitimate shot to catch lightening in a bottle.
Jacquizz Rodgers had heard throughout his life that he was too short to be a big-time football player. At 5’7”, Rodgers had been proving people wrong year after year. Now, in 2007, he was once again hearing the naysayers doubting himself and his team as they sought to win the school’s first ever state championship. First, they would need to overcome several early season injuries to even make the playoffs. Then, they would have to get past future Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and his #1 state ranked Copperas Cove Bulldawgs.
Read along as the Mighty Mustangs of 2007 overcame one obstacle after another as they fought to fulfill their dream. See how an eclectic group of teammates, including a group of Nigerians who had moved into the area, bonded together early in childhood to form a solid nucleus going into their high school years. Though few of them were considered to be “blue chip” athletes, the relatively unknown and unheralded boys from Richmond, Texas had something to prove.
Paperback: 206 Pages
Publisher: Brent Melloy (July 15, 2021)
About Dr. Brent Neale Melloy: Dr. Brent Melloy was born and raised in Vernon, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1985. He was then accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1989. He has been in private practice in Texas since then. Dr. Melloy has been a writer for years, starting with race reports for Cycle News, Holeshot Magazine, Motoplayground and Final Lap. He then wrote game reports while covering the Lamar Consolidated High School Mustangs from 2007 to 2009. His first book, UNHERALDED, chronicles the 2007 season when the Mustangs won an improbable state championship in football in Texas Division I Class 4 A over Robert Griffin III and the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs. The Mustangs were led by senior sensation Jacquizz Rodgers, who went on to become a collegiate star at Oregon State University before completing an 8-year career in the National Football League.
Dr. Melloy resides in Friendswood, Texas with his wife Joy, and their assortment of dog and cat rescues. He enjoys writing, traveling to the Caribbean, cooking, gardening and playing the guitar.
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