(Seguin) -- Even though baseball season is well on its way, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court is finding that it's never too late to talk football especially when you house one of the best teams in the state.
The county, on Tuesday, officially approved a proclamation recognizing the Steele High School Knight's Football Team on qualifying for the 6A, District 25, Texas High School Championship last season. Although that run for the state championship failed at the end, it did not dampen one ounce of success that the program has had.
The proclamation reads, "Whereas, the Steele High School Knights Football Team defeated all their opponents to make it to the Texas High School State Football Championship.
Whereas, through their perseverance, hard work and dedication, the Steele Knights Football Team finished the year with a record of 14 and 2; and
Whereas, the team thrilled fans with spectacular passes, catches, dramatic hits, tackles, and plays as they swept past their opponents with record-breaking season statistics: On Offense: 2,544 passing yards, 3,699 rushing yards, 2,544 receiving yards; On Defense: 371 solo tackles, 829 assists, 1200 total tackles, 44 sacks, 16 interceptions, and 73 touchdowns."
On hand to layout the history of the program was Gary Inmon, the board president for the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD. Inmon says the Steele program is indeed one of the best ever.
"This is Steele's 11th season now in football. I believe they were 4-6 their first year and that's the first year they ever played. Since that period of time, the first two years after that, they lost to Lake Travis who went on to win the state championship. So other than that, they would've gotten deep in the playoffs. Six out of the next seven years, they have finished as one of the top four teams in the state of Texas. They've either lost to the state champion or a team that played in the state championship. The previous year, they lost to Katy who ultimately became the number one ranked team in the entire nation. Otherwise Steele had done phenomenally well that year -- just a phenomenal performance on the field but as you mentioned, we always get great comments about the kids. These are class kids. We get great reports back about how they conduct themselves. Since these guys are superstars in the local community, they spend a lot of time going to the elementary schools, working with the kids, doing a great job at that -- Not just that but the cheerleaders, the coaches, the staff, the administrators have done a wonderful job and we really appreciate that you guys took the time to invite them up here this morning," said Inmon.
Representing the team and its future was Coach David Saenz. Saenz, who served as Steele's defensive coordinator, was recently promoted as the team's new head football coach. Saenz says there's nothing better than community support.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the proclamation. Like you mentioned, the community, it's a great place to be and it's because of the administration we have -- obviously the parents that support us and the community. This proclamation is just a true testament of that. It's a process that these kids believe in and they trust and we're going to continue to build on that and we're going to continue to do things that help us be successful. But again, I just wanted to say thank you for this and thank you for all the support that obviously the county gives us along with the administration and the parents, thank you," said Saenz.
Player CJ Williams says it's great when everyone can join them for this exciting ride.
"It's truly an honor just to know how the community, how much they support us and the football team being able to play in such a big game with all my brothers. We're all like a family, the community, the football team, the school, the teachers, everyone. We're just one big family," said Williams.
Player Joshua Croslen says he is appreciative to the county for the recognition.
"It means a lot because it makes you realize how much the community absolutely supports you and how big a deal it is that what we do is important. It helps. So it means a lot," said Croslen.
Agreeing with his teammate is Quincy Williams. Williams says he's honored to see the celebration continue.
"The last one (game), yes, it was heartbreaking, but the season in general was just amazing -- probably one of the best experiences of my life. Getting to play with these guys -- some of them from elementary school, just to finish my high school career with them was just amazing to me. We're really a family and just the season in general is something I'll never forget," said Williams.
As a special thank you, the county also delivered a signed proclamation to each of the 144 members of the Steele High School Knights Football Team.