When Coach Mike Reed elected to take over the reins of the Longhorn football program, there were plenty of people left scratching their heads because he could have written his ticket to just about any six-man school in the state.
The hey-day of Gordon football came when there were twice as many students on campus. Why would someone go back home and coach in the shadow cast by Nelson Campbell, who won two state titles at your alma-mater?
There are two basic wants among the Longhorns’ fan base, and that’s beat Strawn and win state. Reed accepted the task of taking on a team that went 2-8 in 2017, and Gordon appeared to have little hope of improvement.
What a difference a year can make as Gordon was 4-7 in 2018 under their first-year coach, and now the Longhorns are 11-1 and ranked number four. Everyone pretty much has become a sound believer in Coach Mike Reed and the system he has instilled at his alma mater.
Just a year after losing to Strawn 80-0, Reed led his team to a 27-26 win and laid claim to the District 10-1A championship at the same time.
Reed has two state titles under his belt from his coaching time at Throckmorton, but winning a third championship at Gordon would prove to be special.
To take that next step, Gordon now has to get by a Bynum’s Bulldog that has a 7-3 mark on the year and is coming off a 56-24 win over Walnut Springs.
The second step of the six-man playoffs is the round that separates contenders from pretenders, and it appears the Bulldogs are unlikely to be ready to take it to the next level.
Bynum beat Morgan 47-42 midway through its season, and the Longhorns stampeded Morgan in a 58-0 shut out.
Tonight's game gets underway in Hamilton at 7 p.m.