Hallettsville's Dalton Herrington lines up during a play in practice on Tuesday. Herrington has four receiving touchdowns this year for the undefeated Brahmas, who face a showdown with another undefeated team, Palacios, to open district on Friday.
Originally published on Thursday, October 11, 2012
HALLETTSVILLE BRAHMAS VS. PALACIOS SHARKS
DISTRICT 14-2A, DIVISION I GAME
7:30 p.m. Friday at Brahma Memorial Stadium in Hallettsville
No radio for game.
HALLETTSVILLE - It doesn't matter if the ball is thrown at Hallettsville junior wide receiver Dalton Herrington, he'll find some way to involve himself in the play.
"He's going to give you 100 percent when he's out there," said senior quarterback and defensive back Carson Schindler. "He's going to do his best whether it's blocking downfield for other receivers, running backs or running hard routes. He does his job and he's great on the defensive side of the field too for us."
Herrington has helped the Brahmas to a 5-0 record and a Top 10 ranking.
The Brahmas open District 14-2A, Division I play when they host the Palacios Sharks (5-0) on Friday.
"Dalton will be good in life in anything he does because he's going to accept his role and do it the best he can," said Hallettsville head coach Tommy Psencik.
This season, Herrington has amassed 285 yards and four touchdowns receiving on 21 catches, and is a part of an offense that is averaging almost 400 yards per game.
For Herrington, the seeds of success were planted long ago. Herrington's parents, Reed and Tina, are both educators.
Reed is a science teacher and freshmen girls basketball coach, while Tina is the Meyersville ISD Superintendent.
Dalton Herrington said that a lot of the values that make for a good student carry over onto the football field and his dad keeps up with his grades even though Dalton is no longer taking his freshmen biology course.
"He's always talking to my teachers, always keeping me up to date," Herrington said. "Definitely keeping me on track and in line."
The Brahmas are 10th in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll entering the week. The team is enjoying a lot of success this year after breaking out in the playoffs last season.
The Brahmas went 7-6 and advanced to the regional playoffs after missing the playoffs in 2010.
"We saw how much success Hempstead was able to have and we felt that we weren't far behind where they were," Herrington said. "It gave us motivation knowing that we were that close and we had to step up a little more."
Added Schindler: "We've been building up to it all offseason. Now is when it really counts."
This season hasn't been all gravy for the Brahmas. The team lost sophomore quarterback and defensive back Nate Kowalik to a knee injury and also had to go without sophomore lineman JaKree Porter.
Psencik said a more mature Brahmas team was better able to handle the injuries that came their way.
"It was an easy answer," Psencik said. "There's Carson, he's your next leader and the kids accepted it."
Added Herrington: "Adversity is something that you're going to fold under, or you're going to excel. This year I'm hoping we have a team that's going to build on the adversity and do great things."
One team will leave Brahmas Memorial Stadium with a loss for the first time this season on Friday.
"We've been building up to it all offseason," Schindler said. "Now is when it really counts."