Recognizing the Marshall Christian Academy Tcal Division II State Football Championsby Representative Louie Gohmert
Posted on 2015-12-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. GOHMERT. Mr. Speaker, for more than twenty five years, Marshall
Christian Academy has been providing Christian based education to
students whose families desire them to have a solid foundation in
academics and athletics, while developing excellence and Christ-
centered character. It is a great honor to recognize the Marshall
Christian Academy Guardians on their most recent accomplishment,
capturing the Texas Christian Athletic League Division II 6-man
Football State Championship title.
Marshall Christian Academy takes pride in working on the A, B, and Cs--attitude, behavior, and conduct, in both academics and athletics. The school website states, ``At Marshall Christian Academy, we play Six-Man Football to work in the character of Christ to our young men. God has blessed us with the opportunity to play the great game of football. Six-Man is an effective tool for developing young men in discipleship and training them in the game of life--how to play a game, how to be tough and how to represent Jesus Christ on and off the field.'' The team fought and overcame a number of obstacles before claiming the state title, proving once again they are champions in every sense of the word. Their season was riddled with lengthy travel, inclement weather, illnesses, and a devastating car accident which seriously injured two team members and claimed the life of a family member. But through it all, the Guardians relied on the power of prayer to persevere and emerge triumphant, resulting in a season culminating in their first ever state football championship with a 36-28 win over Annapolis Christian Academy.
The Marshall Christian Academy Guardians achieving this landmark accomplishment include David Florence, Stephan Florence, William Hency, Ryan Stokell, Aslan Bell, Andrew Stokell, Dylan Alford, Hunter Cagle, Dazmond Lewis, Noah Heredia, Caleb Beesinger and Matthew Stokell.
Congratulations should be extended to the dedicated faculty and staff members who so skillfully created the solid foundation of direction and motivation necessary to build a team of champions: Marshall Christian Academy Administrators Raymond Bade, Duane Schultz and Guy Barr III, along with the Guardians' athletic staff comprised of Head Coach Guy Barr III, along with Assistant Coaches Jeff Arrington, Tyrone Robinson and Robert Stokell.
May God continue to bless their efforts so they may one day dedicate their drive and determination to help make this great country even stronger. My most enthusiastic and heartfelt congratulations to the Marshall Christian Academy Guardians, as their legacy is now recorded in the Congressional Record which will endure as long as there is a United States of America.