By THOMAS COOK
The Lewisville Fighting Farmers Football varsity team, and first-year head coach Michael Odle, will begin their 2017 football season Sept. 1, at Rowlett High School.
A strong 3-2 start to the Farmers 2016 season, capped by a 41-14 victory over rival Marcus, was followed by an 0-5 record to end the season. The Farmer 3-7 overall record last year left them in last place in the district standings.
After Gregg Miller’s resignation in March, former Hebron High School offensive coordinator Michael Odle was named the team’s head coach. Odle, a former Farmer football player, quarterbacked the 1996 team to a Class 5A state championship. The chance to coach at his alma mater is a dream come true for Odle.
“I bleed this place,” Odle said. “This is who I am, these are the streets I roam. This is the town I grew up in, the colors that I’ve worn. It’s a special place to me.”
This year’s team will see a lot of new faces, both on the sidelines and on the field. Senior Tyler Urban will start at quarterback. Urban, who didn’t attempt a pass in 2016, will replace Jarvis Brooks and Desmond Jefferson, who graduated in June.
Contributing players returning from last year’s team include running back Demodrick Hunter, wide receiver Woody Banks, defensive back Kevin Anderson, linebacker Emmanuel Adebayo and defensive lineman Emmanuel Adesina.
In addition to returning players, senior Brandon Rolfe is also expected to be a key contributor at wide receiver. This team will be looking for receiving options to replace star receiver Tyrell Shavers, who is now at Alabama.
With a young roster, featuring many new faces, Odle wants to establish a culture for the team.
“We want to be relentless and tough,” Odle said. “Nobody wants to play somebody who’s relentless and tough, it doesn’t matter if we’re up 40 or down 40. We want to get up and come at you with everything we’ve got.”
Odle says that he wants this culture to define his team not just on field but also in the classroom and all aspects of their lives
Kickoff for Lewisville High School vs. Rowlett High School will be Friday Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Homer B. Johnson Stadium in Garland. Tickets are available online through Garland ISD, starting at $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets purchased immediately before the game will start at $7 for both students and adults.
For complete coverage of every Fighting Farmers game visit The Lewisville Texan Journal’s sports page.