Strawn is a small town in Palo Pinto County.
But football fans there are used to their Greyhounds making big noise during the six-man season.
For the year, Strawn posted an 8-2 record, and racked up a devilish 666 points on the season, including 108 in a 42-point victory over Gustine in the regular season finale.
Since the ‘Hounds have the misfortune to play in one of six-man’s toughest districts, they did not make the postseason. Their third-place finish was behind May and Gordon, two teams that meet Friday in the quarterfinal round.
Even though they’re not playing anymore, they still accomplished a couple of things that neither of the playoff teams from District 10-1A did. In fact, they broke new ground for any Texas teams.
According to Ron Bulman, who now works for Tarleton State University and used to live in Strawn, Senior SHS QB/spread back Harrison Nowak passed for a whopping 845 yards and an equally awe-inspiring 15 touchdowns, both all-time records in football-crazy Texas.
There are programs in Texas, at all levels, which would appreciate a quarterback that threw for more than 800 yards for a season.
Nowak set the Class A yardage mark, surpassing Three-Way standout Brett Stegall, who threw for 564 yards in 1985, and overshadowed the TD record of 11, owned by Dylan Stanley of Lometa since 2011.
But Bulman’s research uncovered even more. Not only did Nowak shatter existing six-man records, he set the bar against 11-man quarterbacks, too.
Prior to Nowak’s record-setting outing, Mike Richardson of Marble Falls threw for 725 yards in a single game for Marble Falls in 2012, tossing a then-record 10 scores. Refugio’s Travis Quintanilla was tied for the state mark, also with 10 TDs.
The rest of the story is that Nowak had been sporting a cast since the fourth game of the season. Until that game, a 59-14 win over Granbury Cornerstone, he had thrown 17 touchdowns in the ‘Hounds first four games of his final season.
Recognition for the record-smashing accomplishment included being named the Abilene Reporter-News Big Country Player of the Week, as well as being nominated for the Texasfootball.com Mr. Texas Football Player of the Week.