Running wild

Needville senior Vincent Villarreal races to the end zone after making a catch Saturday in the Alamodome.

SAN ANTONIO — The Needville High School football team’s senior class has been defined by running back Ashton Stredick.

It is understandable after the bellcow back has earned a nod as a finalist for the 2019 Mr. Texas Football Award.

But Stredick isn’t the only senior who has left a lasting impact for this Needville program.

The upperclassmen departed this year with the program’s first district championship since 1987 and the program’s first trip to the regional semifinals since 1989.

On top of that, the senior Blue Jays accounted for three playoff victories over the past two seasons and 15 district wins over the past four years in one of the toughest 4A-DI districts in the state.

“If you look at what they’ve done for the program, it’s huge,” Needville head coach Mike Giles said. “If you look at last year’s class, it contributed a lot.

“This year’s senior class have been difference makers.

“I Know Ashton is extremely special. But we’ve had lot of guys step up.”

Giles pointed out senior defensive lineman Xavier Lott, senior linebacker Matthew Herrera, senior tackles Garret Nowak and Tanner Garza.

Stredick finished with over 3,000 yards rushing. Senior Vincent Villarreal finished with just under 1,000 all-purpose yards.

“They have been different players than then had been in the past,” Giles said. “They grew up a lot this year.

“They are tireless workers. Great kids that are fun to coach.

“They are building on a legacy for us.”

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