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08/24/1994  Shorthorns eye third state title in 4 years www.thevictoriaadvocate.com  Football





The Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, August 24, 1994

Shorthorns eye third state title in 4 years

Return of 17 seniors
Gives Schulenburg edge

MIKE FORMAN
Advocate Sports Writer

  SCHULENBURG -- The Schulenburg Shorthorns take their preseason ranking as the top 2A team in Texas almost as a given.
  "I am not surprised at No. 1," said Schulenburg coach David Husmann. "With that many starters returning from a program thats been very strong, we were a logical choice."
  The Shorthorns have earned the pollsters respect by winning two of the last three state titles and advancing to the semifinals in four of the last five seasons.
  "It's tough for our kids to be under the microscope and deal with the pressure, but at the same time it's an honor," Husmann said. "They're in a position of gaining recognition a lot of other young players don't have the opportunity to get."
  Schulenburg enjoyed far less publicity last season when it was eliminated in the area playoffs by Freer. It marked the first time the Shorthorns have not played football in December since 1988.
  "Last year we had a lot of juniors who found out how toughit was," Husmann said. "They learned how hungry, how strong and how determined you have to be to make a run for that long. You have to have that hunger."
  Along with the hunger, this year's Shorthorns have their share of talent and experience.
  Schulenburg's roster includes 17 seniors, 13 of whom were in uniform when the Shorthorns won the 1992 state title. And for the first time in Husmann's 10 years at Schulenburg, the varsity roster includes no sophomores.
  The most notable returnee is senior running back Jason Houston, who rushed for 1,807 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.
  Houston did not play in Schulenburg's scrimmage against Yorktown, but could rejoin the team as soon as he completes makeup work for missing earlier practices.
  "The word suspension is not appropriate," Husmann said of Houston. "He is doing makeup work and when he gets done with it, he'll be an active member of the team."
  Houston could be even more successful this season running behind a line of lettermen Dustin Bosl at center, Donovan Chudej and Kris Jurek at guard and Dan Deagan and Greg Segura at Tackle.
  "Our offenive line should be a good group." Husmann said. "They're very intelligent, they have good size and excellent strength."   Schulenburg will not abandon the pass with receivers Jamie Jackson, Curt Besetsny, Steven Adams and Kevin Marak returning.
  Steven Sartain is back at quarterback after taking over last season.
  "Steven has really taken charge of the quarterback role," Husmann said. "He's accepted the role providing first and foremost the leadership that goes with the position."
  Sartain's leadership will extend into the secondary with Jackson, Marak and Joseph Moore.
  The Shorthorns are also solid at linebacker with Chad Guentert and Barry Shepard returning. Houston and transfer Tyson Romine could also see time at the position.
  The defensive front will include Ricky Hernandez, Paco Valenzuela, Sam Brown and Besetsny.
  "This group is a tremendous amount of fun to work with," Husmann said. "They have an idea of what it took to win before and they are determined to accomplish the lofty goals we accomplished before."