I have always had a fascination about Six-Man football since I was a kid.
I never played the game, since I came from a high school with more than enough boys to scrounge up an eleven-man team. But they played this unique form of football in some of the small towns that surrounded Hico…Iredell, Cranfills Gap, Jonesboro, Walnut Springs and Zephyr.
A few years ago, my brother Mike and I decided it was time to celebrate six-man football. Why? I still don’t know. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. So we started an event called the Hico Six-Man Super Saturday (www.hicosupersix.com). The event has grown into a day-long event that attracts more than 6,000 rabid fans to my hometown. In the past, our sponsors have included corporate sponsors like Dr. Pepper and AT&T.
Last August, Nike took a liking to the event and signed up with us to sponsor the “Biggest Day for the Small Schools” for a couple of years. Not only that, but last week, the boys from Beaverton, put up their first six-man blog on www.nikefootball.com, written by yours truly.
By the way, I think this photo by Scott Harben sums up everything that is so wonderful about small-town high school football. Not only do you have to play football, but at halftme, you also have to march in the band.