Lindale Eagles Open High Football Season With High Hopes

It's a big day for high school football fans. The season opened today for all teams that didn't participate in spring drills. That list includes the Lindale Eagles, who have high hopes, despite a big challenge. The Eagles officially move up from 3A to 4A.  New head coach Mike Meador says his team is excited and ready.

"I've got a lot of experience coming back and to go into 4A that's the best I can do," said Meador.  "Great group of kids and great attitudes and we're up for the challenge."

That group includes 26 seniors, 7 starters on defense and 9 starters on offense, including quarterback Lucas Shipman, who accounted for 36 touchdowns last year, and his favorite target in wide receiver Seth Bauman.

"They're not intimidated at all about 4A," said Meador.  "They know it's going to be a tough challenge, but they're up for the challenge.  All year long, all spring long, they have prepared and worked hard to do that.  So, we're excited, they came out here with a great attitude.  Everybody showed up, and we're excited to be out here today."

Everybody showed up today except defensive back and wide receiver DeMarcus Martin, who is currently in jail, facing a felony aggravated robbery charge.  Meador says

"We're bigger than one player," said Meador.  "The toughest part about it is, for DeMarcus, it's over.  He worked hard to get to this point and to have a possible great career, and now it's over for him.  And so, I told (the players) don't be sorry for our team, because we're going to bounce back and be a OK.  I wanted them to understand, DeMarcus' life now is totally changed, and so, that's unfortunate for him."

The eagles open their season September 1 against Spring Hill.