April 3, 2017

On Saturday night, we honored students from Patti Welder Middle School for their hard work and achievement despite having the adversities of life hit them hard.  Patti Welder has been struck with classmates taking their own lives.  Each has their own reasons but they all point to bullying.  Bullying is use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.  Bullying can occur physically, verbally, socially, and cyber bulling.

The Victoria Hurricanes organization that tonight to said that they are against the bullying of any kind.  And ask fans and friends to join in the fight against it.  We are proud of our children in so many ways and we must begin by showing that pride and encouragement by helping them in the event they are being bullied.  So the Hurricanes unite and help in that fight by recognizing students who have fought through the tears and the fear of losing their classmates. 



When Cordero "Showtime" Williams runs onto the football field, he's reminded again of his childhood.

The Bay City native took advantage of the moment to help lead the Victoria Hurricanes to a 41-2 exhibition win against the Houston Nightmare in the first Hurricane Bowl on a cold Saturday night at Patti Welder Stadium.

"I felt like a kid again," Williams said. "It's like I'm back in high school when I was killing it. It's like a second chance of doing it again, its fun."

The Hurricanes didn't wait long to show off their defensive pressure.

Five minutes into the game, defensive end Stephon Shelton recovered a forced fumble and ran 15 yards for the game's first points. A Keith Hradek extra point gave the Hurricanes an early 7-0 lead.

"We just want everybody to do their job," Williams said. "We have a lot of new kids, some of them young. We're trying for them to understand the system. If these kids can get the system, no other team can stop us."

After Williams led the Hurricanes' offense down the field on back-to-back first downs, running back Chris Sanders ran 3-yards into the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0 with 13:44 left in the first half.

Four minutes later, Williams scrambled, but held onto the football and ran out of bounds at the Nightmare 13-yard line. One play later, Williams completed a 13-yard pass to Tray Thomas for the score. After the failed extra point attempt, the Hurricanes took a 20-0 lead.

"We're loaded with a lot of talent," said Hurricanes head coach Corey Boyd. "We're just trying to get use to each other and see what guys can do. We're very talented."

From 2013-15, Boyd compiled a 33-4 record. The Texans won the 2013 Super Bowl under Boyd to claim the 2A Team of the Year title in the Crossroads Amateur Football League.

"The one thing I always preach is that these guys are out here for the love of the game," the fifth-year coach said. "These guys don't get paid to do this, we love this game. We're sacrificing time away from our families to be here with these guys, and I think they see that and feed off of the energy."

Leading 27-0 in the third quarter, cornerback Jayden Kelly recovered another Nightmare fumble, this time inside the end zone for the score.

"Our mindset coming in is to beat them," Williams said. "We don't ease off, we're not taking any dumb losses this year, and we're going to be smart about it."

With three minutes left in the third quarter, Williams showed why they call him "Showtime."

Starting the drive on their own 1-yard line, Williams avoided a tackle and scrambled to his left before completing a 30-yard pass to Malcolm Peoples. Two plays later, Williams scrambled again, this time to his right before completing a 33-yard pass to Peoples for the first down. On the next play, running back Chris Sanders scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run.

"He's nicknamed Showtime for a reason," Boyd said. "Over the years, it's been fun to watch him. I can remember the very first game he played for me. He took a quarterback sneak for 85-yards and hit the sidelines. The kid can really play some football."

The Nightmare, who finished 7-3 last season in the Dynamic Texas Football Association, were led by quarterback Austin Kuhlenschmidt.

Thanks to the Hurricanes' defense, Kuhlenschmidt and the Nightmare could not get anything going offensively. Trailing 41-0 with three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Nightmares' defense forced a safety with pressure on the 1-yard line to spoil the shutout for Victoria.

The Texans defeated Houston 12-6 in the first round of last season's playoffs.

"We always want to come out and play our best," Boyd said. "Even though we have a lot of eyes on us, we always want to set the example early. These guys (Houston) we barley took them out last year, so we wanted to come out with a dominant performance."

The Hurricanes have also attended the Domestic Violence Awareness Meeting on October 13th, 2016 to learn more about domestic violence and are learning ways to bring awareness to the problem that many families face on a regular basis.

In the past, the Bay City Texans participated in the Minor League Football Toy Drive Jamboree Classic last season against the Houston Lobos, winning 18-0.  Bay City also hosted the Texas Shootout between the Edinburg Landsharks , Wharton County Panthers, and the Third Coast Hard Hittaz.  The game benefitted the Women’s Crisis Center in their hometown.  At halftime of the game, the Texans also honored 20 students from Linnie Robert Elementary School plus one faculty member from the school.   

In the one season of existence for the Bay City Texans, they carried a tradition that was started by the Victoria Texans.  Victoria enjoyed four CASA Bowls.  The Victoria Texans started the tradition of charity games back in 2011 with the first one, CASA Bowl I between the Texans and the Texas Wranglers.  Proceeds benefitted the Golden Crescent CASA Organization.  Victoria also hosted Toys for Tots game in December of 2014 against the Wharton County Panthers.  Wharton County was joined by the Hard Hittaz and the Brazoria County Razorbacks. The Texans also gave $500 to the school so students that were in need could have necessary school supplies.

Leading these events each and every time was team owner Rudy Guzman.  Guzman’s compassion and love of giving has been contagious to his players as they have learned the joy of giving.  These young men are taking a cue from Guzman’s leadership and making it their own. 

Guzman wants to continue his commitment to the community and it takes a team to do it.  Join him and the newly formed, Victoria Hurricanes, as they march on to help the community that they call home.  To help, simply email him at rguzman@buddyrents.com.