The Huffman-Hargrave High School boys basketball team made school history after clinching its second consecutive district title two weeks ago.
“Last year we won the district championship for the first time since 1976 and we’ve got two games left, but we’ve already clinched the district championship,” said Huffman head coach Scott Barrett. “Our school has never won back to back ever. So, it’s a big deal.”
Barrett, who has led the Falcons to the playoffs each of his five years as head coach, has turned the Falcons basketball team into a regional contender.
“Before I was here it was mainly more of a football and baseball school,” said Barrett. “We’ve got some really good seniors. Dylan Todd was the district MVP last year, and hopefully he gets it again this year. All three of our seniors have already been accepted into Texas A&M. We’re going to miss them.”
Like most of Huffman’s basketball players, center Blake Moore started playing basketball when he was in the seventh grade and attributes the team’s success to the leadership of their coach and the friendship of his teammates.
“We are probably the closest team in our district. We actually hang out together more than I’ve ever seen other teams’ members do,” said Falcon senior shooting guard Noah Pendergrass.
Pendergrass said the players on his team have also been his best friends since about the first grade.
“We’ve all played together for so many years; we have good team chemistry. We hang out outside of practice,” said Todd. “And then we come on the court and we play. Coach helps us get better every day; he doesn’t let us quit.”
Barrett feels that his team has the upper hand due to their speed and most teams have a hard time keeping up. He tries to build a family atmosphere with everyone in the basketball program, which he believes is one of the reasons for their success.
“We do things outside of basketball quite a bit. We did church every Sunday; we would pick a different church to go to in our community and rotate. And all the parents also get involved.”
Barrett played basketball for TCU and has also run a community center before he started coaching.
“If I was not a basketball coach, I would still been teaching. I love influencing high school kids.”