Calvin Hill didn’t experience Live Oak’s first state title run in 2011.
The talented young athlete left Waco’s downtown private school as a sophomore for University High School and 11-man football.
Although he enjoyed and learned from his experience at the Class 4A program for one year, Hill wanted to return to the school and team he had grown up with.
Two years later, the senior became one of the most complete players in the game and earned the 2013 Super Centex Six-man Player of the Year.
“At the time, going to a bigger school was the best thing for me,” Hill said. “Then we decided to come back and Live Oak football was a big reason. I like the speed of the game and the amount of touches every one gets. It was fun again and I was back with the guys I grew up with.”
Hill was the main weapon on this year’s TCAL Division I state championship team. He accounted for 38 touchdowns this season with scores through the air throwing and receiving, rushing and in the return game. For the year, the Falcons scored nearly one out of four times he touched the football.
In the title game, Hill’s yardage numbers weren’t huge, but his play-making ability was evident. He completed two of four pass attempts, both for scores, and added a touchdown receiving.
“That’s one of the reason I love six-man,” Hill said,”You can score on every play. Knowing how the game can change just like that is always exciting.”
While sharing the ball with other weapons on the team, Hill posted more than 1,600 yards on offense. Hill spent most plays at receiver where he caught 40 passes at 22 yards per catch.
His talents also showed in an area seldom found in the six-man game: defense.
Live Oak coach Jordan Barker called Hill a playmaker on defense in a game where defenses are often lit up.
Hill led the team in tackles with 84 and three interceptions.
“He gave us a player that could change the game on that side of the ball,” Barker said. “That’s not something you hear in our game, but he did that for us.”
Hill plans to attend Baylor University next year and attempt to walk-on to the football team as a defensive back.
The senior said this season couldn’t of been planned much better with the state championship and now this honor.
“This award just caps off a great season,” Hill said. “It’s a huge deal for me. When I heard I had won (out of all the area), I was extremely excited. Last year, I remember reading about it and I knew I wanted my picture there.”
Coach of the year: Jordan Barker, Live Oak
Jordan Barker has only been a football coach for six years and already has two state titles.
Not bad for a guy that never planned on being a coach.
Things sure have changed for the 2013 Super Centex Six-Man Coach of the Year.
“I didn’t start out wanting to be a coach,” Barker said. “I don’t want to spend my spare time any other way now. I’m part-time and the coaches that coach with me are volunteer. That really contributes greatly to everything here. . . . We have ownership in this. We have built this. It’s become a part of me. And I really, really like it.”
Barker emphasized the final sentence as a large smile came across his face.
This year’s coach of the year has been with the Falcon program since the first piece of equipment came off the truck and doesn’t have any plans on going anywhere.
The program will compete at the TAPPS level beginning next year and Barker believes his team is ready for the move.
“I believe we can compete with anybody,” he said, “and we are excited to see what we can do at the next level.”
This year’s team was in the sixth grade when Live Oak began a football program. The players grew up with Barker as their only football leader.
“A lot of these kids only know what I have taught them when it comes to football,” Barker said. “They did not play peewee or Pop Warner. Everything they know about football, I taught them. That could be a good thing or a bad thing.”
It has proved to be a winning thing.
Including an 11-2 record this year, the coach is 44-5 in his brief career and Barker believes this was his best group of yet.
“The difference between this team and the 2011 team was that team had kids that you throw a screen pass and that turned into a touchdown,” Barker said. “That team was big plays. Now we run more of a designed offense where we want to get 15 yards and can work down the field. We still have four or five guys that can make plays, but we are now trying to do it 15 yards at a time.”
Barker’s growth as a coach has coincided with the growth of the program. The Falcons have opened a new locker room for the team after players spent time changing in closets and hallways previously.
“It’s gratifying to be a part of this,” Barker said. “To see how far we have come and to be a part as we move forward is an honor.”
2013 SUPER CENTEX TEAM
|QB||Stanley Dunbar||Sr.||6-1||165||Method. CH|
|RB||Ryan Haley||Sr.||5-9||160||Cranfills Gap|
|DB||Calvin Hill||Sr.||6-1||165||Live Oak|
|Player of the year: Calvin Hill, Live Oak|
|Coach of the year: Jordan Barker, Live Oak|
|Honorable mention: Dillon Beims, Truston Berger, Jamal Johnson, Jacob Pavelka and Cade Ramsey, Abbott; Brady Chamberlain, Jarred Shaffer and Dawson Vardeman, Blum; Dylan Ratliff, Keaton Smith and Kenneth Wiese, Cranfills Gap; Carlos Arrellano, Kasey Hall, Dakota Hancock, Riley Smith, Tristan Stegemoller and Tucker Waldrum, Evant; Caleb Barnes, Robert Robuck, Thai Robuck and Kolby Taylor, Jonesboro; Nathan Fulbright and Paul McCaw, Live Oak; Roland Bridgewater, James Conry and Tyrone Smith, Methodist Children’s Home; Adnan Razzaq, Vanguard; Noel Chavez, Tony Chavez, Carlos Ramirez, Seth Rodriguez and Trenton Trotter, Walnut Springs|
Ripped through defenses for 2,523 yards, 43 TDs on ground
Avoided sophomore slump with 1,666 yards, 25 scores as Elks’ top weapon
Sr., Methodist Home
Accounted for 60 TDs, 48 through air to lift Bulldogs to state semifinals
Sr., Cranfills Gap
Picked up 1,524 yards, 25 TDs rushing, 215 yards, 6 scores receiving
Sr., Live Oak
Player of Year excelled in all phases of game for state champions
Combined 1,582 yards, 37 scores rushing with 91 tackles on defense
Rushed for 1,485 yards, 23 scores; also made 66 stops, picked off 2 passes
Defensive disrupter made 134 tackles, recovered pair of fumbles
Threw for 44 scores, 1,892 yards; added 404 more yards, 5 TDs on ground
Roamed for 113 tackles, picked off 3 passes; threw for 1,120 yards, 17 scores
Coach, Live Oak
Lifted team to 2nd state crown in 3 years in final season in TCAL