Brock’s mascot is the Eagle, but perhaps the team’s most inspirational player has the heart of a lion.
Tucker Sargent is not your typical starting offensive/defensive lineman. He stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weights just 200 pounds.
Yet, he is a big part of the reason the Eagles, in only their second year of University Interscholastic League eligibility, are among the favorites to win a Class 3A Division I state football championship.
"He’s undersized for a lineman, but he’s a most special player," said Brock coach Chad Worrell.
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"He’s always been a little smaller, but he’s always been an overachiever."
Like several of his friends, Sargent has been a part of the Brock program since it began. He joined the varsity as a sophomore, when the team played an outlaw schedule (non-UIL), helping them to an 8-2 record.
"The first year we were getting our feet wet at the varsity level," he said. "Even though we were in the outlaw league, it prepared us for the following season when we would be put in a district and given a chance to compete for a district championship and a playoff berth."
Then came the magical 2014 season, their first to compete for a district championship - which they won. The Eagles would finish 12-2 and reach the state quarterfinals (fourth round).
"We really did come out and shock the state of Texas," Sargent said.
It could be said he and his teammates were simply releasing what had been pent up waiting for the moment. He recalls the wait for the sport to become a reality at Brock, which had always been known as a basketball power.
"It seemed like it was forever away when I was that age and it would never get here. But the whole time I knew what my team and I were working for and its finally here," Sargent said.
And so is his chance to shine.
"He wasn’t the biggest or strongest kid when he was younger," Worrell said. "But what he’s accomplished speaks of his character."
Sargent hasn’t always played on the line. In fact, he was even a quarterback in the sixth grade on his peewee football team, and later played fullback and tight end.
He played receiver on Brock’s 7-on-7 football team that advanced to the state tournament this past summer. However, the Eagles have Titus Gossett at tight end, one of the top receivers and blockers in the district.
"Tucker knows he could be a receiver if we had to call on him for that," Worrell said. "But he’s where we need him most, and he knows that."
That attitude and leadership is why he’s also a team captain, and has been for a couple of years.
"That speaks volumes for what his teammates think about him," Worrell added.
Worrell said Sargent’s unselfish decision to play wherever he’s needed is the kind of example younger players and teammates on any team need.
"We need the guys to buy in and not worry about who gets carries or catches, and we have that," Worrell said.
As for Sargent, his No. 1 goal is to win a state championship with the friends he’s known for years.
"I love being apart of this program and this community. I would not trade it for the world," he said.
"The atmosphere at our football games on Friday night is awesome. We could not ask for better support from the community."