Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) football coach Kenny Sanchez said he was disappointed that the president of the Texas High School Coaches Association would rip his school in a letter following the Gaels’ 44-14 win at Cedar Hill, Texas, last week.
While he disagreed with several of the points made by THSCA president David Wetzel, the main problem Sanchez saw with the letter was that it was written at all.
“I have the utmost respect for Texas High School football,” Sanchez said. “Their fan base and fan participation, the coaching. Everything that is great about high school football is great in Texas … As far as what Coach Wetzel said, he sends the wrong message. For us, competing is the No. 1 thing, not winning or losing. Whether you win or lose, you have to be humble.”
Sanchez, who coached with Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire and Wetzel in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl a few years back, said that it was notable that the letter didn’t come from Cedar Hill.
“I know that all the other coaches in Texas probably don’t share his beliefs,” Sanchez said. “His message is when you lose, you can complain about it. We are all going to have losses, but you will never hear us complain. That is not what we’re all about.”
Wetzel said that because players have transferred to Bishop Gorman to play there, comparing Cedar Hill to Bishop Gorman was “like apples and oranges.” Bishop Gorman is the No. 1-ranked team in the Super 25 high school football rankings, but going into the game, the Gaels were ranked No. 3 and Cedar Hill was No. 5.
“I’m not sure how he can say that,” Sanchez said. “All of our players have roots in Vegas. They all live in Vegas, they pay tuition. Their parents all have jobs in Vegas.”
Sanchez added it was interesting that when De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), another highly ranked Catholic private high school, went down to Trinity (Euless) last year and lost, no one from Texas complained, nor did anyone from De La Salle.
“Texas isn’t the only football-loving state,” Sanchez said. “We all work just as hard as anybody else. You’ll notice those complaints are not coming from (Cedar Hill) Coach (Joey) McGuire. I’m glad we got to play that game. It was a good game. It didn’t get out of hand until the fourth quarter. I was more disappointed to hear another coach complain (Wetzel is the football coach at Reagan in San Antonio). I think he should spend more time teaching his kids to overcome adversity than make excuses for adversity. It’s our job as coaches to teach that when we fall, how do we get back up?”