"Celebration of Champions" HS Football Banquet
Panhandle FCA is proud to announce that it will host, for the third time, an "FCA Celebration of Champions" high school football banquet. This event will be a celebration of character and integrity of those who play and coach football in the Texas Panhandle! Varsity football players (those who played at least 75% of the season on the varsity roster, varsity football coaches, and executive school administration are invited to this event. NO split varsity, sub-varsity, or junior high players, parents (with one exception - see below), or general public are invited to this event.
This year, Panhandle FCA is proud to have as our keynote speaker, RON REEVES. Ron was born in Lubbock, Texas on March 4, 1960. He played all sports growing up but decided to focus on football and baseball when he got to high school. Reeves played high school football for the Monterey High School Plainsmen, starting three years on the team. He was a middle linebacker his sophomore year, leading the team in tackles. He converted to quarterback his junior season. Reeves was City player of the year and a 2nd team All-State selection in 1977. He was quarterback in both the THSCA All-Star Game and the Oil Bowl. He also played baseball for the Plainsmen. Reeves was a pitcher on the Monterey Baseball Team and was named City Player of the year. He was an All-State selection on the 1978 team that became State Championship Runners-up. He played in the THSBCA All-Star game and recorded the highest career winning percentage of all time at Monterey with a 30-3 record, or 90.99%. Reeves was drafted to play baseball for the Cleveland Indians in the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft, but instead chose to accept an athletic scholarship to play football at Texas Tech University.
Reeves was a four-year starter for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 1978 to 1981. He was named the SWC Newcomer of the Year his freshman year and was also 2nd team All-Conference quarterback, an honor he garnered again in 1980. In 1981, Reeves received the SWC Sportsmanship Award and the Dell Morgan Courage Award. He set Texas Tech career records in yards, touchdowns and completions. He compiled 4,688 yards and 31 touchdowns on 352 passing attempts during his college career. Remember, these stats were compiled long before the famed Tech “Air-Raid” offense.
Reeves was selected by the Houston Oilers with the 261st pick of the 1982 NFL Draft. Ron was then signed by the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian football league in 1983 and in their first win that season he threw for four touchdowns in a come from behind victory over the Ottawa Rough Riders. In his final two seasons of pro football, he played with the Denver Gold, the Chicago Blitz, and the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League. Notable players on that NJ Generals team included Doug Flutie and Hershel Walker.
He was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor in 2007. Reeves was inducted into the Lubbock Independent School District Athletic Hall of Honor in 2013.
After his sports career, Ron returned to Lubbock to begin his career in the construction business, as owner of Ron Reeves Construction, Inc. He has built over 200 homes and commercial construction projects since 1987.
Ron has been involved in FCA since he was in high school. He was instrumental in carrying on FCA on the South Plains during the many years when there was no full-time FCA staff. He and his wife Nancy have been married 36 years, having been high school sweethearts. They have three married daughters including one who lives in Canyon, Layne Mulamba, and a total of six grandchildren. Layne and her husband Oliver serve on the WTAMU FCA Leadership Board, carrying on the Reeves family tradition of being actively involved in FCA.
Because we are honoring the players and coaches of all varsity football teams in the Panhandle, there will be NO COST to any attendees for this event. Each year we will bring in a high profile speaker of excellence to encourage and motivate all who hear their uplifting and lift-giving words.
The only requirement for every team that attends this event is we will ask all the players from each team to elect one player as their "FCA MVP." We will be sending all coaches the criteria for this election and the winning player will be selected by the majority vote of his teammates. The selection criteria will center around the Four (4) Core Values of FCA which are: Integrity, Teamwork, Serving, and Excellence. All the selected FCA MVPs will be highly honored during this event, and each will walk away with an FCA Football MVP award. At some point during the evening, a picture will be taken with each team's MVP, their Head Coach, and our speaker. We anticipate that all MVP winners will be featured in our local newspaper and on our local nightly news broadcasts. Each MVP's parents will also be invited to this event.
Each team needs to have a "designated" coach contact who will be responsible for keeping up with attendance commitments of players, coaches, administrators, and the MVP's parents, and who will submit these numbers to FCA at the appropriate deadline dates. This year's banquet details are as follows:
DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2017
SPEAKER: Ron Reeves, Texas Tech Hall of HonorQuarterback
LOCATION: Hillside Christian Church - Student Bldg (west of main church building)
CHECK-IN & DINNER BEGINS: 4:30 PM
PROGRAM BEGINS: 5:30 PM
BANQUET CONCLUDES: 7:00 PM