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2014-04-10

Young signs with Avila University

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Pictured: BHS gridironer Stephen Young Jr. signed a letter of intent to play college football with the Avila University Eagles. Family and colleagues included, from left, sister, Se'Miracle Young; father, Stephen Young; Young himself; brother, S'Josiah; and mother, Shonquidra Young; and standing, Defensive Coordinator Tim Markgraf, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach David T. Sine and Offensive Line Coach Bobby LaLanne.

Transitioning from a large school to a small town can certainly be tough to adapt to, especially for your senior year of high school. But after making the move to Bandera this summer, senior Stephen Young fit right in.
"As soon as I moved here, everyone was so friendly to me," Young said. "The whole football team took me in and made it so easy for me to adjust to the new environment. We had a relationship like a brotherhood."
As a key member of this seasons Bulldog football team, Young was utilized in many different positions including the offensive and defensive line as well as in the backfield.
"Anytime you have a kid like Stephen, it allows you to be more versatile throughout the offensive line," offensive line coach Bobby LaLanne said. "We could fill holes anywhere we needed him, and it's always every lineman's dream to carry the ball."
Head coach David T. Sine talked a lot about Stephen's game changing presence on the field, while also noting that his biggest impact was on the football field, but not during a game. Young was a speaker during Fields of Faith, a night of fellowship and faith among students and faculty.
"The biggest impact that Stephen Young made on Bulldog Nation happened during Fields of Faith," Sine said. "His passion and beliefs are phenomenal."
On the football field, Young's leadership and athletic ability made him stand out among all the coaches in District 27-3A.
"His contribution to our football team was amazing as he lined up at guard tackle tight-end center fullback defensive tackle and defensive end," Sine said. "He was nominated as the District 27-3a utility player of the year, and he is well deserving of a chance to play football at the next level."
Stephen also stood out to his teammates as a strong motivator and impressive athlete.
Throughout the year, Stephen served as a captain of the football team, and was instrumental in the Bulldogs growth together as a team.
"From day one he had this attitude that exemplified hard work," LaLanne said. "He was a leader right from right from the beginning, largely because of the extraordinary work ethic he brought to our team."
Though a powerful leader off the field, Stephens's success on it received recognition from several colleges. After considering his options, the 6ft 260 pound utility player signed to play football next season with Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
"I think Stephen Young will be a four year starter," Sine said. "But if he doesn't even play a down, his dream still came true. It's been an honor to coach him for a year, and I can't wait to see him in an Eagle uniform."