Mayor Brent Houdmann reflects on the undefeated and often dominating 14-0 record for the 2013 Beaver football season going into the state finals, and the Beavers’ lone loss of the entire season in the championship game.
As mayor of Falls City, Houdmann equally shares in the hometown pride and the intense enthusiasm of his fellow residents for the great gridiron tradition of Falls City. Beaver football, according to Houdmann, gives the town a deep sense of unity and common vision.
Houdmann was a varsity football player in his own right back in his high school days at Pleasanton High School, and understands well the importance of what football means to small Texas towns, especially a town like Falls City where football is more like a religion.
“As everybody knows, football is king in Texas and even more so in Falls City,” said Houdmann. “This community is already close, but is drawn even closer as a result of Beaver football. The people in this community understand all the hard work that goes into all they have accomplished. We are all so proud of them.”
Houdmann is the voice of Beaver football during the home games on Friday nights, as he is the public announcer for Beaver Stadium, informing the Beaver fans of the football action. As the public announcer, Houdmann gets a firsthand view of the very fervent sights and sounds of the Beaver football fans underneath the Friday night lights.
“Falls City Beaver fans are the greatest!,” exclaimed Houdmann. “From the oldest fan to the youngest, each one of them are proud of their Beavers. We are called the ‘Beaver Nation’ for a reason. I’ve spoken to school and community leaders from other communities and have been told that the support that the Falls City community has for all of its programs is amazing. Some say we are a bit crazy.”
Another tie that binds Houdmann to Beaver football is his two sons, Kyle and Cody. Kyle was on the 2010 State Championship Beaver football team as a senior. Cody is currently a junior and plays wide receiver and safety on the varsity. Cody started on the varsity as a sophomore last year and was a member of the 2012 state semi-finalist team, as well as this year’s state finalist team.
“I have been blessed in so many ways to a part of this season,” reflected Houdmann. “Being a parent of a player gives me a little inside perspective of all it takes for them to achieve their goals. Seeing my son, Cody, and his teammates on the field at AT&T Stadium playing for the state championship made me so proud of each one of them. They are all champions in my book.”
The effort to compete strong at the championship level requires the right leadership at the top. As an elected leader of the city, Houdman recognizes and praises a different kind of leadership in the area of a coach.
In only his second year as head varsity football coach, Coach Steve Marbach has kept the Beaver winning football tradition alive and well and thriving. As both coach and athletic director, Marbach is positively impacting and challenging the lives of the young student-athletes of Falls City High, according to Houdmann.
“Coach Marbach is not just a great coach, he is a great man,” said Houdmann enthusiastically. “Coach Marbach truly cares about each of his players. Coach Marbach understands that football and sports is just part of molding these young men and women into being successful adults. Coach Marbach moved into this community and immediately became a part of the Beaver Nation. We are lucky to have him.”
Marbach coached his team through a spectacular season that saw the Beavers win district, area, and regional titles; winning and dominating many games by huge point margins. The Beavers stormed to the state championship with an unblemished record.
The lessons of loss are almost always greater and more important than the lessons of victory, and Houdmann believes that Beaver football can grow even more strong and capable from their lone loss in the state finals.
“At first losing the state championship game was hard on the players,” he said. “As the days passed I believe they started putting things into perspective and realized what they accomplished. Although the final outcome was not what they wanted, I believe it was a great life lesson. Although they may have not reach their ultimate goal, the success and failures they had along the way made them stronger.
“In closing I want to say that I am so proud of what this team has accomplished this season. I could not be more proud. I would also like to thank the team and the coaches for allowing the Beaver Nation to follow them during this amazing ride.”