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The End of the Moreno Brothers Era

December 07, 2012

September 1994 a quiet, friendly man and his caring, compassionate wife walked into the Newcastle School to enroll four of their five boys into school for the first time in the United States.  Soccoro and Clemencia Moreno had moved from Santa Rosa, Mexico and were starting a new life for their family in Newcastle, Texas!!  The oldest son, Gustavo, was in grade five; Tomas in grade four; Gerardo in grade three; Marcos in kindergarten; little Arturo in tow; and Michael still only a twinkle in their eyes!  Newcastle was their new home and no one realized at that time how big an impact this family and these young boys would have on the future of Bobcat athletics!

Last week, as I was walking away from the bleachers after our heart-breaking loss to Strawn, Connie Little sadly made a comment about this game being the end of an era!  Quickly, I realized that she was referring to the Moreno brothers.  On the ride home, my thoughts kept returning to Ms. Little’s comment and what a big part that family has played in the success our football teams have had over the past twelve or thirteen years.  I realize that there are other local families (I won’t name any in fear of leaving one of them out) that have also contributed greatly to Bobcat football success but none from the very same parents like Soccoro and Clemencia with SIX consecutive boys playing for the Bobcats.

When I decided to write this article I called Bruce Bailey, Bobcat statistician and historian, to see if he had some statistics on the Morenos.  Did he ever?  Beginning with Tomas’ junior year in 2001 all the way through Michael’s last game this season, Bruce has the Moreno history as Bobcat football players.  I never had the opportunity to watch Gustavo play because he graduated before I moved to Newcastle in 2000, so his statistics are not included and we have only one year for Tomas and his abbreviated senior year due to the UIL.

Each one of these Moreno brothers had their own set of skills that distinguished them!  Tomas was known for his fluid running; Gerardo was a hitter who would look for someone to run over; Marcos was a quarterback with a strong arm; Arturo was a little bit of everything; and Michael dominated the rushing statistics.  I’m not saying that he was better than any one of his brothers but, his rushing statistics are significant.

Here is a look at the family statistics:

Rushing –  Attempts – 1,097     Yards – 8,649      Yards/carry -7.88           Touchdowns – 177

Receiving - Receptions – 140     Yards – 2,194      Yards/Reception -15.67  Touchdowns – 24

Passing - Completions – 218     Yards – 3,778      Completion % - 47%       Touchdowns – 59

Total Offensive Yards - 14,621                                                 Touchdowns – 260

Tackles -866        Fumble Recoveries – 28      Pass Interceptions – 20         Touchdowns – 4

There is no doubt that the Bobcats will miss the contributions made by the Moreno brothers!  They have proven themselves as tough, hard working football players and left their mark out there on the Bobcat field.  Soccoro and Clemencia can be very proud of the job they have done as parents and loyal supporters of Bobcat athletics!  Next season will be the very first time in several years not having one of these guys on the field.  They will be missed.


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