This season the Hutto Hippos athletic programs moved up to the highest classification in the state, 6A. Over the last decade Hutto has become a creeping point for future big-name talent ranging from Jeremy Kerley to Chase Griffin. The move to 6A will only add to the greatness and expectations from the Hippos in the future.
Brad LaPlante, head football coach and athletic director of the Hippos shared his thoughts on the football teams move up to the big stage of Texas High School Football.
“6A competition was everything we thought it would be. There were a lot of great players in 25-6A and the coaches are fantastic,” LaPlante said,
In their first season in 6A the Hippos finished 4-5 and barely missed the playoffs finishing fifth in a district overwhelmed with schools from Round Rock and Austin.
“Our young team battled all year. Moving up to 6A was a great challenge for the Hippos. As many have mentioned to our staff and to our players, we fit in,” LaPlante said. “This is a tough district. There were 2-3 games we felt we would have flipped the win/loss contest if 5 plays had gone differently for us. Unfortunately, those are the plays that you need to make at a level of competition this high.”
Even though the Hippos came up short in the COVID havoc filled 2020, moving up in classification really sets all programs up for success as competition and pride grows year after year.
“Very proud of our team to be in contention for the 6A playoffs right up to the last 2 quarters of our regular season,” LaPlante said,
In the future we should see more highly skilled Hippos make an impact at the higher levels.