FOX 7 Football Fieldtrip: Lehman

FOX 7 Football Fieldtrip: Lehman

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After reaching the playoffs at Stony Point and McCallum, new Lehman coach Todd Raymond hopes to do the same with the Lobos.

Six months ago, Todd Raymond made the difficult choice to leave his alma mater, McCallum to take over at Lehman High.

"The number one thing for me was I felt like it was a better thing for my family," said Raymond.

But he also saw promise in a Lobo program that had won just a third of it's games since it opened eight years ago.

"There's a lot of potential here and a lot of people don't really know that yet. They're gonna see it here pretty quick - here in the next couple years," Raymond said.

Raymond has the blueprint. As a Stony Point assistant, he saw the Tigers go from cellar dweller to perennial power.

"The setup here is just like it was when I walked into Stony Point, you know, everyone thought we were the castoffs from Round Rock High and all that kind of stuff. We had kids everywhere playing at other schools and we were able to come in and change that mentality a little bit," he said.

"When he came in, everybody just stepped up and welcomed him and he's brought a lot to this team. Made everybody work a little harder, focus more on football," said junior Conner Baird.

Senior Cruz Banda says the team is a lot more focused.

"It's a lot faster pace and not as much joking around anymore - it's all focused. We have to stay a lot more focused now," said Banda.

The talent level is much improved. New boundary rules are keeping Lehman area kids from playing across I-35 at rival Hays.

"You know they shut down the boundaries a couple years ago so that movement that was happening before that Coach Davis had to battle for a long time has ended," said Raymond. "Honestly as I told you earlier, I wouldn't have taken this job if that movement was still allowed. That's all you can ask for is that if a kid lives in your boundaries and in your attendance zone that they are able come to your place. And that way, we are able to grow it and grow a program like we need to grow it"

If the beefy Lehman offensive line is any indication expect big things in the Todd Raymond era.

"I think I'm the only one under 300 pounds in the starting five," said Banda. "This year, we have a lot bigger and better athletes than we've ever had and hopefully we'll go further this year."

"I think we can make it to the playoffs this year," said Baird.

"The people and the kids are just starving to get moving in a different direction and they are just excited about it," said Raymond.

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