Gridiron Heroes: Team Managers Part of Falcon Family
LOS FRESNOS – It’s on the back of every jersey and every shirt. A single word that means a lot to Los Fresnos coach Patrick Brown.
He runs his program like a family, where everyone has an important role.
That includes team managers Brian Sopha and Michael Dutton.
“They’ve earned the right to be a part of it,” said Brown. “They’re not just out here messing around. They work their tails off and we treat them like they’re miniature coaches.”
Four years ago, Sopha wanted to play football for the Falcons, but because of hip dysplasia, he wasn’t able to.
So Sopha did the next best thing and joined the Falcons as an assistant.
“It feels good,” said Sopha. “I’m happy. I love these players. I thank Coach Brown for giving me the opportunity to come out with this team every day.”
As a manager, Sopha has a variety of jobs. Things like positioning tackle dummies and making sure all the football are ready for the team.
And he has some help.
Dutton joined the Falcon family three years ago and like Sopha, he loves being a part of the football excitement.
“I’m excited for when they score a touchdown,” said Dutton. “I’m jumping and stuff. I feel excited when they win and we bring a W home.”
The team managers have a special bond, and not just because they’re of the Falcon family.
But because they are family. The cousins give it their all to support their teammates.
“Our kids love them,” said Brown. “I think you see that on any given Friday night or practice. They’re a valuable part of what we do and our kids absolutely love being around them and love that they’re part of our team and our organization.”
Sopha says he’s lucky to have a great teammate like Dutton, who understands it takes hard work to win.
And when the Falcons win, the entire family wins.
“It’s a little difficult, but we manage,” said Sopha. “That’s our job basically. He’s one heck of a person. I appreciate him coming every day and coming out and giving everything he’s got.”
“We are all family and everyone has to be a family to be a part of our team,” said Dutton. “I like being part of the family of the Falcons.”
Los Fresnos hosts Vela Friday in our First & Goal Game of the Week.
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