Then & Now: 1999 Graham Steers

The Graham Steers football program is one of the most successful in Texoma.

In 1999 the Steers started the season 2-4 and following a loss to Bowie some wondered where the team was headed. Following four straight wins and a district title, the Steers proved the 2-4 start was a fluke.

The main difference in the Steers from week one to the district-winning game over Iowa Park?

"Big plays on defense late in the game really turned it around and got our momentum going," said Graham linebacker Brandon Baird. "It was a close ballgame all throughout and then once we shut them down and made some key turnovers - the interception by Jordan."

"We just said hey guys we need to pull it together here and we've got to come together as a team and count on each other and just take care of business," said head coach David Bourquin. 

The Steers district title was the programs first since 1975. 

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Where are some of the 1999 Steers today? 

Defensive end Brandon Ford continued his education at Navarro Junior College and Sam Houston State where he received an agricultural engineering degree. He and his family are excited about this years Steers playoff run!

Quarterback Andy McDougal spends his free time teaching his three boys how to play the sports hew grew up playing. 

Linebacker Brandon Baird went on to play college football at Austin College and in now living in McKinney where he serves as the Senior Director of Marketing and Sales for Holiday Retirement.  
  
 Coach David Bourquin spent 36 years coaching, 31 years as head coach and athletic director. He won 191 games in his career. Following our Team of the Week story he led the Steers to six straight district championships. 

In 2005 Bourquin left for Mineral Wells where he retired in 2009. His first year in Mineral Wells he was named coach of the year after his Rams beat Aledo and played Stephenville for the district title.

He only stayed retired for about three months. His honey-do list got so long he went back to work. He now runs Bourquin Realty in Mineral Wells. 
 


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