This spring, the Houston Ducks completed their “Revenge Tour” and took home the Dynamic Texas Football Association Championship, but it appears fans will still be able to see the Ducks again between now and the 2018 season.
“Right now, our commissioner is working on a bid to play in a national game in Las Vegas,” Ducks owner P.J. Strachan told Developmental Football USA. “Then, we were told that there’s a possibility we may receive an invite to one of the potential national games in Miami. They’re working on two different national games right now, but nothing is set in stone. Everything is just kind of in the air and in the works.”
In addition to national games, the Ducks could also be playing another champion from The Bayou State.
“We’re supposed to be playing the winners of the Gulf States Football League, the Louisiana Bayou Hurricanes, sometime in December or January,” Strachan said.
This season’s success has really launched the Ducks organization forward by leaps and bounds as a team that went 9-13 from 2015 to 2016 is now receiving some national respect.
“I think the championship was huge for our organization,” Strachan said. “When we first established the organization, our goal was to win a championship within five years and we won our championship our fifth year. We always came close, but we never entered the big dance. So, finally, when we entered the big dance against the Texas Spartans, we avenged our first loss of this season against the Texas Spartans when it mattered the most. I know the championship has gotten us a lot of national attention.
In their inaugural season in 2013, the Ducks finished 7-3 and made it to the Xclusive Football League quarterfinals. The following year, they took another step forward and made it to the XFL semifinals. Once 2015 rolled around, the Ducks suffered a bit of a decline with a 3-8 season in the Texas United Football Association.
However, the saying holds true that your windshield is bigger than your rear view mirror for a reason and right now it appears the Ducks’ best days are still to come.
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“As of right now, that is the goal, we want to defend the crown,” Strachan said. “Every year, other teams keep their options open, so we do have our options open, but we would love to come back and defend the crown in the DTFA.”
In the middle of the season, the Ducks lost a key piece of their offensive line as left tackle Damien Parris was picked up by the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the Indoor Football League.
“That was a huge key piece missing, because he protected our quarterback’s backside,” Strachan said.
As the Ducks continue to trend upward, losing key players that receive an opportunity to advance their careers is probably something they’ll just have to get used to.
“We’ve had a lot of teams interested in Darryl Stonum, wide receiver No. 21,” Strachan said. “Stonum has a workout that we set up in the next week or two with scouts from the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.”
“Every year we’ve been hit up by an arena or a Canadian Football League scout, inquiring about players potentially working out. With this championship, I’m getting telephone calls from players out of the state of Texas that are coming to Houston wanting to join our organization.”
Anyone else interested in joining the Ducks can attend a team interest meeting this Thursday, July 13 at 8:00, inside Room 103 of the MLK Building at Texas Southern University (3100 Cleburne). Following that, the Ducks’ first combine is set for July 23 at 4:00 at the Sienna Plantation Sports Complex (7725 Camp Sienna Trail, Missouri City Texas). Registration starts at 3:00.
For more information, check out the Ducks’ website www.houstonducks.org and sign up for their newsletter and pre-registration.