Grow Texas Lacrosse: Ironman Trials And Tribulations

Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club: Grow Texas Lacrosse

Editor’s Note: Welcome Josh “Chewy” Acut back to LAS!  Josh continues to bring us great insight on growing the game in Texas, so listen up and learn from a Certified Game Grower!

Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club
The Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club

Been super busy down South, but gotta write about GTL’in… Growing Texas Lacrosse!

I want to start off with the fact that I am so proud of what the Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club’s boys team has done.  This past year I have written about the trials and tribulations that this group has gone through.  And honestly, the only avenue that I feel comfortable talking about this through is

As much as I hate to say it, the coffin for South Texas lacrosse has been built.  The “nail” in that coffin seems to be rearing its head.

Injuries, reversal of commitments, and the lack of sheer numbers, has caught up with us.  There was an LAS article on a college team playing ironman lacrosse, but what do you call an Ironman High School lacrosse program… Kamikazes.

Week in and week out we preach “Growing the Game” and “Never Stop”, but the hurdles are getting higher.

We started with a couple dozen, then had a roster of 17, and now we actually are living game to game on whether or not we can even come up with 10 players.  To some it’s hard to believe, but trust me, this is our reality.

I just want the kids to know that we’ll fight for them to the end, we’ll “Never Stop” supporting them, and I am so proud of what they are trying to do as they “Grow the Game”.

This group of kids has made every minute of work, every ounce of stress, and every drop of sweat, worth it.  And though there is always a chance that the next game is the last, I want them to know how proud I am of them, how proud the coaches and staff are of them, how proud their parents and friends are of them, and how proud the lacrosse community is of them.

This is not a swan song, and I hope that my next piece is about how they made the playoffs, but I just want to make sure that I say what needs to be said before it’s too late.

The next Kyle Harrison is in South Texas.  The next Chazz Woodson is here also.  And yes, the next Brett Hughes and Connor Martin are here with board shorts and lax sticks… So stick around because this is not the end of the story… This is just the beginning.

Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club: Grow Texas Lacrosse
Brett Hughes with Josh and his son, a future Texas Lacrosse Player.

Peace, Love, and Laxiness,
Josh “Chewy” Acut

FB Lax… The hard work will pay off, it is paying off, and I promise you this, what you started… will “Never Stop.”

FBISD, Thank You for providing us with our first home.  The hot summer days on the soccer fields behind the high school is where this all began and one day I hope that this becomes the permanent home of the Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club.

Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club: Grow Texas Lacrosse


  1. Never give up, we have experienced all of your pains here at GFA Lacrosse in Belleville, IL. This is our second year and now have a full roster. There are resources available with pros willing to come and give camps and clinics. These will help with awareness. Keep reaching out.

  2. Stay strong, guys…

    I was a kid when lacrosse made its wildfire-like push across the Potomac River from Maryland into Northern Virginia in the mid to late 80s, when public-school kids like myself fielded our first varsity teams comprised mainly of sophomores and freshman. We got jumped into the gang of lacrosse by the established D.C.-area private-school powerhouses – I’m talking serious beat-downs here. Sure, lax had existed in NoVA for years but even to a kid there was obviously something special happening with all the growth in the sport. Kids, a historical aside here: the Maryland state sport was jousting way back then – not lax as it is now (this was a perennial joke at the University of Maryland camp every summer). My high school was one of the first dozen teams in Fairfax County to enjoy this kind of punishment, and you know what? We loved it. And still the other 20-some public schools were lining up to do the same. So imagine all these years later how proud I am of any kid I see playing college ball from a Fairfax County high school… In some kind of butterfly effect roundabout way, I feel like the great-great-great-great-great-great grandpa of those guys and they don’t even know it. If that sounds odd, my first coaching experience was my freshman year in high school because it was the only way I could stay involved in the sport. So I totally understand what Chewy means when he talks about seeing the next big lax star coming out of South Texas… except I’m waiting and watching for the kids coming out of Alabama.

  3. what you all have accomplished in just one year is nothing short of amazing.

    not a lot of teams could even get off the ground in one year, let alone play games and get a real team going. Getting through the 1st year is the hardest and I hope you can pull through to the end.

    Congratulatons to you and all the boys who have stuck it out and honored their commitments. They will be able to look back on their HS team in 10 years (like I can do now) and say “we did that”. It’s a great feeling and I hope your boys get to experience it!

    All the love and respect in the world for you guys in S. Tejas!

  4. Thanks for all your support guys. We hit another hurdle for this coming weekend in that we had to forfeit our double header due to lack of enough players… Had to have a come to Jesus with the team, because emotions got hot.

    I have faith that we will be able to regroup and can compete the rest of the season.

    Damn these kids are giving me gray hairs, LOL!!!


  5. Don’t FB, y’all will get through this and have a awesome team if you stick with it. Intact this year we had maybe 15 guys I believe when we played y’all. But because la vernias team fell through we picked them up and our team is still growing. So will yalls just takes time.