Italy — In addition to being named the Army Strong Team of the Week for week 13, after defeating unbeaten Honey Grove 33-20 for the Class 1A Division I Region II semifinal during the football playoffs back in December, the Gladiators received yet another prestigious award during the Italy Athletic banquet held this past Friday night.
After getting off to a 1-4 start, Italy’s season revved into high gear with the Gladiators flattening 8-straight opponents to go undefeated in district play and finish with a 9-5, 5-0 overall record. Italy High School and AD/HFC Hank Hollywood were presented the Chevrolet Class A 2012 Team of the Year trophy by Barry Gurley and Melody Alexander of North Texas Chevrolet to commemorate Italy’s amazing turnaround which culminated in a State semifinal appearance.
The honor bestowed the Italy Gladiator Football players and their coaching staff is truly well deserved and received a rousing ovation from the audience. No matter how harsh the elements or how steep the climb this past season, Italy kept moving forward with the coaching staff determined to steer the team in the right direction.
From the truck that drives like a champ to the team that performed like one, Congratulations to the Italy Gladiators on being selected as the Chevrolet Class A 2012 Team of the Year by North Texas Chevrolet!