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Great local media write-up on future Bronco TE Armand Nance. He's been sporting Boise State...

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Great local media write-up on future Bronco TE Armand Nance. He's been sporting Boise State Pro-Combat Gloves during High School Playoffs. Hadn't read anythign personal about him so I thought I'd share. Good luck to Armand and his Dekaney High School squad this weekend as they play in their division state championship. Article text below: ROUND ROCK -- The Dekaney High seniors were freshmen in 2008 when the Wildcats fielded their inaugural varsity football team in just the school’s second year. Dekaney lost all of their varsity games that season, but the freshman class had high hopes for the future. Dekaney senior tight end/defensive end Armand Nance has overcome obstacles throughout his career. He moved to Houston in sixth grade from his hometown of New Orleans -- just days before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Nance made new friends in Spring and overcame an injury as a freshman to become a three-year starter for the Wildcats. “We grew up with each other, so we’ve always been competitive,” Nance said. “We’ve always been strong and fast. We stayed together, and now we’re here. I dreamed about (going to state) and it’s coming true.” Nance, a Boise State commit, has played a key role in the Wildcats’ success. The Wildcats (13-2) are headed to the UIL Class 5A, Division II State Championship Game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington against defending 5A-II champion, Cibolo Steele (15-0). “Armand is a leader and one of our captains,” Dekaney head coach Willie Amendola said. “He’s a warrior, and he plays both sides of the ball for us. We’re really proud of (him).” Dekaney narrowly missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, but they’ve dominated the 2011 playoffs, including last Saturday’s 56-19 state semifinal victory over Mansfield Timberview. Nance is one of the few Class 5A players to start on both sides of the ball. “I appreciate my coaches,” Nance said. “They help me train and get me through conditioning, so I can do it.” After the Timberview victory, Nance proudly sported a Boise State hat, along with the BSU gloves he wore during the game. He plans on playing tight end for the Broncos, who have also received verbal commitments from area running backs Devan Demas (Cypress Creek) and Shane Rhodes (Klein Collins) and linebacker Ben Weaver (Klein). The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior said Rhodes will be his roommate during his freshman year in Boise. Nance said he’ll miss his mother, but he’s excited about the opportunity to play for BSU, which recently joined the Big East Conference for football. That means the Broncos will likely visit fellow Big East member, Houston, which has received a commitment from Dekaney senior defensive back Jarrett Irving. It’s possible that Boise could meet current teammate, Trey Williams, in a Bowl Championship Series game. Williams is verbally committed to Texas A&M. “You can’t stop him,” Nance said. “You get a little seam for him, and he’s gone.” For one more game, Nance and his teammates will be dedicated to finish what they started. “District 13-5A is the strongest district in Texas,” Nance said. “But next week, we’ll have to prove it for sure.”

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