The wins weren't always there, but the production was never in doubt.
Despite a combined 0-20 record at Ellison, senior tailback Isiah Cowan and offensive lineman Hunter Teegardin still proved themselves enough to warrant attention, from both opposing defenses and college recruiters.
On Wednesday, the Eagles duo that helped the Eagles rush for nearly 2,500 yards in 2012 — including 1,525 from Cowan alone — signed letters of intent to play college football, with Cowan signing with West Texas A&M and Teegardin committing to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, during a ceremony inside the Ellison High School gym.
"The opportunity to play football at the next level -- no matter what, if it's JUCO, NAIA, D-3, D-2, D-1 -- it's always a blessing, a great thing and it should never be taken for granted because it's a product of hard work," Teegardin said. "You don't get that unless you work hard and perform good on the field."
Teegardin is a three-year starter along the Ellison offensive line, anchoring the left side while guiding the Eagles' ground game to more than 6,600 combined rushing yards.
After replacing current University of Minnesota sophomore tailback David Cobb as Ellison's No. 1 tailback two years ago, Cowan finished his Ellison career with 2,409 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
"It's really a dream come true," Cowan said of signing with West Texas A&M. "Anybody who's privileged enough to play college football, it's a great honor, and I'm just happy somebody saw me, and I'm happy to (land) where I'm at."