FALKVILLE — Glancing around the hallway inside Falkville High’s field house, Aaron Estes can’t help but reminisce.
He spent most of his childhood around the school’s football program and collected an almost endless supply of memories.
Afternoon homework sessions at the field house. More than a decade of attending football practices, dating all the way back to kindergarten.
A childhood that practically revolved around Falkville football.
Understandable, because Estes is the son of former Falkville head coach Neil Estes, which means he grew up with Blue Devils football.
“There is no telling how much time I’ve spent at this building,” Estes said. “I’d say about half of my life has revolved around sports here at Falkville. I’ve got a lot of good memories from this place.”
The list of good memories that continues to grow.
Estes’ journey has taken him from ball boy to starting quarterback, and he is now a key piece of Falkville’s best season in two decades. The Blue Devils (6-0), who travel to Addison on Friday, are two wins from the Class 1A, Region 6 title.
“Because I’ve spent so much time around this program, practically my entire life, being a part of this season has been amazing,” Estes said.
Estes has played an important role in Falkville’s turnaround season. He has proven himself efficient as both a runner and passer in first-year coach Joel Schrenk’s offense. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound junior also has seven interceptions as a defensive back.
There is also the mental makeup. Like his father, Estes has a calming personality, a characteristic Schrenk said has helped him handle the pressure that goes with the quarterback position.
Reaching this juncture came with plenty of guidance. According to Estes, he gets quality coaching at practice — then he gets a few more pointers at home.
“It’s non-stop football,” Estes said. “I hit it off with Coach Schrenk since he got here (this spring). He really has made the transition easy by explaining things in a way where it’s easy to understand.
“But I’m also lucky to have a dad who was a football coach. He watches film with me on Saturdays. That’s really helped me because he notices things that I don’t. We also get out in the yard, do garbage can drills, and other things. I’m pretty much getting coached around the clock.”
Falkville used a variation of the spread offense last season, but Schrenk’s system is a little different. Even so, Estes has made a smooth transition.
Schrenk said there a few reasons for that.
The first is intelligence. Estes is a bright person who thrives in the classroom. He has a 4.0 grade-point average and is on pace to graduate near the top of his class in 2014.
And the others?
“He’s a really good athlete and he’s a coach’s kid,” Schrenk said. “Aaron has been around football almost his entire life, so he understands the importance of practicing right and doing things the right way. Having that type of player running your offense is a valuable asset.”
Estes is making the most of his time with Falkville’s football program, but when asked about personal goals, he quickly brushed those aside.
“For me, I don’t really have any personal expectations,” Estes said. “Now, we do have team goals that I want us to achieve. The first was to clinch a playoff spot. We’ve done that, so now we’re focused on our next goal, which is to win the region.
“We’ve got a list of goals, and hopefully we can keep checking them off, because it’s been a lot of fun getting in this position.”
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