Joshua Waclawczyk (VYPE Media)
Week 9 in Texas High School Football kicks off with a great Thursday Night Showdown in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the Southlake Carroll Dragons travel to Northwest ISD to take on the V.R. Eaton Eagles. VYPE DFW breaks down the seasons for both teams and goes over what fans can expect in the upcoming match-up:
Southlake Carroll Dragons (7-0, 3-0)
Southlake Carroll is coming into the game this week after a BYE week. It's safe to say that the tough Dragons' squad is going to be rested and ready for any challenge that comes their way. The story of the season for the Dragons has been the young Kaden Anderson stepping into the quarterback role and absolutely blowing it out of the water. Anderson has thrown 18 touchdowns with over 1,500 passing yards while rushing for three touchdowns. Owen Allen leads in rushing for Southlake Carroll with 13 touchdowns on 115 carries. The Dragons' offense is explosive and can be expected to remain explosive throughout the season. Southlake Carroll's defense has also been on top of things this season; playing a key role in the Dragons' undefeated record so far. The defense has held their opponents to an average of 12 points per game and in 4 of their 7 wins, they have held their opponents to only one touchdown.
V.R. Eaton Eagles (7-1, 4-0)
The Eagles have been having an incredibly strong season so far. Their only loss came during preseason against Denton BraswellSince the loss, the Eagles have posted an undefeated record in district play over the likes of Keller Fossil Ridge, Trophy Club Byron Nelson, Keller, and most recently Keller Central. Coming off of a close 22-19 win over Keller Central will certainly light some fire in the hearts of the Eaton athletes as they get ready to face off against Southlake Carroll. The Eagles are led by senior quarterback Tyler Fussell who has played a major role in the team's success this season. Fussell has thrown 13 touchdowns on 1,491 yards while also rushing for nine touchdowns on 67 carries. JB Brown leads the team in rushing touchdowns with 10 scores to his name. The Eagles' scorers will be more than ready to put up a fight against Southlake Carroll, but they will certainly have to find a crack in the Dragons' defense quickly and divvy up some of the responsibility.
What To Expect:
Both teams are strong and will be looking for a win in this big match-up. Southlake Carroll currently leads the district standings at the No. 1 spot while V.R. Eaton sits just behind in No. 2. A win for Eaton here would mean absolutely everything to the team as they prepare to take on the rest of their season. However, Southlake Carroll is going to want to do everything in their power to remain at the top of the standings. Both teams can be expected to put up a tough fight against each other. What the game is going to come down to is whether or not Eaton's defense can hold off a strong Dragon offense while the offense continues to do their job.
Where to watch:
If you can't make it out to Northwest ISD Stadium to watch the game in person, be sure you tune in live on CW33 where the game will be broadcasted for fans to watch. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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HOUSTON - VYPE traveled out to Aldine High School to spend some time with the Mustangs as their winter sports are getting ready to get started in a few weeks!
We also hung out with basketball, soccer and swim! Let's stampede with the Mustangs!
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IN LIFE, SOMETIMES THERE ARE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU JUST CAN' T PASS UP.
For Jon Mueller, that call came back in the spring when his former college baseball coach Rob Psencik told him that he was leaving Lutheran South Academy, which left the Pioneers' athletic director chair open.
With Mueller's wife Jamie from Houston – where she attended Lutheran North High School – and them making twice-a-year trips to the Bayou City anyways to see family, it ended up being the perfect fit.
"I thought it was a great opportunity," Mueller said. "One of the things that stuck out to me when I came and visited was the amount of faculty members that are on the coaching staff. It really looked like a great team atmosphere as far as the cooperation between teachers, coaches and administrators."
Jamie works at Lutheran South Academy helping with before and after school child care, while their son Jared is in the fourth grade and is attending LSA.
Taking the athletic director job at LSA is Mueller's third of his career.
His first AD job came in New Orleans at a Lutheran High School and then for the last eight years was at Lutheran North in St. Louis, Missouri. Along with his athletic director duties at Lutheran North he also coached football and baseball. But at LSA he enters solely as the athletic director.
As we sat with Mueller on the edge of a green bleacher inside the LSA gymnasium with music blaring as background for the VYPE Fall Media Day, it had been roughly three weeks he had been on the ground in H-Town.
"It's been very exciting. There's a lot of traffic and it has been hot, but other than that, everything's been great," he said about the start.
As he enters the 2021- 2022 seasons as the LSA athletic director, Mueller will take lessons of "adapting on the fly" from a COVID-riddled last 18 months but more than anything is just ready to keep things moving forward.
"I want to come in here and carry on the tradition that's been here and continue the excellence that was achieved under Coach Psencik and his time as AD," Mueller said.
This summer, 150 stadium seats were added to the football stadium along with a brand-new video board in the end zone, which will be completed this fall.
Of course, winning on the field is important to Mueller, which they will strive to do at LSA, but it is more than just about the "short-term success".
"We want to see our kids go on to college and be successful," Mueller said. "We want to have successful teams, whether that is District Champions or State Champions. And we also want to be on the cutting edge with what we are doing facility-wise as well.
"I think a lot of coaches get caught up in the short-term success but for me it was always seeing those kids go off and when they come back five or 10 years later seeing that they've become successful members of society. Seeing them be great husbands and employees. That's really where the reward came for me."
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