The 2021 UIL Baseball Playoffs get started this week and these guys are chomping at the bit. Don't forget, a year ago their seasons were put on ice due to COVID 19.
So, who are the teams who have a legit shot at reaching the State Tournament from H-Town?
Here are the Top 5 Real Deal Contenders
No. 1 Friendswood Mustangs
So, the Friendswood Mustangs are the best team that no one talks about. The 'Stangs are 24-0 and cruising. They are the No. 1 Class 5A team in Texas. It's a great homecoming for coach Cory Benavides, who played for Friendswood back in 2006. Izaac Pacheco, Kevin Newkirk, and Dylan Maxcey are the stars and will carry the load throughout the postseason.
No. 2 Katy Tigers
The Tigers win the games they are supposed to, but the difference is that Katy wins the close ones that count. In head-to-heads against Tompkins, Katy won 4-3 and 4-2. The only blemishes came at the hands of The Woodlands, Cy Ranch, and Cy Ridge. Katy has a run-differential of 150 runs. Caleb Matthews, Jack Johnson, and Brayden Powers are the headliners.
No. 3 Bridgeland Bears
The Bears are doing what they did in football and it's translating to the baseball field. Bridgeland won district like the football team and the Bears could make some noise in Region II. Murphy Brooks, Justin Kim, and Kyle Dickey are nice on the mound and Josh Phillips, Ryan Williams, Tripp Cromer, and Conner Motsinger can mash at the plate. Every heard of Conner Weigman? He's pretty good too. The Bears have a shot.
No. 4 Tompkins Falcons
The Falcons can slug with anyone in the city with the likes of Graiden West, Jace LaViolette, Will Stark, and Jack Little, but will they have enough pitching? LaViolette pitches as well in relief. Katy had their number in the regular season. Can they catch the Tigers when it counts?
No. 5 Deer Park Deer
The Deer are straight grinders going 21-9 and 11-1 on the season. They cruised to a district title, but now it's go-time. Matthew Potts has been dealing on the mound as the ace and the defense is on point. Deer Park needs a little more pop in the lineup, but if they get hot they are dangerous.
UIL PLAYOFF BRACKETS
The Super 60 is complete.
The Class of 2022 is a special one, who we'll be watching on Saturdays to come. Maybe even beyond.
The Super 60
No. 10 Kameron Dewberry, Atascocita, OL
Kam Dewberry has been a thing since his freshman season when he started getting offers from SEC schools. The Under Armour All-America selection is a beast as a run and pass blocker. Great feet, great hands. He learned from one of the best in Texas A&M star Kenyon Green, who will be a pro. He will likely follow in Green's footsteps to Aggieland.
No. 9 PJ Williams, Dickinson, OL, Texas A&M-commit
At 6-foot-4, Williams is an athletic OL that will put on weight. He plays hoops now but once he gets in a college weightroom and focus solely on football - he will be able to put on 40 pounds. His frame can handle it. Williams has been offered by everyone in the country and has a ton of upside.
No. 8 Chris Marshall, Fort Bend Marshall, WR
Iron sharpens iron at Fort Bend Marshall. Chris Marshall was talked into playing football last season by? Former teammate Devon Achane, who is on the verge of being a superstar at Texas A&M. The 6-foot-3 hooper has great ball skills and uses his body to find the football. He's so athletic and is just scratching the surface. He will also join his buddy Achane at Texas A&M.
No. 7 Malick Sylla, Katy, DE, Texas A&M-commit
At 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, Sylla's best football is also in front of him. As he matures into his body, he will put on 20-30 pounds of good weight. He can run, knock down passes and pursue ball-carriers on the outside. He missed some games last season to injury. If he gets right, imagine how good the Katy defense will be. He can be unblockable at times.
No. 6 Kris Ross, North Shore, DE, Texas-commit
Ask coaches who the "baddest man" they played against last year and most will say Kris Ross. At 6-foot-3, 280-pounds, he is an OL, QB and RBs worst nightmare. He can run, he's huge and very physical. Texas got a great one. He might grow to an interior lineman, but he's athletic enough to play outside.
No. 5 Harold Perkins, Cy Park, Athlete
Just watch Harold Perkins' first play on his highlight video. It's simply not fair as he tackles a ball carrier and rips the ball away from him and runs for a touchdown. This dude play outside LB, RB and WR... not because Cy Park is short on players but because he's a freak at each position. I don't know where he plays in college but it doesn't mater. He can play where ever he wants.
No. 4 Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain, RB, Texas-commit
Running backs are dinosaurs in the game of football, right? Wrong. Especially is it's Jaydon Blue. Blue has the size, strength and versatility that today's RB needs. He's an every down guy, who is dangerous catching the football. He has some wiggle and is explosive, so DO NOT square up because he will leap over you and mow you over. Period. He's got a nasty stiff-arm as well.
No. 3 Kelvin Banks, Summer Creek, OL
Take it to the Bank... this guy is someone you want to build a college offensive line around. He's serious about his craft and is not flashy. He PUTS IN THE WORK. At 6-foot-5, 300-pounds, Banks has "No Chill" on the football field even though he's a delight off the field. Banks can go anywhere he wants, but is a Texas A&M lean. Good buddies with Dewberry and that would make a serious package.
No. 2 Denver Harris, North Shore, DB
When you design a corner, you want the measurables of Denver Harris. At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds, Harris can turn and run, cover, support the run and has great hands. He's special and has played a ton of varsity football at the signature program in the state. He was the District Defensive MVP... as a corner? Like all North Shore players, this guy is a polished college-ready player who is PHYSICAL.
No. 1 Conner Weigman, Bridgeland, QB, Texas A&M-commit
Now more than ever, THE position in football is the QB. Just look at the NFL Draft and the movement around getting a QB. Well, Weigman is the best there is around these parts. He's a MLB baseball prospect so his arm is always in shape. He should run track but that interferes with baseball because this guy can move. His athletic acumen is off the charts and so is his competitiveness. He thinks he is the best player on any field at any time... and he probably is. The Texas A&M-commit will try and pull a Kyler Murray and play both sports in college. He's a 5-star and a killer competitor.