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Cy-Fair's Senior QB Trey Owens
Last season, Cy-Fair Football had another brilliant campaign, earning the District 17-6A title, only to narrowly fall to Cinco Ranch (13-10) on a last second field-goal in the second round of the postseason.
“Ever since about 2019, we’ve been a ‘second round and done’ team, losing to some Katy team every year. That can be pretty demoralizing,” said Cy-Fair QB Trey Owens. “I guarantee if we played that game again, we’d win. Our offense just wasn’t clicking, and they kicked that crazy game-winning field goal, which was a killer moment.”
Some of the stars of 2023-24 Cypress Fairbanks FootballBradley C. Collier (VYPE)
The Bobcats and Owens are looking for redemption.
The 6-foot-5, signal-caller is up for the challenge, since he’s been doing it for most of his football career.
“I didn’t actually start a game as quarterback until my freshman year, and my sophomore year was pretty rough in my opinion,” Owens said. “I was a little doubtful of myself. I wasn’t playing my best – I played scared and wasn’t really playing up to my potential.
“I started to change that though, and come that Spring before my junior season, I started to get offers which was really shocking to me,” he said. “I had the size and the ability, and schools really took chances on me and I’m forever grateful for that.”
That junior season is when Owens turned things around.
He would go on to throw for over 3,000 yards with 34 passing touchdowns, which garnered the attention of several top collegiate programs. However, Owens would ultimately decide to commit to the University of Texas in January.
Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
“Surprisingly, I grew up a Texas A&M and TCU fan, so Texas wasn’t always on my radar until they pursued me in the recruiting game,” he said. “I ended up going up to Texas several times and just continued to have a great relationship with coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (AJ) Milwee. Their ability to put quarterbacks in the league is untouched in the nation, so it was an easy decision for me.”
Before he prepares to pack up for Austin, Owens has one more year to show what he’s got on the high school level with BFND.
Given that the final year is approaching, it’s given him time to reflect on his high school experience.
“I didn’t really know many of them (his teammates) until I moved here, since I went to a different middle school and was initially zoned for Bridgeland,” said Owens. “But since my Mom works at Cy-Fair, I was fortunate enough to get to play here.
“I’ve really gotten to know all of them like brothers, and it’s been a really fun ride,” he said. “The experience, the games and the relationships I’ve made here – I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else.”
It will be up to Owens and the core group of returners to lead the Bobcats over that second-round hump this Fall. Something tells us that this might just be the year.
Cy-Fair High's Wesley Worley
If Cy-Fair ISD had a “Comeback Player of the Year” category in its season superlatives, then Cy-Fair High School Baseball would have a lock for the award.
On February 23 of last year, Cy-Fair’s 2B/RHP Wesley Worley suffered a horrific accident following a team practice, that resulted in a traumatic head injury. He was subsequently rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent a series of CAT scans that revealed his brain was bleeding inside his skull.
The medical professionals proceeded to perform an emergency craniotomy on Worley in order to save the then-sophomore’s life.
Worley recovering in the hospital, post-surgeryPhoto provided by Wesley Worley: @WesleyWol
The surgery was performed successfully, and Worley spent the next two weeks in ICU.
After several months of rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Herman Inpatient and Outpatient care and continuing his schoolwork online, Worley would ultimately return to CFHS this year.
“My journey through the brain injury was tough, but at the time I felt like I was invincible,” said Worley. “But, at the time I felt like I was invincible. Now, I don’t remember much until a few weeks after my injury, so I never fully experienced the majority of the pain I went through. I am so grateful to the medical staff who saved me and tolerated me during the recovery process.”
Photo provided by Wesley Worley: @WesleyWorley5
However, that was only the beginning for the Cy-Fair junior.
“Watching my summer and high school team play was difficult for me,” he said. “The hardest part of my recovery was just time. There’s nothing I can do to change time and what I’ve missed. When I heard how long it could take for me to recover, I was devastated. But I couldn’t give up on the game I love and playing ball with my brothers.”
What’s even more remarkable is the fact that Worley ultimately decided to return to the diamond, after being cleared just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day of this year.
“Now that I’m finally back, the game means more to me than just hitting, throwing, and catching,” Worley said. “I found purpose in baseball, this year, and I’m so blessed to be back. With our team coming off back-to-back district championships, we now have a target on our backs. We’ll go from one game to the next and when district is done, we hope to be nothing but 1-0.”
Some of the stars of 2022-23 Cy-Fair High School BaseballJustin Hartojo (VYPE)
Worley’s journey back to the game is truly miraculous and has given him a deeper appreciation for it. He will carry on this passion as he and his team proceed through the remainder of the season, and beyond.
“This injury has and will keep changing my outlook on life,” said Worley. “If there’s one thing I took away from this, it’s to never take anything for granted, because you never know when it’s your last play on the field or even your last breath on Earth. Thankfully, I was in many others’ prayers and God’s hands. I couldn’t have done it without all the support I received.”