Coaches can coach all they want, but players win games.
Here are five players who will carry the weight of their teams on their shoulders in Week 2 of the postseason. Can they get it done or fall just short?
Kyron Drones, Shadow Creek, QB
Being the son of Coach Drones, who is on staff at Shadow Creek, you know his football IQ is off the charts. The junior QB had big shoes to fill after Jamarian George graduated, who led his team to the state finals. Drones is different, though. He can make every throw. He can extend plays with is feet, while keeping his eyes down field. At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, he can escape the blitz. He has been offered by TSU, but other schools will be on him shortly. Drones will lead the Sharks back to the Regional Finals and beyond. But first, it's the Hutto Hippos he must slay.
LJ Johnson, Cy-Fair, RB
Biggest lights, biggest opponent. All eyes will be on the No. 3 Cy-Fair vs No. 1 Katy game this Friday. Katy RB Ron Hoff is a game-time decision. His counterpart at Cy-Fair is Big Time. Johnson is powerful, explosive and fast. The junior rushed for nearly 1,900 yards on the season and will get the ball all night against Katy. Katy will have a plan to stop him. They will load the box. Will he have enough room to run and can he make something out of nothing on some plays to move the chains?
Malik Hornsby, FB Marshall, QB
This is going to be a shoot-out with A&M Consolidated and Hornsby can't make any mistakes. He's going to have to do it with his feet and arm. A&M Consol is going to score points, can Hornsby keep up with them?
Logan Kyle, Tomball Memorial, WR
The Vandy-commit is going to earn his stripes against Westfield this weekend. The 'Stangs are physical and will try and bully teams who aren't ready for their style of play. Kyle had over 1,100 yards receiving this year and will need to get open against some fast and physical DBs. QB Colton Marwill better get the ball out of his hand quick to get Kyle in the open field. Let's see if Kyle can live up to the hype? Good thing is that coach Sam Parker was once at Spring, and faced Westfield every season.
JP Martin, Cypress Falls, RB
No one. I mean no one is talking about Cy Falls. The Eagles face Katy Tompkins, who has become everyone's favorite pick of late. But Falls went 10-1 on the season and Martin rushed for over 1,200 yards. He's a one-cut runner who does his damage up the middle. He's got good size for a junior and will be relied upon to keep Texas QB commit Jalen Milroe of Tompkins off the field. If he can help move the chains and eat up some clock, Falls has a shot.
Cy-Fair vs Katy
Tigers advance to face North Shore, again
North Shore vs Dawson
Going to be closer than expected… 'Stangs move on
Cy Falls vs Tompkins
Milroe shows why he's a coveted QB, Falcons fly
Atascocita vs Dickinson
Atascocita has too much juice on both sides of ball
The Woodlands vs Cy Woods
Highlanders have just enough defense to slow down Wildcats
Cypress Ranch vs Klein Oak
Oak has McGlothern but must make stops; Dwight does something big
Cypress Creek vs Mayde Creek
Cougars have too much on O; end Rams' dream season
West Brook vs Strake Jesuit
Whoever wins this game, goes to Regional Finals. VYPE goes with Jesuit
Memorial vs Taylor
Evenly matched game. Taylor will impose running game late and advance
George Ranch vs Humble
Humble gets job done with balanced offense
Tomball Memorial vs Westfield
Upset special; Tomball Memorial makes school history
Klein Collins vs Vandergrift
Take Houston over Austin every time
Foster vs Georgetown
Falcons just have too much talent
Shadow Creek vs Hutto
Sharks D to much; Drones is big-time
Friendswood vs Cedar Park
End of the road for Friendswood
Manor vs Porter
Porter pulverizes Manor
Highland Park vs Magnolia
Bulldogs fall to back-to-back-to-back champs
Hunstville vs Crosby
Hornets sting Cougars
A&M Consolidated vs FB Marshall
Marshall falls in 2nd round
Manvel vs Lamar Consolidated
Mavs move on
Barber Hill vs Whitehouse
Love what Westeberg has done with the Hill
And here we go.
It's the most exciting 6-week ride in all of high school sports – the UIL football playoffs.
We will be looking at the Class 6A brackets in H-Town.
CAN ANYONE MAKE A RUN IN DI, REGION II?
Cypress Ranch faces Stony Point; Klein Oak opens with Aldine MacArthur; Cypress Woods faces Cedar Ridge and Spring hosts The Woodlands.
Can any of these teams make a run to the Regional Semis? Not likely. No. 11 Klein Oak is VYPE's top-ranked team in this side of the bracket. Oak should get by MacArthur but that could be a wrap.
No. 17 Cypress Woods should get by Cedar Ridge, but then would face the winner of The Woodlands and No. 20 Spring. That game is up for grabs, but VYPE is going with the Lions. Cypress Ranch should get by Stony Point, but have been very inconsistent this year.
No one gets past the third round from the city.
THE REGION (III) OF DOOM
The "Region of Doom" is Region III. No. 3 Cy-Fair should face No. 1 Katy in the second round, while No. 2 North Shore will likely get Pearland Dawson in Round 2. In the bottom part of the bracket, No. 4 Atascocita will face No. 5 Dickinson in the second round – the winner will play No. 7 Tompkins in Round 3.
Prediction? North Shore will face Atascocita again in the Regional Finals.
TOMBALL MEMORIAL COULD SHOCK DII, REGION II
Going to the DII level, it's somewhat wide open. Bridgeland will play in its first-ever playoff game and will need a huge effort to get by Vandegrift.
No. 10 Klein Collins won their district again and faces Dekaney in Round I. They should be on to Round II to face an undefeated Vandegrift. That could be the end of the line. No. 6 Westfield will have its hands full against Klein Cain, but will get by to play No. 14 Tomball Memorial. Tomball Memorial is built for a playoff run with a good running attack and solid defense. They will get the farthest in this region by a Houston-area team.
IT'S A WIDE-OPEN DII, REGION III
This bracket is a mystery. Cypress Creek will likely beat Westside to face Mayde Creek. West Brook and Strake Jesuit will match-up in the second round. Memorial will use a ground attack to get by the Heights, while Katy Taylor should push around Elkins. Humble will be dangerous and get by CE King, while George Ranch will wrap up Clear Falls' high-powered offense.
So, who are the favorites to get out of the Region? Strake Jesuit and Humble are our best guess.