It's been a wild year for coaches and administrators across the state of Texas.
Lamar Consolidated ISD has had tremendous success while navigating the twists and turns of social issues and a global pandemic.
Nikki Nelson, Lamar Consolidated ISD AD<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDk0MTI5OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzM1NjQ1Nn0.XDWjgeXRFmM3FpuCM_n6LFG4nzHqm25Zp0d_Py3yWTc/img.jpg?width=980" id="cd557" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bf6bba56fa8161836d5374aefcf2ebd8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="318" data-height="333" /><p>It's Nikki Nelson's fourth anniversary as the athletic director of LCISD, where she oversees five high schools… for now. Randall High School opens next fall and the board has approved high school No. 7 for the district. She has done a tremendous job hiring new coaches and providing leadership to the department. </p>
Sydney Gotcher, Fulshear Volleyball<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDk0MTMwMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjgyNjA0MH0.ZH0HBmpWti1aYPwUqgN0GtcSxLznu6Ap7_SHJ1rrLUw/img.jpg?width=980" id="7acca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="24b17f98315f6c2809131038b90eb982" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1800" data-height="1200" /><p>Coach Sydney Gotcher could be the best in the business. She opened Fulshear four years ago to great success. Her Chargers have been to the postseason four times and won a Class 4A state title a year ago. After moving from Class 4A to 5A, she hasn't missed a beat. She has led the Chargers back to the state finals in dominating fashion. </p>
Shaun McDowell, Foster Football<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDk0MTMwNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzY0MzQ4MH0.-Nf2vVGs7AwANdlhdHJqBfAIpZxpVMul_MWa_EEJklo/img.jpg?width=980" id="faa5d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3322da59b433132ccab2b034fe7fcfa1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1200" data-height="800" /><p>His players will run through a wall for him, but do they know his back story? McDowell graduated from FB Austin and played football at the US Coast Guard Academy, which is a tremendous academic institution. McDowell started making school history at Foster back in 2016 when he led the Falcons to the Regional Semis. He's been to the State Quarters three times and the State Semis once.</p>
Nick Cavallo, George Ranch Football<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDk0MTMwNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1OTcyMzMzNX0.nIJ_o2GWm_rPf1_DFfgdXsw8u9r0hLshGFu9gxoZdjI/img.jpg?width=980" id="dbda0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e62c9b1d1de9e39ecd704a7c55145b61" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1150" data-height="767" /><p>After moving districts due to realignment, the Longhorns finished second in the conference in coach Nick Cavallo's third season. Cavallo led George Ranch to the postseason last year and is looking for his first playoff win this week. He played his college football at Purdue.</p>
Cheyanne Forshee, George Ranch Volleyball<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDk0MTMwOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Njc5Njg4OX0.Vk3fUXy-kTweIFCJmhnNSKiviWZc8cHbgQW8VntClaQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="325f0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c4cbf88ac7635cc44509bec8eb62eae1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="500" data-height="550" /><p>After spending six years at Terry, Cheyanne Forshee opened George Ranch High School. Forshee has led the Horns to nine straight postseason appearances. George Ranch won district this fall before reaching the area round. With Allie Sczech, Logan Lednicky and Avery Shimaitis returning, the Horns will be loaded again next year.</p>
Well the first night is officially in the books.
The 2020 Texas high school football playoffs officially kicked off on Thursday night across the state for Class 5A & 6A programs and the Houston-area was buzzing with playoff action. Who's moving on? Check out the scoreboard!