HOUSTON - When a group has been down for a while, at the first glimmer of success the natural reaction is to celebrate that moment.
For a team that went 0-19 in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, any win could feel like they just won a state championship. For Livingston, entering the 2020 season, the Lions were staring at a 2-26 record over the last three seasons - the last two being under Finis Vanover.
"We kept our eighth, ninth and 10th graders together and did not move them up two years ago when I got here," Vanover said. "We kept them together and coached the mess out of them. They won eight or nine games at every level for the last three years.
"We knew they were going to be exceptional and now here we are."
VYPE Class 4A Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Week 9 (Oct. 22-24)
Welcome to a new VYPE feature for the 2020 football season - VYPE Helmet Stickers powered by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine! Every week, VYPE will scour the stat sheets of the previous week and find the top performers.
Previous VYPE Helmet Sticker Winners
Week 1 (Aug. 27-29)
Week 2 (Sept. 3-5)
Week 3 (Sept. 10-12)
Week 4 (Sept. 17-19)
Week 5 (Sept. 24-27)
Week 6 (Oct. 1-3)
Week 7 (Oct. 8-10)
Week 8 (Oct. 15-17)
Class 4A teams and down just finished Week 9 of the season this past weekend. Who earned a VYPE Helmet Sticker this week?
Caleb Pierson - Huffman
In a 22-7 victory for Huffman last week over Splendora, which pushed the Falcons to an impressive 7-0 in the 2020 season, Caleb Pierson came up big on the defensive side of the ball. Pierson finished with 15 tackles and one tackle for loss in the victory for the Falcons.
Damian Ruiz - Livingston
This is not the first time Damian Ruiz has found himself receiving a VYPE Helmet Sticker this season. Ruiz helped guide Livingston to a 21-7 victory over Vidor last week pushing the Lions' record to 6-2 on the 2020 season. Ruiz finished the game 8 of 15 for 179 yards and two scores. He also had 68 yards on 13 carries on the ground. He has passed for more than 1,000 yards this season already.
Xavier Mills - North Forest
Game Time! pic.twitter.com/K8Kjqep6dd— North Forest High School (@NorthForestHigh) October 23, 2020
North Forest is coming off a 42-12 win over Scarborough and in that Xavier Mills was a big key to the successful night. Mills finished with 114 yards and three scores on just seven carries. Now, that's being productive.
Johntre Davis - El Campo
Johntre Davis has been a rushing machine for the Rice Birds this season. He continued that against Bay City, which marked the 100th meeting between the teams. Davis finished with 202 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries for El Campo. On the season, Davis has rushed for 1,086 yards and 12 scores thus far. He is on pace for a monster season.
Blake Maresh - Needville
Congratulations to our Week 8 Players of the Week vs. Brazosport! @Trevor_Baker10 @collinlabay23 @EddieJo21149395 @BJGLOVER_7 @ Pete Cavazos @ Blake Maresh @ Jaylyn Williams #BeUncommon pic.twitter.com/4kAC0J5eUr— Needville Football (@NeedvilleF) October 26, 2020
Blake Maresh was a key to Needville's 42-13 victory over Brazosport. Maresh finished the game with 118 yards on 11 receptions for the Bluejays.
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