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Ryan Niblett, Eisenhower
As the last of the Class of 2022 sign their Letters of Intent, you know what time it is?
It's time to look at the Class of 2023. Our No. 1 is no surprise as Rueben Owens has been virtually unstoppable since his freshman year. He went for nearly 3,000 yards last year at little 'ole El Campo. Will this small school talent translate to big-time college football? VYPE says yes.
These are the next household names in Houston-area high school football, so take note.
THE 2023 FAB 50
No. 1 Rueben Owens, El Campo, RB
No. 2 Jaquaize Pettaway, Langham Creek, WR
No. 3 Ashton Porter, Cy Ranch, DL
No. 4 Jonah Wilson, Dekaney, WR
No. 5 Jacoby Davis, North Shore, DB
No. 6 Kedrick Reescano, New Caney, RB, Michigan State
No. 7 Micah Bell, The Kinkaid School, DB
No. 8 Brad Spence, Klein Forest, DE
No. 9 Ryan Niblett, Eisenhower, DB
No. 10 Braylan Shelby, Friendswood, DE
Micah Bell, The Kinkaid School, DB
No. 11 Reid Mikeska, Bridgeland, TE
No. 12 Corey Huff Jr., Nimitz, DB, Baylor
No. 13 Vernon Glover Jr., Dickinson, DB
No. 14 Dylan Spencer, CE King, DL
No. 15 Ja’koby Banks, FB Marshall, WR, Houston
No. 16 Jayven Anderson, North Shore, DB
No. 17 Zachary Chapman, FB Marshall, DL
No. 18 Christian Brathwaite, Cy Ranch, LB, Baylor
No. 19 Seth Davis, Katy, RB
No. 20 Hawkins Polley, Stratford, TE, Baylor
No. 21 Johnathan Hall, Katy, DB
No. 22 Terrance Green, Cy Woods, DL
No. 23 Parker Jenkins, Klein Forest, RB
No. 24 Arian Parish, Katy, DB
No. 25 Marques Neal, Channelview, ATH
No. 26 DK Kalu, Ridge Point, DT
No. 27 Samu Taumanupepe, Atascocita, DL
No. 28 Corey Kelly, Clear Falls, LB
No. 29 Jara Anderson, Cy Park, DL
No. 30 Dylan Rogers, Cy Woods, LB
No. 31 Taylor Davis, Ridge Point, DB
No. 32 David Amador, North Shore, WR, UTSA
No. 33 Ty Morris, Dekaney, DB
No. 34 Louis Williams III, Conroe, WR
No. 35 Kaleb Black, Klein Oak, Athlete
No. 36 Cam’ron Bizer, Yates, DE
No. 37 Ezell Jolly, Ridge Point, RB
No. 38 Ethan Wyatt, Klein Collins, WR
No. 39 Jarred Sample, Cy Ranch, WR
No. 40 Reagan Gill, Jersey Village, OL
No. 41 Daymion Stanford, Paetow, LB
No. 42 Gavin Rutherford, Cinco Ranch, QB
No. 43 Hudson Perroni, Stratford, OL
No. 44 James Walley Jr., Ridge Point, LB
No. 45 Chico Holt, Strake Jesuit, TE
No. 46 Jalen O’Neal, Manvel, DB
No. 47 Reese Osei-Wusu, Bridgeland, OL
No. 48 Allen Aldridge III, Bush, Athlete
No. 49 Alex Kilgore, Paetow, LB
No. 50 David Smith, Clear Falls, RB
WAIT AND SEE
Blake Baker, Cy Ranch, QB
Jalen Baldwin, Dobie, RB
Duke Butler, Shadow Creek, QB
James Eaglin, Ridge Point, DL
Robert Edmonson Jr., Shadow Creek, LB
Payton Farmer, Ridge Point, OL
Kariyen Goins, Angleton, WR
Cortez Hunter, Paetow, DB
Chase Jenkins, Alief Taylor, Athlete
CJ Johnson, Paetow, DB
Rashaad Johnson, North Shore, RB
Zyran King-Brooks, Shadow Creek, Athlete
Caleb Komolafe, Tompkins, DB
Sawyer Matchett, Lake Creek, QB
Jax Medica, Fulshear, WR
Jonathan Nelson, Bridgeland
Corey Nichols Jr., Summer Creek, WR
Paul Omodia, Bush, DB
Andrew Powdrell, College Park, DB
Nash Rankin, Stratford, QB
Ashton Schumann, Clear Springs, WR
Zachary Session, Morton Ranch, OL
Elijay Sims, Terry, DE
Ty Stamey, Klein Collins, TE
Mason White, Montgomery, DB
Cobe Williams, College Park, OL
Triston Williams, Stratford, WR
SHENANDOAH - When Eric Peevey took over Little Cypress-Mauriceville it was assumed that the success he had fostered at Beaumont West Brook - a program he guided to AT&T Stadium in 2018 - could transfer over to LC-M.
It has in just year one.
Defeating Columbia last week 42-21 was already a huge victory for the program as it was its first Area Round win since 1997. Now, the Battlin' Bears have continued their best playoff run since the late 90s by upsetting El Campo.
LC-M walked into Woodforest Bank Stadium on Friday night and downed superstar running back Rueben Owens II and El Campo with a thrilling 24-21 victory.
"I'm extremely proud of these boys," Peevey said. "They did an unbelievable job. All year, I laugh because we don't even hand out scouting reports anymore. Everybody talks about Rueben Owens and the guys they have but we don't even focus on what they have it's what we need to do. The kids take our gameplan and execute it."
Ashton Landry led LC-M offensively going 6 for 11 for 59 yards and then rushing 19 times for 146 yards and two scores. Da'Marion Morris also played a big role as he rushed 14 times for 137 yards and a score.
TOUCHDOWNLCM scores off a great run by the RB, extending the lead to 10. #txhsfb 5:39 left in the 4th@LCMBearFootball 24@Ricky_Ricebird 14 pic.twitter.com/uABUZjxsjb— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) November 27, 2021
The Battlin' Bears move on to face Chapel Hill - which is on to the fourth round for the fifth time and first since 2011 - next week in the State Quarterfinals. It is just the second-ever trip to the fourth round in program history for LC-M.
"Brick-by-brick, eyes up and keep climbing, that's how we work," Peevey said. "We were picked fifth in the district. They were 1-7 last year. So, we don't even talk about the end game. All we're worried about is play by play and executing what we need to do play-by-play."
TOUCHDOWNOn 4th and 1 LCM goes for it and QB Ashton Landry takes it all the way for the Score! #txhsfb4:06 left in the 2nd@LCMBearFootball -14@Ricky_Ricebird -7 pic.twitter.com/VElpTt9Ih8— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) November 27, 2021
El Campo's Rueben Owens II rushed 29 times for 204 yards and three scores in the loss. Jontre Davis had 103 yards on 17 carries. Owens finishes his junior season with 246 carries for 2,991 yards and 46 rushing scores and 49 overall.
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