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Cy-Fair's Aaron Padron, Hunter Warren, Alex Rodriguez, Lamond Henry, Blake Gonzales and Landon Arrington
This district could be very open.
Cy-Fair, which has won five consecutive district titles, generally runs things, but the Bobcats return few starters and will deal with inexperience this season.
Plenty of teams pose as threats to take over the crown, including Memorial, Jersey Village and Stratford. Don't sleep on Cypress Creek.
Cypress Ridge could make some noise as well.
PRESEASON RANKINGCy-FairJersey VillageMemorialStratfordCypress CreekCypress RidgeSpring WoodsNorthbrook(Bold Denotes Playoffs)
PRESEASON AWARDSMost Valuable Player: Hunter Warren, Cy-FairOffensive MVP: Carson Zahn, MemorialDefensive MVP: Landon Suarez, Jersey VillageBreakout Player of the Year: Hawkins Polley, StratfordSleeper Team: Cypress Creek
The defending 17-6A champs return six starters from last year's 10-2 area finalist. Most of coach Jeff Miller's returners are along the fronts: senior offensive linemen Blake Gonzalez (6-3 260), Alex Rodriguez (6-4, 300) and Aaron Padron (6-0, 260), and senior defensive tackle Lamond Henry (5-11, 240). Henry had 29 tackles with two caused fumbles, an interception and a sack last season.
Another key piece is 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior LB Hunter Warren, who had 60 tackles, four sacks and a caused fumble. Warren and Henry are two of the Bobcats' notable recruits. Miller says he has an inexperienced team that must grow up fast.
Cy- Fair's primary go-to playmaker offensively is 6-foot- 2, 195-pound senior receiver Landon Arrington. Arrington caught 10 balls for 310 yards and four TDs and ran seven times for 82 yards and two TDs.
Also keep an eye on junior receiver Kyle Chambers (88 receiving yards, 2 TDs; 4.3 yards per game on nine carries) and sophomore TE Cooper Stevens (34 yards and a TD on three catches).
Twelve starters return from a 6-6 Area playoff finalist, seven on offense. There will be a quarterback battle between junior Arbrie Carter (364 yards, .658 completion percentage, 1 TD-2 INTs; 109 rushing yards, 5 TDs) and sophomore Adam Tran (1,515 yards, .464 completion percentage, 17 TDs-13 INTs). Carter started the first three games last season before succumbing to injury. Tran stepped in and did an admirable job.
Whoever wins QB1 will have potent targets in junior RB Rashon Estes (735 yards, 6 TDs), sophomore RB Quinton Jones (405 yards, 5 TDs) and senior WR Quinci Jones (381 receiving yards, 5 TDs). Versatile dynamos Xavier Joyce and Zy'Rion Turner can change the complexion of a game. The O-line is in good shape with 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior Reagan Gill and 6-foot-2, 305-pound junior Mateo Ortiz.
Defensively, the Falcons have just as impressive of talent in senior 6-foot, 210-pound DE Landon Suarez (38 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two caused fumbles, fumble recovery), senior 5-foot-11, 200-pound DL Jeffrey Patton (32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recoveries, blocked punt), and senior DBs Maurice Evans (39 tackles) and Chris Noble (31 tackles).
The Mustangs bring back 12 starters from last year's 7-3 Bi-District finalist, including arguably the best player in the district in senior RB Carson Zahn. The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder rushed for 1,003 yards and 12 TDs in eight games.
He'll have weapons around him, including senior offensive linemen George Eubanks (6-foot, 240) and George Foeng, and junior WR Kyle Siblik (290 yards, 4 TDs). Junior QB Mason Sanders threw for 583 yards and six TDs to five INTs as a sophomore last year, completing 50.6-percent of his passes. He also rushed for 239 yards and two TDs. In all, seven starters return on offense.
Defensively, Memorial has a strong linebacking corps led by seniors Bauer Bruce (67 tackles, 4 sacks, fumble recovery) and Marshall Bergenzer (11 tackles), but has holes elsewhere. Senior WR Christian Braddock (132 yards, 2 TDs in six games) and senior DL Will Klingberg (20 tackles, blocked FG) could play more prominent roles this season.
Coach Todd Rankin likes what he has in the 12 starters returning from last year's 6-4 team that barely missed the playoffs. "Close is not good enough," Rankin said. "We have to address all the little things that will help us finish."
The Spartans have strong offensive skill players, improved lines on both sides of the ball and an improved secondary. They lack an overall depth in size.
Key returners are senior 5-foot-11, 170-pound RB Diego Denson (526 yards, 2 TDs; 314 receiving yards, 3 TDs), senior OL Josh Hyland, junior WR Hawkins Polley (437 yards, 9 TDs), senior DB Antony Cuhel (59 tackles, 2 INTs), senior DL Colin Tenney (20 tackles), junior LB Cooper King (89 tackles, 2 fumbles caused), junior DB Bracken Menuet (50 tackles), junior DL Austin LaRue and junior K Giancarlo Chelala.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Polley is the signature name of the group, an impressive talent that boasts offers from Baylor, SMU, Vanderbilt and Houston. Key newcomers are junior WR Jake Brand, junior QB Nash Rankin, junior OL Hudson Perroni, senior DB Sincere Blackmon, junior DE Jared Botary and junior RB Dallas Payne.
Coach Greg McCaig likes his defensive line and quarterback play, but also knows his Cougars must replace a ton of production with a new group of receivers and improve the back end of the defense. That fits with his team's motto this season: "Go to work. Be consistent. Improve daily".
Cy-Creek returns four starters from a 4-6 Bi-District playoff finalist. Everything starts with sophomore QB Brad Jackson. The 6-foot, 160-pounder threw for 2,187 yards and 20 TDs to nine INTs in eight games last season. Junior 5-foot-9, 170-pound RB Yalance Brown returns to tote the rock for the Cougars, and will be joined by senior Raymond Rollins, who moves over from the defensive secondary. Junior WR Edgar Quintero is a threat on the perimeter, and Jonathan Vining steadies matters up front.
Defensively, Cy-Creek will abide by 6-foot-1, 105-pound senior DE Quinten Renteria (38 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 caused fumbles, fumble recovery), 6-foot, 220-pound senior DE Matthew Shrake (21 tackles, caused fumble) and 6-foot-1, 240-pound junior DL Kamauri Dumas.
The Rams return 13 starters from a 2-8 team and have some quality talent. Junior 5-foot-7, 155-pound RB Tav'ren Richardson has the potential to be a big-time game-changer. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry with 234 yards and a TD in nine games last season.
Senior 5-foot- 10, 165-pound WR A.J. Gooden-Dottin had a team-best 620 receiving yards and six TDs. Senior WRs Aaron Woods (281 yards, 10 yards per catch, 3 TDs) and Joinell Chiles (200 yards, 8.7 yards per catch, TD) add depth. But who will get them the ball? Cy-Ridge graduated its starting and backup quarterbacks. The Rams are also young on the O-line.
Defensively, junior 6-foot-2, 185-pound LB Emiliano Soldavilla (39 tackles, one fumble caused) leads the way. Senior 5-foot-10, 170-pound two-way playmaker Jaiden Vaquera (52 tackles, INT; 5 yards per carry) makes an impact on both sides of the ball.
Though the Tigers went just 3-7 in 2020, it was their best record since 2012. They have not won more than three games in a season since 2004. But Spring Woods has a chance to keep the momentum going forward as it returns 15 starters (eight on offense) from last year's team. Senior QB Isaiah McKnight, junior 6-foot-1, 195-pound RB Karon Williams, and offensive linemen Joey Emerson (6-foot, 275) and Nicolas Tapia (6-1, 245) provide the foundation of a veteran offense. Junior DB Anthony Rodriguez headlines the defense after picking off seven passes last season. Sophomore LB Derek Loflin is well-regarded by coaches and could be in line for a breakout season.
Northbrook has not won a game since Nov. 3, 2017, but coach Andres Gomez is excited about this year's team. He returns eight starters (five on defense) and highlights the defensive line and receivers as strengths. The D-line lacks experience but has a collection of strong leaders. The receiver position has the most talent on offense.
The Raiders are led by senior WRs Arnez Semien and Daniel Holman. Defensively, junior LB Angel Reyes, senior DL Prince Echaverry and senior DB Gabriel Mata provide a steady core. Gomez is high on junior WR Marquell Hannah and an impressive sophomore class of quarterback Brandon Dillard, OL Miguel Muro and DB Dade Delva.
"There is a stigma around Northbrook football that we are working to change from within," Gomez said. "Many of our players have bought into the belief that we are operating on a different level than some of the teams that came before us, and we are excited to put our progress on the field."
Jersey Village Football
There are so many great athletes in Spring Branch ISD. VYPE highlights five athletes or teams from Spring Branch ISD in this edition of The Stars of SBISD Powered by Texas Citizens Bank.
I am so blessed and excited to say I have verbally committed to Texas State University to further my academic and volleyball career. I am thankful for my family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way. @TexasStateVball @PrepVolleyball @PrepDigTX @Willowbrookvb pic.twitter.com/tBbrJDj7f9— Logan LeRoux (@Logan_leroux14) December 14, 2020
I am so blessed and excited to say I have verbally committed to Texas State University to further my academic and volleyball career. I am thankful for my family, friends and coaches who have helped me along the way. @TexasStateVball @PrepVolleyball @PrepDigTX @Willowbrookvb pic.twitter.com/tBbrJDj7f9
Logan LeRoux is heading to San Marcos! The Memorial volleyball senior, who helped lead the Mustangs to the District Championship this season, has verbally committed to Texas State. LeRoux led the team in assists with 515 for the 2020 season. She also registered 187 digs and 72 kills for her senior season as well.
Raiders win!! The boys basketball team defeated Needville with the score of 44-40 in overtime. If you knew all of the adversity they had to go through, you would know why we are so proud. pic.twitter.com/CI55p6DjRf— Nbraider (@NBraidersbball) December 5, 2020
Raiders win!! The boys basketball team defeated Needville with the score of 44-40 in overtime. If you knew all of the adversity they had to go through, you would know why we are so proud. pic.twitter.com/CI55p6DjRf
Northbrook has had a bit of a rough go to start the season but it was all smiles behind the masks on December 5. That day, the Raiders defeated Needville 44-40 for their first victory of the season. A nice win for the Northbrook boys hoopsters.
Congrats to @Reco_Griffin for being named a finalist for the @HoustonTDClub Player of the Year Awards!!! This is a HUGE honor and @StratfordFB1 could not be more proud!!! #SpartanPride #ETRTW @77079Athletics @sbisdathletics @StratfordSBISD pic.twitter.com/hCa48hSJMl— Stratford Spartan Football (@StratfordFB1) December 11, 2020
Congrats to @Reco_Griffin for being named a finalist for the @HoustonTDClub Player of the Year Awards!!! This is a HUGE honor and @StratfordFB1 could not be more proud!!! #SpartanPride #ETRTW @77079Athletics @sbisdathletics @StratfordSBISD pic.twitter.com/hCa48hSJMl
The Touchdown Club of Houston gives out annual awards to the best offensive and defensive players in the city. One of the finalists for the TD Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year Award is Stratford's Reco Griffin. This season, guiding Stratford to a 6-4 overall record, Griffin finished with 55 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. A nice season for the senior.
All really does mean ALL at SWHS! Love this school and these kids! You make us all so proud! #allmeansall #unifiedsports pic.twitter.com/UEKDKWzHoE— Spring Woods High (@SpringWoodsHigh) December 4, 2020
All really does mean ALL at SWHS! Love this school and these kids! You make us all so proud! #allmeansall #unifiedsports pic.twitter.com/UEKDKWzHoE
For the second-straight year Spring Woods High School held a unified football game. This is an awesome day where life skills students get to experience the Friday Night Lights with playing a football game! Whether that be playing on the field, refereeing the game, being a cheerleader or in the band! This is an awesome event put on by Spring Woods High School.
Top 5 Plays vs. Spring Woods@MHShouston @MHSMustangsBC @MHSMustangHoops @sbisdathletics @HoustonChronHS @TXHSGBB @TXHSBB @vypehouston @girlzprepreport @YourBranchNews pic.twitter.com/nnltpof9dD— Memorial Basketball (@77024Basketball) December 12, 2020
Top 5 Plays vs. Spring Woods@MHShouston @MHSMustangsBC @MHSMustangHoops @sbisdathletics @HoustonChronHS @TXHSGBB @TXHSBB @vypehouston @girlzprepreport @YourBranchNews pic.twitter.com/nnltpof9dD
Entering this week, Memorial girls basketball is on a hot streak, winners of seven-straight games. A win over Spring Woods last week opened district play for the Mustangs. Entering this week, Memorial stands at 9-3 on the year. They are definitely a team to watch in this 2020-2021 season.
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