Awards Season presented by T-Mobile: Cypress Creek's Josh White wins TD Club of Houston's Defensive Player of the Year
Greg McCaig has led the Cypress Creek football program since 2002.
In his now 18th season at the helm, the veteran coach admits that Josh White is a special player. In fact, the best linebacker he's ever coached in his career, which has spanned 23 years.
"His character, work ethic, leadership, passion and enthusiasm for the game have set a standard that all other linebackers that play at Cy Creek will aim to match," McCaig said in a news release. "He's been nothing but a joy to coach."
The Touchdown Club of Houston agreed with McCaig on Wednesday night, naming White the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year at the annual awards ceremony.
White finished the year with 117 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
"This was a really big honor," White said. "It felt good knowing that my hard work was recognized. I couldn't have done any of this without my family and teammates."
The LSU-commit becomes the fourth Cypress Creek player to win a Touchdown Club of Houston Award. He joins past Defensive Player of the Year winners Sam Adams (1990) and Josh Williams (1994), and former Offensive Player of the Year recipient Ricky Vestal (1986).
White helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back Regional Finals.
Photo by Angel Verdejo Jr. / Cy-Fair ISD Communications
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Seven Austin/San Antonio area football teams will play in a UIL 11-Man state semifinal this weekend, so we continue our VYPE Central Texas and VYPE South Texas playoff coverage with a preview of their matchups. Stay tuned for more postseason coverage in the days and weeks to come.
UIL 6A Division I State Semifinal: Lake Travis Cavaliers (13-1) vs. North Shore Mustangs (13-1)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 4pm/Round Rock ISD's Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Lake Travis Players to Watch: Hudson Card, Weston Stephens, Kyle Eaves and Mauricio Trevino
Success Against Opponents: Lake Travis has outscored its 2019 opponents 643-241, while North Shore has a 705-234 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: North Shore
UIL 6A Division II State Semifinal: Westlake Chaparrals (13-1) vs. Katy Taylor Mustangs (9-5)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 2:30pm/Waco's McLane Stadium
Westlake Players to Watch: Kirkland Michaux, Ryan Lindley, Leo Lowin and Sage Luther
Katy Taylor Players to Watch: J Jensen, Casey Shorter, Trevor Woods and Martin Nowlin
Success Against Opponents: Westlake has outscored its 2019 opponents 668-141, while Katy Taylor has a 426-408 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Westlake
UIL 5A Division I State Semifinal: San Antonio Wagner Thunderbirds (13-1) vs. Shadow Creek Sharks (14-0)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/San Antonio's Alamo Stadium
San Antonio Wagner Players to Watch: LJ Butler, Isaiah Williams, Daniel Powel and DeMarcus Hendricks
Shadow Creek Players to Watch: Kyron Drones, Kelvon Brown, Warren Shankle and Terrence Cooks
Success Against Opponents: San Antonio Wagner has outscored its 2019 opponents 726-193, while Shadow Creek has a 699-139 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Shadow Creek
UIL 5A Division II State Semifinal: Boerne Champion Chargers (13-1) vs. Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos (13-1)
When/Where To Watch: Saturday December 14th at 3pm/College Station's Kyle Field
Boerne Champion Players to Watch: Luke Boyers, Tamari Jenkins, Sam Dillard and Bowen Fjord
Fort Bend Marshall Players to Watch: Malik Hornsby, Devon Achane, Kenny Seymour and Quincy Blair
Success Against Opponents: Boerne Champion has outscored its 2019 opponents 612-281, while Fort Bend Marshall has a 670-162 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Fort Bend Marshall
UIL 4A Division I State Semifinal: Lampasas Badgers (13-1) vs. Carthage Bulldogs (14-0)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/New Caney's Randall Reed Stadium
Lampasas Players to Watch: Ace Whitehead, Case Brister and Koby Allen
Carthage Players to Watch: Kai Horton, Mason Courtney and Kelvontay Dixon
Success Against Opponents: Lampasas has outscored its 2019 opponents 735-291, while Carthage has a 561-147 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Carthage
UIL 4A Division II State Semifinal: Wimberley Texans (11-3) vs. Silsbee Tigers (9-3)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7:30pm/Katy's Legacy Stadium
Wimberley Players to Watch: Cooper McCollum, Moses Wray and Christian Marshall
Success Against Opponents: Wimberley has outscored its 2019 opponents 571-358, while Silsbee has a 422-283 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Wimberley
UIL 2A Division II State Semifinal: Falls City Beavers (13-1) vs. Mart Panthers (11-3)
When/Where To Watch: Friday December 13th at 7pm/Pflugerville's The Pfield
Falls City Players to Watch: Brady Lyssy, Jaxson Pipes and Kevin Jendrusch
Mart Players to Watch: Roddrell Freeman, Kyler Martin and Tonny Sanchez-Yanez
Success Against Opponents: Falls City has outscored its 2019 opponents 646-149, while Mart has a 694-150 point differential.
VYPE Prediction: Mart
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