With March Madness taking a hiatus this year due to the Coronavirus, VYPE has decided to come up with its own version of March Madness - video style!
The VYPE editorial team went back through the last few months and picked their favorite videos that went a little bit crazy on social media or just were cool, eye-popping moments. VYPE picked our 16 favorite videos and have made a four-week bracket challenge.
This is the 2020 VYPE Viral Video Madness.
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8) Shadow Creek Final Play of State Title Game
BREAKING: Leading 28-22 ... 2 seconds left. Pass gets knocked down. @SCSharkFootball wins it's first ever #UILState Football Championship #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/JpMel2a6IL
— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 21, 2019
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2) Pearland Bicycle Kick Goal
@bbeesgoalkeeper Recorded this AWESOME bicycle kick goal by @Thomas09086702 @OilerBoysSoccer last night versus Alief Taylor. What a win!!! pic.twitter.com/5AWFNsLxmi
— Pearland Boys Soccer (@OilerBoysSoccer) February 23, 2020
3) Dematrius Davis TD Run + Dance vs 4) Demond Demas Leap Over Players at Bowl Practice
HIGHLIGHT: @NSNationFB QB @Dematrius09 (Virginia Tech commit) showing off his speed and elusiveness on this touchdown run. Then the dance moves at the end. #txhsfb #UILState @TechSideline @NSSH_Mustangs @GalenaParkISD #northshore @uiltexas @MaxPreps @dctf @TXHSFB pic.twitter.com/YyXUlGPIDw
— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 21, 2019
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Demas Leap Over Players at Bowl Practice
.@AggieFootball commit @DemondDemas1 is a BOOST! ✈️ @polynesiabowl
(Via @Rivals ) pic.twitter.com/ACkwHOajtq
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) January 14, 2020
It's been a memorable year for the Pflugerville Hendrickson boys soccer team. But, due to unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19, the Hawks' players and coaches haven't been able to finish what they started. Seniors like midfielder Kaden Franco are missing a large part of their final high school campaign after they led the team from a 6-4-4 record to a regular season-ending eight-game win streak and a share of the UIL 13-6A district title.
"We knew not to go in overconfidently like the first time we played," said Franco. "We also knew how to play our opponents the second time after rewatching film and changing a bit of the lineup. We basically knew our opponents a lot better and became a more reformed team."
That type of stretch resulted in a second half sweep of district opponents and the big wins against Round Rock Westwood and Austin Vandegrift on February 14th and 18th made the Hawks a team to watch going into the UIL 6A postseason.
"The games versus Westwood and Vandegrift put out a statement that we're the best team in the district and that the other teams should basically come prepared to lose," said Franco. "It struck fear in other teams and put them down before the game even started."
The UIL soccer playoffs were supposed to start on March 26th, but Pflugerville Hendrickson never got to show it's power play to UIL 6A Region II and beyond. That's because the Coronavirus postponed it and cancelled similar forms of entertainment over the past month.
"We were very disappointed on how playoffs [have] been delayed, but we've been doing a lot of team bonding," said Franco. "Playing online games together, [like] Call of Duty and a little bit of Fortnite, so we can keep in touch everyday."
No one knows when everything will return, but the UIL has made it clear in its messages to the public over the past few weeks that it wants to find a way to host the remaining events on its 2019-2020 athletic schedule. In the meantime, Franco and his Pflugerville Hendrickson teammates have had to find other ways to spend their time.
"I've been helping my dad around his little farm and just trying to stay in shape," he said. "It's pretty hard considering that there's a lot of time still left in the day, making me feel almost lazy staying inside."
Whether or not the season resumes, Franco will think highly of his time with Pflugerville Hendrickson. That includes the last time he stepped on the soccer field with the Hawks, which resulted in a 5-1 victory against McNeil on March 13th.
"We went out and played and had a good time," he said. "What I'll remember [about] our last game of the season is how [Jacob] Stern went from a coach to a fatherly figure in the middle of the game after something had happened with my family," he said. "I'll also remember my good friend Xjavier Martinez coming to help me out through a tough time."
And you're probably wondering about Franco's path beyond high school. If it goes as planned, he'll find opportunities in multiple arenas.
"The plan for after graduation is to go try out for the Austin Power indoor team," he said. "And God willing, try to make it through the nursing program at [Austin Community College] and become a [registered nurse]."
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Ethan Oceguera had a spectacular season in 2019 for the Bridge City Cardinals. The sophomore had over 1,000 total yards in passing (528 yds) and rushing (502 yds). Oceguera led BC to a bi-district playoff appearance and will look to be a major player in 2020.
VYPE caught up with Oceguera during this quarantine period to see how Bridge City is handling the stay-at-home order and what's new in Cardinal land.
VYPE: During this time of quarantine what are you doing as an athlete to stay in shape and keep engaged with your coach and teammates?
Oceguera: During the quarantine, I've been taking advantage of the extra time off to stay active. As an athlete I think it's important to stay physically and mentally strong; whether it's working out, running, drills or even riding bikes with my family. Coach has been giving the team workouts and my team and I have been staying in touch and keeping each other accountable.
VYPE: Explain a typical day in your life with the stay-at-home order and how are you engaging with your school work and personal life?
Oceguera: A typical day for me during the stay at home order usually begins with checking in with my teachers and completing my school work. Once that's done, my main focus is getting out of the house. I tend to workout once in the morning and again in the evening, this helps clear my head and stay positive. And then, at the end of the day, I finish off with a little bit of PlayStation with the boys.
VYPE: You're heading into your junior season with the Cardinals, what are your individual goals as you are coming off an all-district season from 2019? You were the #5 QB (passing) and the #5 RB (rushing).
Oceguera: Heading into my junior season with the Cardinals, one of my personal goals is becoming more comfortable with the offense and my receivers. Missing the last three games of last season makes me want to come back even stronger for my team this year. My main goal is improving my role as a leader on and off the field. I want to be someone my teammates can rely on.
VYPE: The Cardinals had a playoff season in 2019. Give us a sense on what Bridge City Football will be like like this fall.
Oceguera: This upcoming season we have big shoes to fill after losing 21 seniors. Our team will be pretty young this season, but once everyone gets settled in we will be set for district.
VYPE: What is your 2-5 year plan of being an athlete? Are you looking to play at the next level?
Oceguera: Looking into my future as an athlete, I want to play at the next level. Only having 2 years left as a Cardinal I plan to work even harder and attend as many camps as I can for exposure. I'm passionate about football, and I want to play wherever I can for as long as I can.
VYPE: What do you want your legacy to be at Bridge City once you leave in 2 years?
Oceguera: It's hard to believe I only have 2 years left in Bridge City, but when I do leave I want to be remembered as the quarterback who was a good student-athlete. I work hard on the field, but I also work hard in the classroom. I hold myself to high standards and want to be the best role model I can for the Cardinals that come after me.
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