30 Nov, 2021
HOUSTON - Tournament season is upon us and the VYPE Holiday Invitational powered by Whataburger has one of the best fields in the State of Texas over the holiday break.
The 16-team event will be held at the Aldine ISD Campbell Center and area Aldine ISD High School gyms on December 28-29.
"It's great to see this tournament back, since the 2020 event was canceled due to COVID," Derek Dusek, VYPE Chief Revenue Officer said. "We are thrilled to host one of the most competitive tournaments in Texas this year."
Public and private school powers will be represented in the bracket-play event.
Each team will be guaranteed three games as several of VYPE's Preseason Ranked programs and over 20 DI prospects will be in action.
"Our tournament is very unique and different; all teams start in bracket play and only the winners advance for a shot at the championship," Dusek said. "It's designed to provide teams with a State playoff mentality."
The headliners include State finalist Atascocita, TAPPS 5A State Champion The Woodlands Christian Academy, back-to-back defending SPC Champion Houston Christian and Regional Semifinalist Crosby.
The city's top 2022 recruit Crosby's PJ Haggerty (TCU) will be on hand, while Fort Bend Elkins' Chris Johnson is the top prospect for 2023 leading the Knights.
Other teams in the field include Cy-Fair, Cypress Park, FB Austin, Foster, Heights, Houston Christian, Klein Forest, Dawson, Nimitz, Stratford, Tompkins and Westfield.
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29 Nov, 2021
HOUSTON - When Kenny Harrison arrived at Summer Creek in the spring of 2018, he went down to the middle schools to see and visit with the players who would be pulling on Bulldog gear the next fall as freshmen.
"I just knew it was a special group with a lot of confidence," Harrison said. "So, I was really looking forward to that. It was difficult not thinking about those guys knowing how special they were."
Four years later, that group has now grown into the Class of 2022 and with a 62-41 victory over Cinco Ranch on Saturday afternoon made program history reaching the State Quarterfinals for the first time ever.
Making history is something these now seniors experienced first as those freshmen in 2018.
That year - Harrison's first leading the program - the Bulldogs went 9-4 and reached the Regional Semifinals for the first time ever after being bounced in the second round in the programs' four previous playoff trips.
"They knew what exactly what was at stake," Harrison said of his senior class in this playoff run.
In 2018, Harrison admits that he considered moving up the freshmen to varsity because of their talent. But instead leaned on a solid senior group, including Jack Zelezinski, and let the young guys - like Torrie Curry - play freshman football and in turn win a district title.
That move to keep them together is now paying huge dividends.
"They bonded and gelled together, and their confidence went through the roof," Harrison said. "Their parents as well as the kids have always trusted the process. They knew exactly what we had coming once we got to this point."
Harrison felt that this kind of season could have come in 2020 but due to a rash of injuries - including losing three starting offensive linemen at one point - and playing a tough District 21-6A slate paired with that they went 3-6 and missed the playoffs a second-straight season.
But now back healthy for 2021, the process that Harrison put in motion back in 2018 is still working today and has helped guide Summer Creek to its deepest playoff run in school history.
"I'm living the dream, it definitely works," Harrison said. "I'm blessed that Humble ISD and Athletic Director Troy Kite understood my vision and gave me the opportunity. Because like you said, it's a win-now business and we did not have success over the last two years. But from the administration they stuck with it and gave me an opportunity to get my freshman class through and we're having success.
"So, I guess it paid off both ways."
Now, to make more history - reaching the State Semifinals - Summer Creek has to take down nine-time state champion Katy on Saturday.
"I have the upmost respect for Gary Joseph and what he's done at Katy," Harrison said. "He's a very good friend of mine and a mentor. The thing I told our kids after the game was I feel good about our chances against anybody if we take care of our business. If we play for the brand on our chest, play together and not worry about who the opponent is ... Let's just play Summer Creek style football, be physical and play our brand of football."
Outside the business talk of getting ready for Katy, and making history, ask Kenny Harrison this week if he's having fun? If practicing and playing in December is fun?
"I'm having the most fun since I've been here," Harrison said. "Just seeing the excitement on our guys' faces, getting the opportunity to come and practice on Monday. I love all of it. I just want it to continue and be back next Monday."
Key Senior Stats - 2021
Torrie Curry (RB) - 180 carries, 1,327 yards, 23 TDs
Andrew Alexander (WR) - 29 rec. 544 yards, 2 TDs
Darius Rainey (DB) - 3 Ints
Myles Thomas (DB) - 3 Ints
Chase Angel - 75 tackles, 2 sacks
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Aldine has been in the playoffs for 10-straight years, and with five starters returning to the stable for Melbin Barahona, expect another playoff berth in 2022.
Last season, Aldine dropped a tough opening round match to Oak Ridge, falling 1-0, finishing 12-6-4 overall. But they are ready for a run again, like 2019, where they reached the Regional Finals for the second time in program history.
Junior Matute will be one of the key pieces back after recording 10 goals and 10 assists a year ago.
Jesus Perez had six goals and three assists, while Juan Aguilera had three goals and five assists in 2021 for the 'Stangs.
Other names to remember include Anthony Navarro, Jorge Plasencia and Carlos Pena for the Mustangs.
The key to success, according to Barahona for 2022, is being "committed to practice after school during the season and not fail any class. Discipline in everything that they do."
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