HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
VYPE Media's Week 2 Plays of the Week
Another week of High School Football in the books, means another week of VYPE Live's top plays of the week! We've got it all this week. Offensive firepower, defensive TDs, and even some special teams! So take a look and come back Monday as we let YOU the fans vote on what play should be crowned as Play of the Week!!!!
Houston area talent take part in National Signing Day
HOUSTON – Four years of high school sports and Wednesday marked the day many were able to put pen to paper and advance to the college ranks on National Signing Day across the country. Here in the greater Houston area, local schools and districts were able to spotlight their male and female student-athletes with signing events on campus. AdThe Houston Independent School District held a virtual signing day event with over 80 male and female athletes signing, representing various sports like football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and cross country. HISD Athletes taking part in Wednesday’s event included:- Jacoby Boykins, Lamar High School, academic scholarship with “preferred walk-on” status University of Alabama football. - Ana Aguirre, Lamar High School, University of Virginia swimming- Gracelynn Alvarez, Heights High School, UT El Paso basketball- Anthony Brown, Sterling High School, Lamar University football- Walter Truitt, Bellaire High School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Track and Field- Bryant Hiskey, Lamar High School, University of Houston Golf
Katy wins, Crosby brings community together in state title game runs
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Katy Tigers brought home a state trophy, while the Crosby Cougars brought their community together with a special 12-4 season ending in the state finals. The Longhorns cut the lead to 37-14 before Katy shut the door with a 25-yard touchdown run by sophomore Seth Davis, and an interception return touchdown by Cal Varner. Crosby falls short but makes community proudThe Crosby Cougars hadn’t made the state finals since 1960, but an impressive run through the playoffs got them there in 2020. Crosby won two games in overtime to reach AT&T Stadium but fell short to powerhouse Aledo in the final. Coach Jerry Prieto was proud of their effort and how the team’s playoff run brought what he called a “divided” community together.
Katy dominates to claim 9th high school football state championship
Once again, Katy, which has looked like vintage Katy this year, made things miserable on both sides of the ball for Cedar Hill on the way to an emphatic 51-14 win - Katy's ninth state championship and the first since 2015. But once the dam broke on Cedar Hill's defense, Katy just poured it on. No matter what Cedar Hill tried to throw at Katy in the first half, nothing worked, and nearly everything worked for Katy on the way to a 24-0 halftime lead. The Tigers lead Cedar Hill 24-0 with :36 seconds left in the second quarter. Cedar Hill scored a few plays later but it was too little, too late.
Members of 1960 Crosby football team hope this year’s squad can finish what they started
“When we went into the playoffs, the whole town went,” said Wiggins, smiling. Now, Crosby is heading back to State for the first time since their 1960 run, and that brings back a lot of good memories. Now, Janik and Wiggins hope this group can finish what they started. “We’re excited to finish what somebody else wasn’t able to finish, and having the chance to do that is amazing,” Branch said. There’s no doubt the small town of Crosby will be supporting their boys, just like they did six decades ago.
Houston Cougars land commitment from standout running back
Oak Ridge running back Alton McCaskill announced plans to attend the University of Houston. HOUSTON – The Houston Cougars signed their highest rated 2021 prospect Thursday. Oak Ridge running back Alton McCaskill announced he’ll stay home to play for the Cougars. Oak Ridge Running Back Alton McCaskill commits to the University of Houston. 3 Star Oak Ridge running back picks Coogs over offers like USC, OK State and Ole Miss.
Katy football heads back to state championship
HOUSTON – Five long years have passed since Katy High School has taken home the state championship trophy. Everybody’s ready to go.”The Davis brothers have taken center stage for the Tigers this season, as Jalen and Seth have led Katy to a score differential of more than 400. Of Hays’ 10 wins, four of them have come within seven points or less. Katy’s one loss was close (24-19 to Katy Tompkins), but all 11 wins have been by two touchdowns or more. “Katy is about winning state championships and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said safety Dalton Johnson.
Fort Bend Marshall preps for Crosby in 5A Quarterfinal
Several Houston-area high school football teams, including North Shore, Ridge Point, Crosby, Fort Bend Marshall, Manvel, Katy and Clear Falls, will fit the field Friday and Saturday, looking to punch their ticket to the state’s semifinal round the following week. Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos are back where they have found a home for several years now under head coach James Williams. FB Marshall HC James Williams (@coachjameswill ) on facing @CrosbyHSCougars in 5A Quarters and the 2020 CoVid season . Fort Bend Marshall is 12-0 with 8 shutouts @KPRC2 @FortBendISD @vypehouston @Texan_Live pic.twitter.com/Wm7puuDPBW — Randy McIlvoy (@KPRC2RandyMc) December 30, 2020During this COVID-19 season, Marshall still was able to stay healthy and get in a full regular season. Marshall takes on Crosby at 1 p.m. Friday at Turner Stadium in Humble.
Ridge Point riding momentum into quarterfinal showdown against North Shore
In the Houston-area, teams like Fort Bend Marshall, Crosby, Manvel, Clear Falls, Katy, North Shore and Ridge Point are the last teams standing. The Ridge Point Panthers began the year 0-2 with losses to Dickinson and C.E. “That’s where we turned the corner at the bye week,” said senior wide receiver John Paul Richardson, who will play at Oklahoma State next fall. What are the Ridge Point Panthers saying about North Shore? Watch the attached video for the Ridge Point preview including interviews with head coach Rick LaFavers, WR John Paul Richardson, QB Bert Emanuel Jr. and linebacker Frank Osagiede.
3 things to watch in Houston sports this week
Here’s what’s happening this week in the Houston-area sports scene. Rockets season continuesThe new Rockets season is underway after the team opened in Portland on Saturday and suffered a 2-point loss in overtime. The Texans will get a chance to play spoiler when they host the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. The Titans hit the final week needing a win as they battle for the AFC South crown with the Colts. High school football playoffsThe countdown to a state championship continues this week across Texas.
3 things to watch in Houston sports this week
Here’s what’s happening this week in the Houston area sports scene. Rockets set to tip off new seasonThe Rockets preseason is now complete wrapping up four games against the Bulls and Spurs. Texans set to return homeThe Texans fell to 4-10 on the season with the loss Sunday at Indianapolis 27-20. Houston returns home for their final two games this Sunday against the Bengals and Jan. 3 at NRG against the Titans. Expect games on Wednesday and Saturday throughout Houston and surrounding areas.
LIST: Track Houston-area HS football players on National Signing Day
HOUSTON – National Signing Day has arrived once again as high school football players across the country signed on with their college of choice. The system is now in place for a December date along with the first Wednesday in February that has become a smaller event than in years past. As more high school athletes now aim for early graduation, the December option gives them a chance to enroll in college in January for the spring semester and take part in spring football camps. So far, here are some of the players who signed:Ridge PointWR John Paul Richardson (Oklahoma State)DL Jimmy Guy (HBU)RB Keith Jackson (North Texas)Cameron Plummer (Sam Houston State)North ShoreQB Dematrius Davis (Auburn)WR Shadrach Banks (Texas A&M)Shadow CreekQB Kyron Drones (Baylor)WR C.J. Guidry (Houston)CB Jalen Emery (Houston)Langham CreekLB Jayhvion Gipson (TCU)Fort Bend ChristianOL Remington Strickland (Texas A&M )OL David Kasemervisz (Stanford)St. ThomasQB Maddox Kopp (Houston)EpiscopalOL Donavan Jackson (Ohio State)RT Cullen Montgomery (Oklahoma)C Luis Chavarria (Prairie View A&M)
Dobie Longhorns enjoying historic season
HOUSTON – The Dobie High School football team is 9-0 during what has been a very strange season. “From last year, not even being able to have a spring ball and having to adjust to COVID.”The Dobie Longhorns haven’t been undefeated in the regular season since 1999, so this is historic. “Every day, every single day we come out here to work with the mindset to win,” said quarterback Cameron Gray. “To win everything we can, win every play, win every quarter.”What makes this football team special isn’t just the winning. Dobie takes on the Atascocita High School football team Friday.
Four days after the death of his father, College Park running back unites a community
HOUSTON – Thanksgiving week, The Woodlands College Park senior Dylon DeAngelo unexpectedly lost his best friend. “My dad was a very passionate man,” said Dylon of his father Tony. That Friday, The Woodlands College Park was set to play their rival, The Woodlands. It was a very high point for me and my dad.”Dylon’s teammates had loved his dad Tony, too. As Dylon scored, the energy and love could be felt in the stands and on the field.
VIDEO: Texas school district removes football team from playoffs after player tackles referee
HOUSTON – A Texas school district has made the decision to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after a player assaulted a referee Thursday night during a game. The incident occurred during a game between Edinburg High School and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Early College High School in Edinburg, Texas. Check out the video from the incident here:The Edinburg CISD released the following statement:“The district has decided to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after an unexpected incident involving a student that occurred during a football game on December 3, 2020. On behalf of the Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, staff, and our school community. Unfortunately, this type of blind‑sided assault on an official while working on the field is not new to Texas Football.
Shadow Creek football talks about 2-week COVID-19 battle
HOUSTON – This past Friday, the Shadow Creek High School football team beat Strake Jesuit. “We were just making sure, if you go out, make sure you wear a mask, and limit the time if you are outside," said senior Jairo Castillo. Senior quarterback and Baylor commit Kyron Drones made sure the guys were staying in shape during those two weeks. “We’re just making sure they know football is the bigger picture right now,” Drones said. “I know people want to hang out and do stuff, but we can’t have that right now until the season is over with.”
High school football player dreams of country music success
For senior offensive lineman Jaeden Johnson, playing football after high school is his dream. “It’s been what I’ve wanted to do, what I’ve focused on, what I’ve worked at,” said Johnson. Jaeden’s voice is one to listen to on the football field, and off the field — when he’s performing country music live at 2920 Roadhouse in Hockley. “But not when he’s on the field.”“I can be gritty and nasty on the football field,” said Johnson. Meanwhile, his football career is still strong with several schools interested in having Johnson playing for them in college.
Alvin HS football coach resigns after players say he used n-word, racial slurs before game
HOUSTON – An Alvin High School football coach resigned Thursday after players said he used the n-word and other racial slurs before a game. Just hours before last Friday night’s football game, two Alvin High School football players said a coach used derogatory terms they won’t soon forget. “I told him that wasn’t cool and then he told me, ‘Do I want to play?’ I just start walking away. A spokeswoman for the Alvin Independent School District said the school district has launched an investigation and a staff member has been placed on administrative leave, though the district did not name the employee. They work hard and they go to practice every day and for him to downgrade them like that it’s just horrible,” said April Bell, the players' mother.
High school football set to kick off with COVID-19 safety measures in place
HOUSTON – High school football in the Houston area is back. Coronavirus is forcing districts like Klein ISD to implement safety measures to protect both players and fans. “We are really thankful for Klein and the school district for making sure that everyone is safe. I personally am very thankful,” said football fan Stephanie Chase. Klein ISD will require all fans to wear masks and social distance and have set up hand sanitizing stations.
Legendary Texas high school football coach Sonny Detmer dies at 76
SAN ANTONIO – One of Texas’s all-time winningest head football coaches, Sonny Detmer, is dead at age 76. Somerset Head Football Coach Sonny Detmer went home to be with the Lord this afternoon. For us in Bulldog Nation, Sonny was more than a legend in Texas High School Football lore with the famous high-octane, high-scoring passing attacks he brought to the game. May Coach Detmer Rest In Peace...”Bulldog Nation mourns the loss of one of our iconic family members. Somerset Head Football Coach Sonny Detmer went home... Posted by Somerset ISD on Tuesday, September 22, 2020Detmer’s family has been playing in the South Texas football institution for decades.
High school football fans adapt to new experience amid pandemic
HOUSTON – Friday night football is back for some high schools. Jackson attended Friday’s game between at Stafford High School against Sealey High School to support his son who is in the band. “Football’s football, so still want to be able to enjoy that right?” said spectator Torie Humphreys. Torie and her husband, Luke Humphreys, attend the game to support a friend who is a coach. Even if the crowd size is limited, they said it’s important to have fans in the stands.
Mayde Creek ready for air attack with new quarterback
The Mayde Creek Rams pounded the ball on the ground in 2019 with great results, finishing 9-3 and winning a playoff game. The new coach, returning standoutThere are plenty of new faces, including at head coach and quarterback. Randle has been dealing with lowered numbers due to COVID, along with plenty of other related uncertainties. “Coach Randle has really brought up our spirits.”Loughridge will be the focal point of the offense, but now the team has a new element at the signal-caller position. “They put us as the #20 team in Houston and we believe we’re better than that,” said Jace.
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll: VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Defensive Lineman of the Year
The Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll of the Week – VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Defensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll is now live! Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is Houston's leading provider of orthopedic services, from sports medicine to joint replacement. Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes and active adults alike. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera. Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll: VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Defensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll (Poll Closes Sun 8/23 at 7pm)
VYPE DFW 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll
This week it's the Offensive Lineman! The VYPE DFW 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll is now live! All athlete polls and their content are only associated and created by VYPE Media and its staff. Please contact VYPE Media directly if you have any questions, comments, or concerns around our Fan Polls. VYPE DFW 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll (Poll Closes Mon 8/17 at 7pm)
VYPE SETX 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll
This week it's the Offensive Lineman! The VYPE SETX 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll is now live! All athlete polls and their content are only associated and created by VYPE Media and its staff. Please contact VYPE Media directly if you have any questions, comments, or concerns around our Fan Polls. VYPE SETX 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll (Poll Closes Mon 8/17 at 7pm)
Freddy's Poll: VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll
It's time to start our weekly polls to let the fans decide their preseason players of the year. The Freddy's Poll of the Week – VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll is now live! All athlete polls and their content are only associated and created by VYPE Media and its staff. Please contact VYPE Media directly if you have any questions, comments, or concerns around our Fan Polls. VYPE Houston 2020 Preseason Offensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll (Poll Closes Sun 8/16 at 7pm)
Needville Blue Jays officially open football training camp
At Needville High School, It was like Christmas Day for Needville head football coach Mike Giles. Needville, like several area schools, are trying to get ready for a season in the midst of a pandemic. "We thought we weren't gonna have our senior season. For now, the Fighting Blue Jays are preparing for a full seaosn, but know they have to be flexible. “We are going to continue to work towards our goals this season,” Giles said.
VYPE Video: St. Pius X Carson Rodgers talks offseason, baseball
HOUSTON - It is not out of the ordinary for Carson Rodgers to be busy during the summer. The dual-sport athlete - who quarterbacks the St. Pius X offense on the gridiron and takes the bump for the baseball team during the spring - has always played multiple sports. "I've been playing baseball and football since I was a little kid," Rodgers said. Recently, Rodgers attended the UT-Permian Basin football camp and then the following weekend was back pitching. Check out our full interview with Rodgers, including him talking about new St. Pius X football coach Greg Cranfill.
Houston Touchdown Club to host Tom Herman of University of Texas; Matt Wells of Texas Tech University
The quarantine is still in place, but University of Texas head football coach Tom Herman is here to talk football. Tom will speak in a Touchdown Club of Houston virtual event about the upcoming college football season and about UT. WHAT: Virtual Longhorn LuncheonWHEN: noon, Thurs., July 23, 2020COST: FreeWHERE: Zoom put name and email in this link to register:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WFyyU8bmRSeayAK68a15XwQUESTIONS: Call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860, or email firstname.lastname@example.orgWEBSITE: touchdownclub.orgThere's the winds of change and the winds of Lubbock, and Texas Tech coach Matt Wells is available to discuss both with the Touchdown Club of Houston. Matt will speak in a Zoom webinar about the upcoming college football season and about Tech. WHAT: Red Raider Round-up DinnerWHEN: 7 p.m., Mon., July 27, 2020COST: FreeWHERE: Zoom link -- https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S0ZSwen5Rampp1uhaU2_VgQUESTIONS: Call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860, or email email@example.comWEBSITE: touchdownclub.org
UIL planning to start limited summer strength and conditioning on June 8, TAPPS on June 1
The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday that it will be looking to start "limited" summer strength and conditioning on June 8, according to an email from UIL Athletic Director Dr. Susan Elza with more details to be released later this week. Once those directives come down, I realize it's going to be extremely limited early on but just to get some sort of structure in their day and the coaches day and start piecing it back together, it's a great start." I think it's critical that we get some directives, a timeline and start thinking big picture of exactly what we can and can't do." "I think that's going to pay huge dividends and I know the physical stuff is going to come," Kay said. Just to be able to have a schedule and some structure in our daily lives is going to a long way."
Friday Football Frenzy kicks off August 30 at 7pm!
HOUSTON – Houston high school football is back! And so is the Friday Football Frenzy! We're kicking off the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7pm with the Friday Football Frenzy Kickoff Special. We'll have a first look at top local recruits, rivalry matches and state champions. Catch it Friday at 7pm on Local 2!