This Week in TXHSFB (Apr. 12): Two big moves for Lewisville ISD, updated spring game schedules and more


There are new head coaches at both Flower Mound Marcus and Lewisville. (Photos courtesy LISD)

As usual, let’s get some business out of the way right off the top.

Starting at the end of April, spring football will ramp up for 6A and 5A programs who elect to participate in after school practices. Then we’ll have the 2017 THSCA Convention, which will be in Houston (details below) and then on Monday August 7, fall practice will begin for 4A schools and below and 6A/5A programs that did not participate in spring football. We have a list of spring football games for schools statewide if you’d like to get an early look at teams for 2017!

April 29, we’ll have our first 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournament, which will culminate in the 2017 7-on-7 State Tournament June 29 – July 1 in College Station. Don’t forget if your school is interested in participating in a State Qualifier go to for all your SQT needs!

You may notice the April 29 date for the first 7-on-7 SQT, that’s a change from the original start of May 13. This change took place this week as the Frisco Division I SQT was moved to April 29 from May 20. That’s because the SQT will now be held at The Star in Frisco, which is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Organizers of the tournament reached out to the Cowboys about hosting and they were very interested in the event. The Cowboys suggested the date of the tournament be moved to April 29 to coincide with festivities going on at the facility for the 2017 NFL Draft. So look for 24 DFW teams to try and nab one of three spots in the 2017 7-on-7 State Tournament on April 29!

The TEA updated its website with spring enrollment figures from around the state. Although these aren’t the same numbers the UIL uses to calculate realignment snapshot numbers (which will be in October), this can certainly give you an early look at enrollment trends, most notably for potential bubble schools.

Katy ISD announced last week that their newest high school, Paetow High (HS number 8) will play at the Class 5A level in the 2018 realignment. This is good news as the last time a new school opened up, Katy ISD elected to play Tompkins High up to Class 6A despite a 5A enrollment. Tompkins has struggled since their opening consequently. This change may be due to the fact that Katy ISD has additional scheduling flexibility in football with the opening of Legacy Stadium this year. KISD didn’t have that sort of flexibility four years ago. The decision should help Paetow be much more competitive early on in their existence.

The DFW area had some coaching movement this week as – on Monday evening – Denton HC Kevin Atkinson was approved to be the next HC at Flower Mound Marcus. Atkinson returns to Marcus, where he got his start in coaching back in the 1990’s. Atkinson spent five years at Denton High, compiling a 33-22 record. During the last three years at DHS, his teams were 26-9, including area round playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015. The opening of Braswell High across town a year ago is expected to begin to impact the depth and talent pool at Denton, so that may affect the number and quality of applicants for this job.

Lewisville High also made their decision on Monday night, bringing back native son Michael Odle to be the Farmers’ next coach. Odle, who has been the OC at Hebron, is an LHS graduate and was the QB of the Farmers’ 1996 state title team. Don’t expect Odle to bring the wishbone back to Lewisville High, but he may bring some alums back to join his staff.

In a surprise move late Friday, Whitewright HC Joe Williams announced he was resigning his post in order to spend more time with his family. Williams had turned WHS around, helping the Tigers to an 8-5 record in 2016 and a trip to the regional semifinals in Class 3A Division II. All indications are Whitewright will move quickly to replace Williams, likely staying in house. Staying in far North Texas, defending Class 3A Division II State Champion Gunter will be looking for a new OC as Charlie Roten was named HFC/AD at Rogers down in Central Texas.

Baytown Lee HC David Wilkinson announced his resignation over the weekend, the Ganders program has struggled mightily, winning just one game in the past three seasons.

Alice has started up interviews for their vacant HFC/AD opening, and a couple of candidates from South Texas are in the mix along with a possible West Texas tie-in, as well. This one will be interesting to watch as Alice really needs to find some stability after two years of upheaval across the board. San Antonio Harlandale also conducted interviews for their HFC vacancy late last week.

Bullard is nearing the end of their interview process, second rounds of interviews were conducted early this week, and a hire is expected in the next week. Finally, New Boston didn’t have to look far for their next head coach as Atlanta OC Craig Fant was hired Monday evening as the Lions’ next HFC/AD.

It’s officially clinic season in the state of Texas and if you have coaching clinic information that we are missing below by all means send it our way! You can e-mail it to me at or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817.

A pair of offensive line coaches in the DFW area are co-hosting a roundtable/clinic for O-Line and D-Line coaches this Saturday at McKinney Boyd High School starting at 9 a.m. This is the second year Brian Murphy and Mike McBride have taken this on as a labor of love. “This is a great time for sharing in a productive atmosphere that has no other angle other than servicing our profession. Last year we hosted about 60 coaches and we expect between 60-100 this time around.” The clinic will be in the Boyd Football Complex near the Junior Varsity fields at the back of the campus.

June 13-15: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo

July 23-26: 2017 THSCA Coaches Convention & Coaching School, Houston

Convention & Coaching School | Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA)

Here are the dates for Spring Football Games from across the state, we’ll be adding to the list as info is received, if you don’t see your school’s spring game listed please send it to us! You can e-mail it to me at or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817

Allen: May 18, 6pm at Eagle Stadium

Arlington: May 25, 6pm at Arlington HS

Arlington Bowie: May 25, 6:30pm at Bowie HS

Arlington Lamar: May 25, 7pm at Cravens Field

Arlington Martin: May 25, 7pm at Martin HS

Austin Anderson: May 20, 9am at House Park

Austin Vandegrift: May 25, 7:30pm at Monroe Stadium

Austin Westlake: May 18, 5:30pm at Chaparral Stadium

Bastrop: May 20, 7pm at Memorial Stadium

Burleson Centennial: May 25, 6pm at Centennial HS

Cedar Hill: May 19, 7pm at Longhorn Stadium

Cedar Park: May 26, 6pm at Cedar Park HS

Cedar Park Vista Ridge: May 26, 7pm at Vista Ridge HS

Cibolo Steele: May 25, 6pm at Steele HS

Dallas Jesuit: May 19, 6pm at Haggar Stadium

Dallas Skyline: May 26, 6pm at Forrester Stadium

Denton Braswell: May 18 7:15pm at Braswell HS

DeSoto: May 24, 6pm at Eagle Stadium

Duncanville: May 25, 6pm at Panther Stadium

El Paso Americas: May 26, 7pm at Americas HS

El Paso Del Valle: May 26, 6pm at Conquest Stadium

El Paso Parkland: May 27, 10am at Sun Bowl

Ennis: May 23, 5:00pm at Lion Memorial Stadium

Fort Bend Travis: May 16, 6pm at Travis HS

Fort Worth Paschal: May 26, 7pm at Paschal HS

Fort Worth South Hills: May 18, 6pm at South Hills HS

Flower Mound: May 18, 6pm at Wilson Stadium

Frisco Lone Star: May 25, 6pm at Lone Star HS

Granbury: May 19, 6pm at Pirate Stadium

Haltom: May 18, 6pm at Birdville Stadium

Haslet Eaton: May 20, 6pm at Eaton HS

Houston Westbury: May 12, 4:40pm at Westbury HS

Hurst Bell: May 19, 6pm at Pennington Field

Georgetown: May 19, 6pm at GISD Athletic Complex

Jacksonville: May 22, 5:30pm at Tomato Bowl

Joshua: May 19, 7pm at Owl Stadium

Justin Northwest: May 18, 6pm at Northwest ISD Stadium

Katy: May 16, 6pm at Katy HS

Katy Cinco Ranch: May 22, 6:30pm at Cinco Ranch HS

Keller: May 23, 6pm at Keller ISD Stadium

Keller Central: May 18, 7pm at Central HS

Keller Fossil Ridge: May 18, 7pm at Fossil Ridge HS

Keller Timber Creek: May 18, 7pm at Timber Creek HS

Klein Oak: May 19, 7pm at Klein Oak HS

Lake Dallas: May 16, 6:30pm at Lake Dallas HS

Lake Travis: May 19, 6pm at Cavalier Stadium

Lancaster: May 24, 6:30pm at Humphrey Stadium

Laredo United: May 16, 6pm at Krueger Field

Lewisville Hebron: May 24, 7pm at Hawk Stadium

Longview: May 16, 6pm at Lobo Stadium

Lufkin: May 15, 6pm at Martin Stadium

Manor: May 19, 7pm at Mustang Stadium

Mansfield: May 24, 6pm at Mansfield HS

Mansfield Lake Ridge: May 22, 6pm at Lake Ridge HS

Mansfield Legacy: May 25, 6pm at Legacy HS

Mansfield Timberview: May 24, 6pm at Timberview HS

Marble Falls: May 22, 6pm at Mustang Stadium

Mesquite Horn: May 23, 7pm at Hanby Stadium

Mission Veterans Memorial: May 23, 6pm at Veterans Memorial HS

Nacogdoches: May 18, 6:30pm at Dragon Stadium

Odessa Permian: May 18, 6pm at Ratliff Stadium

Pflugerville Connally: May 19, 6pm at Connally HS

Plano East: May 19, 6pm at Kimbrough Stadium

Rockwall: May 23, 6pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

Round Rock: May 11, 6pm at Dragon Stadium

Round Rock Westwood: May 16, 6pm at Westwood HS

Sachse: May 23, 5:30pm at Williams Stadium

Saginaw: May 12, 7pm at Roughrider Stadium

Saginaw Boswell: May 25, 6pm at Pioneer Stadium

Saginaw Chisholm Trail: May 24, 6pm at Ranger Stadium

San Angelo Central: May 19, 6:30pm at San Angelo Stadium

Southlake Carroll: May 18, 7pm at Dragon Stadium

Trophy Club Nelson: May 18, 5:30pm at Byron Nelson HS

Tyler John Tyler: May 25, 6pm at John Tyler HS

Tyler Lee: May 25, 6pm at Lee HS

Wichita Falls Rider: May 18, 6pm at Memorial Stadium

Wolfforth Frenship: May 18, 6:30pm at Peoples Bank Stadium


Matt Stepp is the Texas High School Football Inside for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Find him on Twitter: @Matt_Stepp817.

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