This Week in TXHSFB (May 17): 7-on-7 swings into high gear, but the coaching carousel keeps spinning
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Welcome back to “This Week in TXHSFB.” After a week off, I am excited because for us at DCTF – football season is here!! We are in the final stages of putting together our 2017 summer edition, spring football is rocking and rolling statewide, and 7-on-7 State Qualifying has started up!
We start on the 7-on-7 front, where there were two qualifiers were held in Lorena and West Columbia. At the Lorena SQT, China Spring and West punched tickets to the 2017 7-on-7 Division II State Tournament, while down at West Columbia, Needville and Sweeny advanced. Qualifying really heats up this week as the first two Division I qualifiers will be held at Frisco and Lake Travis, while in Division II there will be tournaments at Rice Consolidated, Fredericksburg, Gatesville, Lexington, Midlothian, Longview and West Hardin. DCTF will be out at the Lake Travis SQT this week and full coverage including pools and picks can be found at: http://www.texasfootball.com/scoop
After plenty of drama the past two weeks with the DeSoto ISD board and the status of HC Todd Peterman, last Monday night the drama ended at least for one year as the board voted to approve Coach Peterman’s contract for 2017. The big question is what will happen long term as the relationship between the board and Peterman is frosty at best.
The last 6A opening in the state was filled last week as El Paso Parkland HC Josh Kirkland was named the new HFC at Kyle Lehman. Kirkland led the Matadors to the area playoffs in his one season in Northeast El Paso, and all indications are Parkland will stay in house to replace Kirkland.
Baytown Lee tabbed Wharton HC Tim Finn as their next HFC. Finn had a successful five-year run in Wharton, including leading the Tigers to the third round of the playoffs in 2016. Moving further south, former Taft HC Pete Guajardo was named the new HFC at Corpus Christi West Oso. He will try to get a Bears program going that has struggled the past few seasons. Kingsville Academy opened up as Arturo Lozano – after two successful years – departs to take over at Class 2A Three Rivers. In deep East Texas, Kirbyville named Electra HC Todd Doughty as their next HFC/AD. Doughty is fresh off a successful three-year stint in Electra, including a 10-2 mark in 2016. West Sabine promoted OC Jerrad Wallace to HC last week, as well.
Boling, which saw their HC Stephen Door depart in April to take an assistant job at Richmond George Ranch, kept the hire in-house (as expected), promoting OC Kevin Urbanek to the position of HFC/AD. Urbanek inherits a squad with high expectations after the Bulldogs made a surprise run to the 3A Division II title game in 2016.
The last big job in the DFW area closed last week as Denton High named Denton Ryan WR coach Billy Miller as their next HFC. Miller replaces Kevin Atkinson, who helped turn the DHS program around after several down years after the opening of Guyer HS. Atkinson left to take over at Flower Mound Marcus.
— Denton ISD (@dentonisd) May 10, 2017
Grandview, in a surprise move, named former Wolfforth Frenship HC Brad Davis as their next HFC/AD. Most thought Grandview would either stay in house or bring someone in with recent ties to the program, but the administration went with the proven experience of Davis, who was a mainstay at Frenship. Davis takes over a team with high hopes heading in the 2017 season, as many expect the Zebras to be a state-ranked team.
In a bit of a surprise move, Lindale HC Mike Meador resigned after eleven seasons at the helm. Meador, whose son graduates this year, gave no prior indications he planned on leaving LHS. The timing of the late announcement leads me to believe this will result in a promotion from inside.
There was movement in West Texas as San Angelo Grape Creek named White Oak OC Justin Mueller as their next HFC to replace Kyle Atwood. In far West Texas, Van Horn – as expected – promoted OC Brock Tyrell to the HFC/AD position. Tyrell replaces Brian Gibson, who is now HC at district rival Wink. On Monday night, Sonora promoted DC Jeff Cordell to HFC. Cordell had most of his head coaching success at Gainesville, leading the Leopards to a state title in 2003 and back to the title game in 2005, where they fell to Wimberley. Cordell has also been a head coach at Greenville and Andrews. Finally, Brackettville opened up as Tyrell McCrea resigned after two seasons at the helm. McCrea returns to Del Rio where he will serve as the OC under his brother Frenchy McCrea.
Santa Rosa named boys basketball coach Juan Cipriano to the position of athletic director a few weeks back and Monday night promoted OC Hector Ayala to HFC after the retirement of Gus Cavazos earlier this spring.
It’s been a busy off-season in Yoakum as Josh Moore, who transferred from Yoakum to IMG Academy in Florida, rejoins his team after just a semester. Moore, who is one of the state’s most highly recruited players, joins his brother Jordan Moore – a Texas A&M commit – with the Bulldogs, who should be a contender for a state title in 2017. Yoakum, as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, also got an added boost with the addition of San Benito DB Isaac Pope, who moved in from the highly touted 6A program in the Valley.
Tyler ISD recently announced – as part of a voter approved bond package – renovations for TMF Rose Stadium. The renovation package includes improved ADA compliance and seating, along with a pressbox renovation, enlargement of the field house and a turf and track replacement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817.
June 13-15: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo http://www.angelofootballclinic.com/index.html
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 email@example.com 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
Barbers Hill: May 17, 7pm at Eagle Stadium
Bastrop: May 20, 7pm at Memorial Stadium
Burleson: May 25, 6pm at Burleson 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
Crowley: May 26, 5pm at Eagle Stadium
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 Eastwood: June 2, 7pm at Trooper Stadium
El Paso Parkland: May 27, 10am at Sun Bowl
El Paso Pebble Hills: May 24, 7pm at Pebble Hills HS
Ennis: May 23, 5:00pm at Lion Memorial Stadium
Fort Worth Paschal: May 26, 7pm at Paschal HS
Fort Worth South Hills: May 24, 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
Gregory-Portland: May 22, 6pm at Akins Wildcat Stadium
Haltom: May 18, 6pm at Birdville Stadium
Haslet Eaton: May 20, 6pm at Eaton 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 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
Killeen Shoemaker: May 19, 6pm at Shoemaker HS
Klein Oak: May 19, 7pm at Klein Oak HS
Lake Travis: May 19, 6pm at Cavalier Stadium
Lancaster: May 24, 6:30pm at Humphrey Stadium
La Porte: May 19, 6pm at Bulldog Stadium
Lewisville Hebron: May 24, 7pm at Hawk Stadium
Manor: May 19, 7pm at Mustang Stadium
Mansfield: May 24, 6pm at Mansfield HS
Mansfield Lake Ridge: May 19, 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
McKinney North: May 17, 6pm at McKinney North HS
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
Richardson: May 18, 6pm at Eagle-Mustang Stadium
Rockwall: May 23, 6pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium
Sachse: May 23, 5:30pm at Williams 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
Sulphur Springs: May 19, 6pm at Prim 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.