This Week in TXHSFB; Cy Ranch Interviews Begin; Cordell Steps Down at Sonora

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Cypress Ranch starts interviews
Reports are that as many as 10 candidates were brought in this week to interview for the vacant HFC position that was opened when Gene Johnson took the Waller job shortly after spring break. There hasn’t been much discussion on candidates, but one rumored contender is a head coach from a powerhouse program in the San Antonio area.

Alvin hires Tim Teykl
After an incredibly lengthy process, Alvin ISD named University of Houston director of high school relations Tim Teykl as the next head football coach at Alvin High School last Wednesday. Teykl had spent the last two seasons on the staff at Houston and prior to that had spent 26 years at Rosenberg Terry, 25 of those seasons as the head coach compiling a 155-114-2 record. Teykl will look to turn a struggling Alvin program around that went 0-10 a year ago.

Crosby narrows the field
Crosby brought in six candidates late last week to interview for its vacant HFC/AD job and it appears that the field has been narrowed to a pair of finalists who are being brought in Tuesday for the final round of interviews. The two finalists are two coordinators, one from the Houston area and one from the Coastal Bend. My sources are indicating the coordinator from the Coastal Bend is the probable candidate to be named, likely early next week.

McGregor hires Mike Shields
Late Thursday night McGregor named Terrell head coach Mile Shields as its next HFC/AD. Shields has 17 seasons of head coaching experience posting a 123-72 mark with stops at Italy, Red Oak and Terrell. He spent the past five seasons at Terrell posting a 32-24 mark.

Cordell steps down at Sonora
In a surprise move on Wednesday night, Sonora head coach Jeff Cordell resigned his post after two seasons and a 17-7 record. Cordell, who is best known for leading Gainesville to a state title in 2003 and a state title game in 2005, has a 79-56 overall record with stints at Gainesville, Greenville, Andrews and Sonora.

Revolving door continues at Somerville
The revolving door at Somerville continues as head coach Greg Bagby resigned his post after just one season at the helm and a 1-9 record. Somerville’s revolving door at the head football coach position has to be concerning and at some point administration in the district has to decide if it wants to become a place football coaches want to work or should probably just drop football altogether. Since 2004, the longest tenured head coach was Larry Cone’s three year stint from 2007-2009. In 2019 it will be on head coach number six in six years, James Richardson in 2014, Rex Sharp for one game in 2015, Jesse House final nine games of 2015 and 2016, Darby House in 2017, Greg Bagby in 2018 and whomever they hire in 2019.

Campbell decides to drop to six-man football
Campbell ISD decided on Thursday that due to a lack of numbers and proper facilities, it will play an outlaw six-man schedule in 2019. The Indians made their debut playing 11-man football in 2018 and things were, as expected, very difficult. It will be interesting post realignment in February if Campbell’s enrollment will place them in 1A or will the small district that has been growing have a 2A enrollment that would force them to continue playing an outlaw six-man schedule (much like Fort Hancock in far West Texas).

7-on-7 SQT play begins in two weeks
The Texas 7-on-7 Qualifying Season kicks off on April 27 with a Division I State Qualifier in Frisco, for the full schedule and information on 7-on-7 in Texas go to

The Frisco SQT will take place at the Star in Frisco and due to re-sodding of the Dallas Cowboys practice field, two pools will take place at Wakeland High School. Pools for the SQT will be released on DCTF on Monday April 22.

With Spring Break in the rearview mirror it’s time to start looking ahead to Spring Football across the state!! Class 5A and Class 6A schools have the option to participate in spring practice and if they elect to do so they start fall camp a week later than 4A and below programs and 5A/6A schools that elected to not have spring ball. Schools that also choose to have spring ball also only have one preseason scrimmage instead of two. Below is a list of dates for spring football games across the state, if we are missing one send to!


May 10: White Settlement Brewer, 6:00pm at Brewer HS

May 14: Katy Cinco Ranch, 6:00pm at Cinco Ranch HS

May 14: Cy-Fair, 7:00pm at Cy-Fair HS

May 14: Round Rock Westwood, 6:00pm at Westwood HS

May 14: Saginaw Boswell, 6:00pm at Pioneer Stadium

May 14: Laredo United: 6:30pm at Krueger Field

May 15: Tyler John Tyler, 6:00pm at John Tyler HS

May 15: Odessa Permian, 6:30pm at Ratliff Stadium

May 16: Allen, 6:00pm at Eagle Stadium

May 16: South Grand Prairie, TBD at SGPHS

May 16: Keller, 7:00pm at Keller ISD Stadium

May 16: Keller Central, 7:00pm at Keller Central HS

May 16: Keller Fossil Ridge, 6:00pm at Fossil Ridge HS

May 16: Odessa, 7:00pm at Ratliff Stadium

May 16: Pearland, 7:00pm at The Rig

May 16: Granbury, 6:00pm at Pirate Stadium

May 16: Frisco Lone Star, 5:00pm at Lone Star HS

May 16: Alvin Shadow Creek, 6:30pm at Shadow Creek HS

May 16: Austin Westlake, 7:00pm at Westlake HS

May 16: Fort Bend Hightower, 6:00pm at Mercer Stadium

May 17: Alief Elsik, 6:00pm at Crump Stadium

May 17: Tyler Lee, 5:30pm at Lee HS

May 17: Burleson Centennial, 6:00pm at Centennial HS

May 17: Lubbock Cooper, 5:30pm at Pirate Stadium

May 17: Weatherford, 6:30pm at Kangaroo Stadium

May 17: Red Oak, 7:00pm at Goodloe Stadium

May 17: McKinney, 6:00pm at Poe Stadium

May 17: Leander, 7:00pm at Bible Stadium

May 17: Lake Travis, 7:30pm at Cavalier Stadium

May 17: Katy Seven Lakes, 6:30pm at Seven Lakes HS

May 17: El Paso Montwood, 6:00pm at Montwood HS

May 18: Cypress Bridgeland, TBD at Bridgeland HS

May 18: Frisco Heritage, 7:00pm at Heritage HS

May 18: Pearland Dawson, 10:00am at Dawson HS

May 18: Willis, 7:00pm at Yates Stadium

May 20: Houston King, 6:00pm at Crenshaw Memorial Stadium

May 20: Longview, 6:00pm at Lobo Stadium

May 21: Forney, 7:00pm at City Bank Stadium

May 21: Wylie, 5:30pm at Wylie ISD Stadium

May 21: Austin Reagan, 6:00pm at Nelson Field

May 21: Mesquite, 7:00pm at Hanby Stadium

May 21: Rockwall, 7:00pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

May 21: Pasadena Dobie, 3:00pm at Dobie HS

May 22: El Paso Pebble Hills, 6:00pm at Pebble Hills HS

May 22: Clear Brook, 7:00pm at Clear Brook HS

May 22: Frisco Centennial, 5:00pm at Centennial HS

May 22: McKinney Boyd, 7:00pm at Boyd HS

May 22: Cedar Hill, 6:00pm at Longhorn Stadium

May 22: Arlington Lamar, 6:00pm at Cravens Field

May 22: Sachse, 6:30pm at Sachse HS

May 22: Belton, 5:30pm at Belton HS

May 22: Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial, 5:00pm at Veterans Memorial HS

May 22: Dripping Springs, 6:00pm at Tiger Stadium

May 22: Frisco Lebanon Trail, 6:00pm at Lebanon Trail HS

May 23: Mission Veterans Memorial, 6:00pm at Veterans Memorial HS

May 23: Haslet Eaton, 6:30pm at Eaton HS

May 23: San Angelo Central, 6:00pm at San Angelo Stadium

May 23: Colleyville Heritage, 6:00pm at CHHS

May 23: Arlington, 6:00pm at Arlington HS

May 23: San Antonio O’Connor, 5:00pm at O’Connor HS

May 23: Waco Midway, 5:00pm at Panther Stadium

May 23: Justin Northwest, 6:00pm at Northwest ISD Stadium

May 23: McKinney North, 6:30pm at McKinney North HS

May 23: Frisco Memorial, 6:00pm at Memorial HS

May 23: Lancaster, 6:30pm at Humphrey Tiger Stadium

May 23: Midlothian, 6:30pm at MISD Stadium

May 23: North Forney, 6:00pm at City Bank Stadium

May 23: El Paso Eastlake, 6:00pm at Eastlake HS

May 23: Klein Cain, 7:00pm at Cain HS

May 23: Frisco, 3:00pm at Frisco HS

May 23: Arlington Martin, 7:00pm at Martin HS

May 24: Waco, 6:00pm at Waco HS

May 24: El Paso Del Valle, 5:00pm at Conquest Stadium

May 24: Cedar Park, 7:30pm at Cedar Park HS

May 24: South Oak Cliff, 6:00pm at Kincaide Stadium

May 24: El Paso Americas, 7:00pm at Americas HS

May 24: McAllen Memorial, 6:00pm at Boxer Hernandez Stadium


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

May 3-4: I-45 Clinic, The Woodlands

May 3-4: El Paso Football Clinic, El Paso

June 11-13: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo

June 13-14: Dos Amigos Clinic, Eagle Pass

July 21-23: 2017 THSCA Coaches Convention & Coaching School, Houston




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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