Five (5) Finalists – Will be announced in November but wanted to share with you now so we could pull pictures and help brainstorm how to lay these out on the page once they are announced:
Fort Bend Marshall – Drew Conley was shot and killed by his own uncle just days before Marshall advanced to the playoffs semifinal round against Corpus Christi Calallen. The team went on to compete for the state title before losing to perennial powerhouse Aledo. Fort Bend Marshall is picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine to win their district, picked #2 in the 5A-Division II and possesses our preseason offensive (RB - Devon Achane) and defensive (DE – Warren Robinson) MVPs.
San Antonio Reagan – “I have a son that has been through 2 brain surgeries and plays for us. He will be a Sr. on the 2019 squad. He will have a very limited role, but understands his place in the puzzle. He's an inspiration to me as a coach to see how resilient he is and what he has to overcome with his five medications and implants for his condition. He's not the best player, but I know he is better off being in football, than without it. Drew Hamilton is his name. You will not read about him in any magazine this summer for his abilities on the field but I promise, he has learned what it means to finish from what these coaches instill in his character every day.” – Coach Lyndon Hamilton,
San Antonio Reagan is picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine to win their district and also possesses our preseason Offensive MVP – QB Travis Sthele.
San Antonio O'Conner Panthers - Most Driven Narrative: Logan Parr is a big-time recruit. He’s verbally committed to the University of Texas to play offensive tackle. He’s big and he’s bad. And that’s a cool story for sure. But Logan is much more than a collection of stars from a recruiting service. You see, Logan Parr is a superhero. Yes, Captain Osteon, his alter ego, has been visiting children’s hospitals for as long as anyone can remember around the community. And the smiles he creates is worth a season of pancake blocks. Head coach David Malesky will look for some superhero magic from Parr and his teammates to repeat a 10-1 season (that only blemish was an upset loss to San Antonio Reagan in the first round of the playoffs).
Longview Lobos - Most Driven Narrative: When a head coach hands the starting quarterback’s job to his son, that son had better deliver or a town like Longview might just turn on both of them. Fortunately for John King, his boy Haynes delivered in historic fashion by leading the Lobos to their first state title since 1938. Yes, you read that right. 1938. Haynes is one of the hottest young guns in the nation (Elite 11, 5 stars, tons of DMs from Jimbo Fisher) and his dad is considered by many the finest high school football coach in Texas. Together they’ll aim to repeat and bring their rabid fan base with them back to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Aledo Bearcats – Most Driven Narrative: From the moment you exit 1187 off Interstate 20 and head south into Aledo you’re surrounded by enough orange and black to make you feel like this is Halloween USA. In reality, it’s Titletown, Texas. The Aledo Bearcats have claimed a state-tying eight state titles starting as a tiny upstart in 1998 with a 3A crown and marching into 4A (three titles) and finally dominating 5A (two more titles, including last year’s UIL trophy). Aledo and winning have become commonplace mostly thanks to their legendary head coach Tim Buchanan who returns to the sidelines this season after a short stint as athletic director. Buchanan compiled an amazing 227-53-3 record and five of those title. He built the place, the reputation for excellence and now is driven to do it again.