Cover Photo courtesy of The Houston Chronicle.
Folks, football is BACK in the state of Texas and man does it feel good.
Friday night was a therapeutic feeling. It was a blast getting to tweet updates for schools we normally don’t get to cover a whole lot. In the inaugural edition of The Cooldown for the 2020 season, we’ll recap two of those games and I’m going to release my first, second and third-team All-Houston squads, with an honorable mention section as well.
Bellville vs Giddings
The first game of the 2020 season didn’t disappoint as Bellville took down Giddings 34-31 thanks to a late rally.
Quarterback Jake Lischka torched Giddings to the tune of 237 yards and three scores through the air, with two nice passes to Robert Briggs as you see above. Briggs had a great night and was instrumental in helping Bellville to an opening night win.
Next up is a big test against state powerhouse Cameron Yoe on the road – but as of right now, I like Bellville to win its district. Yoe and a road trip to Rockdale in week four should be an excellent test for the Brahmas ahead of district play, which kicks off on October 9 against Wharton.
El Campo vs Gonzales
This was the other game I was excited to keep an eye on in week one, and El Campo didn’t let me down.
The Ricebirds took the opening kick back for a touchdown; a play that was emblematic of the game they put together as a team. El Campo dominated from start to finish, shutting out Gonzales 35-0. Charles Shorter was the star of the night after returning that opening kick 88 yards for a score and later hauling in a 40-yard pass to set up El Campo with a short field.
The running game was very by-committee with everyone getting an equal opportunity. The Ricebirds finished with three players with more than 50 yards on the ground, led by Reuben Owens with 72 yards and two scores.
Next up for El Campo is a trip to Port Lavaca Calhoun; district play starts on October 9 against Stafford.
This is my third season working with Inside High School Sports: Houston. My first season saw Dematrius Davis and Shadrach Banks win a state championship as sophomores. Two years later, the class of 2021 are seniors and there is no shortage of talent in this class. I’ve seen these guys play for most of their high school careers, so I found it fitting to release my first-ever All-Houston teams this season.
Here are a few notes before we get started. I included only juniors and seniors, and I did not include players from Port Arthur or Beaumont, because those areas fall just outside of our coverage area. I do want to mention that those cities have some great football players.
I also want to explain how I put this together. I wanted to go with two quarterbacks and two running backs on each team because there are so many good ones around Houston. I also wanted to go with as many defensive players as offensive players, so each team has six defensive backs in addition to just four linebackers and four linemen. The reason I did it like that is because I think Houston is deeper at defensive back this season that it is on the defensive line.
With that being said, here are my first-team, second-team, third-team and honorable mention picks for the Greater Houston Area for the 2020 football season!
QB — Dematrius Davis — North Shore
QB — Jalen Milroe — Katy Tompkins
RB — L.J. Johnson — Cy-Fair
RB — Jaydon Blue — Klein Cain, Jr.
WR — Shadrach Banks — North Shore
WR — Cody Jackson — Foster
WR — Theodore Knox — The Woodlands
WR — Dylan Goffney — Bridgeland
TE — Donovan Green — Dickinson, Jr.
OL — Donovan Jackson — Episcopal
OL — Bryce Foster — Katy Taylor
OL — Reuben Fatheree — Foster
OL — Kelvin Banks — Summer Creek, Jr.
OL — Kam Dewberry — Atascocita, Jr.
DL — Derrick Harris Jr. — New Caney
DL — Malick Sylla — Katy, Jr.
DL — Albert Regis — La Porte
DL — Keith Cooper — Dickinson
LB — Terrence Cooks — Shadow Creek
LB — Dylan Hazen — College Park
LB — Harold Perkins — Cy Park, Jr.
LB — Dylan Dixson — Pearland, Jr.
CB — Hunter Washington — Katy
CB — Denver Harris — North Shore, Jr.
CB — Jalen Emery — Shadow Creek
S — Mark Wilson — Clear Lake
S — Romario Noel — Cy Ranch
S — Christian Jackson — Fort Bend Marshall
QB — Kyron Drones — Shadow Creek
QB — Jakolby Longino — Hightower
RB — Julius Loughridge — Mayde Creek
RB — Alton McCaskill — Oak Ridge
WR — Latrell Neville — Hightower
WR — Elijah Bean — Summer Creek
WR — Javon Gipson — George Ranch
WR — C.J. Guidry — Shadow Creek
TE — Landen King — Atascocita
OL — Jaeden Roberts — North Shore
OL — Matthew Wykoff — Magnolia
OL — Hayden Conner — Katy Taylor
OL — Cullen Montgomery — Episcopal
OL — P.J. Williams — Dickinson, Jr.
DL — Cameron Whitfield — Pearland Dawson
DL — Kevon Garcia — Spring Dekaney
DL — Elroyal Morris — Spring Dekaney
DL — DeMone Green — Heights, Jr.
LB — KC Ossai — Oak Ridge
LB — Kenny Seymour — Fort Bend Marshall
LB — Martrell Harris — The Woodlands
LB — Justin Medlock — Manvel
CB — Dru Polidore — Katy Tompkins
CB — Julian Humphrey — Clear Lake, Jr.
CB — Dorian Friend — Spring, Jr.
S — Jaylen Lane — Shadow Creek
S — Bryce McMorris — Bridgeland
S — Dalton Johnson — Katy
QB — Kameron Kincheon — C.E. King
QB — D.J. Ciers — Cy Ranch
RB — Darius Hale — Pearland
RB — Marquis Shoulders — Katy Tompkins
WR — John Paul Richardson — Ridge Point
WR — Randy Masters — Shadow Creek, Jr.
WR — Joseph Manjack — Tomball Memorial
WR — Matthew Golden — Klein Cain, Jr.
TE — Fernando Garza — Katy
OL — Max Merril — Strake Jesuit
OL — Canon Boone — Dickinson
OL — Lamont Vaz — Fort Bend Marshall
OL — Ethan Onianwa — Cinco Ranch
OL — Remington Strickland — FB Christian Academy
DL — Trent Ward — Klein Collins
DL — Christian Njoku — Bellaire
DL — Chase Myers — Fort Bend Austin
DL — Nikolas Campbell — Atascocita
LB — Layne O’Dell — Conroe
LB — Jayhvion Gipson — Langham Creek
LB — Ty Kana — Katy, Jr.
LB — Bralon Jones — Spring, Jr.
CB — Brian Mayes — Heights
CB — Donald Lee — Klein Collins
CB — Bobby Taylor — Katy, Jr.
S — Ben Langston — The Woodlands
S — Johnathon Baldwin — Dobie
S — Trevor Woods — Katy Taylor
All-Houston Honorable Mention
QB — Jalen Morrison — Heights, Jr.
QB — Conner Weigman — Bridgeland, Jr.
QB — Bronson McClelland — Katy
QB — Bert Emanuel Jr. — Ridge Point, Jr.
QB/RB — Aldyn Bradley — Spring
RB — Kameron Burton — Cy Ranch
RB — J.P. Martin — Cy Falls
RB — Keith Jackson — Ridge Point
RB — Kendric Rhymes — Heights
RB — Quincy Thompson — Atascocita
WR — Keith Wheeler — Atascocita
WR — Kaleb Hymes — Clear Springs
WR — Edwin Smith — Cy Ranch
WR — Bryson Jackson — Kingwood Park
TE — Ben Postma — Cy Ranch
TE — Mason Tharp — Klein
TE — Var’Keyes Gumms — Spring Dekaney
OL — Aaron Session — Morton Ranch
OL — Luke Lapeze — Summer Creek
OL — Luis Chavarria — Episcopal
DL — Tyler Onyedim — Foster
DL — Blane Channel — Cy Ranch
DL — Agumba Otuonye — Katy Paetow
DL/LB — Kason Tullos — Klein Oak
LB — Shepard Bowling — Katy
LB — Jalen Waddy — Westside
CB — Cameron Oliver — Travis
CB — D’Juan Grant — New Caney
S — Blake Smith — Pearland Dawson
S — Joshua Wyatt — C.E. King