| August 1, 2012

Cy-Fair High’s John Jacobs, Temi Alaka, Dwight White, and (kneeling) Jeromy Irwin.

The 2012-2013 school year promises plenty of excitement

Hang on to your hats (and helmets)… CFISD boasts strong teams and is rarin’ to go!

Many are still buzzing about the district’s incredible football season last year, starting with Cy-Fair High. The Bobcats turned it around to produce the school’s first perfect District 17-5A season under coach Ed Pustejovsky, who now is tackling his ninth year at CFISD. A notable roster of seniors posted an overall record of 12-1, which propelled them into the post season and regional semifinals.


Cy-Fair High Players

Dave Campbell’s 2012 Texas Football Magazine has picked Cy-Fair High to advance again in the upcoming season. The team was in action at the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships last month at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Bobcats said goodbye to a slew of grads, but their loss was the Air Force’s gain as John Jacob signed on. Dwight White headed to Northwestern and Kaleb Moore to Baylor. Sean Irwin (ranked as the 44th best tight end in the nation by scout.com) and Jeromy Irwin (ranked the 90th best tackle in the nation by scout.com) are two of a set of triplets and signed with the University of Colorado.

Logan Taylor, Ryan Bradshaw and Nathan Diamond are among the Bobcats to watch, along with sophomore Ross Donnelly.


Team Retrospectives

With 10 robust high schools and campus athletic coordinators, and with the caveat of transfers, a flurry of possible last-minute changes, vacationing players and administrators on summer schedule, we’ve done our best to highlight last year’s football graduates and pinpoint names to watch in 2012-13. We followed season scores as compiled by maxpreps.com and Dave Campbell. Here goes:

Cy Falls High fought hard to earn an astounding overall season record of 10-2 before losing to Lamar in the playoffs. The Eagles are another Dave Campbell pick to advance this fall. Led by coach Kirk Eaton (this is his second season), the team lost notable graduates including Gratian Gladney, who went to the Lamar Cardinals, Troy Mitchell to Western Carolina, Tre’ Clark to Harding, Cameron Hussey to Trinity Valley Community College, Kevon Hunter to West Texas A&M, Ronald Cole to Mary Hardin Baylor, Dave Blacklock to Tyler Junior College and Isiah White to Cisco College.

Seniors to watch include Jacorey Warrick (a Longhorns pledge with multiple offers), Bryce Peters, Temi Alaka, Tommy Bladley and Jacobi Hunter. Talented underclassmen Otaro Alaka, Denzeil Winters and Nate Dalton are also on the radar.

Cy Falls opened in 1992 and boasts alums Biren Early (UFL) of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, Chris Francies (AFL) of the Utah Blaze and Ricky Price of the Kansas City Chiefs.


Cy Woods High opened in 2006 and earned an enviable overall season record of 9-3 under coach David Jones last year.  Like Cy-Fair High, the Wildcats were
in action at the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships last month at Texas A&M and are favored by Dave Campbell to advance. There’s a new coach on board, and first season Trent Faith is inheriting a strong team that has both momentum and heart, despite the loss
of graduates Gary Tesch, Cody Small (Kansas State), Daylan Skidmore (Harding University) and James Schmitzer (Southwest Baptist College).

Seniors to watch include Nate German (Rice wants him), Deoundrei Davis, (Texas wants him), Alred Pullom, Jordan Cipriani, Trent Holmes and Chase Ragusa. Top junior Samuel Stewart is also notable. The team is another Dave Campbell pick to advance this season.


Langham Creek High is also favored by Dave Campbell to advance. The Lobos won a playoff berth last year with an overall 6-5 record under fourth season coach Todd Thompson.

Harvey Harrod headed to University of Arkansas-Monticello, leaving Connor Feist, Kenneth Thompson, Caleb Hobbs, Jalen Morris, Jeremy Land, and Juiba Eke to lead the seniors. Juniors include D. J. Collins and Dominique Harris.

The school was established in 1984 with notable alums Jamar Williams of the Chicago Bears; Bert Emanuel of the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions; Jonathan Combs of the Washington Redskins and Reggie Holts of the Detroit Lions.


Cy Ranch High earned an overall season record of 6-4. The campus opened in 2008 and the Mustangs are led by third season coach Gene Johnson.

The team lost Ryne Ferguson (McNeese State), Kyle Rammage (Cisco College), Tyler Henning (Coast Guard), Dakota Randsdell, DeAndre Liggins, Dalton Lemoine, Kenneth Taylor and Cody Jones.

Despite the loss of departed grads, this season’s team has spirit, momentum and some highly recognizable players. Seniors to watch include household name Keith Ford (committed to Oklahoma and one of the top running backs in the state) and Hunter Kliafas, who Dave Campbell notes is a key asset. Among the top juniors are Corbin Martin and Jimmy Russell.


Cy Creek High had an overall season of 3-7 under coach Greg McCaig, who heads into his 12th season in the district. The Cougars were in action last month at the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships at Texas A&M.

The team lost Darrus Harper, Jarred Gipson to the Nevada Wolf Pack, Kyle Bockeloh to the Connecticut Huskies, Julian Perez to Incarnate Word and Devan Demas to Boise State. Jonathan Monroe was awarded the 2011 Football Scholar Athlete of the Year Scholarship.

Despite departing graduates, a robust team has geared up for the 2012-13
season. Among the seniors to watch are Jordan Prentice, Nick Russell, George Head, Philip Thomas, Rodrigo Cravey, Sam Adams and Cole Barbe. Notable juniors include Elijah Rodriguez and Brandon Brown. Sophomore Brett Baumgartner is also on the radar.

The campus opened in 1977 and has an impressive list of alums, including B. J. Symons of the Houston Texans
and Chicago Bears, Dan Neil of the Denver Broncos, Josh Williams of the Indianapolis Colts, and Sam Adams of the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos.


Cy Ridge High opened in 2002 and the Rams had an overall season of 5- 5 under coach Gary Thiebaud, who is entering his ninth year in CFISD.

The team lost grads Jarvis Washington, Avery Strong, Loyal Lewis, Mike Mays and David Dawson. James Burch headed to Prairie View A&M and Jordan Wade to Eastern New Mexico.

Top players to watch include Rennie Childs who is receiving college scholarship offers, Keldrick Winslow, Darious Crawley, John Patt, Ronald Jackson, Willie Wright, Michael Austin, Austin Hawkins, Jacob Null, Cody Montgomery, Dominick Hopson, Russel Lyons and Anthony Hose.


Cy Springs High opened in 1997 and had a 0-10 record under coach Roland Gonzalez. The new 2012-13 year will be led by first season head coach Richard Cobia, who returns to CFISD where he had been an assistant coach for a decade.

The Panthers lost graduates Darius Crump, Joseph Myles and Devin Cash. Players to watch are seniors Terrence Jackson, Dila Rosemond, Tre’veon Jackson, Johnathan Ramirez, Sj’adon Britton and Cyrus Gray. Top junior Troy Brown and sophomore Kevin Lovings are also notable.


Cy Lakes High opened in 2008 and the Spartans had an overall season of 1-9 last year. They are led by third season coach Robert Blackshear.

Grad Jarvis Leverett headed to Kansas State, Gary Howard and Zachary Neely to Panhandle State, Shaquille Clinton to Blinn and Johnathan Bowen to Cisco College.

Among players to watch are seniors Robert Sylvester, John Almaraz and Deion Jones. Juniors include Brandon Brewton and Daniel Kossa.➝


The Jersey Village High Falcons earned a 4-6 overall record under coach David Snokhous, the most senior head coach in the district who is enjoying his 16th season at CFISD. The team was in action last month at the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships at A&M.

The team lost grad Victor Brown, as well as Taylor Guidry who headed to Blinn and Connor Negali who left for Sam Houston State.

Among the players to watch are Latravien Gee (noted by coach Snokhous as one of the best he’s ever coached), Devontre Barlow, Mitch Roddy, Dumitru Sarbei and Jamie Parker. Top juniors include Bamedele Akinniyi and Alton Brown.

Jersey Village High opened in 1972 and boasts notable alums including Adger Armstrong of the Oilers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Paul Jetton of the New Orleans Saints; Keith Powe of the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts; and Selvin Young of the Denver Broncos.


News from UIL

A proposal has been approved for the addition of a Class 6A. To become official, it must be passed by the next full council in October. If approved, 1A would be classed by itself, with all others elevating one class. Potentially, this means Cy-Fair’s 5A classification would become 6A.


Looking Forward

As the football players hit the field for practice and game nights, they do so with the encouragement of parents, booster clubs, fans and the athletic staff at CFISD. Their journey through high school football offers more than the opportunity to play college or pro football. The memories and life skills they develop along the way are life defining. These dedicated student athletes are making memories they’ll someday share with their own children. The lessons they learn and carry with them throughout their lives is the true legacy of CFISD football.

We wish all the players and their supporters a productive, exciting 2012-2013!

For more about the CFISD Athletic program, visit cfisd.org.

The Langham Creek Lobos won a playoff berth last year.

Keith Ford is a well known Cy Ranch football powerhouse.

Cy Ridge’s Austin Hawkins is a player to watch.

The Cy Creek Cougars head on to the field


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