High School Football Awards

2018 All-VYPE Football Teams, MVP, Offensive & Defensive Players of the Year

Northshore was heavily present in the 2018 Awards Via Vype

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Coach of the Year - Jon Kay, North Shore

Honorable Mention Coach of the Year

Brad Butler, Shadow Creek James Williams, Fort Bend Marshall Todd McVey, Katy Tompkins David Snokhaus, Jersey Village Brady Pennington, New Caney Matt Meekins, Westfield

MVP - Dematrius Davis, North Shore

Offensive Player of the Year - Kenyon Green, Atascocita

Defensive Player of the Year - Tony Bradford, North Shore

Newcomer of the Year - Jamarian George, Shadow Creek

1st Team All-VYPE


JD Head, Pearland; John Matocha, Magnolia West


Malik Hornsby, Fort Bend Marshall; Raymond Richardson, Jersey Village


Zach Evans, North Shore; Deondrick Glass, Katy


Shadrach Banks, North Shore; Jordan Patrick, Katy; Parker Washington, FB Travis


Jalen Wydermyer, Dickinson


Devon Achane, Fort Bend Marshall; Tyson Thompson, Klein


Cole Birmingham, Katy; Damieon George, North Shore; Isaiah Hookfin, Dulles; Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge; James Taylor, North Shore


Fabrizio Pinton, The Woodlands


Alec Bryant, Shadow Creek; Braedon Mowry, Katy Taylor; Jordan Revels, North Shore; Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek; T'Vondre Sweat, Huntsville


David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch; Tyrique Matthews, Eisenhower; Warren Shankle, Shadow Creek; Josh White, Cy Creek


Keeyon Stewart, North Shore; Erick Young, Fort Bend Bush; Austin Winfield, The Woodlands; Xavion Alford, Shadow Creek


Max Gonzalez, Oak Ridge; Ty Warwick, New Caney

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Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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