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After injury, Pearland's Gilbert Ibeneme is ready to tear it up

Ibeneme has offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Houston Vype

The Pearland Oilers got off to a rough start last season.

Coming off Hurricane Harvey, the Oilers opened with Manvel. The Mavs crushed Pearland 45-7, but the Oilers also lost one of their stars on defense in Gilbert Ibeneme with and ACL, MCL and meniscus injury.

“The rehab has been tough, but this whole process has pushed me to be a better me,” he said. “It’s driven me to come back faster and stronger.”

Ibeneme will be cleared in June and his injury hasn’t kept college recruiters from offering the 6-foot- 3, 255-pound defensive end.

“Recruiting is going well, but I’m not eyeing just one particular school at the moment,” he said. “I plan on going out of state this summer and checking out schools who have offered me.”

He has offers from the likes of Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Houston, just to name a few.

“My most memorable moment would have to be either receiving my first offer or the day I tore my ACL,” he said. “Both sides of the spectrum.”

While Ibeneme prepares for a breakout senior season, he will be playing for his third coach in three years. Legendary coach Tony Heath retired and gave way to interim James Farmer last season. The Oilers named Ricky Tullos as the new coach a few months ago.

“The new staff is cool,” he said. “Coach Tullos and I are already off to a good start along with the other new staff members. Culture wise, not too much has changed. We still seek the same things as any other school. That’s to win a state championship.”

Having been on the shelf last season, Ibeneme had time to watch his favorite players J.J. Watt, Khalil Mack and Von Miller, who he patterns his game after.

“In five years, I’d like to see myself in the NFL like those guys,” he said.

For now, the big-man is ready to test that knee under the Friday Night Lights.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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