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All in the family: Peavy trio makes it a special time at Dekaney

Dekaney’s Micah Peavy. Photo by Diana Porter

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

It was always his dream to get the opportunity to coach his sons. David Peavy – who is in his third year at Dekaney High School – enters his second season of getting to do just that. DJ is a senior, while Micah enters his sophomore campaign.

“It’s really unbelievable,” David said. “It’s something I been wanting to do since I started coaching.”

In 2014, DJ was a freshman at Steele High School in San Antonio and was the starting point guard. Sitting in the stands watching was David.

David had stepped back from coaching for the year and was serving as the athletic director of Akins High School in Austin.

Following his freshman season, DJ approached his dad about coaching him in high school.

The duo headed east to Houston and landed at Dekaney High School. This gave them the father- son, coach-player combo they had dreamed of.

“Playing for my dad can be hard at times but at the end of the day I know he wants the best for me,” DJ said. “And both of us are trying to do the same thing – win.”

Since the 2015-2016 season, David and DJ have been together on the court. Last year Micah moved up to the high school level and joined the group.

“Being able to have my dad and brother as my biggest supporters and my biggest critics makes me even better,” DJ said. “That is the best part to me.”

Last season for Dekaney, DJ averaged 14.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. DJ only trailed University of Texas football commit Malcolm Epps in points per game and was fourth on the team in rebounds.

DJ recently committed to Mercer to continue his basketball career.

“Whenever I went on my visit to Mercer I felt it was a perfect fit,” DJ said. “Love the style of play, opportunity to play right away and a chance to win.”

With this being DJ’s senior year, David said he is happy with where he is at heading into it.

“I don’t know what it is going to be like when we start getting a little closer to the end,” David said. “Everything just feels good. I feel comfortable with his development as a player and as a young man to this point.

I’m excited for him in his senior year that he has a chance to do something special here at Dekaney.”

Despite this being his last year and already committed to play college basketball, DJ said he still sees things he needs to improve on.

“I have to improve being a better vocal leader,” DJ said. “The past two years we had people who were, and now I have to step up and be that guy for the team.”

When asked about his ultimate goal for his senior year, the answer just took three words.

“To win state,” DJ said.

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF O'BRIEN'S COACHING

Not my job: Texans no match for the Ravens

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The Texans fell to the Ravens 33-16 in a game they had a shot at winning. Most of you reading this will probably think I'm crazy for saying that. I assure you, I meant what I said. One of the reasons they didn't was because Bill O'Brien made a few questionable decisions that cost this team.

The first was the 4th & 1 decision. Deciding to go for it was bad enough. They were down 3-0 near the end of the first quarter with the ball on their own 34-yard line. This is not a situation that calls for a gamble or statement play. The play call itself was okay I guess: a play action bootleg with two short options. It was read and played perfectly by the Ravens defense. Deshaun Watson had nowhere to go with the ball and had to throw it at Darren Fells' back before getting sacked. That led to a quick Ravens touchdown and an early 10-0 deficit. I seriously think he has PTSD after that playoff loss to the Chiefs when it comes to fourth down calls. Bumbling Bill strikes again!

When they got the ball back, they scored a touchdown thanks to more play action passes and pre-snap motion. It was as if Bumbling Bill realized his offensive line was outmatched by the front seven they're opposing. Sure Watson is mobile and looks like a magician escaping sacks, but misdirection helps throw the defense off and keeps Watson from breaking into 177,000,000 pieces. Oh, and the quick reads were a good idea as well. Too bad Bumbling Bill went away from that and opted for longer developing routes. Or will he blame it on Timid Tim Kelly? Or was Waiting Watson holding onto the ball too long? I blame all three.

Also, can we stop starting drives with the predictable run, run, pass combo please? First down should be play action rollout with Watson having the ability to choose to run if it's there. More run/pass/option plays need to be called as well. Incorporate more things that we saw when Watson was on his way to winning rookie of the year before his knee was sacrificed for the Astros.

Credit where it's due: the end of the first half to get a field goal with a minute and change left was good to see. Typically, these situations tend to make Bumbling Bill come out. I liked the quick slant to Cobb with no timeouts. They were able to spike the ball and get the field goal up.

The game was still within reach at 23-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 1, they gave up a 30 yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Mark Ingram. I saw gaps on both sides of the defensive line pre-snap. Sure enough, Ingram got a lead block from the Ravens human plough of a fullback and that effectively put the nail in the coffin at 30-13. I know the tendency is to quarterback sneak or run up the middle, but don't leave gaps along the defensive line trying to stack the middle. First time defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver will take the L on this one.

Overall, I'll give O'Brien and his coaching staff a C- this game. Mistakes were made that could've cost them a legit shot at winning, but the Keke Coutee fumble return for a touchdown wasn't their fault. The play calling menu was brought to us this week by Craft Pita via the "What's Eric Eating" podcast. Tune in next week for another "Not my job!"

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