HEROIC MOMENT: Aldine running back Jayden Payne pulls woman, child from flood waters

HEROIC MOMENT: Aldine running back Jayden Payne pulls woman, child from flood waters
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HOUSTON - Sitting at home, due to the floodwaters around his area, Carl Semler's phone started to buzz. What was coming across his phone were photos of Aldine junior running back Jayden Payne standing next to high water outside of Aldine High School, holding a little girl in his arms. The little girl was the daughter of the woman that Payne had helped pull from the water just minutes before."Wins are great, we all want to win on the field, but when you're a winner in life, more than anything we want to raise young men to be winners in life," Semler said. "To me, today Jayden Payne had a win in life that is bigger than North Shore beating Duncanville on the last play of the game. This is a win that eclipses anything that you do on a field or a court. This is what education is all about.

"At Aldine, this is what we emphasize. If you live right and you treat others well and you do everything you can to help everybody else then the winning will take care of itself."

Around 12:30 p.m., the Aldine football players and Aldine Offensive Coordinator Louis Horton were heading to lunch when an accident on West Road. Because of the accident a BMW SUV went into the bayou that runs right next to the Aldine field house.


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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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