Chasing the Dream

H'Town legends pursuing different paths to get on NFL rosters

Westfield's Tyler Batson living dream in Canada. Via VYPE

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It's all about chasing that dream.

For some like Westfield's Ed Oliver, who will be selected in the first-round of the upcoming NFL Draft, it's easy.

For others, the path is non-traditional.

Over a dozen former Houston-area high school football legends are playing professional football en route to getting on a NFL 53-man roster.

The Canadian Football League and the Alliance of American Football are giving more opportunities to NFL hopefuls, including former H'Town stars.

"I've been out of football for a year since college," Tyler Batson, formerly of Westfield and UTEP said. "Out of college, I didn't get an NFL free agent workout or invited to a camp. I just never gave up on the dream.

"I took that year off to get healthy physically and signed with an agent who really worked for me. I got a CFL tryout in Dallas and killed it. I signed with the Edmonton Oilers and will leave for training camp in April.

"Honestly, I didn't know much about the CFL or the tradition of the Oilers, but I've done a ton a research now. I just kept putting in work, knowing that my opportunity would come. I've accomplished the goal of becoming a professional football player and now my goal is to play in the NFL."

Batson will be picking up the new CFL rules and the playbook before moving in April, but he has the intangibles.

"I combine a great football IQ, size, speed and physicality," he said. "I specialize in explosive plays and I feel like any team can use those capabilities."

A pair of FCS Walter Payton Offensive Players of the Year from Houston are also on CFL rosters in Bo Levi Mitchell (Katy) and Jeremiah Briscoe (Stratford). One of the city's all-time leading rushers Trey Williams (Dekaney) has recently been picked up by the Alliance of American Football.


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Framber Valdez was dominant on Thursday. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Astros came into this game against the Rangers looking to take the finale of the 3-game series, and they did exactly that.

Framber Valdez had another classic performance, pitching seven innings while allowing zero runs and four hits. Valdez also recorded 8Ks and 1BB.

On offense, it was a big day for Yuli Gurriel who bounced back with 3 hits after going 0-5 the previous night. Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado both went yard, hitting 2 and 3-run bombs respectively.

Maldonado's came in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Bregman's put the Astros on top 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th.

The Astros added two more runs in the 7th after Bregman singled to drive in a run, and a sac fly from Aledmys Diaz.

Heading into the 8th inning, Seth Martinez took over for Valdez protecting a 7-0 lead. That lead wouldn't last long after Martinez allowed a couple of base runners and gave up 2 runs off a pair of singles from Nathaniel Lowe and Leody Taveras.

The Astros headed to the bottom of the 8th up 7-2.

After a scoreless bottom of the 8th, Rafael Montero came in to close the game out in the 9th.

Montero gave up a solo homer to Marcus Semien with 2 outs in the 9th before shutting the door.

Final: Astros 7, Rangers 3

Next up: Oakland comes to Minute Maid to play the Astros Friday night at 7:10PM.



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