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Jacorey Howard's performance snaps Aldine's 25-game losing streak

Jacorey Howard's performance snaps Aldine's 25-game losing streak
Howard’s stat line was 5 touchdowns, 451 yards and 23 carries Vype

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A little before the kickoff head football coach Carl Semler said, “This is going to be an epic game.”

True to his word, the game was epic and then some.

The first half was as epic as any game could be as senior running back Jacorey Howard had over 300 rushing yards and four touchdowns – again this was in the first half!

His first touchdown was only 30 seconds into the game as he scored on a 62-yard hand off.

On the Mustangs second series, what seem like the same play-call from Howard’s first score, Howard scored again, but check this out – after shaking a defender, Howard fumbled the ball in the open field and picked it up in mid-stride as he went on to score a 73-yard touchdown run.

 

Read more on Aldine's win here 

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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