Koch's Top 5

New coaches, Tomball Bowl, epic showdowns headline opening week

Klein Collins has to prepare for a road game at Alief Taylor Vype

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Welcome to a new weekly piece on VYPE Houston!

Every week I will sit down on Monday's and layout what I think are the Top 5 headlines from the previous week of Texas high school football in Houston and what are some of the biggest topics heading into the next week.

This will be a great way to get your Monday started! So here goes the first installment of 16 ... yes heading all the way up to the UIL State Football Championships at AT&T Stadium ... let's do it!

1) New Coaches All Over 

The number is way too high to count on two hands and two feet. There are new coaches all over the Greater Houston area heading into this opening week of football. Some notable ones are gone. The Woodlands Mark Schmid opted to retire from the program he built into a powerhouse.

Klein Collins' Drew Svoboda exited the program he built into a power to coach the running backs at Rice University (who ran for more than 300 yards against Prairie View A&M in a 31-28 win on Saturday). Those were the two largest exits. Replacing them was Jim Rapp, who was already on staff at The Woodlands, and Adrian Mitchell at Klein Collins. Heading into their first game weeks, Klein Collins has to prepare for a road game at Alief Taylor and The Woodlands at Cy-Fair.

These two coaches will be arguably the most watched this season considering the ultra-successful programs they took over. Also one to watch is Ricky Tullos at Pearland, which he moved over from George Ranch where he guided the Longhorns to the 2015 state championship.

 

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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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