Koch's Top 5

New coaches, Tomball Bowl, epic showdowns headline opening week

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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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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