Foster Falcon's Flight

Path to State: Foster Falcons Softball

Foster defeated district rival Angleton Wildcats to advance

The Foster Falcons are headed to the State Tournament after years of being on the cusp of success. The state bid couldn't have come in a sweeter fashion defeating district rival and state ranked Angleton Wildcats, a team they split their season series with. The path to the state tournament is arduous and every team has a unique path here's a look at the Foster Falcons a perennial power finally breaking through with a shot at gold.


Following a 38-4 season last year that ended in the regional final loss versus Dripping Springs the Foster Falcons got off to another hot start. The first ten games of the season saw the Falcons toss four shutouts with a 7-3 record losing to the #1 team in 6A Softball Katy Tigers. Claiming 17 wins before the start of 27-5A softball district play was a precursor to another big year for the Falcons lead by returning starter Kacie Pryor a dynamic hitter and strikeout pitcher.

Combined with the powerful, consistent hitting of Bria Tovar, Cici Matta and Lia Castillo the Foster Falcons racked up runs 94 in the first 20 games of the season. Everything was coming up Foster after tournament and pre-district season riding a four game win streak into district play.

District Play

The Foster Falcons although challenged throughout the years by some stout Angleton, and Victoria teams has really been the pre-dominant power in 27-5A. It took a full two weeks into district play for the Falcons to actually surrender a run, that singular run came in the only loss of district for Foster to fellow state ranked program Angleton.

Following that loss the Foster defense would only surrender three more runs one from Calhoun, and the other two in a victory over Angleton. The final five games of district play featured a great showing from Foster as Kylie Neel Amanda Allen, and Kaitlyn Reinecke saw an up tick from their usual hitting combining for 11 RBI's in the final five games of district. That production carried over to the post season as Foster claimed the number one seed out of District 27-5A.

Post Season

Domination is an understatement of a term to describe what Foster has done in the playoffs. The Falcons didn't surrender a run until the fourth round of playoffs vs Carroll. Their Top 10 state ranking is well earned with an offense that scored 65 runs in ten playoff games. Cici Matta has been on another level leading the team in RBI's and extra base hits even racking up a five RBI game vs Carroll in a 14 run win. The Falcons pitching depth has been on display as well with senior Kacie Pryor and freshmen Amanda Allen who have combined for 70 strikeouts in the playoffs.

Up Next: State Semi-Final

#3 Foster Falcons


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When: Friday June 1st at 9AM

Where: University of Mary Hardin Baylor McCombs Field


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Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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