TD Club Awards

TD Club a star studded-event

Mustapha Muhammad, Ed Pustejovsky, and Keondre Coburn win Touchdown Club of Houston awards. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

HOUSTON—The 38th annual Touchdown Club of Houston Awards dinner was held on Wednesday at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Houston.

Cy-Fair High School coach Ed Pustejovsky was named the John Kelley Coach of the Year, Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad won the Dick Peebles Offensive Player of the Year Award, and Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn won the Clark Nealon Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Pustejovsky has been nominated seven times for the Touchdown Club of Houston Coach of the Year Award. Cy-Fair is in the state semifinals for the first time since 1985 this season, and the Bobcats are seeking their first-ever state championship game berth.

“It means a lot, first of all just the type of person Coach Pustejovsky is to be nominated seven times and to see him to win it, I don’t think there was anyone more deserving this year,” Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Athletic Director Ray Zepeda said. “It’s an honor for us in Cy-Fair ISD to have coaches like Coach Pustejovsky representing our school district.”

Pustejovsky is the second only Cy-Fair ISD football coach to win this award. He joins Ronny Peacock, who won it as the coach of Cy-Fair High School in 1999.

Pustejovsky is in the midst of his 14th season at the helm of Cy-Fair football with a 114-53 record. Under his leadership Cy-Fair has won four district championships and has made the playoffs nine times.

Coburn, who is committed to the University of Texas, is only the second-ever defensive player from Westfield to win the defensive player of the year award.

Coburn joins Westfield legend and current University of Houston player Ed Oliver, who won it in 2015, to claim the accolade.

“It means a lot, especially coming from my school, joining a great player as Ed Oliver,” Coburn said. “It means a lot to my school, me, my family, coaches and all that. We’re going to keep it going at Westfield. It’s D-line nation.”

Muhammad, who is verbally committed to Michigan, became the first-ever player from Ridge Point to claim the offensive player of the year award.

“It’s great because our program is on the rise still,” Muhammad said. “Guys before my time laid the foundation and they set the standard at Ridge Point. I just kind of took it and ran away with it. Just continued to improve my game and be a great leader amongst my teammates.”

Muhammad is the first player from Fort Bend ISD to claim the award since Bralon Addison of Fort Bend Hightower won it in 2011.

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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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