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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Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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