Transfers in Texas High School Football becoming a trend and a concern

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As frequent as athletes announce commitments to colleges on social media, also has become the trend of announcing transferring to a new high school.

In Houston and across the state, it is no longer a random occurrence but becoming more of a popular trend.

Houston ISD programs have been particularly hit hard this summer, losing three top athletes - Demond Demas (North Forest), Bobby Taylor (Houston Heights) and Darryl Brown Jr. (Yates) - to a transfer out of the district prior to the start of the 2019 football season. All three were either national recruits or already committed.

Brown Jr., who played basketball and football at Yates, is the most recent move, leaving the program and enrolling at Fort Bend Marshall High School to start the school year in the past week.

"It's getting out of control," Jack Yates football coach Michael Hickey said.

The movement this summer started with national recruit Demond Demas, who started his career at North Forest.

Demas is verbally committed to Texas A&M and is ranked the No. 14 overall national recruit and No. 2 overall Texas recruit for the 2020 class by 24/7 Sports.

Demas is currently at Tomball High School but is awaiting his State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League Hearing to determine his eligibility for his senior year.

"You're not thinking about the child if your risking him losing his senior year," Hickey said. "You never know what the district's going to say, you never know what the committee is going to say. You don't know what the overall outcome is going to be. So, a kid may lose his senior year of football. I'd hate to see a kid lose his senior year to play for me."


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After blowing a four-run lead and wasting the chance to win the series on Tuesday, the Astros tried to remedy things with a win on Wednesday night behind Zack Greinke on the mound. Here is a recap of the rubber game of the three-game set between Houston and San Francisco:

Final Score: Astros 5, Giants 1.

Record: 8-10, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.53 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Caleb Baragar (2-1, 11.25 ERA).

Greinke with another strong start

San Francisco carried over their momentum from the night before into the top of the first against Zack Greinke, getting a leadoff triple that would result in a quick 1-0 lead after an RBI-single. Greinke would do well after that, though, dealing with some traffic but keeping the Giants off the board over the next five innings.

He would keep going into the seventh, but with his pitch count rising and putting two on base with a single and walk, he would have his night come to an end as Houston went to Brooks Raley, who would get the second and third outs. That finalized Greinke's line: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.

Astros bats stay hot, Houston wins the series

Greinke would leave with a lead, thanks to an RBI-single by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game 1-1 before Houston would put together a four-run sixth. Houston loaded the bases with no outs to allow Carlos Correa to score on a wild pitch to take a 2-1 lead, then Martin Maldonado followed with another big hit in 2020, a three-run home run to extend the lead to 5-1.

That left two more innings for the bullpen to cover with a four-run lead. In the top of the eighth, Raley would return and retire the Giants in order. Still a 5-1 score in the ninth, Blake Taylor would take over on the mound to try and finish off the game. He would get through the scoreless frame, wrapping up the win and the series victory for Houston.

Up Next: The Astros have a day off on Thursday before continuing this homestand with a three-game weekend series with the Mariners starting Friday at 8:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.28 ERA) going for Seattle, opposite of Framber Valdez (0-2, 2.04 ERA) for Houston.

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