Area head football coaches Kevin Hall, Brad Butler and Tim Teykl were the featured speakers at the Alvin Noon Lions’ Club’s regular meeting on Aug. 19 at Joe’s Banquet.
The area trio would be normally joined by other coaches in the Houston area for the annual pigkin preview luncheon, but covid concerns caused the event to be cancelled this year.
Hall’s Manvel Maverick squad advanced to the state quarterfinals last season and will be competing in the 5A Division I ranks in 10-5A for 2020.
“I’ve seen a lot of things happen over the years,” said Hall said, referring to the Covid situation. “But I’ve never seen a time like this. We have just had to be patient and willing to work with each other.
“We’re having to replace 18 starters, but we have a lot of kids coming back who had playing time last fall. I think we have a chance to be pretty good.”
Fresh off winning the 5A Division I state championship last December, Butler’s Sharks face another formidable challenge this time around with their elevation to Class 6A.
“We’ve been fortunate to have the right people at the right time at Shadow Creek,” said Butler, whose program has going an amazing 31-1 over its first two varsity seasons.. “We got our hands full (this year). We graduated a lot of really good football players that we built around. Our task is find the new faces and pieces to the puzzle.
“6A also presents challenges with depth and we’re going to need to have guys ready if someone goes down.”
Teykl praised the improved participation from the Yellowjackets’ strength and conditioning program workouts.
“We really didn’t know what to expect,” Teykl said. “Last year we started with 32 kids and this year it has grown to 218.
“You stop to think what the kiddos have been through with the number of coaches and number of offenses. There was no trust. But I think the one thing we have garnered from them now is trust.
“The one thing I’m looking forward to this season is having all my games on Friday night. At one time or another in my 30 years of coaching, it seems like there were always Thursday or Saturday games thrown in there. Nine of the schools we’re playing also weren’t built when I started coaching.”
Jackets, Sharks release updated schedules - The Alvin Yellowjackets and Shadow Creek Sharks have released their updated tentative schedules for the 2020 high school football season.
Both AISD teams will be playing in the same district (23-6A) for the first time ever with the Sharks moving up to Class 6A after winning the 5A Division I State Championship last December. Both teams also have a nine-game schedule.
The Jackets have a scrimmage with Oak Ridge on Sept. 18, before opening the regular season at home against Stratford on Sept. 25. The Spartans were Alvin’s original opening foe, before Friendswood was placed in the slot in the previous arrangement.
Alvin will then play Kempner at Sugar Land’s Mercer Stadium on Oct. 2, while starting regular season play Oct. 9 at AISD Memorial against Elsik. The Jackets’ other home games include Hastings (Oct. 23), Dawson (Nov. 6) and Alief Taylor (Nov. 20).
The road games feature matchups with Pearland (Oct. 16), Shadow Creek (Oct.30) and Strake Jesuit (13). All games will have 7 p.m. kickoff times.
The Sharks open with North Shore on Sept. 25 at Galena Park ISD Stadium, while hosting Bridgeland on Oct. 2 and starting 23-6A play against Taylor at Alief’s Crump Stadium on Oct. 9. Creek’s remaining home slate includes games with Dawson (Oct. 15), and Pearland (Nov. 13), while the road schedule also features games at Strake Jesuit (Oct. 23), Elsik (Nov. 6) and Hastings (Nov. 20).