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The Comerica Bank Sportsmanship Luncheon, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was on Jan. 30. In the Class 6A division, first place was won by Cypress Springs, second place by Tompkins and third place by Pasadena Memorial. In the Class 5A division, first place was won by Angleton, second place by Waltrip, and third place was a tie between Thurgood Marshall and Manvel. In the Class 4A-Private School division, first place was won by the Kinkaid School and second place was The Village School. Schools brought football helmets to decorate the head table, and added an air of classiness to the program. Special guest speaker was Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole. The judging was done by TASO, Houston football chapter, the referees who call each area high school football game.
The finalists were:
Class 6A: Aldine Davis, Alief Elsik, Bellaire, Clear Brook, Cypress-Fairbanks, Cypress Park, Cypress Springs, Dickinson, Klein Collins, North Shore, Oak Ridge, Pasadena Memorial, Spring Woods, Tomball Memorial and
Class 5A: Angleton, Austin-HISD, Friendswood, Kingwood Park, Lamar Consolidated, Manvel, Marshall, New Caney, Northside-HISD, Paetow, Porter, Sharpstown, Terry, Texas City and Waltrip
Class 4A-Private Schools: Kashmere, Kinkaid, Pasadena First Baptist, Rosehill Christian, St. John's, St. Pius X, St. Thomas, Village School, Westbury Christian and Woodlands Christian
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'Fight 'em until Hell freezes over, and then fight ‘em on the ice.'
-- TCU’s Dutch Meyer
'Three things happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.'
-- Texas’ Darrell Royal
'Never been licked.'
-- Movie about Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets
'I didn't think anything of it at first. Then I thought to myself, 'My God, he's coming out here to hit me.' '
-- Rice’s Dick Maegle before Alabama’s Tommy Lewis came off the bench to tackle him in the 1954 Cotton Bowl.
'He could take his'n and beat yours'n, and then he could take yours'n and beat his'n.'
-- Former Oilers head coach Bum Phillips on Don Shula
'I've found that prayer works best when you have big players.'
-- Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
'They beat us like a tied-up goat.'
-- Texas Tech's Spike Dykes
'Always remember that Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.'
-- Shug Jordan, Auburn
'We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking .'
-- John McKay, USC
'Football is not a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.'
-- Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
'In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant.'
-- Wally Butts, Georgia
'Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, beat Texas.'
-- church sign in Arkansas before 1969 Shootout
'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.'
-- Bobby Bowden, Florida State
'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.'
-- Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee
‘Because I couldn’t go for three.’
-- Ohio State’s Woody Hayes on why he went for a two-point conversion late in a game against Michigan with the Buckeyes already up by several touchdowns.
'Gentlemen, it is better for you to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.'
-- John Heisman, Rice
If these phrases get you thinking about great football moments you have experienced, then maybe the Touchdown Club of Houston is for you.
2018 PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS WINNERS
Presented by the Hildebrand Foundation and Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the sixth annual Private High School Awards Dinner recognized the top Greater Houston private high school football players. Winners were Offensive Player of the Year: Grant Gunnell, St. Pius, and Peyton Matocha, St. Thomas (tie); Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Wells, Episcopal; Lineman of the Year: Ameer Mustafa, Kinkaid; Ironman of the Year: Colin Howard, Concordia Lutheran; and coach of the year: Terry Pirtle, Second Baptist.
Helping hand out the awards were two Texas High School Hall of Fame coaches -- Ray Seals and Mike Johnston.
2018 UIL HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDS WINNERS
The 2018 UIL High School Award Dinner winners were Defensive Player of the Year, Tony Bradford of North Shore; Offensive Player of the Year, Kenyon Green of Atascocita; and Coach of the Year, Jon Kay of North Shore. The Ron Stone Sports Media Excellence Award went to Ch. 11 sportscaster Matt Musil.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $220,000 in scholarships to more than 315 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 20 years, and has given out approximately $215,000 in weights and weight equipment to 42 Greater Houston high schools in the past 17 years.
The high schools which received weights were Booker T. Washington, Forest Brook, Reagan, Smiley and Houston Sterling in 2002; Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Wheatley and Worthing in 2003; Milby, Northbrook and Westbury in 2004; Furr, Sharpstown and Houston Austin in 2005; Willowridge, Jones, Sam Houston, Aldine and Yates in 2006; Eisenhower, Houston Lamar, Pasadena and Scarborough (again) in 2007; in 2008, Dulles, Furr (again) South Houston and Spring Woods; in 2009, Booker T. Washington (again), Hightower, Spring and Waltrip; in 2010, Alief Hastings and Jeff Davis; in 2011, Alief Elsik, Reagan (again) and Bellaire; in 2012, Humble, Houston Lee, and Madison (again); in 2013, Hightower (again), La Marque and Lutheran North; Westbury Christian in 2014; Aldine (again), Madison (again) and Scarborough (again) in 2015; Saint John XXIII, Northbrook (again) and Sam Houston (again) in 2016; Heights, Lutheran South, North Forest (again) and Kipp-Sunnyside in 2017; and C.E. King, Terry and Frassati Catholic in 2018.
The TD Club has teamed up with the Houston Texans to distribute excess shoes and clothing to needy high schools. Schools assisted so far are in HISD, Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Humble ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Anahuac, Goose Creek ISD, C.E. King, Bridge City, Cy-Fair ISD, Tomball ISD, Stafford and Spring Branch ISD.
We helped start the Senior Showcase in 2009 with the Houston Texans and with Houston ISD co-founders Phil Camp and Coby Rhoden, during which more than 800 high school kids have been offered almost $80 million in scholarships and grants from NAIA and NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools. The event takes place in the Methodist Training Facility on the Texans campus (the practice bubble).