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21th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE LUNCHEON-- Congrats to the 25 finalists for the scholar-athlete award, who are listed below.
Taking home the top prizes are:
First -- Strake Jesuit's Barclay Briggs, $1,500 scholarship
Second -- Anton Simieou, Pearland, $1,250 scholarship
Third -- Luke Pardee, Klein Cain, $1,000 scholarship

High school football players who are seniors were nominated by their respective head coaches. They were judged on grade-point average, athletic ability and citizenship, as embodied in extra-curricular activities. Judging for the 25 finalists was by the presidents of Texas Southern, Rice, Houston Baptist and the University of Houston.
All 25 finalists will receive a $500 scholarship for college.

The TD Club is the Houston chapter of the National Football Foundation, which runs the College Football Hall of Fame.


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Finalists for 2019 High School Football Scholar-Athlete Luncheon

Benjamin Baay         Memorial

Barclay Briggs          Strake Jesuit

Jason Brooks            Dobie

Weston Cadena        Bridgeland

Troy Cavazos           Ridge Point

Tommaso Geremia   Clear Lake

Jayden Goodwin      Cypress Falls

Sevan Guidry           Eisenhower

Danny Huery            Mayde Creek

Caleb James            North Shore

Michael Martinez      B.F. Terry

Sofian Massoud       Cypress Lakes

Ryan McDonald       Klein

Daniel Mendoza       Westside

Grayson Merritt        Friendswood

Marcus Moore          Westfield

Trenton Moore          Milby

Braedon Nutter         Tomball Memorial

Everett Ornstein        Langham Creek

Luke Pardee              Klein Cain

Anthony Rigas          Cy-Fair

Jake Severin             Katy

Anton Simieou          Pearland

Joshua Stanton         Lamar

Christian Welch         Dickinson


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.


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.


The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $250,000 in scholarships to more than 350 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 21 years, and has given out approximately $225,000 in weights and weight equipment to 43 Greater Houston high schools in the past 18 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; C.E. King, Terry and Frassati Catholic in 2018; and Houston Austin (again) and Lamar Consolidated in 2019.


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).


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