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7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12, at the JW Marriott, -- The UIL High School Awards Dinner, presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
We will name the top players in UIL high school football in Houston. Categories are Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Tickets are $50 each. Tables are 10 seats each. Tables cost $500 (regular table), $750 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). Seating can be purchased by using the PayPal button on this front page.
For more information or to pay by check, call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860, or email



'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.

TD Club’s 2018 Regular Events

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Congrats to the 2018 Private High School Football Player of the Year winners. They are:
Offensive Players of the Year: Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X, 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
Coach of the Year: Terry Pirtle, Second Baptist

OFFENSE -- Zach Daniel, Kinkaid; Jaylen Davis, Episcopal; Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X; Chase Lane, St. Pius X; Peyton Matocha, St. Thomas; Evan Minarovic, John Cooper School; Trent Waggoner, St. Pius X; Ian Wheeler, St. Thomas; C.J. Williams, Episcopal; and Josh Williams, Kinkaid.

DEFENSE -- Grant Dore, Second Baptist; Christian Fleischauer, Cypress Christian; Bruno Forestieri, St. Pius X; Matt Krehbiel, John Cooper School; Casey Hampton, Westbury Christian; Tyler Holt, Second Baptist; Kamal Nader, Kinkaid; Garri Smith, Village School; James Walker, Lutheran North; and Jordan Wells, Episcopal.

LINEMEN -- Brant Banks, Westbury Christian; Patrick Bayouth, Episcopal; Davis Havens, Kinkaid; Braeden Kobza, Rosehill Christian; Roman Lewis, St. John's; Ameer Mustafa, Kinkaid; and Nicholas Van de Graaf, Concordia Lutheran

IRONMAN -- Dylan Dixon, St. Thomas; Jack Granack, Legacy Christian; Colin Howard, Concordia Lutheran; Logan Leax, John Cooper School; T.J. Spriggs, Westbury Christian; and Wyatt Young, Kinkaid

COACH OF THE YEAR -- Erik DeHaven, St. Pius X; Bruce Lane, Rosehill Christian; Terry Pirtle, Second Baptist; and Les Rainey, Bay Area Christian.

2018 UIL High School Awards Dinner Player of the Year Finalists

DEFENSE: Tony Bradford,  North Shore; David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch; Myles Heard, Dulles; Trevon Johnson, Lamar; Jevon Leon, Hastings; Tyrique Matthews, Eisenhower; Jamal Morris, Bush; Tre’Von Mosley, Cy-Fair; Braedon Mowry, Katy Taylor; and Landon Roque, Dickinson

OFFENSE: Deondrick Glass, Katy; Kenyon Green, Atascocita; Korey King, Marshall; Raymond Richardson, Jersey Village; Layden Robinson, Manvel; D’Anthony Simms, Klein; Isaiah Spiller, Klein Collins; Ainias Smith, Dulles; James Taylor, North Shore, and Jalen Wydermyer, Dickinson

COACH OF THE YEAR: Brad Butler, Shadow Creek; Gene Johnson, Cypress Ranch; Jon Kay, North Shore; Shaun McDowell, Foster; Todd McVey, Tompkins; Matt Meekins, Westfield; Brady Pennington, New Caney; David Snokhous, Jersey Village; Craig Stump, Atascocita; and James Williams, Marshall




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 2017 UIL High School Award Dinner winners were Defensive Player of the Year, Keondre Coburn of Westfield; Offensive Player of the Year, Mustapha Muhammad of Ridge Point; and Coach of the Year, Ed Pustejovsky of Cy-Fair. The Ron Stone Sports Media Excellence Award went to Texas A&M announcer Dave South.


The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $200,000 in scholarships to more than 300 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 19 years, and has given out approximately $200,000 in weights and weight equipment to 41 Greater Houston high schools in the past 16 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; and Heights, Lutheran South, North Forest (again) and Kipp-Sunnyside in 2017.


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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