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Congrats to Sam Habel of Stratford, who won the award as the top high school football scholar-athlete in Greater Houston. The award is given to a senior starter, who is judged on grades, academics and character.
Twenty-seven high school football players were finalists and given scholarships at the banquet. Second place went to Cy-Fair's Graham Lakin and third place was won by Garrett Madison of Katy.
Special guest speaker is Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes.

Noon, Mon., Nov. 19, at the Power Center -- The TSU-Prairie View Luncheon, presented by Frenchy's Chicken and A-Rocket Moving and Storage. Speaking will be the head football coaches -- TSU's Michael Haywood and PVAMU's Eric Dooley.

Tickets are $25 each. Tables are 10 seats each. Tables cost $250 (regular table), and $500 for the front row. The front row is either a Maroon Sponsorship or a Purple Sponsorship, depending on your school.

For more information, 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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2018 Private High School Football Player of the Year Finalists
One winner named in each category at Private High School Awards Dinner, 7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer.

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.



Kinkaid coach Nathan Larned, center, was Co-Coach of the Year in 2017. Johnathon Thomas, left, won the Ironman of the Year Award, and teammate Marquis Hubbard was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.
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: Jaylen Waddle, Episcopal; Defensive Player of the Year: Ricky Lester, St. Pius X; Lineman of the Year: Vic Curne, Second Baptist; Ironman of the Year: Johnathon Thomas, Kinkaid; and coach of the year: Nathan Larned, Kinkaid, and Bobby Lindquist, Concordia Lutheran (tie). Special guest speaker was World Champion Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch.
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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