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GREAT FOOTBALL COACHES ON FOOTBALL
'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 UIL High School Preseason Football Honorees
Terrance Gibson, Westfield; Chris Herron, Langham Creek; and John Matocha, Magnolia West
Deondrick Glass, Katy; and Isaiah Spiller, Klein Collins
Andrew Coker, Katy Taylor; Kenyon Green, Atascocita; and Tyler Johnson, Oak Ridge
Jalen Wydermyer, Dickinson
Nathaniel Beal, Strake Jesuit; Arjei Henderson, FB Travis; Korey King, FB Marshall; and Shae Whiting, Alief Taylor
Tony Bradford, North Shore; Nelson Ceaser, Ridge Point; Braedon Mowry, Katy Taylor; Kori Roberson, Manvel; and Marcus Stripling, Mayde Creek
David Gbenda, Cinco Ranch; Tyrique Matthews, Eisenhower; and David Ugwoegbu, Seven Lakes
Marcus Banks, Dekaney; Marques Caldwell, Alvin; Alex Hogan, Lamar; Bobby Wolfe, Madison; and Erick Young, FB Bush;
Donald Harper, Houston Austin; Ainias Smith, Dulles; and Shae Suiaunoa, Clear Lake
2018 Private High School Preseason Football Honorees
BAY AREA CHRISTIAN -- Christian McDonough
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN -- Cody Ryan Hanusch; Collin Howard; and Nicholas Van de Graaf
JOHN COOPER SCHOOL -- Matt Krehbiel; and Evan Minarovic
CYPRESS CHRISTIAN -- Joseph Carbone; Christian Fleischhauer; and Colin Tate
EPISCOPAL -- Patrick Bayouth; Jaylen Davis; Jordan Wells; and C.J. Williams
FRASSATI -- Gabriel Weitzman
HOUSTON CHRISTIAN -- Ryan Hirschbuehler
KINKAID -- Zach Daniel; Ameer Mustafa; Kamal Nader; Josh Williams; and Wyatt Young
LEGACY PREP -- Jack Granack; and Dion Pinkard
LOGOS PREP -- Kyle Goolsby; and Jonah Guerrero
LUTHERAN NORTH -- James Walker
LUTHERAN SOUTH -- Ethan "Sully" Sowers
NORTHLAND CHRISTIAN -- Trent Lair
PASADENA FIRST BAPTIST -- Lathon King
ROSEHILL CHRISTIAN -- McCray Kelton; and Braeden Kobza
SAINT JOHN'S -- Wesley Gow; Genson Hooper-Price; and Roman Lewis
SAINT JOHN XXIII -- Alex Sickafoose
SAINT PIUS X -- Jalen Curry; Kaleb Ducros; Bruno Forestieri; Grant Gunnell; and Chase Lane
SAINT THOMAS -- Corey Felan; Peyton Matocha; and Ian Wheeler
SECOND BAPTIST -- Sam Oelfke; Grant Dore; Tyler Holt; and Anthony MacKenzie
VILLAGE SCHOOL -- Austin Hill; and Keagan Theron
WESTBURY CHRISTIAN -- Brant Banks; Casey Hampton; and Alec Ralph
WOODLANDS CHRISTIAN -- Esteban Arjona
2017 PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS WINNERS
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.
2017 UIL HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDS WINNERS
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.
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
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).