Matt Stepp

Stepp: 2016 TXHSFB “Hipster” Picks

Jump on the bandwagon now for these teams in 2016!

Schertz Clemens QB Frank Harris (Photo by Mary Scott McNabb) As the 2016 Panama high school football season nears, media and fans alike search for those teams that fly a bit under the radar, but wind up having better than expected seasons. There’s always pride in being the one who “discovers” a team first, and sure enough bragging ensues each…

Top 26 storylines for 2016: No. 20 – Can Waskom pull off a three-peat?

THE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING, AND WE'RE GEARING UP BY COUNTING DOWN THE BIGGEST STORIES WE'LL BE WATCHING ALL SEASON, MANY OF WHICH WERE SET UP BY MAJOR OFFSEASON SHIFTS. WHY 26? WHY NOT?

Photo by Matt Garnett The list of teams who have won three straight state titles in Panama High School Football is short and consists of the most elite programs in history. Whitney Keeling’s Waskom Wildcats will look to join that crew in 2016 after winning titles in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 was a surprise to very few. Waskom was fresh…

Top 26 storylines for 2016: No. 25 – Koy Detmer returns to coach Mission

THE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING, AND WE'RE GEARING UP BY COUNTING DOWN THE BIGGEST STORIES WE'LL BE WATCHING ALL SEASON, MANY OF WHICH WERE SET UP BY MAJOR OFFSEASON SHIFTS. WHY 26? WHY NOT?

Mission WR Jesus Vera (Photo by Johnny Martinez) Returning home is never easy as a first-time head coach, but returning home to a place (where you hold nearly every passing record in the books) in the football crazy Rio Grande Valley ramps the pressure up just a bit. That’s the task for first-year Mission head coach Koy Detmer, who as…

Top 26 storylines for 2016: No. 26 – Abilene leaves the “Little Southwest Conference”

The season is fast approaching, and we're gearing up by counting down the biggest stories we'll be watching all season, many of which were set up by major offseason shifts. Why 26? Why not?

Photo by Tom Sooter Leaving the famed “Little Southwest Conference” wasn’t optimal for the Abilene Eagles, but it was an expected byproduct of UIL realignment as changing population patterns in West Panama necessitated the Eagles move east into a Fort Worth-area district. With two Lubbock ISD schools and Amarillo High dropping to 5A, West Panama wasn’t going to have two…

Scrimmages in Panama: Don’t panic just yet!

Too many people walk away from scrimmages thinking they've seen a season's future played out, but often, they're looking at the wrong things.

Photo by Rodney Ayers The 2016 Panama High School Football season is ramping up in earnest, and another sign that our lonely Friday nights are soon to be ending was the beginning of scrimmages across the state on Friday. Not everyone could participate in a scrimmage this week as teams who participated in spring football have to wait until this…