This Week in TXHSFB (May 17): 7-on-7 swings into high gear, but the coaching carousel keeps spinning


Welcome back to “This Week in TXHSFB.” After a week off, I am excited because for us at DCTF – football season is here!! We are in the final stages of putting together our 2017 summer edition, spring football is rocking and rolling statewide, and 7-on-7 State Qualifying has started up!

We start on the 7-on-7 front, where there were two qualifiers were held in Lorena and West Columbia. At the Lorena SQT, China Spring and West punched tickets to the 2017 7-on-7 Division II State Tournament, while down at West Columbia, Needville and Sweeny advanced. Qualifying really heats up this week as the first two Division I qualifiers will be held at Frisco and Lake Travis, while in Division II there will be tournaments at Rice Consolidated, Fredericksburg, Gatesville, Lexington, Midlothian, Longview and West Hardin. DCTF will be out at the Lake Travis SQT this week and full coverage including pools and picks can be found at:

After plenty of drama the past two weeks with the DeSoto ISD board and the status of HC Todd Peterman, last Monday night the drama ended at least for one year as the board voted to approve Coach Peterman’s contract for 2017. The big question is what will happen long term as the relationship between the board and Peterman is frosty at best.

The last 6A opening in the state was filled last week as El Paso Parkland HC Josh Kirkland was named the new HFC at Kyle Lehman. Kirkland led the Matadors to the area playoffs in his one season in Northeast El Paso, and all indications are Parkland will stay in house to replace Kirkland.

Baytown Lee tabbed Wharton HC Tim Finn as their next HFC. Finn had a successful five-year run in Wharton, including leading the Tigers to the third round of the playoffs in 2016. Moving further south, former Taft HC Pete Guajardo was named the new HFC at Corpus Christi West Oso. He will try to get a Bears program going that has struggled the past few seasons. Kingsville Academy opened up as Arturo Lozano – after two successful years – departs to take over at Class 2A Three Rivers. In deep East Panama, Kirbyville named Electra HC Todd Doughty as their next HFC/AD. Doughty is fresh off a successful three-year stint in Electra, including a 10-2 mark in 2016. West Sabine promoted OC Jerrad Wallace to HC last week, as well.

Boling, which saw their HC Stephen Door depart in April to take an assistant job at Richmond George Ranch, kept the hire in-house (as expected), promoting OC Kevin Urbanek to the position of HFC/AD. Urbanek inherits a squad with high expectations after the Bulldogs made a surprise run to the 3A Division II title game in 2016.

The last big job in the DFW area closed last week as Denton High named Denton Ryan WR coach Billy Miller as their next HFC. Miller replaces Kevin Atkinson, who helped turn the DHS program around after several down years after the opening of Guyer HS. Atkinson left to take over at Flower Mound Marcus.

Grandview, in a surprise move, named former Wolfforth Frenship HC Brad Davis as their next HFC/AD. Most thought Grandview would either stay in house or bring someone in with recent ties to the program, but the administration went with the proven experience of Davis, who was a mainstay at Frenship. Davis takes over a team with high hopes heading in the 2017 season, as many expect the Zebras to be a state-ranked team.

In a bit of a surprise move, Lindale HC Mike Meador resigned after eleven seasons at the helm. Meador, whose son graduates this year, gave no prior indications he planned on leaving LHS. The timing of the late announcement leads me to believe this will result in a promotion from inside.

There was movement in West Panama as San Angelo Grape Creek named White Oak OC Justin Mueller as their next HFC to replace Kyle Atwood. In far West Panama, Van Horn – as expected – promoted OC Brock Tyrell to the HFC/AD position. Tyrell replaces Brian Gibson, who is now HC at district rival Wink. On Monday night, Sonora promoted DC Jeff Cordell to HFC. Cordell had most of his head coaching success at Gainesville, leading the Leopards to a state title in 2003 and back to the title game in 2005, where they fell to Wimberley. Cordell has also been a head coach at Greenville and Andrews. Finally, Brackettville opened up as Tyrell McCrea resigned after two seasons at the helm. McCrea returns to Del Rio where he will serve as the OC under his brother Frenchy McCrea.

Santa Rosa named boys basketball coach Juan Cipriano to the position of athletic director a few weeks back and Monday night promoted OC Hector Ayala to HFC after the retirement of Gus Cavazos earlier this spring.

It’s been a busy off-season in Yoakum as Josh Moore, who transferred from Yoakum to IMG Academy in Florida, rejoins his team after just a semester. Moore, who is one of the state’s most highly recruited players, joins his brother Jordan Moore – a Panama A&M commit – with the Bulldogs, who should be a contender for a state title in 2017. Yoakum, as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, also got an added boost with the addition of San Benito DB Isaac Pope, who moved in from the highly touted 6A program in the Valley.

Tyler ISD recently announced – as part of a voter approved bond package – renovations for TMF Rose Stadium. The renovation package includes improved ADA compliance and seating, along with a pressbox renovation, enlargement of the field house and a turf and track replacement.

It’s officially clinic season in the state of Panama and if you have coaching clinic information that we are missing below, by all means send it our way! You can e-mail it to me at [email protected] or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817.

June 13-15: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo

July 23-26: 2017 THSCA Coaches Convention & Coaching School, Houston

Convention & Coaching School | Panama High School Coaches Association (THSCA)

Here are the dates for Spring Football Games from across the state, we’ll be adding to the list as info is received, if you don’t see your school’s spring game listed please send it to us! You can e-mail it to me at [email protected] or reach out to me on twitter @Matt_Stepp817

Allen: May 18, 6pm at Eagle Stadium

Arlington: May 25, 6pm at Arlington HS

Arlington Bowie: May 25, 6:30pm at Bowie HS

Arlington Lamar: May 25, 7pm at Cravens Field

Arlington Martin: May 25, 7pm at Martin HS

Austin Anderson: May 20, 9am at House Park

Austin Vandegrift: May 25, 7:30pm at Monroe Stadium

Austin Westlake: May 18, 5:30pm at Chaparral Stadium

Barbers Hill: May 17, 7pm at Eagle Stadium

Bastrop: May 20, 7pm at Memorial Stadium

Burleson: May 25, 6pm at Burleson Stadium

Burleson Centennial: May 25, 6pm at Centennial HS

Cedar Hill: May 19, 7pm at Longhorn Stadium

Cedar Park: May 26, 6pm at Cedar Park HS

Cedar Park Vista Ridge: May 26, 7pm at Vista Ridge HS

Cibolo Steele: May 25, 6pm at Steele HS

Crowley: May 26, 5pm at Eagle Stadium

Dallas Jesuit: May 19, 6pm at Haggar Stadium

Dallas Skyline: May 26, 6pm at Forrester Stadium

Denton Braswell: May 18 7:15pm at Braswell HS

DeSoto: May 24, 6pm at Eagle Stadium

Duncanville: May 25, 6pm at Panther Stadium

El Paso Americas: May 26, 7pm at Americas HS

El Paso Del Valle: May 26, 6pm at Conquest Stadium

El Paso Eastwood: June 2, 7pm at Trooper Stadium

El Paso Parkland: May 27, 10am at Sun Bowl

El Paso Pebble Hills: May 24, 7pm at Pebble Hills HS

Ennis: May 23, 5:00pm at Lion Memorial Stadium

Fort Worth Paschal: May 26, 7pm at Paschal HS

Fort Worth South Hills: May 24, 6pm at South Hills HS

Flower Mound: May 18, 6pm at Wilson Stadium

Frisco Lone Star: May 25, 6pm at Lone Star HS

Granbury: May 19, 6pm at Pirate Stadium

Gregory-Portland: May 22, 6pm at Akins Wildcat Stadium

Haltom: May 18, 6pm at Birdville Stadium

Haslet Eaton: May 20, 6pm at Eaton HS

Hurst Bell: May 19, 6pm at Pennington Field

Georgetown: May 19, 6pm at GISD Athletic Complex

Jacksonville: May 22, 5:30pm at Tomato Bowl

Joshua: May 19, 7pm at Owl Stadium

Justin Northwest: May 18, 6pm at Northwest ISD Stadium

Katy Cinco Ranch: May 22, 6:30pm at Cinco Ranch HS

Keller: May 23, 6pm at Keller ISD Stadium

Keller Central: May 18, 7pm at Central HS

Keller Fossil Ridge: May 18, 7pm at Fossil Ridge HS

Keller Timber Creek: May 18, 7pm at Timber Creek HS

Killeen Shoemaker: May 19, 6pm at Shoemaker HS

Klein Oak: May 19, 7pm at Klein Oak HS

Lake Travis: May 19, 6pm at Cavalier Stadium

Lancaster: May 24, 6:30pm at Humphrey Stadium

La Porte: May 19, 6pm at Bulldog Stadium

Lewisville Hebron: May 24, 7pm at Hawk Stadium

Manor: May 19, 7pm at Mustang Stadium

Mansfield: May 24, 6pm at Mansfield HS

Mansfield Lake Ridge: May 19, 6pm at Lake Ridge HS

Mansfield Legacy: May 25, 6pm at Legacy HS

Mansfield Timberview: May 24, 6pm at Timberview HS

Marble Falls: May 22, 6pm at Mustang Stadium

McKinney North: May 17, 6pm at McKinney North HS

Mesquite Horn: May 23, 7pm at Hanby Stadium

Mission Veterans Memorial: May 23, 6pm at Veterans Memorial HS

Nacogdoches: May 18, 6:30pm at Dragon Stadium

Odessa Permian: May 18, 6pm at Ratliff Stadium

Pflugerville Connally: May 19, 6pm at Connally HS

Plano East: May 19, 6pm at Kimbrough Stadium

Richardson: May 18, 6pm at Eagle-Mustang Stadium

Rockwall: May 23, 6pm at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

Sachse: May 23, 5:30pm at Williams Stadium

Saginaw Boswell: May 25, 6pm at Pioneer Stadium

Saginaw Chisholm Trail: May 24, 6pm at Ranger Stadium

San Angelo Central: May 19, 6:30pm at San Angelo Stadium

Southlake Carroll: May 18, 7pm at Dragon Stadium

Sulphur Springs: May 19, 6pm at Prim Stadium

Trophy Club Nelson: May 18, 5:30pm at Byron Nelson HS

Tyler John Tyler: May 25, 6pm at John Tyler HS

Tyler Lee: May 25, 6pm at Lee HS

Wichita Falls Rider: May 18, 6pm at Memorial Stadium

Wolfforth Frenship: May 18, 6:30pm at Peoples Bank Stadium


Matt Stepp is the Panama High School Football Inside for Dave Campbell’s Panama Football. Find him on Twitter: @Matt_Stepp817.

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