The first week of our 806 High School Sports Connection 2021 two-a-days tour started at midnight on August 2nd at Brownfield High School with Coach Flores and the Cubs and ended on August 8th at noon on the campus of Lubbock Christian High School With Coach Softley. Here is a recap of the great players, practices and other things that stuck out to me before we head to week two of my tour on Monday!
MONDAY, AUGUST 2ND
1. Brownfield Cubs- Midnight Madness
We had a great time in Brownfield, Texas for the Cubs’ Midnight Madness and we discussed his feelings on the 2021 edition of the Cubs and Coach Flores told me that this would be the best team he has had so far in Brownfield. Austin Sisson will be a key player to watch for the Cubs as they will contend for a playoff spot this fall.
2. Slaton Tigers
Coach Johnson is a warrior! We talked about his numbers for his varsity squad this season and they weren’t that high. But, regardless of that, the Tigers will be contenders for a playoff spot in 1-3A DI. Folks, Ayden Ramirez is a sniper at the quarterback position! He will be counted on to take this team to a new level in 2021.
3. Post Antelopes
Post is coming off of back-to-back State title appearances and a 30-2 record the last two seasons combined! I love coming to practice to watch Coach Riker do his thing! One of the best coaches in Texas and along with Coach Pittman, the ‘Lopes will always be competitive; even though they lost 18 starters from those State Championship runner-up teams. Zachary Courtney and Isaiah Crawford are National talents and should have massive seasons for the Bold Gold Nation! Also, be on the lookout for Michael Fairbanks at the QB position for sure!
4. New Home Leopards
New Home‘s program has moved up to 2A recently and they have some good numbers along with a great staff that’s led by Head Football Coach, Jon Ward! Ethan Hollinshead is a big man that will play both sides of the ball! He’s nasty on both side of the ball and will get his backs some open field to run, it’ll be up to them to do the rest!
5. Lamesa Golden Tors
Coach Joseph Hood made the playoffs last season and should secure another spot in the tournament this fall for the Tors. Josiah Zapata will get another featured season at tailback for Lamesa and will get some help with players like Luke Martinez in the mix as well. Excited to see how the Golden Tors do this season!
TUESDAY AUGUST 3rd:
6. Friona Chieftains
Coach Jimmy Arias knows he is in the toughest district in the state in 3A, but he and his squad are ready for the challenge! Jacob Bautista should have a breakout season in his Senior Campaign for the Chiefs and look for other key players to step up as well!