Hurricanes experience first ever district game against Bearkats
The Hurricanes have been waiting a long time for their first varsity district game, the start of a journey in one of the toughest districts in the city, 15-6A.
Klein Cain opened last year with only freshman and sophomores. Now its has juniors, as well.
“It’s just an honor and a privilege to compete at this level with such a quality district and be a part of a district with other quality programs, it’s only going to make us better,” Klein Cain head coach James Clancy said.
Clancy and the 46 players on the roster aren’t the only ones who are thrilled.
Antoine Fain and Terrance Deary, fathers of junior defensive back Reginald Fain and sophomore offensive lineman Bryon Deary, have been following the team and players since the beginning.
“It feels great to start something new,” Terrance Deary said. “To be the first at something, its special.”
The Hurricanes will play against a lot of senior heavy squads. It’s going to be a learning process.
The first litmus test was last Friday in Week 4 against Klein, which opened District 15-6A for the Hurricanes. D’Anthony Simms led the Bearkats to a 55-21 victory.
“I have the utmost respect for (Klein) coach (Shane) Hallmark, and his staff,” Clancy said. “A very tradition rich program which always competes and plays hard.”
It was a unique situation for Klein Cain because some members of the team attended Klein High as freshmen, adding a different element to Friday’s game.
“The upside is next year everybody’s returning,” Deary said. “I’m excited to see everyone. I’ve seen most of these kids grow together, some of these kids I’ve known them since fourth grade.”
Deary saw some of them take their first snap, first high school snap, varsity snap and is hopeful to see them progress.
Fain is also optimistic to see the athletes grow.
“I think it’s awesome the fact that this school is just in its second year going from no program a little over a year ago to having a varsity program,” Antoine Fain said.
The freshman and junior varsity teams from last year featured players that came together from numerous junior high and high school programs around the area. The JV team finished 6-3 a year ago.
“The teams exceeded everybody’s expectations,” Fain said.
In Week 1, the Hurricanes beat Cy Park 27-9 to claim their first program win ever. in Week 2 on Sept. 7, Katy Tompkins defeated Klein Cain 58-13. The Hurricanes were off in Week 3. With the Klein loss, Cain is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in district play.
“They’re growing, we won out first game ever, which is a good start,” Deary said.
The game against the Bearkats was a good game to see where the Hurricanes stand within the district and Class 6A rankings.
“A lot of them are seniors so a lot those won’t be here next year when all of our kids are coming back,” Deary said.
Reginald is Fain’s oldest son and will represent Klein Cain’s first senior class next year.
“I’ve been extremely pleased, just the approach that the coaching staff has taken,” Fain said.
Fain has been following Reginald since he was playing small ball, at middle school and as a freshman at Klein Oak.
“Seeing where he is today both from a strength prospective and technique, you can tell that the coaching staff knows what they’re doing,” Fain said.
Fain knows it’s going to be a work in progress but he’s excited to watch this process and how everyone continues to develop.
“A lot of those kids I’ve seen in flag football when they were 6 years old, middle school and high school,” Fain said. “It is exciting to see all these kids, where they were 10 years ago and seeing some of them, the mature men that they’re growing into, it’s awesome.”
District 15-6A includes the Klein high schools as well as Conroe ISD’s The Woodlands, College Park and Oak Ridge. Going through the Conroe ISD schools will be a trying process, players and fans understand.
“Most growth is through trials and tribulations, but they just trust in their process and continue to get better,” Fain said. “This year may be a little rough but it’s going to prepare them.”
Next year, the Hurricanes will have a whole squad that’s been through a varsity season and ready to go for their second year.
“I’ve just been very pleased with the program, how it’s come in and the approach that they’ve taken,” Fain said. “I can really see the difference in the growth in the guys.”
As the season rolls on, the Hurricanes will gain more experience and be on a path to being more competitive next year.
“The chemistry doesn’t have to change, the plays don’t have to change and everybody will have played a down of varsity before,” Deary said. “This year’s going to be some growing pains but we want to go out there and we want to upset some people.”
In the game against the Bearkats, Luke Pardee scored 3 touchdowns, including two scoring passes to Cole Monago.
“Every time we get to go out to the field on Friday night and play varsity football it’s a learning experience,” Clancy said. “It’s an opportunity to improve, we’re excited to be on Friday night. We did some good things we can build of off, but we can’t get comfortable about being successful, we got to continue to work hard, push forward.”