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Cy Christian’s returning weapons sets up another big year for northwest Houston area preps

August 30, 2018

Cypress Christian captured its first TAPPS state championship under 11-year head coach Jacob Spenn back in December.

Entering the 2018-19 season the Warriors will vie in Division II-District 5.

The senior class set a stretch goal of undefeated state champs so the expectations are high again.

“We are moving up a division and have a tough schedule but we are returning the district MVP in Christian Fleischhauer and several other tremendous players from a 13-1 championship team,” Spenn said.

In the new district, the Warriors will compete alongside Second Baptist, Westbury Christian, Lutheran South, Fort Bend Christian Academy and Victoria St. Joseph.

Cy Christian (13-1, 9-0) seized the TAPPS Division III state title by beating McKinney Christian 68-34.

Spenn has led the program to 10-win seasons in 2016 and 2017, ultimately resulting with a 13-game win streak and the school’s first championship.

“The ultimate goal is to always to build men,” Spenn said. “We can do this no matter how talented our team is. Yes, we want to win games because that is fun but teaching life lessons and building lifelong relationships is the ultimate goal.”

The Warriors will be led by Fleischhauer, who has the ability to play running back, wide receiver and defensive back.

Fleischhauer, first-team all-state on both sides last year, had over 1,000 all-purpose yards, plus 44 tackles, eight interceptions and 29 total TDs.

First-team, all-state WR Joseph Carbone is also a key piece to the offense. He finished with 1,351 receiving yards and 17 TDs.

There’s also WR J.T. Mounce, RB Jackson Landrum, who ran for 1,265 yards and 11 TDs, QB/S Drew Hirth and G/DT Collin Tate.

“The offense will need a new QB but we have almost all our skill players back,” Spenn said. “We will have an improved running game and our RPO attack will probably be heavier in the run options that the pass.”

The defense was hit harder by graduation but some solid pieces are still in place.

All-district DT Lawson Ellisor will lead in protecting the team up front, he had 57 tackles and five sacks. There’s also all-state DE Wesley Hong.

“We have our largest freshmen Football class in school history with 25 players,” Spenn said. “If we can get some young players to step up and contribute we will be a tough team to beat down the road.”

Concordia Lutheran ready to score with Howard

Tomball Concordia has been to the playoffs 14 straight seasons, are coming off a loss to Addison Trinity Christian in the first round.

Head coach Bobby Lindquist lost over 15 players to graduation but returns plenty of starters.

Expect all-state athlete Colin Howard to line up all over the field for the Crusaders. He had 352 rushing yards and 553 receiving with 16 TDs last year.

Concordia Lutheran (8-2, 2-1) will have plenty of potential up front with two-way lineman Nic Van de Graaf, who was an all-state offensive lineman last year and Cade Gaskill, who can play on either side of the ball.

There’s also RB Andrew Elder, TE/RB Cody Hanusch, DB Johnny Dotson and lineman Colin Harrigan.

The Crusaders will compete in TAPPS Division I - District 3 alongside St. Pius X, St. Thomas, SA Central Catholic and SA Antonian Prep.

Frassati Catholic prepared to attack

Spring Frassati will be a young but dynamic squad under two-year head coach Calvin LaFiton, who returns eight starters.

Frassati (5-4) will be led by junior WR/CB J.D. Morgan, who had 513 yards and eight TDs receiving plus two inteceptions last year.

QB Forrest Winton, 1,557 yards and 19 TDs passing, is the intellectual leader. On defense, DT/OT Gabe Weitzman, 26 tackles and four sacks, will be a force.

There’s also C/DE Ben McKeig, TE/long snapper Reed Lyons, LB Joey Abrams, SS Patrick Haggerty, FS/WR Dominic Engbarth, OT/DT Edwin Rice and RB/DE Bryce Jones.

The Falcons will compete in TAPPS Division III - District 4 alongside Bay Area Christian, Northland Christian, Lutheran High North, The Woodlands Christian, First Baptist Christian and Logos Prep. Academy.

Helm all set to lead Northland Christian

In 2016, Northland Christian claimed the DIII state title. Head coach Brad Helm entered the following year in hopes of continuing that streak.

Northland Christian (2-7) lost numerous players to graduation last year as the season didn’t go as planned.

Helm is set to begin his second year in charge of the program.

Luckily there’s a large senior class, plus 15 returning starters.

Players on offense include QB/C/WR Billy Eaton, RB/LB Jarrett Phillips, G/NG Isaac Bishop and K/LB Landon Frank.

On defense, there’s CB/RB Trent Lair, SS/FS Caleb Anderson, CB/WR Leo Niu, DE/OT Justin Gilliland and DE/DT/NG Cameron Fore.

The Cougars will compete in TAPPS Division III - District 4 alongside Bay Area Christian, Frassati Catholic, Lutheran High North, The Woodlands Christian, First Baptist Christian and Logos Prep. Academy.

Rosehill Christian offense set for action

Head coach Bruce Lane expects Tomball Roseill Christian to score quite a bit with almost the entire offensive line back.

Lane will have a total of 12 returning starters, including all-state OL/DL Braeden Kobza.

Rosehill Christian (6-5, 5-4) lost to Waco Reicher Catholic in the first round of the playoffs last year.

The OL will protect quarterback Cameron Castillo, who had 904 passing yards and seven TDs last year.

The Eagles will have proven weapons such as WR/DB McCray Kelton, who had 39 catches and 450 receiving yards, and RB/LB Hans Barrios, who had 352 rushing and six TDs.

Linebacker Trevor Manning, who also plays QB, will lead the defense.

There’s also DE/FB DreVonte Green, K Brady Ward, RB Kyle Floris, OL Jaeden Johnson, OL/DL Nate Crawford, DL Seth Mallory, LB Ben Nicholson and DL Justin Whitmire.

The Eagles will compete in TAPPS Division IV - District 4 alongside Legacy Prep. Christian, Brazos Christian, Beaumont Legacy Christian and O’Connell College Prep. School.

Houston Christian has new leader in Nelson

First-year head coach David Nelson arrives after a productive coaching career at Northland Christian where he led the program to a state title in 2016.

Nelson will bring his version of the air-raid offense along with 10 returning starters.

Houston Christian (2-7, 0-5) will have several key players including WR/DB Max Williams, WR/DB Joshua Crissmon and DE/TE Ryan Hirschbuehler.

There’s also WRs Drake Martinez and Darius Allen, DE Terrance Cooks, lineman Noah Garcia, and Chase Garrison, who played QB last year.

Two all-conference selections return in tackle Donovan Jackson and Sevan Guidry, who rushed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and 34 tackles.

The Mustangs will compete in Southwest Preparatory Conference 4A alongside Kinkaid, Episcopal, Episcopal School of Dallas, Addison Greenhill, St. John’s and Dallas St. Mark’s.

alvaro.montano@chron.com

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