Touchdown Club banquet a big score!
Photo by Sean A. Wolfson
Zoey Williams - Dulles High School. Taken at the Houston Touchdown Club banquet.
The Houston area Touchdown Club is a group of local sports minded individuals who have a passion for high school athletes, especially football. What they do is special. For over 30 years, they have worked hard at getting deserving athletes scholarships and opportunities to play at the college level.
The TD Club holds an event every year to highlight the best of the best in the area, bringing in college coaches from many big time schools such as Texas, ATM, Baylor, Rice, TCU, just to name a few. The heralded former Texas QB Major Applewhite was in attendance as a scout. H-E-B is the proud sponsor of the event which typically brings about 600 people to the JW Marriott on Westheimer and Sage.
I was privileged enough to attend this year's event which highlighted numerous high school sports names from this area. FBISD athletic director Keith Kilgore is a board member and handed out awards.
The Ron Stone award, basically "man of the year" award, was given to none other than the purest, nicest human being I've ever met. Sugar Land's finest man, Giff Nielsen. As Ron Stone Jr put it, " Giff is a man of strong morals, ethics, and faith. My father would not have wanted anyone else to receive this award." When receiving the award, Giff was nothing short of classy and full of humble pie. What an honor it is to have such a fine leader in our community for the last 32 years. We are truly blessed folks.
Dinner was served as the highlight reels of the areas best players were unleashed with KPRC's Randy McElvoy as MC. The stats and information shared about these players were awesome. Houston is truly a melting pot for the greatest college players in the country. Houtson's own Andrew Luck from Startford High school was nominated for the coveted Hesiman trophy last week.
Ft Bend ISD players were well represented in the awards ceremony. None of them won an award, but they all won respect.
First, Jordan Helm from Marshall. Jordan is a great student as well as defensive lineman. He had 57 tacles, 3 sacks, and squats 500 lbs. He runs a 4'2 40 yard dash. His coach says he has a "Passion for excellence." College undecided.
Second is cornerback Zoey Williams from Dulles. Coach Ryalnd Bailey said about Zoey, " He's the nicest football player. He's so nice he doesn't even remind you of a football player. He's always smiling!" Zoey runs a 4'5 40 and squats 420 lbs. He is very strong. Most defenses threw away from him, afraid of his prowess. Zoey had 5 interceptions in his varsity career at Dulles. He was a unanimous all district pick for 2009 and 2010. Go get 'em kid.
Next is the show stopping offensive machine from Hightower, Ed'Marquest Batties. He played running back and wide receiver and terrorized opposing defenses. He scored 15 touchdowns in 2010, and 30 in his varsity career as a Hurricane. He had 1,200 yards receiving this season. Look out college football, here comes Batties!! His coach Barry Abercrombie had great things to say about him as well.
Last but not least is another Marshall HS standout and Texas Tech verbal commit, Deandre Washington. A speedster who split defenses like apple pie. He gained 1,890 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry. He squats 455 lbs at only 5'11" and 185 lbs. Look for this kid to put up big numbers in college.
The offensive player of the year award went to Dustin Garrison from Pearland as they go on to the state semi finals this weekend. Dustin gained over 2,000 yards just this season. He is an amazing running back. He is literally unstoppable. His coach, Tony Heath, won Coach of the Year. He has been nominated for the award 8 times previously. He calls himself the "Susan Lucci" of the Touchdown Club.
Defensive player of the year honors went to very deserving David Santos of Klein Collins high school. Santos is a beast and an incredible defensive standout. He aslo has two younger brothers that play football at KC.
Best wishes to all the area football stars as they enter the next level.
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