Spartans start with high hopes
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Even though Cypress Lakes hasn't even taken a varsity snap, some say the Spartans will be a District 17-5A playoff contender right out of the gate.
The excitement is great, and you can't ask for anything more heading into this first varsity season," Cy Lakes coach Robert Blackshear said. But you also have to keep everything in perspective because competing at this level is another challenge altogether.
We haven't been under the big lights yet, and to even talk about the playoffs, we have to have certain things happen, and we're definitely not going to underestimate anybody because there are so many great coaches and players in this district."
With 10 teams in 17-5A, there's only time for one predistrict outing, and Cy Lakes' first-ever varsity outing is at District 13-5A favorite Klein Collins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3.
Collins was 12-1, went 7-0 in district and was a region semifinalist last season," Blackshear said. I hope we haven't bitten off more than we can chew, and it will certainly be a great measuring stick and show us where we are."
The Spartans begin district the very next week against Cy-Fair (0-10 last year) at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Pridgeon Stadium, and then meet Cy Ranch (also playing a first varsity season in 2010) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Berry Center.
There are some people who say we have a good shot to get off to a quick start in district, but it all goes back to not taking anyone lightly," Blackshear said. I know the district pretty well, and the talent in 17-5A is just unbelievable, and there's great competition all the way through.
Cy Creek, Cy Falls and Cy Woods all have to be listed as favorites, and really, you have to mention all 10 teams as playoff contenders because they're all very talented."
Blackshear, who spent 11 seasons at Cy Springs, decided to forgo spring practice for another week of fall practice.
We wanted that extra week, and plus, we have a lot of kids who play three sports, and they needed a break," he said.
A trio of juniors, Johnathan Bowen, William Cates and Zach Davis, will get a good look at quarterback when workouts begin on Aug. 2.
Bowen is somewhat set as our starter, but Cates could push to start, and Davis, who is one of our top wide outs, can also be used in certain situations," Blackshear said.
Seniors Dyron Johnson and Zachary Garth combine with Davis to give the Spartans plenty of options at wide receiver, and junior running backs Jarvis Leverett and Troy Fisher will look for room to roam behind an offensive line led by senior center Jordan Johnson.
How Johnson goes will sort of dictate how we go," Blackshear said.
Defensive leaders are seniors Richmond Oduro (free safety), Johnny An (middle linebacker), Oshea Williams (nose guard-tackle) and David Andrade (end), and juniors JaMarquis Robinson (cornerback) and Zack Neely (strong safety).
Senior kicker-punter Gerson Rivas and junior kicker Walter Castillo are major weapons and will play a big role on special teams.
They're very important to us and will be a key in how well we do early on," Blackshear said.
For now, Cy Lakes has only one scrimmage at Ball with Bush at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 in Galveston.
It's a tri-scrimmage, and we're still looking for another one, but so far, we haven't found anything," Blackshear said. With only one scrimmage and one game before district, it's real important that we have seniors in this first year because we're really going to need their leadership.
We do have a chance to be good, but we have to take it one day and one game at a time."