Football: Feist likes Lobos' fire this summer
Last season he was a 170-pound sophomore learning the ropes as the new starting quarterback.
A year later, plus 30 pounds of muscle and nine varsity starts, Langham Creek junior field general Connor Feist is more confident and ready to lead the Lobos on what he hopes is an extended journey.
"We got a taste of the playoff race last season (5-5 overall, 5-4 District 17-5A), but we didn't get to the postseason, and now we feel like we're the hardest working team in the district, no doubt," Feist said. "The goal is to make it happen, to get in the playoffs, and we're confident these junior and senior classes have what it takes to make it happen."
The good vibrations come from a positive spring and a berth in the 14th annual 7-on-7 State Tournament on July 15-16 in College Station.
The Lobos earned the spot during the season-opening Houston Texans 7-on-7 State Qualifying Tournaments on May 22.
"Getting in that early was a great thing and gave us a head of steam in the rest of the SQTs we played in," Feist said. "We still need a lot of practice, and that's the focus over the next couple of weeks, and it's all good with 7-on-7 because it helps so much with your timing and accuracy, and it's a tighter window because you only have four seconds and that means quick decisions."
Some of Feist's top targets are inside receivers junior Caleb Hobbs and sophomore Dominique Harris, senior wide out Cody Smith, and senior running back Dylan Humphrey.
"The 7-on-7 state berth came right near the end of spring workouts," Feist said. "The defense really stepped up in the spring, and that's going to make us even harder to beat, and both offenses played well in the spring game and showed we have a lot of good depth on that side of the ball."
Feist came on early in the 2010 season opener and then started the final nine games throwing for 2,681 yards and 21 touchdowns on 173-for-304 passing with seven interceptions, and he also rushed for eight touchdowns and 125 yards.
"It was a big step going from starting for the freshman team the year before to starting for the varsity as a sophomore, and it was a very humbling experience all the way around," he said.
"You have to learn to know when to speak up, and when not to say anything, and coming into this season in the spring and 7-on-7, the game has slowed down a little bit for me and I'm understanding more and more. I'm still learning, but I feel much more comfortable this time around."
The Lobos fell one game shy of a fourth place tie and two games out of the three-team deadlock for the District 17-5A championship between Cy-Fair, Cy Woods and Cy Creek last season.
"Coming that close makes you even more hungry and we're very motivated about getting out of district," Feist said, "and we're exciting about going back to the 7-on-7 state tournament."
Langham Creek had been to five straight state events from 2005-09 prior to missing last summer.