Football: Thiebaud in surprise lead in 17-5A
Can you name the District 17-5A football team with the longest postseason streak on the line in 2011?
That honor, to the surprise of some, goes to Cy Ridge, which has advanced to the playoffs for the past five years, and has gone six times in seven varsity seasons under coach Gary Thiebaud.
The Rams played sub-varsity schedules in 2002 and 2003 while Thiebaud was creating the program from scratch, and they captured a district championship and made the playoff right out of the gate while going 7-4 in 2004.
"We proved we could win in that first year and it really gave the program an boost," Thiebaud said. "Our immediate goals were to be a consistent playoff team, and win district and state championships, and those goals have not changed."
After a brief hiccup and no playoffs during a 3-7 campaign in 2005, Cy Springs has advanced every year while posting five consecutive winning seasons (in order from 2006 — 6-5, 11-2, 9-3, 7-5 and 6-5). The Rams won another district crown and went to the region semifinals in 2007, and to the region finals in 2008.
Thiebaud, who was Langham Creek's defensive coordinator for eight years (1994-2001) before coming to Cy Ridge, is 49-31 overall and 36-17 in district in seven seasons with the Rams.
Only three other 17-5A teams have postseason streaks with Cy Creek and Cy Woods going for four in a row, and Cy-Fair two straight, in 2011.
Cy Woods is a perfect 3-for-3 in three varsity seasons, and coach David Jones is 29-10 overall, 15-6 in district and 8-3 in the playoffs with his Wildcats posting marks of 8-3 in the first-ever varsity season in 2008, 11-3 in 2009, and 10-4 last year.
When questioned about the secret to all the early success - and as usual - Jones deflects the credit to his players, coaching staff and the entire Cy Woods community.
"I'm blessed to have all that working for our program year in and year out," he said.
Cy Creek has advanced to the playoffs four times in nine seasons (including the last three) under coach Greg McCaig, who is 53-43 overall and 37-31 in district with the Cougars.
Coach Ed Pustejovsky and Cy-Fair snapped a two-year postseason absence and closed at 9-3 last season, and the Bobcats are among the 2011 district playoff picks, along with Cy Woods, Cy Falls and Cy Creek, in Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine.
Looking for their first playoff berths at their respective 17-5A schools are Cy Springs' Roland Gonzales, Langham Creek's Todd Thompson, Cy Lakes Robert Blackshear, Cy Ranch's Gene Johnson, and in his first season as head coach, Cy Falls' Kirk Eaton.
Cy Ranch's Johnson was 61-24 overall and produced five playoff teams in seven years as a head coach at Klein Forest (37-11 in four years from 2000-03) and Hightower (24-13 in three years from 2005-07), and Cy Lakes' Blackshear led Cy Springs to the postseason and an 8-4 finish in 2003 during a 10-year tenure with the Panthers.
Jersey Village's David Snokhous has had seven playoff teams in 14 seasons with the Falcons, the last coming in 2006.