By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Despite losing 62 lettermen to graduation, Coach Padriac McGinnis is feeling good about this season.
“I feel like we are going to have a great season. We only have five starters coming back, but three of our sub-varsity teams won district last year,” said McGinnis. “Our spring practice went great. We found some depth as quite a few kids stepped up and opened our eyes.”
The offensive line is the most experienced area on the team. All-District returnee junior tackle Anthony Williams (6-4, 300), guard Lester Blount (6-4, 340) and center John Horn (6-3, 280) should allow the Hurricanes to control the line of scrimmage.
“Blount is a powerful drive blocker with great feet,” McGinnis said. “He eats up space on pass protection.”
The running game will be in the hands of junior running back Devin McAdoo, who has 4.3 speed and plays both ways as a defensive back.
“Devin is a great athlete and an explosive playmaker,” McGinnis said. “Our offense will look a little different as we have a dual threat quarterback in Santres Broussard.”
Broussard, a junior, was an All-District safety last year.
Catching the passes will be All-District returnee Andre Lewis, a fast (4.4) downfield threat, and sophomore wide receiver Chance Ceasar.
The defense will have only one starter returning, All-District junior linebacker Derrick McClendon. He was also District Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
“We will have the same speed and quickness on defense as we had last year, it will just be different players out there,” McGinnis said. “Defensive back Ethan Adams is a smart kid and plays like a big time defensive back.”
Adams, McAdoo and junior Hysan Hypolite will provide the Hurricanes with a quality secondary. Sophomores expected to contribute include offensive lineman Marquese Johnson, defensive back Isiah Essimisa, and linebacker Quinton Sharkley.
Hightower’s pre-district schedule may shed some light on how good of a season they will have. The Hurricanes will play Eisenhower, Houston Lamar and Spring. All three of those teams are expected to make the playoffs. If the young Hurricanes perform well in those three games, their momentum may carry them to a district championship. However, Travis (week 10) and Ridge Point (week 11) may want a say in determining the district champion.
|Won 10 Lost 1|
|Won 8 Lost 0|
|Lost to Friendswood Bi-District|
|2016 (Home Games Bold)|
|Week 1||Fri Aug 28 7:00pm Eisenhower @ Hall|
|Week 2||Fri Sep 2 7:00pm Houston Lamar @ Delmar|
|Week 3||Fri Sep 9 7:00pm Spring @ George|
|Week 5||Fri Sep 23 7:00pm Austin @
|Week 6||Thu Sep 29 6:00pm Bush @ Mercer|
|Week 7||Fri Oct 7 7:00pm Dulles @ Hall|
|Week 8||Thu Oct 13 6:00pm Kempner @
|Week 9||Thu Oct 20 6:00pm Clements @ Mercer|
|Week 10||Thu Oct 27 6:00pm Travis @
|Week 11||Thu Nov 3 7:00pm Ridge Point @ Hall|
|Returning||LB Derrick McClendon Jr #36|
|All-District:||WR Andre Lewis Sr #25|
|OT Anthony Williams Jr #76|
|S Santress Broussard Jr #16|
|2016 Preseason||VYPE Magazine Top 20 Teams 6A|
|Recognition||Number 17: Hightower|
|Friday Night Football Top 50 6A|
|Number 40: Hightower|