By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
If you were asked to describe Coach Trey Sissom’s coaching philosophy in one word, the answer is speed.
“We place a premium on speed,” Sissom said.
Speed means an up-tempo game plan and training to improve each player’s speed.
“We try to get 80 snaps per game. If we get 80 snaps, there is a 90 percent chance we will win the game. Our goal is to snap the ball when the 40 second clock hits 30,” Sissom said. “We also encourage each of our players to run track in the spring.”
Travis spreads its offense over the entire field.
“We will put one receiver four yards off one sideline and another receiver four yards off the other sideline,” Sissom said. “We spread the defense over the entire field, then try to exploit a weakness.”
Because the up-tempo offense means limited substitutions, Travis will only play about 15 players on offense.
“Our offensive players need to be versatile,” Sissom said. “They need to be able to play several positions.”
Travis is counting on quarterback Amryn Jeffery, the 2015 District New Comer of the Year as a sophomore, to direct its spread offense and keep the chains moving.
Jeffery’s primary receiver is junior Grant Griffin, a unanimous first team all-district receiver last year. Griffin credits his brother, a former Travis rar (6-4, 300) and Isaiah Brown (62, 315).
When your up-tempo offense is scoring quickly, that means your defense spends a lot of time on the field.
“We will play around 30 players on defense,” Sissom said. “We rotate in fresh players because the defense really needs to play hard for an extended time.”
Senior linebacker Myles Word, an all-district returnee, defensive lineman Freddy Burnham, and recently named captain Torrance Strong will lead the defense. A player to watch is Zack Martin, a running back turned linebacker. Martin ran a 4.38 40 at a camp this summer, and is being counted on to cover sideline to sideline.
When playoff berths are on the line, senior place kicker Garrett Urban may be a difference maker.
“He is good from the 35-yard line in, and can hit it from 52 yards.” Sissom said. “We look at special teams as a one game series. Games are won and lost on special teams.”
Key games for Travis are Ridge Point on Oct. 8, and Hightower on Oct. 27.
|Won 6 Lost 5|
|Won 5 Lost 3|
|Lost to Clear Creek Bi-District|
|2016 (Home Games Bold)|
|Week 1||8/27 Reagan @ Mercer|
|Week 2||9/2 Katy Taylor @ Rhodes|
|Week 3||9/8 Elkins @ Mercer|
|Week 5||9/24 Clements @ Mercer|
|Week 6||10/1 Dulles @ Mercer|
|Week 7||10/8 Ridge Point @ Mercer|
|Week 8||10/14 Austin @ Mercer|
|Week 9||10/21 Bush @ Mercer|
|Week 10||10/27 Hightower @ Hall|
|Week 11||11/3 Kempner @ Mercer|
|Returning||QB Amryn Jeffery Jr #14|
|All-District:||RB Naveon Mitchell Jr #12|
|WR Grant Griffin Sr #2|
|OL Will Farrar Sr #74|
|OL Isaiah Brown Sr #78|
|LB Myles Word Sr #25|
|VYPE Magazine All Season 2016|
|Recognition||QB Amryn Jeffrey|
|Friday Night Football All-6A Team|
|OL Will Farrar|