Fall in Houston is not exactly like other parts of the country. We don't get the same kind of foliage color changes. We don't really need layered clothing -- though you'll still find people doing it anyway -- but you'd be hard pressed to find a nicer place to be after October 1. But, it is more than ... More >>
The high school senior football combine gives kids a free chance for scouts to have a look and maybe help them finance college in Division II, III and NAIA.
College recruiting is big business, big business fed by high school football, and at the epicenter of the recruiting game is Houston, Texas, the mecca of high school football. The best of the best were on display receiving their just due on Wednesday night, in a banquet hall near the Galleria full ... More >>
Up in Fort Worth, there is a very good high school football team: the Aledo Bearcats. They have been crushing teams this season "outscor[ing] their opponents by an average of 77 points per game." On October 18, though, one parent had enough. After a 91-0 beatdown of Forth Worth Western Hills, a par ... More >>
High school football is a big deal in Texas. It's such a big deal in fact that a book, a movie and, eventually, a TV series were made about it. And that TV series is about to be yet another movie on the subject. Friday nights in the Lone Star state are all about high school football, for real. And, ... More >>
Last Thursday, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, filed House Bill 887. If enacted, the law would limit middle-school and high-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week. "Like most people, I'm influenced by the stories I read and the news I see. ... More >>
Sometimes the sports gods have a sense of humor. For example, a player named Nomar Garciaparra (and the multiple "ar" sounds in his name) landing in Boston, with the natives' ridiculous accent, is funny to me. Sometimes the sports gods are cruel. Refer to the entire sports history of the city of Cl ... More >>
If there's one thing we learned from the Bible, it's that Jesus loved high school football. Remember Galatians 2:34? "And yea, Christ the Savior sayeth unto the Jerusalem Central Serpents, 'We are Bethlehem West, we couldn't be prouder, and if thou didn't hear us, we shall shout a little louder!'"? ... More >>
I've reached the point with television shows where I rarely watch them in first run anymore. I find it much easier to satiate my TV thirst if I sit down and plow through an entire series on Netflix or DVD over the course of a few weeks. It's what I did with The Wire, it's what I intend to do with Br ... More >>
Score another coup for the newly famous East Texas town of Carthage: the town Richard Linklater, Jack Black and Sonny Carl Davis put on the map for its eccentric views on punishing murderers now has scoreboard on the entire state -- nay, the whole entire world of high school athletics. Literally. W ... More >>
There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>
Medical effects of concussion far worse for kids.
After traumatic knee injury, Case Keenum has one more season to prove his talents.
You fail, social media stalkers of high school athletesWell, today is the day. The day where entitled 17-year-old kids everywhere say hello to the free world by putting five hats of various universities in front of them, faking that they will grab one (completely offending that school which ... More >>
Photo by Chasen MarshallYates High '85: the debate continues over whether it was the greatest Texas team ever.Twenty-five years ago, Houston was home to, arguably, the greatest high school football team ever to take the field in Texas. During that season, Yates High was unstoppable on offense and im ... More >>
Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?
Photo by Chasen MarshallOne of many Katy High TDs on opening nightClick here for a slideshow from the Katy/North Shore game Friday night. The east stands were alive and doused in red, with chants of "Ka-ty! Ka-ty! Ka-ty!" before the team had even taken the field. The number of dancers and cheerl ... More >>
myspace.com/sweetmikeycThat's right, that's former Elvis Presley guitar-picker Scotty Moore on the far left. As Lonesome, Onry and Mean noted yesterday, even in an age when no one supposedly buys, listens to or reviews albums anymore - three words: Record Store Day - too many albums pour into our ... More >>
The 2010 Yates championship team proved nobody does it better.
Photo by Paul KnightHere at Hair Balls, we seem to talk a lot about Katy High School football, even though we try not to. When the high school playoffs started this year, we really wanted to cheer for Galveston Ball, and we thought The Woodlands and Hightower High School would surely go deep in t ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightStanding in the rain on Saturday afternoon, watching Katy High School play Atascocita in a playoff game, Hair Balls remembered something we read on the Washington Post NFL blog this past week. This question, about the Dallas Cowboys, was asked: "Why are the Cowboys So Hated? ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightAfter the high school football playoff schedule was released last week, Hair Balls was ready to jump on the Galveston Ball High bandwagon and follow the team on what we hoped would be a miracle playoff run. Ball had already exceeded expectations by making the playoffs, c ... More >>
High school football playoffs start this weekend, and Hair Balls is excited.The Woodlands and Hightower High School finished undefeated and, from what we saw this season, look like they'll be tough to beat. Katy High School, whose only loss came in the team's opening game against The Woodlands, won ... More >>
Photos by Paul KnightHair Balls traveled to a high school football game this weekend with a native Pennsylvanian to see how high school football in that state matches up against high school football in Texas. We went to Rosenberg to watch a Saturday night match up between the B.F. Terry Ran ... More >>
Photos by Paul Knight / Click here for a full slideshowHair Balls watched a game about a month ago between two old HISD rivals, and we noticed that the stands were a little empty and the game play was a little soft. We found an old Madison coach, Richard Blair, who told us that he thought H ... More >>
Since Hair Balls started covering high school football, we've been itching to check out a six-man game, because after all, the supposedly big-time games in recent weeks have been somewhat of a letdown. But on Friday night, we found a true football mecca: the Rosehill Christian School. Along a tre ... More >>
Photo by Paul KnightHair Balls traveled to HISD's Barnett Stadium on Friday to check out the James Madison Marlins play the Jake Yates Lions, a refreshing change of pace from last week's Battle of the Super Suburbs. Madison and Yates are apparently old rivals, and we went to the game with high ex ... More >>
For people who did not grow up in Texas, and for the occasional Texan who did not spend time in public school lunch rooms or patronize the concession stands at Friday night high school football games, a Frito pie is a dish containing three ingredients: Fritos corn chips, chili, and cheese. I make t ... More >>
Ray Seals, head coach at Madison High, has been chosen the 2008 National Football League High School Coach of the Year. Two of his former players, Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans and Moran Norris of the Detroit Lions, nominated Seals for the award. In his essay, Norris called Seals "a grea ... More >>
Our old pal Michael J. Mooney, who helped us out with our October feature about the Katy High School football team, posted up at Dolphins Stadium last night to live blog the game for our sister paper, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Here's the recap, which includes frequent references to the Uni ... More >>
The Hightower High School football program fielded its first varsity team in 2000, but in just nine seasons, the school has graduated some great players -- two have played in the NFL -- and made the playoffs seven times. This year, however, is the first time the team has adva ... More >>
In this week's feature, "No Pressure," we write about the Katy High School football team and its season leading up to the "Battle at Rhodes," a manufactured game against an opponent flown in from south Florida. Our sister paper, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, wrote a similar story from Florida, ... More >>
Katy High School was going to play against a Florida team on national TV. Now all it had to do was find a way to win again.
High school football could be the last thing on anyone’s mind in Galveston, but Ball High School football coach Ron Holmes has already said that he’ll help his players find a transfer if the season is canceled. Two or three missed games – much less a missed season – could be the difference i ... More >>
The fight for a TV show about truth, justice and high school football
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Lee High School dropped football, deciding golf was a better sport for its kids, no matter how poor or new to this country they might be
James Coney Island
They'll run. They'll catch. They'll tackle. Women's professional football ramps up (again) in Houston.
Rock Knapp transformed little Northwest Academy from gridiron patsy to playoff powerhouse. So why are some parents calling for his head?
The Trophy Son's family not only loses in court, but will have to pay the school system's legal costs
High school QB Kyle Heine broke his neck on the field. How well was he treated?