College Park is moving in the right direction

College Park is moving in the right direction and sixth-year head coach Lonnie Madison is excited about the progress being made.

“I’m in Year 6, so they’ve gone through seventh and eighth grade knowing the system,” Madison said. “I think that experience and what they can see as a program, from the district championship two years ago to their first playoff win last year, (and) our JV went 9-1. I think our whole program, our kids know the schemes on offense and defense. .”

College Park beat Aldine Nimitz 42-0 for its first playoff win last November and then went round-for-round in a 35-28 loss to Bridgeland and one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, Connor Weigmann (now at Texas A&M). to end the year.

The Cavaliers finished the season 9-3 and are happily a far cry from the one-win teams of five years ago.

Entering 2022, the Cavaliers need to reload and move some pieces around a bit.

“We had great kids graduate who were two-three year starters for us,” Madison said.

There will be a new signal caller for the Cavaliers and he is a returning player who finished second on the team in rushing and leading in receiving last year.

Connor Dunphy, a junior who has been on the varsity since the beginning, returns to his more natural position of quarterback after catching 57 passes for 566 yards and rushing for 343 yards last fall. He totaled 11 touchdowns and tied for seventh in the district in scoring.

“He’s that kind of utility-do-it-all guy,” Madison said. “He is a special player. If you go to the games and pay attention, he’s a kid who started for us his ninth grade year when we won district and was a full-time starter at receiver last year.”

Dunphy takes over for Ty Buckmon, who graduated after a solid career.

“We moved him to quarterback and he had a great spring,” Madison said of Dunphy. “We’re excited about the things he can do from the quarterback position this year. He played quarterback through Little League, was our quarterback in seventh and eighth grade. Going into ninth grade, we had Ty Buckmon who was a three-year starter for us.”

Madison said sophomore Kam Montgomery will also see some time at quarterback after spring as a freshman.

At running back, Brenton Martinez returns after spending the season. He amassed 269 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. Joining Martinez in the backfield are sophomore Eugene Burnett and junior Jesse Cochran, who will also factor in the passing game.

Cole Snodgrass, a 6-foot-5 junior, steps up at tight end after Cody Mladen’s departure to Baylor. Madison described Snodgrass as having a matchup problem.

College Park Cavaliers Schedule

August 25: vs. Cinco Ranch (Woodforest), 7 p.m

September 2: Klein Kane (Klein Memorial), 7 p.m

*September. 9: vs. Grand Oaks (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*September. 16: Cleveland, 7 p.m

*September. 29: vs. Kenny Creek (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*October 7: Willis (Yates), 7 p.m

*October 14: vs. The Woodlands (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*October 20: Oak Ridge (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*October 28: New Kenny (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*November 4: Conroe (Moorhead), 7 p.m

*District 13-6A

Senior Lamond Payne returns on the offensive side of the ball as a leader at junior receiver.

The Cavaliers offensive line has made its mark in recent years and the current unit fits that mold.

Three-year starter Kobe Williams headlined the line at tackle as a three-year starter. Carson Berg and Alex Fisher are also back and Curtis Collette has experience as well.

“A lot of the younger guys that have started for us the last two years, strength-wise, knowledge-wise, I think this could be one of the better units we’ve had,” Madison said. “And we’ve had something really strong over the years.”

On defense, senior Andrew Powderell returns in the secondary and has fielded some college offers. He was projected by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football as the Defensive Most Valuable Player in District 13-6A.

“One of the most explosive kids in the entire district,” Madison said of Powderell, who started last season on offense before moving to safety.

At linebacker, senior Cole Walters led the team in tackles last year and is strong in the pass rush. Mason Stallons, another senior, also has the ability to lead the team in tackles.

Cameron Hall provides senior leadership on the defensive line.

“What I’m excited about with this group is in spring football, on defense, I felt like we were athletic, I felt like we were understanding the concepts,” Madison said.

College Park has made the playoffs three different times in back-to-back seasons in program history. However, this did not happen for three consecutive years.

The Cavaliers will play in a restructured District 13-6A for that occasion, which has grown from six teams to nine teams. College Park will compete against rival and defending district champions The Woodlands, as well as Conroe, Willis, Grand Oaks and Oak Ridge. Newcomers to 6A include New Caney, Caney Creek and Cleveland.

“I think it’s going to be a real good and competitive district,” Madison said. “There are talented teams and I think a lot of programs have great coaches and they do a good job with their programs. A lot of programs are getting better every year. We have some talented kids in the district.”

The Cavaliers scored the most points in program history last year with 369 and they are 17-5 over the past two seasons.

“We like our program where it is. There’s a lot to be said for experiencing success and seeing guys older than you experience success and what it took for them. “

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