TD Club of Houston Names H.S. Players of the Year, Coach of the Year

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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 of college coaches, families, boosters and media, as the Touchdown Club of Houston held its annual Houston area awards night for the top senior high school football players in the Houston area.

The event always provides a great reminder of just how much talent is in the area, and which schools are hot on the recruiting trail.

Before the overall honors were handed down, the Ron Stone Award was handed out, in honor of the late Channel 2 anchor. The recipient was none other than longtime Houston Chronicle scribe John McClain, who is of course best known for being the eyes and ears of NFL football for this city, shattering the record for use of the word "pathetic" in a calendar year in 2013 (besting his own record from 2010), and having his very own BATTLE-DRINK game board totally devoted to him.

Congratulations to the General!

As for the actual football awards, Gary Joseph of Katy was named the area's top coach. The defending 5A Division II champion Tigers advanced to the state semifinals again last week with a 56-14 rout of Manvel. They'll take on San Antonio Johnson this weekend for the right to defend their title the following week. Joseph, a fixture in the Katy community for nearly three decades now, took over the Tiger program in 2004 and took the Coach of the Year hardware for the second time in his career.

As for the top players of the year on both sides of the ball, ironically, the two of them are committed to schools intertwined in mutual Nick Saban coaching drama at the moment.


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