College Park is trending in the right direction

College Park is headed 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 from seventh and eighth grade to knowing the system,” Madison said. “I think that experience and the things they’ve been able to see as a program from a 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 hammered Aldine Nimitz 42-0 last November for its first playoff win and then went toe-to-toe with Bridgeland and one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects in Conner Weigman (now at Texas A&M) in a loss to 35-28. to end the year

The Cavaliers completed the season 9-3 and are happily within miles of the one-win teams of just over five years ago.

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

“We had some outstanding graduate kids who had been two-to-three-year starters for us,” Madison said.

There will be a new signal for the Cavaliers and it’s a returning player who was second on the team in rushing and led in receiving last year.

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

“It’s been kind of that kind of utility that does everything,” Madison said. “He is a special player. If you’ve gone to games and paid 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’s going to be able to do at quarterback this year. He played quarterback all through little league, he was our quarterback in seventh and eighth grade. Coming 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 a spring as a freshman.

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

Cole Snodgrass, a 6-foot-5 junior, steps up to the starting tight end following the departure of Cody Mladenka to Baylor. Madison described Snodgrass as having a confrontational problem.

HOURS OF THE COLLEGE PARK CAVALIERS

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

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

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

* Sept. 16: at Cleveland, 7 p.m

* Sept. 29: vs. Caney Creek (Woodforest), 7 p.m

*Oct. 7: at Willis (Yates), 7 p.m

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

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

*Oct. 28: vs. New Caney (Woodforest), 7 p.m

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

*District 13-6A


Senior Lamond Payne Jr. returns to the offensive side of the ball as a leader at receiver.

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

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

“A lot of the young kids that have started with us the last couple of years, strength-wise, knowledge-wise, I think this might be one of the best units we’ve ever had,” Madison said. “And we’ve had some really strong ones over the years.”

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

“One of the most explosive kids in the whole district,” Madison said of Powdrell, who started last season at tackle before moving to safety.

At linebacker, senior Cole Walters led the team in tackles last year and is a force in passing. Mason Stallons, another senior, also has potential to lead the team in tackles.

Cameron Hall provides senior leadership on the defensive line.

“The thing that excites me about this group is spring football, defensively, I felt like we were athletic, I felt like we understood the concepts,” Madison said.

College Park has made back-to-back playoff seasons three different times in program history. But it has never been three years in a row.

The Cavaliers will play for that opportunity in the restructured District 13-6A, which has gone from six teams to nine. College Park will battle 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 really good, competitive district,” Madison said. “There are talented teams and I think a lot of the programs have great coaches and have done a great job with their programs. Many of the programs improve every year. We have talented kids in the district.”

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

“We feel good about where our program is at. There’s a lot to be said for the experience of winning and seeing the older guys succeed and what it took for them.”

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