Pearland selected second in pre-season District 22-6A race

PEARLAND — The Dave Campbell Texas Football Magazine has been released and the Pearland Oilers have picked by the magazine to finish second in the District 22-6A race behind the defending champion Manvel Mavericks.

Over the past three years, the Mavericks have won the district crown while the Oilers have finished in the runner-up position.

Manvel had been pretty dominate until last season when the Mavs barely escaped The Rig with a two-point victory. The Oilers' two-point conversion came up short with less than three minutes left in the game leaving Manvel clinging to a 35-33 victory.

It appears that the district championship will hinge on the Pearland/Manvel game again, but forecasters look for Dawson and Pasadena Dobie to also be contenders for the top four playoff spots.

Pearland head coach Tony Heath will be entering his 18th year at the helm which has seen one of the greatest turnarounds in Texas high school football history.

Once a perennial loser, the Oilers now find themselves as one of the winningest teams in the state of Texas of any classification.

The Oilers will be looking to advance to the playoffs for the 16th straight season and to improve Heath's career record of 176-48 as the winningest coach in PHS history with the 2010 squad setting a new PHS record at 16-0 and a first-ever Class 5A Division I State Championship. The Oilers beat the Katy Tigers at Rice Stadium in front of 41,367 fans for the 5A Region III Div. I crown. Pearland beat 2009 5A Div. I defending state champion Euless Trinity 28-24 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas in front of over 60,000 fans.

The 2015 season looks just as positive as any other Heath led football campaign as Pearland will return six offensive and seven defensive starters. The Oilers will also have 33 returning lettermen making this one of Heath's more experience football squads.

Some of the returning players to watch will be WR Cody Williams (6-3, 210) who was the team's leading receiver in 2014 with 38 catches for 605 yards and four TDs, S Brycen Drenon (6-1, 185), LT Adam Jewel (6-3, 255), DE Joey Longoria (6-2, 260; 37 tackles, 7 TFL), DT Emylle Jones (6-1, 255; 43 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 TFL).

There will be an outstanding group of juniors led by RB Davier Pinkston (6-0, 180) who came on strong at the end of last season due to some injuries to other running backs. Pinkston proved he belonged on the field as a sophomore as he carried the ball 94 times for 567 yards and seven TDs and junior LB Derek Parish (6-2, 220).

Other players that will provide experience and leadership include: OL Joey Williams, sophomore DB Auston Deason (6-2, 175), WR Isiah Channey, OL Justin Lilley, LB Zane Gonzales, QB Connor Blumrick, QB Jacob Whitehead, S Kordell Caldwell, RB Chase Foster, and LB Dylon Roach.

Whitehead stepped in the playoffs to lead the Oilers past Deer Park in the first round of the playoffs after the starting QB got hurt. Whitehead did an excellent job and should be a strong contender for the starting job entering the 2015 season though Blumrick is also considered a serious challenger.

Pearlanders need to plan on another great season and make plans to get your season tickets and game gear in support of the Oilers.

2015 Oiler Football Schedule

Thur Aug 27 College Park Home 7:00 pm
Fri Sep 4 SB Memorial Away 7:00 pm
Fri Sep 11 Pas. Dobie Home 7:00 pm
Sat Sep 19 Pasadena Away 6:00 pm
Fri Sep 25 S. Houston (HC) Home 7:00 pm
Fri Oct 2 Dawson Away 7:00 pm
Fri Oct 9 Alvin (PO) Home 7:00 pm
Fri Oct 16 Sam Rayburn Away 7:00 pm
Fri Oct 23 Pas. Memorial Home 7:00 pm
Fri OPEN      
Fri Nov 6 Manvel Away 7:00 pm