Pearland set to host College Park

PEARLAND — The No. 11 state-ranked Pearland Oilers will host the College Park Cavaliers on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig.

The Oilers had a sluggish opening game last year but still prevailed 25-14. Head coach Tony Heath is hoping to see his squad come out much stronger in the season opener to kickoff the 2015 campaign.

College Park finished 3-8 last year and 2-4 in district and finished as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. They lost to The Woodlands 49-21 in the bi-district round to end their season.

The Cavaliers have six offensive and six defensive starters returning in 2015 with 25 lettermen on the roster.

Players to watch include RB A.J. Sanders , RB Dominic Garcia, FB Dane Nichols, QB Jordan Turnquest (6-0, 170, 4.6), DE John Love (6-2, 220), and FS Arie Wilson (5-10, 175, 4.6).

Love led the defensive front with 55 tackles while free safety Wilson had 75 tackles and two INTs.

Offensively, Sanders returns after gaining 792 yards on 150 carries and 9 TDs.

Pearland should have a lot of fire-power on both sides of the ball.

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.