Cypress (Texas) Woods High School is entering its first season on the varsity level with a big target on its back.
Strange that their opponents are so feverishly awaiting the Wildcats, but their success on the junior varsity levels have been legendary. Cy Woods has been ripping up the sub-varsity levels for two seasons at an alarming pace and even beat three varsity programs in 2007.
"We have been winning and it builds a winning attitude, but it doesn't translate to what we will see on the varsity level this year," coach David Jones laughs. "We have set some high expectations here with what we have done, and we will see if it translates. My thought is that it doesn't."
Last year, Cy Woods defeated Class 4A playoff team Marshall High School, 63-28, as well as knocking off Coldspring High and Wimberly High School.
With 350 athletes in the program, Cy Woods is predicted to make the playoffs by VYPE in one of the toughest districts in the state. A fast-break, precision offense and a stingy defense make the Wildcats a worthy and competitive opponent.
"We aren't pretty to look at, but we are pretty good," Jones said. "We are four wide and like to get 70-80 snaps a game on offense. We don't waste a lot of time on the line of scrimmage."
Directing Cy Woods is quarterback Lucas Devilliers, who is an underrated signal-caller that has been offered by Army.
"He's just a football player," Jones said. "With (Russell) Shepard and (Kolby) Gray in the district, he really gets overlooked. When he's on the field, good things happen."
Running back Chris Walker, receiver Bryce Callahan and offensive lineman Andrew Hall will anchor a deep offense that will shuttle in athletes on every play.
"Chris is a really shifty runner with good hands," Jones said. "Bryce and Hall are Division I kids in two years. They are gifted athletes."
Cy Woods' defense is a strength with the likes of defensive end Justin Washington, linebacker Patrick West and defensive back Tyler Williamson. Washington is a 6-foot-3, 275-pound sleeper, who has been offered by Arizona, Utah and UTEP, while West holds offers from Air Force and Tulsa.
"Justin will move inside at the college level but can really run for his size," Jones said. "West is a football player. He's got good size, but he's a throw-back linebacker."