Mayde Creek (Texas) High School is undergoing an extreme makeover. With new coach Lance Carter at the helm, Mayde Creek will not be outworked in the off-season or unprepared during the regular season.
Carter, who left Westside High School after one playoff campaign, sets the tone in the weight room and mat room for his program. Carter was also a coordinator at La Marque High School during some of the Cougars' most dominant years, including the 2003 state championship team.
Luckily for Carter the cupboard is not bare at Mayde Creek, especially on defense. While the team is not going through spring practice, defensive end Jowyn Ward will anchor the defense after a successful junior campaign.
"He was good enough last year to get some early looks," Carter said. "He's our best defensive player returning, and he's going to be great this year. He will be a difference-maker and turn some serious heads. He will get plenty of offers by the start of the season."
Army has officially offered and schools such as Northwestern, Stanford and California are impressed with his 4.1 grade-point-average.
"I know he loves Nebraska," Carter said. "He's pretty open outside of Nebraska. He could be another one of those Cornhusker defensive ends. He's hoping they pull the trigger."
Carter is also thrilled with junior-to-be linebacker Justin Roberson. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound inside linebacker reminds him of one of his favorite former players.
"He's just like (Rashad) Bobino, all the way down to his mannerism," Carter said. "He's going to be a monster for the next two years."