CYPRESS — Finally reaching the first week of the 2021 Texas high school football season, the Cy Park Tigers return from a 6-5 playoff season — that like rest of the state — was an uphill battle against the constant threat of COVID-19.
Picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine as the number three position in District 16-6A, and the top slot in the the Division II brackets, with almost all starters returning from last year’s squad, Head Coach Greg Rogers’ Tigers finally have a taste of the playoffs. The first two seasons of varsity action had returned only three victories.
The Tigers’ now enter their fourth year playing varsity, still looking for ways to make the program better. The first scrimmage was at Tomball, and the second was at Cy Park High School’s turf field as the Tigers hosted the Brenham Cubs, a Class 5A school northwest of the Cypress area.
“The biggest thing is that we made some improvements in some areas we knew we needed to focus on from last week,” Rogers said after the second and final scrimmage of the year. “That week-to-week improvement — if we can continue that throughout the season — that’s all we can ask for.”
However, the head coach acknowledged that his players are still making progress on the field.
“We’re definitely not in mid-season shape yet,” Rogers said. “The weather this week kind of got us: We were forced inside all but yesterday. So we were fighting that, and the conditioning will come. That’s the biggest thing, and that’s the benefit of non-district games: We get to continue to build depth and continue to get our guys into shape, and I think we’ll be okay.”
The multiple college football scouts on the sideline only emphasized the fact that Cy Park has a growing program that is ready to flex its greatness.
“I’m just excited to come out and work with these guys and go to battle everyday,” Rogers added. “It’s a great group of guys to be around.”
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