Cypress Springs High School senior Keimontra Washington (left) and Rusty Rohan (second from left), Panthers’ head football coach and campus athletic coordinator, join representatives from Angleton High School and the Kinkaid School. The three football programs were winners of the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Class Sportsmanship Awards, with Cypress Springs earning the top spot among Class 6A schools. (Courtesy photo)
Cypress Springs High School senior Keimontra Washington (left) and Rusty Rohan (second from left), Panthers’ head football coach and campus athletic coordinator, join representatives from Angleton High School and the Kinkaid School. The three football programs were winners of the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Class Sportsmanship Awards, with Cypress Springs earning the top spot among Class 6A schools. (Courtesy photo)
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By Kelsey Crowder and Abilene Brewer (Cypress Springs HS)

CYPRESS TEXAS — The Cypress Springs High School football team won the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Class 6A Sportsmanship Award, earning the honor over 14 other programs on Jan. 30 at the Bayou City Event Center during the club’s 14th annual Comerica Bank High School Sportsmanship of the Year Luncheon, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“It shows to everyone in the community that we have good kids and are men of character,” said Rusty Rohan, Cypress Springs head football coach and campus athletic coordinator.

Cy-Fair and Cypress Park high schools were also recognized as 6A award finalists during the luncheon.

The finalists were chosen based on six criteria:

  • actions of the football team;
  • actions of the coaches;
  • actions of the support groups at games, including parents, band and other auxiliary groups;
  • respect for the American flag;
  • a score based on the number of personal fouls incurred during games; and
  • a score based on the number of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

Voting was conducted by the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) Houston football chapter.

Cypress Springs finished ahead of runner-up Katy Tompkins and third-place Pasadena Memorial.

The Panthers were also finalists in 2013 and 2016.

“We want to continue having good sportsmanship and being representatives of Cy Springs, but also translating that to wins on the field,” Rohan said.

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