Meet the Content Team

Introducing the Content Team (and this is just the beginning!)

Matt Diggs

Matt Diggs has been covering the Metroplex for the past seven years. Matt's love and passion for the game is unparalleled, as evidenced by the fact that he has attended over 80 games a year for the last 5 years. Quoted frequently in the Dallas Morning News, and while having his rankings run in over 70 statewide newspapers, his comments and thoughts on the game are the well respected througout the state of Texas. During football season, Diggs predicts over 80-85% of football games right, and during 7 on 7, Diggs and Matthew Stepp are typically the only media outlets at most tournaments. Although a Psychology Professor by trade, when the Fall comes, don't expect him to be around on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night - expect him in a press box at an area football stadium. Diggs's true passion in high school football is his lovable Plano East Panthers, his alma mater, and a team that lives in infamy for the greatest "come from behind loss" of all time. He is a bipolar fixture to the website, and whether you love him or hate him, you read what he has to say!

Matthew Stepp

Matthew is entering his third season with the TPI crew. Stepp specializes in covering the Tarrant County area along with being our go-to-guy for all things related to Class 3A...... including Regional and State Rankings. Matt is also considered one of the state's leading authorities in 7 on 7 football and is in charge of all of our 7 on 7 coverage. Matt is also the co-host of the popular internet radio show, "Metroplex Minutia." During the off-season Matt writes the popular "Stepping Stones" articles which are daily updates on the state's top recruits. Matt also does free-lance work for the Dallas Morning News and has appeared on several radio broadcats across the state. Before joining the team Matt helped grow the 3A DownLow into the state's most popular class specific message board.

Andy Alfaro

Andy Alfaro's love for football began in Junior High when he first stepped onto a football field. And though his football playing days are long behind him, his love for Texas high school football still remains. In 2002, Andy launched – a football website devoted to his alma mater. Six years later he still maintains the site and provides most of the site's content. One popular feature of the website is the photo galleries. There you'll find pictures of football games and events including pictures of other sports at WHS. During his spare time, Andy does some freelance photography for the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper in Waxahachie. In 2006, he participated in a Cub Reporter program taking game photos for, and will be providing photos and video for the DFW area for TPI.

James Fremont

James Fremont began his sports journalism career with an internship in the fall of 1999 at the Texas City Sun, where he covered all high school and other sports until the paper's closure in 2004. After a year at the Galveston County Daily News and a year in North Carolina, Fremont has returned to join the staff. Fremont also does freelance work for various papers in Southeast Texas. His work has received awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Texas Press Association. Fremont played some football and basketball but wound up writing about the games instead before finishing high school. Fremont, 25, lives in Houston, and will be focused on covering the Houston and SE Texas region.

Robert Sellers

Sellers was born in Pasadena, went to Pasadena High School, and played football in High School at the offensive guard and defensive tackle positions. Sellers will be providing photos and video in the Houston area.

Jeff Howe

For five years Jeff Howe has covered a wide variety of sports but his passion is for the gridiron.

Born in Georgetown, Texas on September 21, 1983, Jeff graduated from Florence High in 2002 after earning three varsity letters in football. In addition to earning an all-District nomination as a senior, Jeff was also a recipient of the team's Fighting Heart Award and helped the Buffaloes advance to the Class 2A state playoffs, the school's first state playoff berth in 43 years. Jeff also earned varsity letters in basketball, which included a playoff appearance in the 2001-02 season, powerlifting, and track.

After graduating from high school, Jeff helped to develop and run "The Florentine," a small newspaper serving Florence and other small communities surrounding Williamson County. During his near three year stint with the paper, Jeff covered high school sports as well Baylor University athletics, Round Rock Express minor league baseball, Austin Wranglers arena football, U.I.L. state championships in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field, as well as the Texas Relays and special assignments covering the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, and Houston Astros. Jeff has also done work for the Austin American-Statesman, the Killeen Daily Herald, and the Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury.

Currently Howe is an undergraduate student at Texas State University in San Marcos Texas where he is pursing a degree in journalism. Howe will be responsible for covering Central Texas for TPI.

Brandon Williams

Brandon C. Williams is a senior writer for He has more than 17 years of experience as a sportswriter, having served as a sports editor in La Marque (TX) and Galveston. Williams attended Southwest Texas State, where he was also the sports editor of the school paper for two years and has nearly 20 awards for his writing and editing expertiste. He joined TPI in the summer of 2006 and covers the Houston-Galveston area for the site.

Williams also worked at Fox Sports Net for five years and also serves as a freelance writer for several newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel. He also handles high school football and basketball broadcasting duties for Texas Sports Radio Network. Williams is single and is the proud uncle of three boys.

Ahmard Vital

Ahmard Vital has helped bring media exposure to Houston high school athletes to the next level. Vital's love for writing began in high school and resulted in a B.A. in Journalism Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. A 12-year veteran of the journalism community, Vital's relationships with local media outlets have established him as a fixture on the high school sports scene in Houston. His experience with various sports marketing entities has allowed him to work directly with some of the best high school football players and coaches in the Houston area. As a former college football player, Vital brings his passion for sports and his journalism experience to the network, where he works tirelessly to bring you the scoop on Houston's brightest young stars.

John Hoffman

Hoffman is originally from Falls Church, Virginia. Hoffman has officiated High School Football for 8 years, and umpired High School/Babe Ruth baseball for 10 years. Hoffman became beat writer for Bay City Tribune in 1995 covering High School Football for Tidehaven High School, and served as play-by-play broadcaster for KZRC radio in 1998 covering Tidehaven High School.

Recently, Hoffman moved over to KMKS radio in 1999 as Color commentator for Bay City High School Football/Baseball. Hoffman worked as writer for TexasPrepXtra since 2002 covering Southeast Texas Football specializing in lower classes (3A, 2A). Hoffman resides in Bay City with his wife Wendy and children Carissa 10, Kaley 2, and Lesley 7 months.

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