2007 Team Insider: The Woodlands Highlanders

The Woodlands has long had a proud and winning tradition. Ever since 1996 when McCullough Senior High officially changed their name to The Woodlands High School the football team has never had a below .500 regular season. In fact, they've only had 2 losing seasons since their start in 1978. That great string of wins has equaled to an amazing 12 straight playoff appearances.

Although the winning tradition is still intact, the start of College Park High School fielding a varsity football team last year has severely hurt The Woodlands in multiple ways such as the depth they have always been accustomed to. Luckily for them they still have great coaching and still have a more than solid base of athletes to draw from.

This season the Highlanders will definitely use their running game to fuel the offense. SR RB Tracy Milo leads the backfield with 1, 060 yards last season and 8 touchdowns. The quarterback position has been a battle ever since QB Parsons left campus. During the 7on7 season this summer SR QB Carey Poarch and SR QB Tyler Eckenrode rotated every series. As of right now it looks like Poarch will get the starting nod as he led his team down the field quite often this summer including a big upset against Southlake Carroll at the state tournament. Ironically, that would make the starting backfield for the Highlanders an All-Conroe team as they both transferred from heated rival Conroe High School after leading their freshman A team to a great season. Poarch will have a good group of wideouts with star JR WR Alex Tweedy leading along with WR Ryan Eastman. The offensive line will be anchored down by SR OL Brandon Thompson who has received multiple offers already including Texas Tech, Oklahoma St., Texas A&M, Arizona, and Nebraska. Also paving the way for RB Milo will be SR OL Josh Faw and SOPH OL Chad Lindsey.

The Highlander defense takes a hard hit as it returns only two returning starters from last seasons very stingy defense. The defensive secondary was the hardest hit as they lost Zach Carpenter, Taylor Skaufel (Standford), and Taylor Charbonnet (Texas Tech) all to graduation. SR DB Jordan Osborne and SR DB Chase Maires will have to step in immediately and fill some very big shoes. The linebackers will be all new faces as well like JR LB James Warren, SR LB Tyler Reno, and SR LB Drew McBee. The defensive front will have to help this newcomers along and should do the job with SR DE Herman Watson and SR DL Eric Steagall.

The Woodlands had a string of 5 straight years where they went at least 3 rounds deep end with a loss to North Shore in the state championship game. Since then they have lost in the second round then the first round the past two seasons. The Highlander Nation is used to winning and will push for anything that will get them there again. Although they may not ever win a district title with Lufkin in the mix, Woodlands will extend their consecutive playoff streak this season to 13 but will probably find themselves with another earlier than expected exit.


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