Post spring report: Klein Collins

Providing our fans with the best high school and recruiting news is the aim of the TexasPrepInsider organization. Today, we bring you a brief spring report for the District 13-5A team Klein Collins. We caught with coach Drew Svoboda for an update.

After having a plus .500 season last year and still missing the playoffs, the Klein Collins football team returns with plenty of goals, most of which involve the team moving forward. The Tigers finished 6-3, 4-3 in District 13-5A play.

Going into his second year as the headman, coach Drew Svoboda has seen the improvements in this young program. 

"One of the main challenges we face going into 2009 is that we set the bar pretty high last year. We won all games but three," Svoboda said. "All were close battles with Klein Forest, Klein, and Westfield. You know that still leaves a bad taste in our mouths so keeping these kids focused is key. We feel like we turned the corner last year and we just have to keep it going and build on the foundation we set last fall."

And that foundation was something that has resonated throughout the entire program, including the lower classifications, where the numbers speak for themselves. That is one key factor that Svoboda keyed in on as he looks to keep the program successful year in and year out at Collins.

"There is a ton of great stuff going on at Klein Collins. Both of our freshman teams were district champs and our eighth grade feeder school was district champs, along with our junior varsity, that finished 5-3," Svoboda said. "So there is a lot winning going on at those lower levels and that is good because winning is a habit, as is the alternative. These kids understand that and worked hard this spring.

"And you know we play some good football on the North side and we have our work cut out for us like everyone else."

With that said, the Tigers are looking to bounce back after the 2008 season that left them the odd man out. Their three losses in district proved to be the difference when it came down to the tiebreaker with three teams vying for the final two playoff spots.

"Last year was great for us even though we barely missed the playoffs," Svoboda said. "We tied for third place in the district and lost out on the tie breaker with Westfield and Klein. We know, again this year, it will be another challenging year. Everybody on our schedule Klein Oak, Klein Forest, Westfield and the others will be tough. In pre-district we are playing Conroe, Spring, and Cy Fair. There are a lot of good football teams on our schedule so we know we have to bring our best game each week in order to compete."

As the months tick down to kick off for the 2009 season, Svoboda has one concern that is personnel related, but feels like the team will be OK.

But he will need some guys to step in fairly quick and make up for what was lost due to graduation.

"The biggest concern we had was on defense because we had one of the top defenses in the area, and we were the top defense in our district," Svoboda said. "But we graduated seven players off of that team, so filling those spots were huge."

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