On O or D, Conway makes it happen

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes. Today, we feature Houston Lamar defensive back Neiko Conway. This TPI feature is free so enjoy.

In a close game between two powerhouse Houston ISD 5A programs last Thursday at Barnett Stadium, Lamar's Neiko Conway knew that something had to be done to bring his team back into the game. In the contest against Chavez, Lamar was down going in the fourth quarter.

And was the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Conway who got the pendulum swinging back in favor of the Redskins.

"I feel we did very good this game. I stepped in at wide receiver and made a touchdown catch to bring us back in the game," Conway said of his 40-yard touchdown reception. 

With that said, the offensive side of the ball is not where Conway's strong suit is. He has made a name for himself as a defensive back and has excelled during his tenure at Lamar.

For this season, Conway leads the team with three interceptions and plays a key role in run support as well.

But for Conway, after giving up 415 yards of offense to the Lobos, the defensive effort against Chavez was not up to par by his standards. 

"Our defense is strong, but today, or really this week we had a bad week of practice so we could have played better," Conway said. "Also, the weather kind of affected the field a little and we were slipping. I think that made the game a little closer than it should have been."

Either way, this one came down to wire and was not over until the final buzzer sounded. In essence when looking at the overall competition within the district, this game may have set the bar as the two front runners of the 20-5A race.

In the end, the perennial favorite for the HISD 5A district crown ended up pulling out the win. For Conway, he feels like that is what his team does when faced with close game situations.

"When it came down to it, we just held our composure and keep our heads up and looked to make plays," Conway said. "And when we need a play, playmakers make the big plays."

Of course, that includes him as well. But even though that is a known fact, Conway has not seen the fruition carry over into the realm of college recruiting. Sure there are some squads looking at him, but he has yet to pull in offer No. 1.

"No offers for me yet, but Rice, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, TCU and UTEP are talking to me," Conway said. There are no favorites right now for me. Really, it's whatever."

Conway and the Lamar football team have a bye for Week 5, but resume District 20-5A play on October 3 against Westside.

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