There has been a lot of new schools opening in the Houston area over recent years and with new schools come new programs. Porter High School is only in their 5th year of existence having opened up in August of 2010, but the football team is ready to come out of the shadows and make a name for them. Head football coach, Reno Moore, is back to lead the Spartans and talked to us about his expectations and goals for the season.
Like every high school football program, the Spartans had a strength and conditioning program this summer. “It was really good. It was probably the most positive summer we’ve had simply because of the senior leadership. They made a point to make sure the younger guys were here every day and on top of that they worked while they were here,” Coach Moore said. UIL only allows 6 weeks to practice the boys over the summer. The coaching staff and coach Moore got together and made the decision to use the last 3 weeks of the summer leading into the school year for practice. They called it “The Big Push.” They made it a point to use the last 3 weeks because they felt it was the most important.
This season there is only 13 seniors on the roster. Though, Coach Moore believes that they are quality young men and very trustworthy. “They’re the difference in our football team right now.” Coach Moore stated. There are a total of 6 seniors on the team that are 3 year lettermen and 3 of them started and played quite a bit since their sophomore years. So that leaves them with a young roster which consists of 10 sophomores with 5 of them starting at times on defense and 4 starting on offense consistently.
Porter will depend on a few guys to help carry some of the load and lead the team throughout the season. Senior WR Marlon Lewis, a 3 year starter, has the capability of making a great play every time he touches the football. He also handles much of the special team’s returns. Over his tenure he became the all-time leader in total yards for Porter High School football. “He puts up big numbers when he touches the ball,” Coach Moore said. Porter is anchored by 3 senior offensive linemen. Gavin Lukasik is the RT, a big physical force. Christian Sanchez and Louis Hickman play LT and LG. “Those two have played a lot football beside each other. They almost know what each other is thinking before the other one opens their mouth. They’re almost like brothers,” Coach Moore admitted.
Porter and New Caney High School will play in the newly built Texan Drive Stadium this season. After they break in the stadium on September 12, 2014 against each other, it will be their permanent home stadium. The first words that came to Coach Moore’s mind about the new facility were “first class.” He talked very high of the district for making the stadium as nice as possible for not only the players and coaches but for the community as well.
Going into district will be a tough challenge not only with the level of competition but with the high number of teams in the district as well. There are 9 teams (Dayton, Galena Park, Humble, Kingwood Park, Barbers Hill, New Caney, Porter, CE King, and Crosby) in district 21 5-A but only 4 of those teams make it to the playoffs. “That’s just that many more games you have to win,” Coach Moore claimed. The two toughest games may just come at the end of the year against district favorites Crosby and Dayton. Coach Moore believes it’s a good thing as it will give them an opportunity to see where they are at –competitively — at the end of the year.
Two years ago the Spartans failed to get a victory. Last season they stressed about getting that first victory and they did so by defeating Sam Rayburn 28-6. They did one better by winning again the next week 26-19 vs Caney Creek starting the season at 2-0. Improving is the most important aspect for the Spartans and this season they plan on carrying over that and making a “Big Push” in district.