HOUSTON – The dust has settled on the 2017 Texan Live Special Teams Player of the Year voting and Atascocita’s Tristan Heaton has come out victorious.
In one of the highest participating polls, Heaton (10.6% of votes) just beat out Luis Moreno (9.8% of votes) of Manvel.
So what happens when your star kicker/punter graduates? Simple. You bring on his brother to step up.
David Heaton III was the previous kicker for the Eagles and hit one of the most iconic game winning field goals in the playoffs last season against the reigning state champion North Shore Mustangs.
Tristan, just a sophomore at the time, was admiring from the sidelines in uniform rooting his brother on, knowing his opportunity awaited.
Now his brother is off kicking for the ULM Warhawks so his opportunity has arrived.
Well, he certainly made the most of his opportunity going a stellar 66/68 for PATs and converting 100% of the field goals he attempted in 2017.
Heaton’s punting was superb as well. He had 43 punts that spanned 1725 yards which on average was just over 40-yards per attempt. His longest went for 52-yards with 14 punts inside the 20-yard-line.
His efforts earned him 1st-team all-district in 21-6A and even got an invitation to be on the U.S. National Team at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Though Atascocita did not make it as far as they did in 2016, it was a tough road for a team that did not have much experience at the varsity level.
The Eagles still managed to go undefeated in 21-6A claiming back-to-back district championships and beat Pasdadena Memorial and Dickinson in the 2017 UIL playoffs before taking a tough loss to the Katy Tigers in the regional semifinals.
Heaton will return in 2018 and is eager to help Atascocita make another run at state.