Hastings High School Football

If you checked out my post from yesterday, you would have seen my foray into Katy Football. Well, this is part two of that same story but a different school. Hastings High in Alief. Hastings is a tiny bit special to me for a few reasons. It's a stones throw from Alief Amity Park where I spent countless hours during my teenage years perfecting my game on a concrete court. It's the school where my nieces and nephew have and will graduate from. And it's one of the two public high schools I would have gone to had I not attended Chinquapin.

Hastings has a little bit of a different story than Katy. This past season was the first season with new head coach David Martel and a new coach means a new beginning. The Bears finished the season 4-7 while going a very respectable 4-2 in district play. I also spent time at a handful of practices and shot the 49-6 loss to Morton Ranch. Check it out!


Katy High School Football

Earlier this year and late in the summer, I was working on a Houston high school football story that ultimately was killed. It was pretty cool for me because I was creating pretty much the same work that I'd started with Coolidge and continued with Monterey Trail. This time, for an actual story and this time in my good ole hometown of Houston.

If you don't know anything about the small town of Katy 30 miles west of downtown Houston, let me school you. They do high school football very well. There are seven high schools in the suburb but only one stands as the crown jewel of the gridiron: The Katy Tigers. They had only been to the state finals twice between the years of 1959 and 1994 but soon went on a roll. 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. They took home the championship 7 times of those 13 years. Talk about Friday night lights. The program, the fan base and the support are unlike anything I've seen and trust me, I've been around a lot of high school football.

I spent a handful of days photographing the team at practice and during a 37-14 win against The Woodlands. Here are some highlights.