The Lamar Redskins head football coach Tom Nolen became the 25th annual recipient of the Touchdown Club of Houston John Kelley Coach of the Year Award at the 33rd Annual High School Awards Dinner held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel near the Galleria.
Nolen, a longtime head coach who picked up his 250th career win this year in his team’s regular-season finale, was selected from a field that combined for 117 victories to 17 losses.
It took more than a decade for another HISD school to represent the Greater Houston area in the regional finals. And the last time a Houston ISD football team won a Class 5A regional final they had a legendary quarterback and a high-octane offense to pave the way.
The opponent was the same, and so was the coach, but the players were different, but that didn’t matter as the Lamar Redskins ended an 11-year drought by defeating the North Shore Mustangs 28-7 in front of a sold out crowd at Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium.
It was a wild and crazy weekend for area high school football playoff teams as many top-ranked teams were upset, ending their season of trying to reach the State Championship game!
Moving on into the Regional Finals this week will be the North Shore Mustangs, Lamar Redskins, Katy Tigers, Cy Ranch, Nederland Bulldogs, Fort Bend Marshall Buffaloes, West Orange Stark, and Navasota Rattlers.