Stratford Parents and Players,
We received great news from our SBISD Athletic Department Sunday!
"I am pleased to report that we have been granted permission to resume Strength and Conditioning Camp and Sports Specific Instruction, including Individual Sports activities, beginning Wednesday, August 12th. This applies only to our fall sports—volleyball, football, cross country, team tennis, swimming and golf—and only for our high school student-athletes."
We will be following the same safety protocols that we followed in June, with a few adjustments.
- All workouts will be outdoors
- Face masks will be mandatory
- M-F 4-6pm (due to teacher in-service)
Please review the attached more detailed information.
Also, we will soon have our updated schedules, important dates, equipment hand out details, and specific practice times. Please make sure you are receiving notifications from the SportsYou app.
Spartans, let's make the most of this opportunity!
Welcome to Stratford America and the best high school booster club in town! Whether you are a returning member or are new to Stratford High School, we welcome you!
Your support of the Athletic Booster Club allows us to fill many wish list requests of all SHS UIL sports programs as well as provide scholarships to graduating athletes. There are various membership levels and perks! Please click the link below to sign up today!
Watch this video from Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson! Thank you to Raising Cane's for their support!
Thank you to all of our Sportsfest Auction Underwriters! See the full list here.
Congratulations to these athletes who have committed to play their sport in college:
Baseball -John Alvey- Univ. of Houston
Golf - Dennis Butts - Trinity
Men's Soccer - Francies Galdino – Angelina College; Jack Manke – Texas Lutheran Univ; Milan Jokic – Texas Lutheran Univ
Cross Country - Hope Sage - TCU; Marlene Soto- Southern Arkansas; Landon Reed- Southern Arkansas; Kamal Jalal - Odessa Community
“Stadium Seats" are sold by the Class of 2022, but as a courtesy to our Boosters we invite you to order them. They can be found here: https://stratford-class-of-2022.square.site .
Online shopping is now available for Spartan Merchandise. Orders will be available for porch pick up each week on Fridays at 13630 Barryknoll.
The Spartans opened the season with a convincing 31-6 win over an improved Alvin squad on a beautiful evening at Alvin Memorial Stadium.
The Spartan defense came ready to play and were having none of Alvin’s flexbone option offense in the first half. The swarming defense forced several turnovers in the game and had great plays from Colin Tenney, Drew Arend, and Jackson Piercy. The defense was stout despite giving up a late touchdown. The defensive line and linebackers controlled play most of the game. Reco Griffin led the team in tackles with 6 solo and 6 assists. Alvin chose not to test the secondary in the passing game and attempted just one pass.
The Spartan offense, led by senior AJ Abbott, looked crisp despite dealing with an enormous defensive lineman on Alvin’s side. The offense moved the ball throughout the game. Abbott (14/22 149 yds, 2 TDs) delivered beautiful TD strikes to Hawkins Polley; first on a corner and then later on a post route. The running game got on track in the second half as the offensive line opened big holes for Darese Steptoe who scored on two long TD runs. Rushing stats - Steptoe 7 carries 80 yds, Diego Denson 4 for 13 yds, and Abbott 6 for 31 yds. Receiving - Polley 3 receptions for 48 yds, Ben Moseley 7 for 61 yds, Will Kight 2 for 19 yds, Denson 1 for 13 yds and Steptoe 1 for 8 yds.
Jacob Folh got the scoring going with a 25 yard field goal, and It was all Stratford after that. It was a good team win highlighted by good team tackling and good team blocking for much of the game.
Kicking off the 2020 season, the Spartan JV Green team shut out Alvin 44-0 in a neutral site game at Memorial H.S.
The defense set the tone early. Alvin’s first possession was a three-and-out, highlighted by a tackle for loss by Dylan Schick and a 3rd down stop by Antwone McDonald.
Patrick Johnson returned the Alvin punt 15 yards, and Nash Rankin brought out the offense. Working with a short field, Dallas Payne ran for 10 yards, followed quickly by a pitch left to Duncan Fry, who ran for the touchdown behind good line pushes from Hunter Jones and Austin LaRue. Rankin held for the extra point, and Giancarlo “Mr. Automatic” Chelala knocked it through for a 7-0 lead.
The defense was strong again on Alvin’s next drive. Cooper King stripped the ball from Alvin’s running back and put the offense back on the field. The key play was a 4th & 10 scramble conversion by Rankin, with good blocking by Hudson Perroni and Zach Moore. After another Rankin run, Payne crashed through the middle for a touchdown. Chelala’s XP was good for a 14-0 lead.
Jake Brand booted the ensuing kickoff all the way to the 20-yard line, and Anthony Yoder stuffed the returner for no gain. On Alvin’s next play, King was there again to recover a fumble. Working quickly, Rankin hit Triston Williams across the middle for 15 yards, then Dallas “Tornado” Payne authored the spin move of the year, leaving the defense in the dust on a TD run. Spartans led after 1Q 21-0.
SHS kept the pressure on in 2Q. After Yousif Hamdi made a nice stop to force a punt, Johnson returned it 30 yards down the left side, doing a flip move when he got tackled. After the SHS drive stalled, the coaches sent Brand out for a long 41-yard field goal attempt. With the crowd hoping he would make it, Brand came through with a great kick and was mobbed by his teammates, pushing the lead to 24-0.
Deon Walker and Collin McKnight’s secondary play on Alvin’s next drive forced a punt. SHS took over at midfield, and once again it was “Rankin to Williams over the middle”. The 50-yard touchdown pass and Chelala’s XP kick gave SHS a 31-0 lead.
In other news, Aden Mancuso is still successfully blocking the Alvin wide receiver to the ground for about the 20thdefensive play in a row.
With a 38-0 halftime lead, the defense was determined to keep the zero on the board. After a 3Q SHS fumble, the defense stiffened behind solid tackling from Jack Hachtman and McKnight, and good defensive line pushing from Aaron Rhee. The third quarter ended with Alvin turning the ball over on downs.
SHS final scoring drive started with Deon Walker’s 25-yard run up the middle, and King ran to the right side on a tough 12-yard gain, carrying Alvin tacklers with him. Walker carried again to the 1-yard line, and Rankin pushed through on a TD keeper behind blocking from Ross Stewart.
Well done Spartans! We’ll see you next week at Oak Ridge…..
The swim team kicked off their season this past Saturday, September 26th, at Cinco Ranch High School in a tri-team meet that also included Memorial High School. This is an annual very unconventional all-relay meet including many crazy events, such as 8 x 25 200s split among 8 swimmers, 500s alternating between 2 swimmers swimming 50s (exhausting!), 3 x 100 flys and IMs, and backstroke relays, just to name a few!
The swimmers had a blast and the men’s/women’s combined scores tied for 1st place with Memorial High School. Way to go, Stratford! The swimmers are looking forward to a rematch with Memorial in the dual meet later in the season!
The swim/dive team will next compete in the Woodlands at Conroe ISD Natatorium on Thursday, October 8th at 4 pm. See you there!
Merchandise orders will be available for porch pick up each week on Fridays at 13630 Barryknoll.