EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE
8 OFFENSE, 8 DEFENSE
BRANDON SALINAS, BRANTLEY WILLIAMS,
ADAM RAMIREZ, RICHARD BURRIS,
BRANDON FOLEY, LAWRENCE GARNETT,
DANIEL DAVIDSON, STEPHANIE POLYDORE
KEY PLAYERS: Dennis Gafford (Sr., DB);
Brantley Williams Jr. (Sr., QB); Sean Goodman Jr.
(Sr., RB); Johnathan “Tank” Schnaufer (Sr., OL);
Jonathan Chapa (Sr., OL); Sammy Lemond (Jr.,
WR); Semaj Sims (Jr., LB); Reynard Lavigne (Sr.,
LB); Tyrell Buard (Jr., DL); Tyrrie Burton (Jr., LB)
Brantley Williams Jr.
Sean Goodman Jr.
2 Sean Goodman RB Sr.
3 Semaj Sims OLB Jr.
4 J Lon Kearny DB Jr.
5 Cameron Boudreaux DB Jr.
6 Samuel Lemond WR/DB Jr.
7 Clay Phoenix WR/DB Jr.
8 Cameron Howe QB Jr.
9 Brantley Williams Jr. QB Sr.
10 Mark Howe QB Jr.
11 Joel Cardenas S Sr.
12 Jerry Mingo WR Sr.
17 Aaron Rose LB Jr.
18 Gavin Mc Williams S Jr.
20 Dennis Gafford DB Sr.
21 Matthew Rodriguez DB Sr.
22 TyrrieBurton OLB Jr.
23 Micah Smith OLB Sr.
24 Antonio Chavez LB Jr.
26 D. Robinson-Jordan S Jr.
28 Coley Barnes RB/OLB So.
30 Kaleb Lastrape RB So.
31 JestinBrown LB/RB Jr.
33 Ricky McElroy DB Jr.
37 Derrick King QB So.
38SalvadorChavez DB So.
40 ReynardLavigne OL/LB Jr.
42 Bryan Herrera LB So.
45 Tyrell Buard DL Jr.
50 Deon Jackson DL Jr.
51 Gabriel Hightower LB So.
55 Jonathan Chapa OL Sr.
62 Israel Melendez OL Jr.
63 Justin Medina OL Jr.
64 Johnathan Schnaufer OL Sr.
66 Joseph Flores DL Sr.
68 Jonah Butler OL Jr.
74 David Hernandez OL Jr.
75 KelveonBerring OL/DL Sr.
76 StyllesSmith DL/OL Sr.
77 Matthew Dias OL Sr.
79 David Hernandez OL Jr.
80 Jordan Washington WR So.
81 Nicholas Frias DB Jr.
85 Gabriel Pena WR/DB Jr.
87 Jose Guzman OL So.
90 Roy Rivera WR Jr.
95 Seth Ramsey OL
AUG. 26: AT HUN TSVILLE
SEP. 1: VS. SPRINGWOODS
SEP. 10: VS. HOUSTON STERLING
SEP. 16: AT HOUSTON MADISON
SEP. 24: VS. SHARPSTOWN
SEP. 30: AT HOUSTON MILBY
OCT. 7: VS. HOUSTON FURR
OCT. 14: AT HOUSTON AUSTIN
OCT. 21: VS. HOUSTON NORTHSIDE
OCT. 28: AT HOUSTON LEE
The Waltrip Rams are ready for more in 2016. After getting another taste of the playoffs,
only to be handed a 59-0 loss to
Stratford, the Rams are hungry and
their eyes set on the postseason.
“We have high expectations for
this year,” Waltrip coach Todd
Wright said. “We’ve put in the work
in the offseason and our kids are
committed to the program. We are
looking forward to the new season.”
The Rams finished their 2015
campaign with a 6-5 overall record,
finishing fourth in district play with
a 4-3 record. Their loss to Stratford
made it the third year in a row
being dismissed by the Spartans –
something that won’t happen again
with the new UIL realignment.
“I think the kids are excited
about getting someone other than
Stratford if we make the playoffs,”
Wright said. “Our goal is to compete
at a high-level outside of just
Houston ISD and hopefully win
some playoff games.”
With the 2015 season now behind
them, the Rams are focused on
continuing improving as Wright
has a strong senior class to work
with as well as a high-ceiling group
of underclassmen. Twenty total
letterman are back in the fold along
with six starters on offense and an
impressive nine on the defensive
side of the ball.
Senior running back Sean Good-
man Jr. returns after a solid junior
season that earned him first-team
all-district honors. Goodman Jr. is a
power back that has speed to score
from anywhere on the field but also
keep the chains moving and that’s
key for any offense.
“He’s one of our hardest workers,”
Wright said. “We’re expecting big
things out of him. He’s worked on
his speed and he’s gotten better
at catching the ball out of the
Goodman Jr. will be helped by
having senior offensive linemen
Jonathan Chapa and Johnathan
“Tank” Schnaufer back. The two
are experienced starters that will
help pave the way for the Rams’
running game, while also giving
reliable pass protection for QB
“They are going to be huge for
us,” said Wright, who has to fill
three holes along the offensive
line. “There will be some guys new
to varsity or haven’t had as much
experience this year. We know
Chapa and Tank will coach them up
and help motivate them.”
Senior quarterback Brantley Williams passed for over 1200 yards
and 10 touchdowns as a junior last
season. He will have battle tested
receivers Jerry Mingo and Sammy
Lemond, who is the fourth brother
to go through the program, to throw
to. Lemond is the team’s leading
receiver having hauled in 23
passes for over 300 yards and four
touchdowns, in addition to duties at
receiver Lemond is also the team’s
“(Williams) played in every varsity
game last season so he knows the
speed now,” Wright said. “With him,
Chapa, Tank and Sean Goodman,
we have some leaders in the
huddle. I think ( Williams) will really
benefit from the depth of skill kids
we have this year. I also know that
the offense as a whole should be
in better shape with the experience
they now have from last year.”
With nine starters back on
defense, expect the Rams to boast
one of the stingiest defensive units
in Houston ISD, Tyrell Baurd had
four sacks a year ago and should
be a major pass rushing force,
while Dennis Gafford is back to
patrol the secondary, he tallied
three interceptions in 2015.
The Rams were successful at
every level last year, boasting winning records from their freshman
and JV teams, including a freshman
team that took home the district
title. That infusion of young talent
should add to the Rams depth and
make them a contender in the new
“We are going to have two or
three sophomores this year playing
big roles along with some juniors
from the JV that will give us more
depth than we’ve had in a while. In
addition our overall team speed will
be much improved, we’re definitely
excited to get things going,” Wright
said. Houston Waltrip has definitely
cemented their place as a perennial playoff contender in HISD, but
the bar is now higher and the Rams
are eyeing a district title and more
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