October 30, 2011
Irving Settling In On Defense
As high school football season continues to wind down, several of the Houston Cougars' commits are vying for playoff spots. Jarrett Irving and his Spring (TX) Dekaney Wildcats are virtually a shoe in for the playoffs at this point, but the team is still fighting for a district title and could walk away with the District 13-5A Championship.
The Wildcats continued district action on Friday night when they traveled to Klein Memorial Stadium to take on the Klein Forrest Eagles and proved that they belong in the playoffs with a huge 56-35 victory over a talented Klein Forrest team, maintaining a first place tie with Klein Oak High School, which means the district championship won't be decided until the final week of the season next weekend.
Irving had five tackles and an interception in the contest and CougarsDen caught up with talented defender after the victory to talk about the victory and what the Wildcats are looking forward to going into the final week of the season.
"We made sure we contained Matt Davis," the talented safety said following the win. "We had to stop their run game and force them to play to our defensive strength."
Dekaney now sits at 8-1 (5-1) and are playing like they are one of the better teams in the greater Houston area.
"We've got a lot of weapons on offense and a lot of youngsters stepping up on defense giving us plenty of depth," Irving said.
District title or not, this team will find themselves in the playoffs and with the way they've been playing, they've got the tools to make a deep run.
"We're looking to make it all the way to the state championship but we have to be able to take it one game at a time," the 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety said. "We have to continue to stay mistake free on defense and try to get off the field as soon as we can and get our offense the ball."
The Wildcats only loss this season was a 38-6 letdown against district foe Klein Oak who sits at 6-3 (5-1) and also seems destined for the playoffs. Irving was injured for the Klein Oak game and would love for his team to get another shot at the Panthers.
"I would love to play them again," Irving added. "I didn't get to play in the first game because I rolled my ankle the week before, but I would love a rematch in the playoffs."
With all the success Irving is having he is bound to get interest from other schools, but the two sport star remains solid to Houston.
"Nothing new really going on with recruiting, no new offers but I'm a solid verbal to Houston and looking forward to playing in a BCS conference," Irving said. "Knowing they will likely end up going to a BCS conference makes me feel even stronger about it, because I know I'll be playing against top-notch schools and better competition at the next level."
Dekaney concludes their season next Friday night when they host 6-3 (3-3) Spring Westfield at George Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.
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