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Pearland’s Tullos happy with spring football progress

May 28, 2019 GMT

Each team has its specific goals for spring football, but one which is common for all those partaking in those practices is emerging injury-free.

Thus when Pearland second-year head coach Ricky Tullos took his team through the padded wars for several weeks, he was both pleased and relieved following the Oilers’ spring game.

“Getting out of there healthy was very, very important,” Tullos said. “That’s always a risk when you do spring football.

“I just felt we needed to have spring football because we graduated a lot of two- and three-year starters. We’ll be seeing a lot of new faces on offense and defense.”


The majority of those starters were fixtures in the offensive and defensive lines.

“That’s where games are won and lost,” Tullos said. “We really needed to see our guys with the pads on. We wanted to create a lot of competition to see where we stand.

“I thought we accomplished that. A lot of our players had a great spring, and we had quite a few athletes who showed a lot of progress since the last day of football this past fall.”

Pearland is well-stocked at the skill positions with returning quarterback J.D. Head, running back Torrance Burgess and wide receivers Clayton Broeder and Jaden Piece.

That group also received a boost from Katy Taylor move-in Brandon Campbell, who should bolster the backfield.

However, that group will only be as successful as its offensive line.

“We lost three starters on both sides of the ball so we’ll have some new faces in there,” Tullos said. “But we feel good about the people we’ll have filling those roles.

“We have a lot of great players coming up from the junior varsity, and being in the second year of our system always helps. The kids are a little more accustomed to how we do things.”

Defensively, Pearland is also looking at an almost entirely new front seven.

“We have very good players who play with high motors,” Tullos said. “We have six or seven kids battling in the line and six or seven more battling at linebacker.

“Not only does that give you good competition at those positions, but it also creates depth. We probably won’t figure out who our starters are there until the first game of the season.”

The spring game provided a good dose of hard hitting and helped in the decision-making process leading into the summer.

“Our summer workout is always critical,” Tullos said. “If you take those months off, you’ll lose everything you’ve built.


“If you come into the fall not in good shape, you don’t put yourself in a position to be successful. We encourage our players to be here all summer, and it usually pays dividends in the fall.

Pearland looks to defend its District 23-6A championship. The Oilers posted a 10-0 regular season record before losing in bi-district to Dickinson.

“We had an awesome spring game,” Tullos said. “We split the teams in half, we split the coaching staff in half.

“The game-winner came down to a field goal from 40 yards out. It was fun for the kids and coaches.”