Katy Taylor High was prominently represented in the 2019 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Bayou Bowl Football Game.
The All-Star game, which took place June 8 at 7 p.m. at Challenger Columbia Stadium in League City and benefits scholarships awarded to male and female athletes in the Greater Houston area, marked its 17th year.
Recent graduates and former Mustang standouts Braedon Mowry, Josh Ferguson, Dillon Alam, and Sam Milich took to the high school gridiron one last time before going their separate ways as members of the West All-Stars squad.
Mowry, a defensive end; Ferguson, a linebacker; and Milich, a cornerback, will helped up the defense while offensive lineman Alam’s assignment was to protect Shadow Creek High quarterback Ja’Marian George and Hastings High triggerman Javon Williams.
Chad Simmons, head football coach at Katy Taylor, spoke highly of the quartet.
He described Ferguson, a New Mexico State commit, as a “strong, explosive kid.” The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Ferguson registered 252 total tackles as a three-year letterman.
A team captain in his senior year, Ferguson’s three sacks, five quarterback pressures, and two pass deflections earned him all-district honors.
“He’s the guy who made all the calls for the front,” Simmons told Texas Scorecard. “It was a total new system defensively, and he did a really great job of picking it up.”
Mowry, Simmons stated, was “one of the best players” he had ever seen in his 32-year career. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, the Texas A&M commit gave opposing quarterbacks fits and will bring his impressive 22-career sack mark to Aggieland.
For his efforts, Mowry, who was also a captain and three-year letterman, garnered all-district team, First Team All-Greater Houston Team, and First Team AP/USA Today All State honors.
“He’s the most athletic kid I’ve ever [had on my teams],” Simmons said. “The kid is unbelievable.”
Simmons said that Alam, who committed to Texas Wesleyan University, is the epitome of “a selfless player with great character off the field and great passion for the game.”
“What he didn’t have ability-wise, he made up for it with that [and] work ethic,” said Simmons, who is a part of the Don Clayton coaching tree, of one of his leaders in the trenches.
Two-year letterman Milich was an integral part of the Mustangs secondary. In 2018, he picked off two passes, deflected eight, and forced a fumble.
“He was our most consistent kid at corner,” said Simmons.
Among the four, Milich is the only one who will not play at the collegiate level. He will attend Blinn College in the fall.
Simmons was not surprised that Mowry, Ferguson, Alam, and Milich were picked to play in the local pigskin showcase, which once pitted the Lone Star State’s best against those of Louisiana.
“It’s obviously a great honor for them, and it’s a great honor for our program,” he said. “Somebody thought that they were the kind of kids they want character-wise [and] ability-wise to represent Taylor High School and the west Houston area in that game.”