The Program: Pearland High School Football

KHOU 11 Sports follows the Oilers for the 2017 season

“Plus 1” is their mantra.

KHOU 11 Sports went behind the scenes with one of the Houston area’s top-tier high school football teams in 2017.

The Pearland Oilers are used to success, and 2017 squad was no exception. They want to win a district title, and then compete for a Texas state championship.

However, life threw in a wrench or two into their plans. See how they reacted to big news in the off-season, and recovered from Hurricane Harvey en route to another playoff berth.

Part I

Pearland Oilers begin off-season workouts with big news

 

For this group, their biggest surprise of the year came one week into the off-season training program in mid-June. Head Coach Tony Heath announced to his players that he would be resigning and retiring from coaching.

PART I: Pearland Oilers begin off-season workouts with big news

For this group, their biggest surprise of the year came one week into the off-season training program in mid-June.

RAW VIDEO: Coach Tony Heath announces retirement

Pearland coach Tony Heath announced his retirement in the summer. Watch his speech to his players prior to off-season workouts.

FULL INTERVIEW: Pearland senior LB/FB Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson, a senior, spoke with our crew following off-season workouts during the summer. Johnson spoke about hearing the news of Coach Tony Heath's retirement.

RAW VIDEO: Coach Tony Heath going away party

Pearland coach Tony Heath announced his retirement in the summer.

Part II

Coach Farmer takes over the Pearland program

 

Long-time assistant coach James Farmer was named the interim head football coach for Pearland, and guided the Oilers through their off-season program.

PART II: Coach Farmer takes over the Pearland program

Long-time assistant coach James Farmer is named the interim head football coach for Pearland, and begins to guide the Oiler through their off-season program.

RAW VIDEO: Pearland Oilers at 7-on-7 state tournament

The Pearland Oilers looked to sharpen their skills during the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station during the summer.

PHOTOS: Offseason workouts with Pearland High School Football

RAW VIDEO: Pearland Oilers off-season workout program

The Pearland Oilers began their off-season program in mid-June as they started preparation for 2017.

Part III

Pearland Oilers begin camp; LB Carter eager to play again

 

The Pearland Oilers get back to work with the start of fall camp in August. One Oiler, De’Antoine Carter, a senior linebacker, is eager to get back on the field after a knee injury ended his junior campaign.

PART III: Pearland Oilers begin camp; LB Carter eager to play again

The Pearland Oilers get back to work with the start of fall camp in August. One Oiler, De'Antoine Carter, a senior linebacker, is eager to get back on the field after a knee injury ended his junior campaign.

FULL INTERVIEW: Former UT star, current NFL player Fozzy Whitaker

This summer, former Longhorns star and current Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker held a football camp for kids at his old high school in Pearland.

Part IV

Hurricane Harvey brings a halt to Pearland Oilers fall camp

 

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast just six days before the Pearland Oilers season-opener. Coach James Farmer and the players were forced to shift their focus and come up with another game plan. One Oiler, senior defensive back Brian Jackson, lost his home to the devastating flooding that hit the Houston area.

PART IV: Hurricane Harvey brings a halt to fall camp

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast just six days before the Pearland Oilers season-opener. Coach James Farmer and the players were forced to shift their focus and come up with another game plan.

PHOTOS: Training Camp with Pearland High School Football

RAW VIDEO: Meet the Pearland Oilers equipment staff

Meet the Pearland Oilers equipment staff.

Part V

Pearland Oilers look to start the season following Harvey

 

Hurricane Harvey kept the Pearland Oilers away from the field for 10 days. Their first two games were cancelled. Now their season-opener comes against top-ranked Manvel on Sept. 15.

PART V: Pearland Oilers look to start the season following Harvey

Hurricane Harvey kept the Pearland Oilers away from the field for 10 days. Their first two games were cancelled.

Part VI

Pearland Oilers bounce back despite injuries

 

The Pearland Oilers used their Homecoming and home-opener against Pasadena Memorial to bounce back after a disappointing opening loss. Six Oilers were out with injuries, but linebacker De’Antoine Carter made his season debut.

PART VI: Pearland Oilers bounce back despite injuries

The Pearland Oilers used their Homecoming and home-opener against Pasadena Memorial to bounce back after a disappointing opening loss.

Part VII

Injuries mount as Pearland vies for playoff berth

 

Is a 5-3 record good enough to make the playoffs for an 18th-straight season? The Pearland Oilers are also missing 10 of their original starters from the beginning of the season.

PART VII: Injuries mount as Pearland vies for playoff berth

Is a 5-3 record good enough to make the playoffs for an 18th-straight season? The Pearland Oilers are also missing 10 of their original starters from the beginning of the season.

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