Football: Kennedy calls the shots for The Woodlands’ accomplished defense

Members of The Woodlands defense pose for a picture before Tuesday’s practice. Front row (from left), defensive backs A.J. Mason, Antoine Winfield, Talon Baskin and Connor Binney; second row (from left), linemen Michael Purcell, Grant Stephens and Christian Cargill; and back row (from left), linebackers Matt Mahoney, Eugene Bizer, Ian Harris and Cole Sichley.
Members of The Woodlands defense pose for a picture before Tuesday’s practice. Front row (from left), defensive backs A.J. Mason, Antoine Winfield, Talon Baskin and Connor Binney; second row (from left), linemen Michael Purcell, Grant Stephens and Christian Cargill; and back row (from left), linebackers Matt Mahoney, Eugene Bizer, Ian Harris and Cole Sichley.

It might be the quiet walk of Talon Baskin. Or the pocket-crashing reach of rangy defensive end Michael Purcell. It could be the exuberant nature of The Woodlands’ coach on the field, Antoine Winfield, Jr. Or Highlanders linbacker Ian Harris’ ability to get to the football.

There’s a lot of things that could explain the phenomenon that is The Woodlands’ defense in the 2015 football season. But there’s one place to start. Cohesiveness. Well, that and a back line that can make plays anywhere on the field. click here for complete story