School Spotlight: China Spring High School (China Spring, TX)

China Spring High School-located in China Spring, Texas-plays in the 4A classification of Texas high school football. They are the top ranked team in the 4A classification of Texas high school football, and the #18 team in the state of Texas. The Cougars, whose colors are columbia and white, won the 4A D1 championship this past year topping many tough teams in the state such as Boerne and Decatur. Talking to coach Tyler Beatty, I discussed with him several aspects of this football team and community to get to know about China Spring a little bit more.

Coach Beatty

Talking to Coach Beatty about the history of China Spring, they have a deep history for a small town. Coach Beatty is the 3rd head coach in their history, having taken over for Brian Bell, who was hired by Baylor University as a quality control coach. China Spring usually has deep playoff runs, and that is evident as they are back-to-back 4A state champions.

The style of the Cougars is what makes them very competitive year in and out. On offense, they run a spread multiple offense where they like to establish the run game first. They like to run a lot of inside zones and powers to show their opponents how they are not afraid to run the ball inside. The run game helps open up the pass game, where they run a lot of complex routes to confuse the defense and get their playmakers in space. On defense, they run a normal 4-3 so they can establish their physical presence at the line of scrimmage. Controlling the line of scrimmage opens up opportunities for their linebackers to attack the gaps and make plays.

The China Spring Cougars are one of the smaller 4A teams in the state. They do not have a lot of transfers come in, and they are very family-oriented as it is evident from many players on the team having parents and grandparents attend the high school. The values of this program are in focus to help these kids become a better person. The coaches focus not only on winning football games but mainly making sure that these kids leave the program a better person. This will come in big time next year as they return mainly a younger team. While their opponents will be better from the year before, coach Beatty says that these kids’ discipline and physicality will allow them to stay and win football games next year.

Before letting Coach Beatty go, he highlighted several key contributors for the Cougars team.

Cash McCollum is the team’s starting quarterback. He led them to the state championship last year, and has offers from Columbia, Fordham, Incarnate Word and Pennsylvania.

Greydon Grimes is a 6’6″ 240 lbs defensive end who has offers from Baylor, UTSA, North Texas and Sam Houston State

Kyle Barton is a 5’10” 190 lbs running back who is going to be a 4 year varsity letter winner. He is a strong running back with good vision for the position

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