February 8, 2007

Best friends will continue playing together at A&M

When the Cypress Falls football team held its annual signing day ceremony, the coaches realized that a small, early-morning gathering would not quite be sufficient. The Golden Eagles had a school-record 14 players sign letters of intent on Tuesday. That, combined with the fact that the team reached the Class 5A state championship game, forced head coach David Raffield to hold the celebration in the school's packed auditorium on Tuesday night.

While 14 players were introduced to the crowd, none got louder cheers than linebacker Derrick Stephens and wide receiver Roger Holland. It was very apparent that the two lifelong friends were considered the leaders, as well as the heart and soul, of the Cy Falls program.

Fortunately for Texas A&M fans, both players will be continuing their football careers in College Station. While Stephens was the highest-rated prospect in the Aggie class of 2007, Holland made a name for himself with a big senior season of his own.

Stephens was considered the No. 1 linebacker prospect in Texas for most of the year by Rivals. He lived up to that billing with a big senior season that saw him rack up over 100 tackles and 20 tackles for loss. Despite playing most of the year with multiple injuries, Stephens was still named First-Team All-State by the Associated Press.

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