September 27, 2019
By Millan Jain, Bridgeland HS
Sept. 26, 2019—The Bridgeland High School varsity football team is off to its best start in the program’s short history and the state is starting to pay attention. Head Coach David Raffield was named the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football (DCTF) Class 6A Coach of the Week on Sept. 16.
Raffield and the Bears earned the honor following a Week 3 win over Cypress Springs 38-0 on Sept. 13. The Bears have continued their winning ways and are now 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in District 14-6A play after defeating Cypress Ranch, 48-14.
In its article showcasing the honored coaches, DCTF noted the shutout was the first in Bridgeland program history and the Bears “are putting themselves right in the playoff discussion in the always tough CFISD.”
The 2019 season marks the first year for Bridgeland to have a senior class. Raffield complimented his staff and players for all the work they have put in.
“It has nothing to do with me,” Raffield said. “It’s about what we are building here.”
Raffield also serves as the campus athletic coordinator and helped start the program when he was hired in 2017. The football team has already surpassed its win total from 2018, the inaugural varsity season.
“We said we would do things our way, we would keep a high standard, we are not going to take shortcuts and we are going to do things right,” Raffield said.
Football players credit Raffield for his attention to smaller details and countless work behind the scenes.
“Coach Raffield runs a really good program and we work really hard,” sophomore wide receiver Andrew Maleski said. “Just from the offseason, it shows that it's paying off.”