Bridgeland and Klein Cain's Aug. 18th scrimmage at the Hurricanes' home field, the first-ever for either of the two fledgling programs, was a great opportunity to cement identity, culture, philosophy and all the other underpinnings of success. Intrasquad scrimmages are valuable and vital, but teams measure themselves against other teams, and until the players on either side of the line of scrimmage belong to different figurative families, with different traditions, customs and habits, there really isn't any measurement to be had.
More than that, the Bears v. Hurricanes scrimmage now serves as a narrative anchor. The stories of Klein ISD's fifth and Cy-Fair ISD's twelfth secondary schools, both opening in 2017 following the construction of a Grand Parkway that turned the 26 miles and 40 driving minutes separating them into 21 miles and 26 minutes, are intertwined.
All part of the plan.
Bridgeland Football head coach David Raffield knows plans. Raffield owns more than a hundred wins (102) as a varsity football head coach, and his 19-11 playoff record, three regional final appearances, state final appearance, etc. etc. are so impressive that Tom Herman seems constitutionally incapable of venturing near a live microphone without dropping his name.
There's a reason. Coach Raffield is the quintessential coach's coach, the kind who not only makes plans, but makes plans happen.
He and inaugural Klein Cain head coach James Clancy saw an opportunity to nurture a natural rivalry for the two new programs, with an eye towards the future and their respective places in it. The pairing makes a lot of geographical sense, and it reprises a productive rivalry the two enjoyed as coaches of different schools in the same respective districts not that... [Read full article at chron.com].