This week we travel to Central Phoenix, home of the Phoenix Christian Prep Cougars. Not only did they add "prep" to their name this offseason, they also added a new head coach, Stefan Demos as well. Demos has the Cougars off to a 2-0 start as they prepare to face Higley High School later today. The additions have already made a big difference. Last year the Cougars got another addition that has made a great impact on team when J.J. Lyons moved in from Louisiana.
J.J. Lyons is now a junior and already has 12 catches for 163 yards and 1 TD in his first two games for the undefeated Cougars. The 5'8 165 pound 17 year old does it all for the Cougars. He plays Wide Receiver, Running Back, Defensive Back and he returns punts and kicks. He plays all 48 minutes of the game on a typical Friday Night.
J.J. carries a 2.7 GPA and has dual enrollment at Grand Canyon University where he is taking Advanced Placement classes. He plans to become a Certified Physical Therapist and own a private outpatient rehabilitation practice. He also has a goal of obtaining a college athletic scholarship in football, track, basketball, or golf.
He also has goals for his team. He wants to win a state championship. Under a first year coach that normally would sound like a reach, but with the talent they have it is very possible. The Cougars play in division III after moving up from division V two years ago.
J.J. was inspired by his grandfather, John H. Lyons Sr., who would also tell him stories about when he played wide receiver. He was also inspired by seeing his grandfather’s accomplishment when he played.
He is a game changer and wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. He has an eye for the football and it shows with his stats thus far this early in the season. He also knows that in order to be successful he needs to take it one play at a time. He works as hard in the classroom as he does on the field. He is a very respectful young man who works hard every day to be the best man he can be.
When asked to tell me something about high school sports that people may not know he said “Being a student athlete is not only fun but a vital thing to do in life, it teaches you honor, respect, loyalty and family.