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VYPE's Preview--District 14-5A
July 13, 2012VYPE MAGAZINE - North Houston
By Austin Staton
At 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, Chris Johnson has all of the tools for a dual-threat quarterback and impressed Baylor head coach Art Briles enough to be the Bears’ first commitment in the class of 2013. Johnson will rely on his mobility and arm strength as the Vikings will be likely be competing for one of the districts final two playoff slots.
DT, A&M Consolidated
LSU, Michigan and Texas A&M all requested the services of A&M Consolidated standout Christian Lacouture, but it was the Nebraska Cornhuskers that landed his verbal commitment in early May. At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, Lacouture played on the interior line for the Tigers last fall but is projected as a defensive end in college.
ATH, The Woodlands
At 6-foot-4, Jayme Taylor features the athletic ability that coaching staffs dream about as he can handle the ball in the wildcat formation, or run crisp routes as a receiver. The athlete will be a key part of The Woodlands offense this fall as he will be used in multiple packages with hopes of another deep playoff run.
With two new additions to the district this fall, the battle for district supremacy will come down to the two perennial powers: Lufkin and The Woodlands.
The Highlanders will have to replace a talented core of seniors but return a deep offensive line led by a pair of Colorado commits in OG Jonathan Huckins and OT Sam Kronshage. Both seniors, they’ll be responsible for creating running lanes for sophomore phenom RB Patrick Carr while the Highlanders will likely rely on a talented defense until the offense has time to gel under new QB Blaine Gillespie.
But for the Highlanders to remain on top of District 14-5A, they’ll have to accomplish something they didn’t in 2011- beat Lufkin on the road.
Lufkin returns 32 lettermen and should be a district favorite under the direction of first year head coach Todd Quick, who is replacing the late John Outlaw. The Pack have plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball with arguably the best team speed in the district. The district crown will likely be decided on Oct. 12 at Abe Martin Stadium as Lufkin and The Woodlands meet in the annual showdown.
A&M Consolidated returns only four starters off their 2011 team, which reached the playoffs. However, two of their returners are giants in 6-foot-5 defensive ends Christian Lacouture and Jimmy Gilbert. The pair will make it difficult for opposing quarterbacks to get a clear view of their receivers and running backs to find a crease in the defense. Coach David Raffield enters his second season and is thought of an offensive genius. He will have to work some magic with quarterbacks Weston Garner and Jaylan Cheshire running offense.
Although they are new to the district, the Bryan Vikings could be the sleeper team in district 14-5A under head coach Ross Rogers. With just four returning starters from a 2011 team that finished with four wins and missing the playoffs, it’s hard to find a reason to be hopeful about the program.
However, the Vikings have arguably the most dynamic quarterback in the district in Chris Johnson who will give opposing defenses fits. The Vikings are young and inexperienced, but the talent is there to surprise a few teams.
College Park reached the playoffs a year ago behind scrappy quarterback play from Zach Wright. Coach Richard Carson will need Brett Buckley to mirror Wright’s exploits if the Cavs have plans on returning to the postseason. Unfortunately, Buckley will be playing through a knee injury which he suffered during the spring. When he is able to get the ball off his main target Charrod Henry, who is a big target. The defense will be led by Jacob McClean and Tristen Newman.
Quarterback Stedman Bell returns for Conroe and coach Roger Holtcamp. The athletic signal-caller hopes to reunite with receivers MarkelleLee, LamarHernandez and KarlSmith much like he did a year ago. The Tigers must stay healthy on both sides of the ball to vie for a playoff spot. JosephGrant, AuthurHariss and HaydenBoen will give quarterbacks fits in the secondary.
Since moving up to Class 5A, the Oak Ridge War Eagles have struggled to find their groove in a district that has been dominated by Lufkin and The Woodlands. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last year, the War Eagles made a coaching change and brought in Dereck Rush from John Tyler.
While Rush is busy reconstructing the program from the middle school level through the varsity, it will be difficult for his squad to make a playoff push this season just a year removed from finishing with a 1-9 mark.