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VYPE Football Preview: District 7-5A
August 18, 2011VYPE MAGAZINE - 7-5A
Predicted Order of Finish
2. Southlake Carroll
3. Denton Guyer
4. Keller Central
5. Justin Northwest
6. Keller Fossil Ridge
ENROLLMENT: 3,064 (1) 2010 RECORD: 13-1 5A Div. I State Quarter-Finalist COACH: Joe McBride
PLAYERS TO WATCH: David Busby (Sr., DB), Sam Rice (Sr., OL), Jake Larson (Sr., QB), Jake Williams (Sr., OL), Jason Lister (Sr., WR), Cameron Smith (Sr., WR), Austin Buss (Sr., DL), Ethan Evans (Sr., LB), Jacob Logan (Jr., WR/DB), Leighton Light (Jr., OL), Gavin McDaniel (So., RB), William Udeh (Jr., DL), Soloman Thomas (So., DL) OUTLOOK: The Cowboys were one play away from upsetting 5A Division I state finalist Trinity in the Region I final. They lost some key offensive players, but will return one of the state’s most underrated defenses led by Busby, Logan and Uneh. Larson takes over at quarterback with high expectations despite not having started a varsity game. He will look to Smith and Lister as receivers. Rice and Williams return all-district talent to the O-line.
DENTON GUYER WILDCATS
ENROLLMENT: 2,074 (8) 2010 RECORD: 12-3 5A Div. II State Finalist COACH: John Walsh
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dominic Ramacher (Sr., LB), Ryan Williams (Sr., DB), Conner Crane (Sr., WR), Josh Harris (Sr., DB), Sebastian Williams (Sr., RB), D.J. Breedlove (So., RB), E.J. Jefferson (Jr., WR), Jerrod Heard (So., QB), Mason McKnight (Jr., QB), Dan Kottman (Sr., DL), Patrick Morris (Jr., OL), John Ferguson (Sr., OL) OUTLOOK: The Wildcats come off their first state final appearance and the dawn of a new era. Three-year starting quarterback J.W. Walsh has moved on to Oklahoma State. His father, John Walsh, now hands the keys to the Guyer offense to sophomore Heard who looked good in the spring. Heard’s favorite target will be Crane, a Stanford commit, who combines size and speed. Ramacher, an Oklahoma State commit, is another versatile Wildcats who will see time at tight end and linebacker.
JUSTIN NORTHWEST TEXANS
ENROLLMENT: 2,720 (4) 2010 RECORD: 4-7 5A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs COACH: BILL PATTERSON
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Draze Lawliss (So., QB), Allen Young (Sr., ATH), Dominque Stewart (Sr., DL), Eric Chiofalo (Sr., LB), Michael Reed (Sr., RB), Jonathan Christman (Sr., OL), Colton McDonald (Jr., DB), Carter James (Jr., TE/DL), Travis Stubblefield (Jr., OL), Dylan Stubbe (Jr., WR) OUTLOOK: The Texans hope to maintain momentum built by last season’s playoff berth in Coach Patterson’s first year. This will include working in a new quarterback in Lawliss. The junior will benefit from the return of rushing threat of three-year starter Reed and the versatile, explosive Young. Christman, Stubbe and Stubblefield also return to the offense. The Northwest defense return five starters including Stewart and James on the line, Chiofalo at linebacker and all-district performer McDonald in the secondary.
ENROLLMENT: 2,839 (2) 2010 RECORD: 3-7 COACH: Kevin Atkinson
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Davis Webb (Jr., QB), Cameron Martin (Jr., WR), Chandler Watkins (Sr., LB), Austin Burnett (Sr., DL), Beau Baker (Sr., DB), Peyton Decker (Sr., WR), Cole Caldwell (Sr., OL), Cody Nelson (Jr., OL), Kendel Lowrie (Jr., DB), Luke Young (Jr., DL), Dillon Wilkes (Sr., DL), Brandon Poyser (So., WR), Blake Anderson (Jr., LB) OUTLOOK: The Indians will rely on the return of experienced players at key skill positions in hopes of returning to the playoffs. The defense returns five starters including Watkins who led the team in 2010 tackles. Burnett, Young and Wilkes have the makings of a stiff defensive line. Baker and Lowrie will lead the secondary. Webb takes over at quarterback with late-season experience. His top target will likely be Martin who caught 45 passes in his sophomore season.
KELLER CENTRAL CHARGERS
ENROLLMENT: 2,756 (3) 2010 RECORD: 5-5 COACH: Bart Helsley
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Simon Goines (Sr., OL), Zack Sanchez (Sr., ATH), Martin Alvarez (Sr., RB/DB), Zach Britton (Sr., OL/DL), Tanner Tausch (Sr., QB), Jimmari Morris (Jr., RB), Khari Burns (Sr., WR), Josh Moronski (Jr., DL), Gator Alexander (Sr., TE/DL), Jalen Canty (Sr., DB) OUTLOOK: A core of talent returns to a Chargers team with a chance to earn the school’s first football playoff berth. Goines, a highly recruited tackle, Tausch and Sanchez lead a group of six returning offensive players. Tausch passed for almost 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns, including 11 to Sanchez last season. Sanchez will also start in the defensive secondary. Alvarez will add running back duties to his role as a defensive back. Britton joins Goines on the O-line and will get some snaps on the D-line along with Bray, Brown and Logan.
KELLER FOSSIL RIDGE PANTHERS
ENROLLMENT: 2,168.5 (6) 2010 RECORD: 2-8 COACH: Tony Baccarini
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Aaron Curry (Sr.,DL), Ceavon Bowman (Sr.,LB), Tanner Anderson (Sr., OL/DL), Sheldon Nuese (Jr., QB), Quiton Huber (Sr., DB), Cody Cowan (Sr., OL), Cedric Johnson (Jr., RB), Chaylon Bowman (So., RB), Armando Flores (Sr., DL), Adonis Ramos (Jr., WR) OUTLOOK: Thirteen starters return as the heart of Fossil Ridge’s 2011 campaign. The Panthers offense will key on Nuese, who displayed rushing and passing prowess as a part-time starter last season. If Nuese can keep defenses honest out of the spread, running backs Johnson and Bowman could put up some big numbers. The offensive line is led by Anderson and Cowan. Curry is one of the state’s most recruited interior defensive linemen. He combines with Flores to provide defensive push and pressure. The linebackers are led by leading tackler LB Bowman.
ENROLLMENT: 2,120 (7) 2010 RECORD: 0-10 COACH: Mike Peters
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Russell Murphy (Jr., LB), Eddie Nuno (Sr., WR), Kyle Webb (Sr., QB), Christian Atkinson (Jr., RB), Peter Lopez (Sr., OL), Brandon Miller (Sr., WR), Romeo Botelua (Sr.,DL), Derrick King (Jr., DB), Jordan Love (Jr., DL), Jaylen King (So., DB), J.R. Alvarado (Jr., DB) OUTLOOK: Eight returning defensive starters will be the backbone of the Roughriders’ rebuilding efforts in their second season at the 5A level. Saginaw’s best defensive player could be Murphy who lead the team in tackles as a sophomore. Alvarado, King and Love also will benefit from experiencing snaps as underclassmen. Webb takes over at quarterback in Saginaw’s run-first offense. Atkinson will be called on to carry more of the rushing load. Nuno is back as the team’s proven pass-catcher with three touchdowns last season. Lopez and Reinhardt will try to fortify an inexperienced offensive line.
SOUTHLAKE CARROLL DRAGONS
ENROLLMENT: 2,513 (5) 2010 RECORD: 10-4 5A Div. II State Quarter-Finalist COACH: Hal Wasson
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kenny Hill (Jr., QB), Peyton Williams (Sr., WR), Sabian Holmes (Sr., WR/DB), Will Davis (Sr., LB), J.J. Prince (Sr., OL), Ben Sego (Sr., WR), Evan Brown (So., OL), Cam Manning (Jr., OL), Tanner Jacobson (Jr., LB), Dillon Rake (Sr., LB), Britton Wallace (Sr., DB), A.J. Ezzard (Fr., RB) OUTLOOK: The Dragons overcame preseason off-the-field distractions and the loss of a starting quarterback to put together a deep playoff run and establish their potential for 2011. Hill moved in as starting quarterback midway into the season and solidified the offense. He’ll team up again with Williams and Holmes in what became a productive receiving corps. Ezzard is a freshman to watch after standing out in Carroll’s spring game. Davis is a leader in the Dragons’ talented group of linebackers. Holmes will serve double-duty at corner.