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Back in BV Former Brazos Valley coaches Ross Rogers (left) and Steve Huff have returned to Bryan-College Station for the 2012 football season. Rogers, the former A&M Consolidated head coach, has taken over the reins at Bryan, while Huff, a former Consol assistant, is leading the program at the new College Station High School.

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Bryan looks to Baylor-bound QB Johnson By DAVID CAMPBELL david.campbell@theeagle.com

When Bryan quarterback Chris Johnson talks about his football goals, he looks up. Forgive him for simply charting the path in front of him. His career is still on the rise. “At the beginning, it was a little chaotic,” said Johnson, who made a commitment to Baylor, and witnessed a coaching change, with Ro s s Ro g e r s taking over as coach at Bryan. “Now, I’m getting into the C. JOHNSON swing of things. Coach Rogers is changing the offense to a faster tempo, but I think this is a good thing for me to go through. Being a quarterback, you’ve got to be able to take change, roll with it as best you can and be a leader.” Leadership of a young Bryan team that hopes to rebound from a 4-6 season, which included five

straight losses to end it, motivates Johnson. “Having some experience under my belt, I think, puts me in a better position to be a leader to the younger guys on the team because I’ve been out there on the field,” Johnson said. “I know what it’s like. I know the speed of the game and everything that it takes to be successful on and off the field, as far as the weight room and the classroom. I think

all of that experience has given me more things that I can pass on to these younger guys, to get them ready. “This is my last year here, so I want to give some things to these younger guys to keep this program rolling.” Johnson plans to graduate from Bryan High School in December and enroll at Baylor University for the spring semester. It is a route that was

also charted by former Copperas Cove quarterback Robert Griffin III to Baylor, and Griffin left for the NFL’s Washington Redskins with a Heisman Trophy. “That’s to participate in spring drills [at Baylor] and hopefully by my freshman year, I’ll have enough practice under my belt to go out in the fall and get some playing time,” said Johnson, who likes the offense that will help him improve his

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Consol hoops standout focused on football By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

Basketball is in Jimmie Gilbert’s blood. Football is in his future. A&M Consolidated’s senior defensive end comes from a hoops family. His father, mother and older sister all played college basketball, and Gilbert has been on the Consol varsity team since he was a freshman. Against that backdrop, it’s somewhat surprising Gilbert will play football rather than basketball in GILBERT college. It was, however, a measured decision. Gilbert’s height of 6 feet, 5 inches is better suited for football than basketball. Gilbert is tall enough to be a standout post player in high school basketball, but probably not tall enough to play inside at the top level of college hoops. “Halfway through my sophomore year, when I did not grow [any taller], I started thinking it might be football,” Gilbert said. “I was 6-5 for about a year and I figured I could either be a 6-5 power forward, which isn’t really that good, or I could be a 6-5 defensive end and do a great job. I figured it was time to see how far football takes me. “I was actually cool with it. People would always ask me if I was going to do football or basketball [after high school], and I said whatever was my best chance to get to school. So far it’s been football.” Gilbert said he wanted to play tackle football from an early age, but his mother made him wait until middle school. He was good at the game, making the Consol varsity team and becoming a starter as a sophomore. Last season, Gilbert developed into one of the Tigers’ top playmakers on defense. Playing beside Texas Tech signee J.J. Lollar, Gilbert was a second-team All-Brazos Valley selection after making 48 tackles. The big-play specialist had three interceptions, one for a touchdown, along with three quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and eight quarterback pressures. “He’s got an amazing skill set,” Consol head coach David Raffield said. “He’s good at rush-

ing the passer. He has the ability to cover a running back down the field.” College coaches have noticed. Gilbert has scholarship offers from several schools, including Colorado, Boston College, Tulsa, Iowa State, Purdue and New Mexico State. Gilbert said Baylor has shown some renewed interest lately, but he is not being recruited by Texas A&M or any of the state’s other biggest programs. “I’ve got a couple of letters from small schools for basketball, but football is really bringing in the mail,” Gilbert said. “I don’t know what I want to major in yet, so I’m looking at the team chemistry and how the coaches interact with their players. “Most likely I’ll decide by the beginning of the season. If I wait any longer they might move on. In the next two or three weeks I’m going to have to buckle down and pick.” Raffield believes Gilbert can be an impact player in college. “I think he has the potential to be a big-time 3-4 outside linebacker that can blitz the quarterback,” Raffield said. “Colleges are always going to basketball looking for kids to play football. He’s that same type of kid, but he’s been playing [football].” Gilbert, who weighs 212 pounds, needs to build his strength. Progress in that area has been hampered by injuries over the last three years. He broke a bone in his wrist during basketball practice as a freshman, but continued to

A&M consolidAted roster 1 Josh Stewart, 6-5, 180, sr., WR; 2 Tyler Spaw, 5-9, 170, sr., WR; 3 K.J. Dukes, 5-9, 170, jr., DB; 4 Jalyn Williams, 5-8, 200, sr., LB; 5 Xavier Jones, 5-8, 190, sr., WR; 6 Ryan Kreider, 5-11, 190, sr., WR; 7 Daniel Hulse, 5-10, 165, sr., WR; 8 Kohl Anderson, 5-10, 160, sr., WR; 9 Alec Byrd, 6-0, 190, sr., DB; 10 Weston Garner, 6-1, 195, sr., QB; 11 Kerry Thomas, 6-0, 175, jr., WR; 12 Jaylan Cheshire, 6-1, 195, sr., QB; 13 Janson Soltis, 5-6, 140, sr., DB; 14 Corey Stoll, 6-0, 140, jr., DB; 15 Randy Whited, 6-0, 195, sr., DB; 16 Derrick Dick, 5-8, 165, soph., WR; 17 Chris Judie, 5-9, 160, sr., WR; 18 Garret Carstens, 5-11, 175, sr., DB; 19 Ryan Richardson, 5-10, 160, sr., DB; 20 Tanner Gregory, 5-11, 170, sr., DB; 21 Brandon Jackson, 5-10, 165, jr., RB; 22 Alex Lampo, 5-6, 170, sr., DB; 23 Austin Stephen, 5-8, 175, sr., DB; 24 Ryan Williams, 6-2, 155, sr., DB; 25 Lucas Lawrence, 5-8, 165, sr., DB; 26 Samual Zitterich, 5-9, 155, sr., DB; 27 Josch Motley, 6-0, 165, sr., WR; 28 Tanner Jasperson, 6-1, 180, sr., WR; 29 Justin Miller, 5-11, 175, sr., WR; 30 Dillon Moore, 6-0, 170, sr., K; 31 Eri Flores, 5-6, 175, sr., LB; 32 Marc Orzabal, 5-10, 170, sr., LB; 33 Kyle Chism, 6-1, 212, sr., LB; 34 Richard Nelson, 5-10, 206, sr., LB; 35 Trey Roberson, 5-8, 165, sr., WR; 36 Riley Garner, 6-2, 200, soph., DB; 37 Wally Strzelec, 6-0, 155, sr., WR; 38 Svfavian Terrell, 5-10, 165, sr., RB; 40 Eric Yates, 5-9, 165, sr., DB; 41 LaDarius Hill, 5-10, 175, sr., DB; 42 Michael Clouston, 5-11, 205, sr., LB; 44 Daniel Zivney, 5-11, 175, soph., DB/K; 45 Cody Williams, 6-2, 200, sr., LB; 46 Reggie Davis, 5-9, 155, jr., DB; 50 Dan Havens, 6-1, 215, sr., OL; 52 Shane Rae, 5-9, 200, sr., OL; 55 Kyle Kavanaugh, 6-0, 250, sr., OL; 60 Austin Burns, 5-4, 178, sr., OL; 63 Danny Ochoa, 6-2, 235, sr., DL; 65 Cooper Svajda, 6-1, 250, sr., OL; 68 Dominic Simmons, 6-0, 215, sr., OL; 70 Clark James, 6-2, 250, sr., OL; 71 Josh Hafer, 6-2, 210, sr., OL; 72 Stephen King, 6-3, 250, sr., OL; 74 Luke Bush, 6-2, 320, sr., OL; 76 Michael Oliney, 6-2, 350, jr., OL; 77 Dimitri Dadaille, 6-3, 325, sr., OL; 80 Andrew Hansen, 6-0, 165, sr., WR; 82 Colton Anderson, 6-2, 180, sr., WR; 83 Justin Miller, 5-11, 175, sr., WR; 84 Taj Florence, 5-11, 135, sr., WR; 85 Donald Dennis, 6-0, 165, sr., WR; 90 Jimmie Gilbert, 6-6, 215, sr., DL; 95 Cory Harris, 5-10, 222, sr., DL; 96 D.J. Jackson 6-0, 275, jr., DL; 97 Alex Arseaneaux, 6- 1, 220, jr., DL; 98 Josh Hailey, 6-6, 230, sr., DL; 99 Coleman Dennis, 6-2, 225, soph., DL play. When the pain didn’t subside, Gilbert had surgery that limited his availability early in his sophomore football season. Last spring Gilbert fractured his orbital bone when he collided with a teammate during an AAU basketball tournament. That injury kept Gilbert out of spring football drills, prompting Oklahoma coaches to rescind their scholarship offer. In those cases, basketball has caused Gilbert pain, but he believes what he learned playing his family’s game made him a better football player. “I guess I had a mental tough-

ness that was brought to me from basketball,” Gilbert said. “It was ‘Take no prisoners. They may be bigger than you, but you’re going to be better than them.’” • Consol will have a new look this season, with a revamped coaching staff and several firsttime starters on offense and defense. The Tigers must replace big names in defensive lineman J.J. Lollar and running back Quinton White, who both signed with Texas Tech, offensive lineman Cameron Cermin, who signed with Purdue, and defensive lineman Christian

LaCouture, a Nebraska commit who transferred before his senior season. “I think people don’t realize what we still have,” Raffield said. “Any time you lose Division I football players you take a step back, but there’ll be more to replace them.” Consol’s offense will try to make up for losing White’s bigplay ability with depth. The Tigers have a pair of quarterback candidates in Weston Garner and Jaylan Cheshire, two dangerous running backs

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Opponent Copperas Cove at Waco Midway Austin Westlake at Lake Travis Lufkin* at The Woodlands Bryan+ at College Park Conroe Oak Ridge at Conroe

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at a glance Head coach — David Raffield (61-45 overall; 5-6 at A&M Consolidated) District — 14-5A 2011 record — 5-6 (5-2 in 12-5A) 2011 playoffs — Division I bi-district: Lost to area finalist DeSoto, 54-10 State playoff appearances (29) — 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 23 (2 offensive, 1 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Crosstown Showdown, Oct. 12 at Kyle Field vs. Bryan

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playoff stReaKs Longest Brazos Valley playoff streaks 1. Calvert — 13 years 2. Lexington — 10 years 3. Brenham — 8 years 4. A&M Consolidated — 7 years 5. St. Joseph — 6 years 6. Navasota — 5 years 6. Franklin — 5 years 8. Brazos Christian — 4 years 8. Brenham Christian — 4 years 8. Allen Academy — 4 years

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in Brandon Jackson and Xavier Jones, plus several capable receivers. The offensive line should be led by seniors Kyle Kavanaugh, Luke Bush and Dan Havens. On defense, the front seven CHESHIRE will count on linebacker Kyle Chism and end Josh Haley along with Gilbert. “Kyle Chism is one of the leaders on our defense, if not the leader,” Raffield said. “We expect huge things out of him. “The secondGARNER ary is inexperienced, but they are tremendous athletes. I’m really excited to see them. There’s about five safeties fighting for two slots and six cor-

ners fighting for two. “They have the type of tools that you think can make them successful.” Consol went 5-6 last year in its first season under Raffield. The Tigers have made the state playoffs seven consecutive seasons, building a tradition that Raffield believes can continue despite major changes in the starting lineup. “ W e ’ v e k n ow n t h e s e kids,” he said. “The majority of our starters h a d p l ay i n g time last year. CHISM Most of them did not start, but they have varsity experience. We actually are much deeper at every position compared to last year.” The Tigers will open the season by playing host to former district foe Copperas Cove on Aug. 31. Consol will enter a new league in 14-5A, joined by Bryan, Lufkin and four schools from the Conroe district.

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Rudder looks for better season behind Guyton BY Sean LeSter sean.lester@theeagle.com

Rudder tailback Tre Guyton could have easily slumped through last year as the Rangers went 1-8-1 in his first varsity season. Instead, Guyton led the team in rushing with 1,008 yards to account for 58 percent of Rudd e r ’ s g ro u n d game. “I just told my teammates to kee p their heads up and GUYTON play hard every game,” Guyton said. “We were going to get through it by playing 100 percent every game.” Guyton is back for his senior campaign to lead a Rudder squad that will return six offensive starters. “He’s been easy to coach since he’s been with us,” Rudder coach C.M. Pier said. “He and I have had several conversations and I clearly know what his goals are, so that allows me to really talk to him and motivate him. He’s trying real hard to provide some leadership and it’s been a lot of fun working with him.” Guyton’s rise to Rudder’s premier breakaway t h r e a t began two season ago playing sub-varsity as a sophomore. When Pier BOSWELL gave Guyton the go-ahead with a starting role in 2011, he took full

advantage. Guyton ran for more than 100 yards and scored twice in Rudder’s first two games last season against Taylor and Leander Rouse. Guyton could have gone well beyond the 1,000-yard mark, but he developed turf toe and missed the last two games of the season. “We did have a lot of injuries last season that were not due to training or anything but just things that happen,” Pier said. “There’s not much you can do about that. I just tell the boys all the time that you have to play the game fast and not stand around. That’s how you get hurt.” That was never the problem for Guyton, who seemed to always be moving whether he was taking a GARCIAhandoff, catchRHODES ing a pass from the backfield or returning a kickoff. Guyton should play an even more prominent role this year because Pier expects to run the ball more with a young group of quarterbacks. “He was a hug e par t of our offense last year and he will be again this year,” Pier said. “It’s invaluable what he’s going PIPER to bring to us.” Guyton likes what he’s seen so far in his 2012 teammates. “It’s like a brotherhood and we

rudder roster 10 Mikal Sanchez, 5-8, 130, sr.; 11 Tre Guyton, 5-10, 171, sr.; 12 Llewyn Boswell, 6-1, 170, sr.; 14 Isaiah Johnson, 6-1, 155, jr.; 15 Jacob Reaves, 5-8, 160, sr.; 16 Luke Piper, 5-9, 160, sr.; 17 Dennis Garcia-Rhodes, 5-9, 155, sr.; 18 Colton Bayer, 5-9, 165, sr.; 20 Dustin Boswell, 5-10, 170, jr.; 21 Kenndall Lewis, 22 Jordan Anderson, 5-10, 169, sr.; 23 Robert Lee, 5-7, 155, jr.; 24 Devin Johnson, 5-7, 155, jr.; 25 Isiah Jones, 5-9, 170, sr.; 27 Christopher Taylor, 5-10, 165, sr.; 28 Andrew Cruz, 5-9, 155, sr.; 31 Sergio Vargas, 5-7, 180, sr.; 32 Mark Davenport, 5-7, 150, jr.; 33 Anthony Veal, 5-8, 171, jr.; Tavion Wilson, 5-7, 190, jr.; 40 Bear Reeves, 5-10, 205, sr.; 41 Tyler Yeatter, 6-0, 178, sr.; 44 Willie Richards 5-10, 205, jr.; 50 Peter Koontz-Elarms 6-0, 245, jr.; 51 Clayton Lapp, 5-10, 225, 52 Garrett Fleitas, 5-10, 231, sr.; 53 William Hussey, 6-1, 258, jr.; 54 Garrett Hauke, 6-0, 252, soph.; 55 Damon Burleson 5-10, 191, jr.; 58 Chris Rodriguez 5-10, 190, sr.; 59 Austin Ellis, 5-6, 190, jr.; 60 Raymond Galicia, 5-7, 220, sr.; 61 Mathieu Myrick, 5-9, 180, sr.; 62 Alex Rodriguez, 5-9, 175, sr.; 63 Julian Reyes 5-10, 190, sr.; 67 J.P. Gonzales, 5-10, 190, soph.; 70 Juan Rodriguez, 5-8, 230, sr.; 71 Mark Martinez, 5-8, 235, sr.; 72 Kelvin Taylor 6-0, 360, jr.; 75 Andrew Lopez, 5-8, 225, sr.; 76 Zarruss Smith 6-0, 360, sr.; 80 Darrien Williams, 6-1, 170, jr.; 82 Chance Jones, 5-9, 160, sr.; 85 William Tharp, 5-9, 175, sr.; 89 Spencer Choka, 6-2, 190, soph.

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 * Homecoming are all playing together as one,” Guyton said. “Guys are bonding real well offensively and defensively. It’s a great bunch of kids this year and we’re going to be very special.” • Pier is excited for a new season to begin. After the emotions his Rangers experienced in 2011 one can’t blame him. “Last year things kind of fell

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apart for us with injuries and grades,” Pier said. “We got decimated by both of those. We didn’t play as well as I think we could have played.” Starting quarterback Jamarcus Davenport and Guyton were among those bothered by injuries, but the biggest blow came on Sept. 3. Linebacker David Wilganowski collapsed on the field

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and had to be resusitated. Rudder’s only major college recruit had heart surgery and missed the rest of the season. Rudder will return 12 starters from last year’s team but not a starting quarterback. Seniors Llelwyn Boswell, Luke Piper and Dennis Garcia-rhodes will all be vying for the starting

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role. “We will be a little different this year in how we attack people,” Pier said. “We lost our quarterback and some really good receivers so we could end up being more run-oriented than we have been in the past.” Rudder lost both inside linebackers as well as the bulk of the defensive line. Pier will look to players who got limited playing time last season to step into every down situations. It won’t get any easier for the Rangers on the schedule as they

move from Region II to Region III and into District 18-4A, which includes Brenham, Montgomery and Magnolia West. “It’s a very good district with good coaches and some good players,” Pier said. It won’t change Pier’s excitement for the upcoming season. “We had the tragedy with Wilganowski but I’m just ready to get back to playing,” Pier said. “That’s what the job is and the sport is. “That’s what I love about football is watching these kids grow up. I’m ready to get back out there and get coaching on Friday nights.”

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Youth a factor for CSHS on and off the field By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

The College Station High School football players who began preseason workouts this month may some day take the program to great places, but how far the Cougars have to go was illustrated by the ways they came to and from practices. “Almost every one of these kids needs a ride,” Cougars coach Steve Huff said. “Some of the players are riding bikes to practice.” College Station opens this fall with only freshmen and sophomores, which means many of the players competing for spots on what will be treated as a varsity team are not old enough for a driver’s license. The Cougars will be members

of a Class 3A district in all other sports, but College Station will spend its first two football seasons playing a schedule that includes varsity teams from small schools along with sub-varsity squads of programs from 3A and above. That means no chance at the playoffs until 2014, but the Cougars plan to play the next two regular seasons without regard to that distinction. “We’re going to treat it like a varsity schedule, make sure we treat it like nothing less,” said Huff, a former A&M Consolidated assistant coach who returned to College Station after a successful stint as a head coach in Oklahoma. Four years ago Bryan’s Rudder High School opened with just freshmen and sophomores,

at a glance Head coach — Steve Huff (61-11; first season at College Station) District — None 2011 record — None (first-year school) State playoff appearances — None Returning lettermen — None Don’t miss this game — at Schulenburg, August 31; the first game ever for the College Station Cougars but the Rangers competed in varsity football from the start. Rudder was winless in its first season and won two games the next year. As the Cougars prepared for a mixed schedule, coaches and players have been breaking new ground in anticipation of the program’s varsity debut at Schulenburg on Aug. 31.

winningest coaches around Top 10 Brazos Valley coaches (total wins): 1. Mike Hedrick, Franklin — 224 2. Ross Rogers, Bryan — 211 3. Glen West, Brenham — 176 4. Coylin Grimes, Calvert — 127 5. Lee Fedora, Navasota — 113 6. Jason Holcomb, Lexington — 100 7. Greg Morgan, Madisonville — 87 8. Rick Rhoades, Cameron — 68 9. Jeff Miller, Rockdale — 67 10. David Raffield, A&M Consolidated — 61 10. Steve Huff, College Station — 61* *Huff total unavailaible at this time. His other head coaching jobs were at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, Kennewick High School in Kennewick, Wash., Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, Okla., and DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Mo.

“We all kind of knew what we were in for,” Huff said. “The storm has settled down. Now it’s just showers.” Two weeks and one scrimmage into workouts, Huff said the Cougars were making good progress. “The kids have been great,” Huff said. “They come and go to work. The strangest part of it is you get wrapped up in the coaching part of it, and when you talk to them and look into their eyes you don’t see freshmen and sophomores. You just see football players.” Huff’s staff includes several former A&M Consolidated coaches who got at least a glimpse at most of this year’s sophomores when they played for the Tigers’ freshman teams last season. The coaches have not seen any of them in a varsity football game, playing against juniors and seniors. College Station has one sophomore, Ryan Johnson, who played varsity basketball and baseball for Consol last year. He is part of a highly anticipated class that

includes several players who’ve competed on big stages in summer baseball. “I’m sure going to play that first game will be very, very interesting,” Huff said. “We may be wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, but a lot of these kids have played at some upper levels in summer sports and stuff like that.” The young Cougars lack players who fit traditional leadership roles, which usually go to seniors or exceptional juniors. Huff and his staff have been looking for leaders from a new perspective, but the same old hunger. “I think we’re figuring out our identity,” Huff said. “That part is the hardest because you don’t have juniors and seniors to lean on. I think we have some kids that are really going to take that and run with it. We’ve got to find those kids that are doing that and get even more out of them so that everybody will jump in and follow.” Another important task during preseason practice has been figuring out the best positions for players. Those evaluations relate to whether players belong on the varsity, junior varsity or freshman team, in addition to choosing where they fit on the field. Facing so many personnel decisions, Huff was unwilling to discuss which players appear to be the Cougars’ top talents or which ones will play the most significant roles.

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schedule Opponent at Schulenburg Waco Reicher The Woodlands JV Austin St. Michael’s at Gonzales at Taylor JV Caldwell JV The Woodlands JV Aldine Davis Alvin JV

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Christopher Jacob Arenas; Jey Benjamin Baldobino; Daniel Barrientos, Jr.; Christopher Thomas Bettiol; Jeremiah Booker; Payton Thomas Burson; John Eric Callier II; Drake Cameron Carnes; Robert Randall Cessna; Carter James Clouston; William Walker Davis; Blake Dewitt Dorsett; Paul Dewayne Ellard; Jacob Riley Francis; Reed Matthew Gorzycki; Jaxxon Keen Grisham; Donald Ray Hair III; James Michael Hayes; Tyrique Jamal Hayes; Macgregor Hines; Jacob Humphries; Christopher Steven Hutcherson; D’Angelo Makakuikalani Jamison; Ryan Moiel Johnson; Raheem Malik Kelsey; Kade Alan Kennedy; Nicholas Vogler Kennedy; Faraaz Karim Lalgi; Derek James Lemons; Ray Matthews; Michael Charles McCord; Larry C. Mendez, Jr.; Kaleb Alan Miears; Kayez Riyazali Six teams in the Brazos Valley had their 2011 seasons ended by eventual state champions: Momin; Joshua Anthony Moore; Chase Nobles; Ryan Coleman O’bannon; Zach Oden; Marshall Ray Palmer; Desmond 3A Division I quarterfinals — Tyler Chapel Hill 56, Navasota 46 Trennel Payton; Logan David Praytor; Andrew Alexander Ro2A Division II semifinals — Refugio 63, Lexington 33 driguez; Connor Hayden Russell; Kyle Hunter Slack; Arrott Class A Division II semifinals — Tenaha 63, Burton 28 Travis Smith; Cullen McLain Smith; Travis Paul Tate; Ty Allen UIL 6-man Division II quarterfinals — Richland Springs 72, Calvert 22 Turner; Jacob Allen Varner; Emmanuel Vazquez; Quinterrian TAPPS Division II semifinals — Hallettsville Sacred Heart 30, Brazos Christian 23 (OT) Jovonne White; Cole Dalton Whittlesey; Blaine Chadwick T-CAL Division I regionals — Waco Live Oak 62, Allen Academy 44 Wootan; Cody James Yetter

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are battling for positions. There are still some kids that we’re taklook at and think they’re going ing a long, hard look at now.” to be one of our bell cows, but At this point, whether those right now we’re still in the evalu- players are old enough to drive ation process,” Huff said. “We’d doesn’t matter. have to talk about 40 kids who

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Green brings NFL experience to Brazos Christian BY Sean LeSter sean.lester@theeagle.com

First-year Brazos Christian head coach Brandon Green brings a level of experience to the Eagles that most high school football teams will never see. Green played five years in the NFL after being selected out of Rice University in the sixth round of 2003 NFL Draft. A f t e r vo l u n t e e r in g at various camps and as an assistant coach at Brazos Christian, Green was named the head coach of the Eagles this GREEN summer after Boyd Brigman stepped down. Green’s connection to the area began during his playing days. “My brother is an Aggie and real estate agent in College Station, so I needed a place to stay in the offseason and work out,” Green said. “I ended up getting my own place in College Station so that I didn’t have to crash with my brother any more.” Brigman left Green lots with which to work. The Eagles return nine starters from last year’s team that went 11-2 and lost in overtime to eventual state champion Hallettsville Sacred Heart in the Division IV semifinals. “We lost some great athletes,” Green said. “Our entire linebacker corps and some very

good running backs are gone. But we also kept a lot of good players. We have a good core to build on, but just like any high school team we’ll have to have a few young guys step up.” One experienced player Green will be leaning on is quarterback Gentry Gayle, who will provide leadership on an offense that lost play-makers such as running back Jaxton McNair. “The leadership that he brings out there and knowing the offense is great,” Green said. “It makes us a little more comfortable when there isn’t a guy that is brand new sitting at the quarterback position.” Receiver Justin Duewall will play a key role for the Eagles as Gayle’s primary target. Brazos Christian can count on a group of offensive linemen that Green described as “dominant” last season. The Eagles will make the move from TAPPS Division IV

to Division III and will play in a district with rival St. Joseph as well as state finalists Shiner St. Paul and Hallettsville Sacred Heart. “We made it to the state semifinals last year but we were picked to finish third in our district this year,” Green said. “Someone asked me why is that and I had to tell them one [of the district favorites] is the state champion

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schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2

Opponent at Cypress Christian Snook at Normangee at Waco Texas Christian Anderson-Shiro* Shiner St. Paul San Antonio St. Gerard at Schertz John Paul II Hallettsville Sacred Heart

Time 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 *Homecoming

at St. Joseph

7:30 pm

Last Year W 12-10 W 27-7 Did not play Did not play Did not play W 42-19 W1-0(forfeit) Did not play L 34-14 & L 30-23 W 39-6

4 John Mather, fr.; 7 Justin Duewall, jr.; 8 Jeyton McNair, fr.; 10 Gentry Gayle, sr.; 11 Truitt Baldwin, fr.; 12 Eric McVay, sr.; 14 Justin Baldwin, sr.; 15 Josiah Hamilton, jr.; 17 Mitch Holt, soph.; 18 Colin Lee, soph.; 21 Kyle Steel, jr.; 23 Jesse Honnas, fr.; 25 Trey Holt, sr.; 26 Will McCurdy, sr.; 28 Kenny Honnas, jr.; 50 Cooper Owen, jr.; 51 Michel Kahil, sr.; 53 Joshua Coleman, soph.; 55 Cole Elms, soph.; 58 Malachi Wyant, jr.; 62 Brady Gayle, soph.; 63 Kolby Kahlden, sr.; 65 Ryan Baron, sr.; 68 Kyle Foster, fr.; 72 Josh Duewall, fr.; 75 Jacob Lockhart, fr.; 98 Luke Thomas, fr.

at a glance Head coach — Brandon Green (first year as head coach) District — TAPPS Division III District 5 2011 record — 11-2 (3-1 in TAPPS Division IV District 3) 2011 playoffs — Division II bi-district: Defeated Cedar Park Summit, 49-14; Regional: Defeated McKinney Christian, 45-6; Semifinal: Lost to state champion Hallettsville Sacred Heart, 30-23 in overtime State playoff appearances (10) — Six-man (2): 2000, 2001; 11-man (8): 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 19 (5 offensive, 4 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — After falling in overtime to them in the state semifinal last season, the Eagles host state champion Hallettsville Sacred Heart on Nov. 2 Did you know? Brandon Green is the Rice Owls’ career sacks leader with 25

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allen academy roster 2 Theo Richard, soph.; 3 Austin Hutchins, sr.; 4 Cody Vega, fr.; 5 Clint Duewall, fr.; 6 Carter Kacal, soph.; 7 Fabian Standefer, sr.; 8 Chris Hassell, soph.; 9 Jooho Lee , soph.; 10 Jake Georgiades, soph.; 11 Gareth Prescott, fr.; 13 Mason Schieffer, sr.; 15 Tyler Scott, soph.; 18 Karl Dang, jr.; 25 John Brien, jr.

at a glance Head coach — Jason Jolly (8-4 overall; 8-4 at Allen Academy) District — T-CAL Division I District 2 2011 record — 8-4 (2-1 in T-CAL Division I District 3) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Defeated Houston Mount Carmel, 52-6; Regional: Lost to state champion Waco Live Oak, 62-44 State playoff appearances (17) — 11-man (6): 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1998 and 2004; Six-man (11): 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Don’t miss this game — State champion Waco Live Oak visits Allen Academy on Oct. 26.

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Date Opponent Aug. 31 at Tribe Consolidated Sept. 7 Baytown Christian Sept. 14 at Cleburne Christian Sept. 21 at San Marcos Home School Sept. 29 at Houston Emery-Weiner Oct. 5 at Tomball Christian Home Oct. 12 BVCHEA* Oct. 19 at Waco Methodist Home Oct. 26 Waco Live Oak Nov. 2 Fort Bend Christian * Homecoming

Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year W 72-27 Did not play Did not play W 40-34 Did not play L 46-0 W 58-6 W 39-19 L55-24,L62-44 Did not play

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we’re glad to have him as one of our senior leaders.” Although he doesn’t plan on playing football collegiately, Schieffer is extremely ambitious and has big goals. “I want to be a business major and maybe double-major in finance and marketing or economics,” Schieffer said. “I’ve looked at TexasA&M,of course,SMU,anda couple of other schools in Texas.” Other Rams likely to be major contributors include new starting quarterback Jake Georgiades, who gained some experience asafreshmanlastseason.Atwide receiver, Carter Kacal will return and Cody Vega, an incoming freshman,willalsoplayakeyrole. Jolly said he expects Allen to take control of the district this season. “One of the biggest things for [Waco Live Oak] is they lost three seniors who were their whole team,basically,”Jollysaid.“They weresomereally,reallygoodplayers.Badnewsforthem,goodnews for us. I think we have a pretty good chance of beating them.” “I think that our younger guys are better than their younger guys, and I think that this year will be our year.”

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As one of only two seniors for the Allen Academy football team, running back Mason Schieffer will be expected to lead the Rams inmorethanjustrushingyardage. “We lost three seniors from last year,theywereallmajorcontributors for us,” Allen head coach Jason Jolly said. “We had a pretty segregated team as far as age was concerned. “[Schieffer] is one of only two [2011] juniors that are returning, sowe’regladtohaveMasonback.” Schieffer is embracing the responsibilityof leadingbyexample and making sure the underclassmen grow as football players. “Just helping the team out and helpingalltheyoungerguysdevelop,”Schieffersaidof howheplans to lead the team. “Really teaching them what I know so they can becomebetterplayers,too.I’mgoing to give it everything I’ve got and just hope that the younger guys give it everything they’ve got and just look up to that.” Schieffer was Allen’s most versatile player as a junior, ranking amongtheBrazosValley’sleaders in rushing yards while catching passes and returning kicks. Jolly is switching the offense from a ground-oriented style to a morebalanced,spread-outattack, and he expects Schieffer to see quiteafewpassesthrownhisway. “Thepassinggame,”Jolleysaid, referring to what needs the most improvement from last season. “It was basically non-existent last

year.Atleastuntilthelastthreeor four games, we didn’t have much of a passing game at all. “We’re going to be throwing the ball a lot, from Game 1. Hopefully, [Schieffer] will catch some passes this year. We’ll expect a lot of yards out of him.” Scheiffersaidhe’sbeenworking in the offseason to make sure he’s prepared for the new offense. “We’ve been running a lot of routes in practice and in two-adays, just running, running, running,” Schieffer said. “We’re getting ready for the spread offense. “We have been throwing a lot in the [offseason], and we hope the passing game is going to be a lot better this year.” Lastyearina62-44losstoTCAL DivisionI,District2opponentand eventual 6-man state champion Waco Live Oak Classical, Schieffer had more than 250 all-purpose yards. Schieffer wants team results to come from his accomplishments. “I’m hoping to score more touchdowns, get a lot more yards, hoping to really break out this year,” Schieffer said. “And win state, that’s our main goal. Coach has been saying act like a champion, play like a champion, and I want to be a champion.” When it comes to Schieffer as an all-around player and person, Jolly was highly complimentary. “As a player, I really appreciate that he gives 100 percent every play,” Jolly said. “As a person, I think he’s a great kid, extremely intelligent. “He’s got excellent grades and

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St. Joseph prepped for stiffer competition in TAPPS By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

On the surface, merging four private school sports divisions into three would seem to benefit St. Joseph. The Eagles competed in Division III last year, matched against several teams with larger enrollments. The new Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools format keeps St. Joseph in Division III, joined in District 5 by several former Division IV teams. Among those “moving up” are Brazos Christian, Shiner St. Paul and Hallettsville Sacred Heart, teams that combined to outscore St. Joseph 165-19 last season in nondistrict games. “We’re back on a level playing field as far as size of school, but the competition level is going to go way up,” St. Joseph coach Blake Evans said. St. Joseph struggled in the last two seasons, winning one game last year and two the previous season. To prepare the Eagles to fare better despite stronger competition, Evans and his coaching staff turned up the heat during offseason workouts. “We changed a lot of things just to make it more competitive, and I think that really helped us [in the early weeks of preseason workouts],” Evans said. “In the past couple of years we haven’t really competed and worked as hard as I thought we should. I told this group that I don’t care how many games we win, but I

want us to be competitive in every game we play.” The Eagles made the TAPPS playoffs last year despite a 1-9 record in the regular season. That won’t be nearly enough to return to the postseason in St. Joseph’s new district, but the good news is the Eagles have more experience. “The majority of our skill kids are back,” Evans said. “We’ve got some juniors that have been starting on varsity since they were freshmen, and you can just tell the game has slowed down so much for those guys. I think that’s going to help them tremendously.” St. Joseph will modify the spread offense it used last year, picking up the pace and spacing its players even more. The system is designed to take advantage of the play-making abilities of Tres Todd and Nicky Damon, who will line up in slotback positions and be able to run pass routes or motion into the backfield for runs.

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Courtesy of Specialties Photography Sophomore quarterback Luke McClure is much improved after starting last season. The offensive line should be strong in the middle with center Matt Krause flanked by guards John Horsman and Holden Ernst. Krause will be expected to lead the defense from his inside linebacker position. The defensive front will include Horsman on the line along with Ernst and Todd at linebacker.

Date Opponent Aug. 31 at Central Texas Christian Sept. 7 at Temple Holy Trinity Sept. 14 Snook Sept. 21 at Tomball Rosehill Sept. 28 Iola* Oct. 12 Hallettsville Sacred Heart Oct. 19 at San Antonio St. Gerard Oct. 26 Shiner St. Paul Nov. 2 at Schertz John Paul II Nov. 9 Brazos Christian * Homecoming

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

1 Nicky Damon, 5-9, 165, jr., RB/DB; 2 Michael Krause, 5-9, 150, fr., QB/DB; 3 Ben Rios, 5-8, 150, jr., WR/DB; 4 Luke McClure, 6-1, 205, soph., QB/LB; 6 Jamarkus Amos, 5-10, 160, jr., RB/DB; 8 Hunter Konderla, 5-9, 140, fr., WR/DB; 10 Kyle Locke, 5-8, 150, fr., WR/LB; 20 Tres Todd, 5-8, 150, jr., RB/DB; 22 Frank Pena, 5-8, 140, jr., WR/DB; 32 Jeremy Martinez, 5-9, 150, fr., WR/DB; 33 Cory Konderla, 5-7, 130, soph., WR/DB; 35 Reuben Fernandes, 6-0, 170, soph., WR/LB; 40 Sam Destefano, 6-0, 165, jr., WR/DB; 44 Lucas Lipscomb, 6-4, 195, sr., WR/DL; 45 Matthew Krause, 5-9, 195, jr., OL/LB; 50 John Horsman, 5-7, 180, sr., OL/DL; 51 Holden Ernst, 5-9, 190, sr., OL/LB; 52 Jacob Anderson, 5-9, 160, fr., OL/DL; 54 Javier Godinez, 5-7, 150, fr., OL/LB; 55 Ben Simpson, 5-9, 220, soph., OL/DL; 56 Kaleb Hrncir, 5-10, 200, jr., OL/DL; 57 Matthew Taylor, 5-10, 185, fr., OL/DL; 60 Michael Walker, 5-9, 175, jr., OL/DL; 62 Christian Neal, 5-9, 205, soph., OL/DL; 64 Michael Starnes, 5-7, 160, soph., OL/DL; 66 Chase Hrncir, 5-11, 210, sr., OL/DL; 68 Quentin Casarez, 5-11, 220, fr., OL/DL; 80 Thomas Marvin, 5-11, 155, jr., WR/DB; 82 Justin Register, 5-8, 140, fr., WR/DB; 89 Connlley Cooper, 5-4, 145, jr., WR/DB/K

at a glance

Last Year Did not play Did not play Head coach — Blake Evans (9-25 overall, 9-25 at St. Joseph) Did not play District — TAPPS Division III District 5 Did not play 2011 record — 1-10 (1-2 in TAPPS Division II District 3) L 38-0 2011 playoffs — Division III bi-district: Lost to Carrollton Prince of Peace, L 56-0 56-34 Did not play State playoff appearances (9): — Six-man (3): 1999, 2000, 2001; L 70-13 11-man (6): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Did not play Returning lettermen — 22 (6 offensive, 7 defensive starters) L 39-6 Don’t miss this game — The regular season ends on Nov. 9 with a home game against Brazos Christian

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1 Exavier Brooks, 5-9, 121, soph.; 2 Stormy Spikes, 6-4, 170, sr.; 3 Michael Caldwell, 5-10, 155, soph.; 4 Bryson Cornish, 6-0, 208, fr.; 5 Elijah Eastern, 6-1, 165, soph.; 6 Tyler Fletcher, 6-0, 160, sr.; 7 Colton Jones, 6-0, 162, soph.; 8 Nick Degelia, 5-8, 152, sr.; 10 Shane Conrad, 5-11, 170, jr.; 11 Bo Bilsing, 5-10, 155, soph.; 12 Austin Aguirre, 5-7, 120, fr.; 13 Kyle Shannon, 5-8, 140, jr.; 20 Dylan Ehler, 5-10, 151, jr.; 56 Israel Puga, 5-8, 210, jr.; 57 Dylon Isom, 5-11, 265, sr.; 61 Jacob Horgan, 5-7, 201, fr.; 62 Derrick Glawson, 5-10, 273, sr.; 65 Blake Shaw, 6-0 260, soph.; 69 Edward Galacia, 5-8, 212, soph.; 75 Justin Craigo, 6-2, 210, jr.

with Degelia serving as backup quarterback, receiver and playing some at running back. “He’s a hard-nosed joker, a little redheaded kid who’s got a good attitude, that I like. He’s salty.” During a Midnight Madness practice on Normangee’s first

day in pads, Dylan Ehler and Colton Jones were standouts. Junior Shane Conrad, who will also play cornerback, joins freshman Bryson Cornish (5-10, 205) in the offensive backfield. Cornish will also have defensive duties at middle lineback-

er. If there’s a chance to take a break, Morton says, it will come on offense. “Everybody on offense has a backup, where we can spell them,” Morton said. “We can plug people here and there and not miss a beat.”

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent at Leon Milano at Brazos Christian Snook New Waverly Dawson* at Hull-Daisetta Chilton at Bremond at Lovelady

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Last Year Did not play Did not play Did not play W 36-20 L 28-20 Did not play Did not play Did not play W 38-21 Did not play

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As Mildred’s offensive coordinator, Kevin Morton directed an Eagles’ offense to 3,000 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Eagles averaged 49.9 points per game as the team reached the Class 2A Division II state semifinals. Morton is now the head football coach at Normangee and says defense is the key to winning. “I’m an offensive guy, but I’m also a realist,” Morton said. “Defense will win things. Offense just looks good in the paper. We’ve had to flip-flop people around but we are going to build a defense, and build an offense around it. “We want the best 11 on defense that will swarm to the ball and arrive in a bad mood.” Senior Tyler Fletcher returns from a strong junior season to play inside linebacker. Nick Degelia will also play a key role at linebacker. Dylon Isom is back in the defensive line and will also play offensive tackle. “I think pound-for-pound, [Isom is] probably the hardest hitting kid that we’ve got on the team,” said Morton. That’s no small feat since Isom weighs 265 pounds. “He’s one of the few that we’ve seen all summer, that has come up here and lifted.”

It’s not as though Morton is putting his offensive playbook in a drawer, though. The firstyear head coach, who caught the game-winning touchdown for Mexia in the 1989 3A state championship, is living proof that offense wins championships. “I’ve got the little joker sitting in front of me that I’m probably going to turn it over to,” said Morton, who had four candidates for the starting quarterback at Normangee. “His name is Elijah Eastern.” Eastern is 6-1, 175 pounds. “Maybe a buck-80 if he’s sopping wet out of the shower,” Morton said. “I think he gives us the best opportunity to be successful and win games.” Normangee will be a young team, with only four seniors and five juniors on the squad. Sophomores will fill many of the roster spots, but basketball standout Stormy Spikes joins the team as an outside wide receiver and safety. Spikes, a senior, is 6-4 and weighs 200 pounds. “If Stormy Spikes is not a football player’s name, I don’t know what is,” Morton said. “This kid is a great athlete in basketball and in track and he has really come on the last week or two.” Fletcher will also be an inside receiver. “He’s probably got the best hands on the field,” said Morton, whose team will be versatile,

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at a glance Head coach — Kevin Morton (first year as head coach) District — 12-A Division II 2011 record — 7-4 (4-0 in 12-A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Division I bi-district: Bye; Area: Lost to regional finalist Garrison, 37-6 State playoff appearances (16) — 1932, 1963, 1964, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 15 (7 offensive, 6 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Panthers visit Bremond on Nov. 2 in what is typically one of the Brazos Valley’s most fascinating games Did you know? The Normangee Panthers have not had a losing record in a football season since 2001.

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Caldwell looks to bounce back with new coach By DAVID CAMPBELL david.campbell@theeagle.com

Head coach Kenneth Gilchrist is new, but there are some familiar faces on the field for the Caldwell Hornets as they attempt to rebound from a singlewin season in 2011. Gilchrist, who coached at Lake Travis when the school won its first of five straight state championships, joined the Hornets from Whitney in May. It is his second tour in the Brazos Valley. Gilchrist coached the defensive line with the Cameron Yoemen from 2004-07. Before that, Gilchrist served as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Hempstead. There are many avenues to improvement for the Hornets to pursue. They finished last in total defense (382.8 yards per game) and last in total offense (207.1 ypg) in District 23-3A last season. Eight starters returning favors a defensive resurgence. David Smith, the All-Brazos Valley return specialist (12 kickoff returns, 31.5-yard average, one TD) is a key part of that defense, and may see extensive action at running back as well. Senior linebacker Antwan Heath joins Smith on that defense. Leading receiver Jonathan

Courtesy of Burleson County Tribune “J.J.” Jackson caught 13 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. C.J. Bills also played wide receiver. Offensive linemen who could lead the Hornets include seniors Juan Nunez, Colt Charanza and Ivan Arguello, all veteran blockers. Quarterback Dylan Drgac had some time on the field last

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Oct. 5 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent Bellville Hearne at Robinson at Franklin Giddings Taylor* at Madisonville Navasota at Rockdale

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year L 63-14 Did not play Did not play Did not play L 42-6 Did not play L 51-0 L 52-14 L 49-34

season. Sophomore Brett Gilchrist will also contend at that position. The Hornets will open the seaHead coach — Kenneth Gilchrist (11-19 overall; first year at Caldwell) son with a home game against District — 18-3A traditionally tough nondis2011 record — 1-9 (0-5 in 23-3A) trict foe Bellville on Aug.31. 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify Caldwell’s schedule includes State playoff appearances (16) — 1924, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, nondistrict games against Class 2A Brazos Valley foes Hearne 1935, 1939, 1971, 1980, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and Franklin. Returning lettermen — 17 (8 offensive, 9 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Oct. 19 homecoming game against Taylor is the district opener for the Hornets www.theeagle.com Did you know? Caldwell has had four 10-win seasons in its history — 1932 (11-1), 1939 (10-0-1), 1980 (11-1) and 2004 (10-2)

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1 Jake Payonk, jr., RB/LB; 3 Caelin Goss, sr., RB/DB; 4 Tyler Shupak, soph., WR/DB; 5 Jonathan Jackson, jr., WR/DB; 6 Antwan Heath, sr., RB/ DL; 7 David Smith, sr., RB/DB; 8 Colton Lilie, soph., WR/DB; 11 Dylan Drgac, jr., QB/DB; 12 Tyler Sandner, jr., WR/LB; 15 Leshan Cooper, sr., RB/LB; 16 Brett Gilchrist, soph., QB/DB; 20 Jacob Rozier, sr., WR/DB; 21 Jorge Avalos, sr., WR/DB; 22 C.J. Bills, sr., WR/DB; 24 Jose Gutierrez, sr., WR/DB; 30 Dre Taplin, sr., WR/DB; 44 Ruben Pena, sr., WR/DB; 50 Matt Dlouhy, jr., LB/OL; 51 Ivan Arguello, sr., OL/DL; 54 Tyler Kocurek, jr., OL/DL; 56 Austin Grimes, sr., DL/OL; 60 Esteban Nunez, soph., LB/ OL; 63 Juan Nunez, sr., OL/DL; 66 Colt Charanza, sr., DL/OL; 71 Robert Requena, soph., OL/DL; 76 Jacob Fryrear, fr., OL/DL; 88 Zachary Kimbel, soph., WR/DB; 99 Kevin Brinkman, sr., K/P

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Head coach — Clinton Smith (39-10; first year at Hearne) District — 11-2A Division II 2011 record — 2-7 (1-5 in 122A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (14) — 1936, 1937, 1939, 1952,1954,1961,1982,1983, 1985, 1988, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Returning lettermen — 30 (5

offensive, 5 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Ready are not, here comes district at home against Centerville on Sept. 28 Did you know? Former Hearne receiver Patrick Edwards led Conference USA last season with 89 catches for 1,752 yards and 20 TDs at the University of Houston. In yards gained, he was the No. 2 receiver in FBS college football. He’s in camp with Detroit.

hearne roSter 1 Lorenzo Castilleja, sr.; 2 Devanta Jefferson, jr.; 3 Jamarcus Johnson, sr.; 4 Eric Price, sr.; 5 Shaquille Brown, sr.; 6 Trederrion Satchell, jr.; 7 Kyle Castilleja, jr.; 8 Leron Thomas, jr.; 9 Alenterrius Henderson, sr.; 10 Marcjavion McGrew, jr.; 12 Brycston Wilson, sr.; 15 Esdras Najera, sr.; 22 Corey Robinson, jr.; 24 Adolphus Taylor, sr.; 26 Shaquanelle Chopp, sr.; 28 Isaiah Scott, jr.; 50 Adam Boxley, jr.; 52 Nicholas Johnson, soph.; 53 Victor Mendoza, sr.; 54 Isaiah Williams, jr.; 55 Bennie Griffin, Jr., sr.; 56 Tramaun Humber, sr.; 63 Caleb Tinnell, jr.; 72 Michael Washington, Jr., sr.; 75 Keston Kastle, soph.; 80 Drae Bowser, sr.; 81 Freddy Hernandez, sr.; 82 Juan Padilla, sr. larger-school Division I since the classification was split up based on enrollment. “It’s the same way as it was when I was at Burton,” Smith said. “Whenever all of 1A was to-

gether and they split it up, it just helped the smaller schools. Our district is still going to be tough, with Centerville and Crawford, Buffalo, Rosebud-Lott and people like that.”

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tilleja played as a freshman and also shared time at the quarterback spot his sophomore season, when Satchell served as a backup quarterback and receiver. Kyle Castilleja will also get a start at inside linebacker. “To start off with, we’re going to have quite a few going both ways,” Smith said. Opponents will see many of the same things they would recognize if they watched Burton. “We’ll run some I formation, some spread and we’ll run a 3-4 on defense,” Smith said. Although they move into a difficult district, 11-2A, the Eagles will be in Class 2A Division II this season after playing in the

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Hired in June, coach Clinton Smith takes over a Hearne Eagles team that has posted back-to-back two-win seasons and hasn’t had a playoff team — or a winning season — since its quarterfinal run in 2006. Smith brings a sparkling resume’, though. He was offensive coordinator for Bremond when the Tigers made a run to state. Last season, he led Burton into the Class A, Division II semifinals. “With Cameron and the district they were in last year, it was really tough,” Smith said. “We think we have a good shot at trying to make the playoffs.” Smith’s late hire in Hearne has provided a test. “I don’t know that it’s been difficult,” Smith said. “Everything has just been rushed. It’s coming fast and furious. We finally got the coaching staff together and that staff has been working great. “It’s taking me a little time to get to know the kids, but overall, it’s been a really easy transition.” Jamarcus Johnson could ease any transition. He could get the bulk of the carries as starting running back. A standout bas-

ketball player, Johnson had a good junior year as a receiver (704 yards) and at defensive back. Johnson also gets the call again at free safety, coming off a season where he had four interceptions. He’s a top-notch return guy, too. “Jemarcus will be a key guy,” Smith said. “I expect big things out of him. He’s a really impressive-looking athlete. He’s very football savvy and is one of our leaders, for sure.” Junior DeVanta Jefferson should increase his role in the Eagles’ attack as an inside receiver and running back. He’ll play cornerback defensively. Lorenzo Castilleja will also play receiver. Smith’s offense values versatile players, and Castilleja will be a running back/receiver and will start at inside linebacker. Hearne has quality veterans in the offensive line. Tramaun Humber (6-2, 280 pounds) and Bennie Griffin (6-0, 240) are senior line leaders. Both will be key contributors in the defensive line. A pair of juniors who have played before will share time at quarterback. “I’m working two juniors at quarterback, Kyle Castilleja and Tre Satchell,” Smith said. Cas-

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Schedule Date Opponent Aug. 31 Franklin Sept. 7 at Caldwell Sept. 14 New Waverly Sept. 28 Centerville Oct. 5 at Rosebud-Lott Oct. 12 Riesel* Oct. 19 at Buffalo Oct. 26 Moody Nov. 2 at Bruceville-Eddy Nov. 9 Crawford * Homecoming

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No. 5 Rattlers will rely on Kadarius Baker’s arm By DAVID CAMPBELL david.campbell@theeagle.com

After winning consecutive basketball district MVP awards, no one doubts Kadarius Baker’s athletic ability. Yet, when the Navasota quarterback is given a chance to run on the football field, he usually passes. That’s bad news for the Rattlers’ opponents. Baker may be the best passing quarterback in Class 3A, continuing a high standard at Navasota at the position. “I always came to the games, ever since I was little, so I watched quite a lot of the ones before me,” Baker said. “I watched how they learned the offense, and what they did when they were playing. When my time came, Coach [Lee] Fedora always called great plays, so it wasn’t really all me. He helped me out with an easier read, or it was the line blocking great or the receiver running great routes.” Baker won a closely-contested battle with teammate Jacob Malek for the Rattlers’ quarter-

back spot as a junior and made the most of the opportunity, leading Navasota to the 3A Division I quarterfinals with an 11-2 record. That included a 5-0 run

in District 23-3A. The Rattlers average 40.8 points per game. Baker completed 185 of his 279 pass attempts, netting 3,074 yards, but it was Baker’s touch-

down-to-interception ratio that went through a receiver’s really lit up the stats sheet. He hands,” said Fedora, who saw threw 40 touchdowns passes and his quarterback rally the Ratjust three interceptions. See NAVASOTA, Page 17 “One of the interceptions

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Head coach — Lee Fedora (113-52-1 overall; 55-27 at Navasota) District — 18-3A 2011 record — 11-2 (5-0 in 23-3A) 2011 playoffs — Division I bi-district: Defeated Sealy 40-12; Regional: Defeated Huffman-Hargrave 44-23; Quarterfinal: Lost to state champion Tyler Chapel Hill 56-46 State playoff appearances (29): 1936, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 18 (6 offensive, 7 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — State semifinalist Coldspring-Oakhurst plays at Rattler Stadium on Sept. 7 in what should be an explosive matchup Did you know? Navasota is the only 3A team in Texas that has reached the state quarterfinals the last five years in a row. Only the Rattlers and Wimberley have advanced to that round the last three straight seasons.

nAvAsotA roster 1 Keyone Johnson, sr.; 2 Austin Collins, sr.; 3 Jerbrell Lipscomb, soph.; 4 Franterric Powell, soph.; 5 Derrion Randle, soph.; 6 Deionnte Taylor, jr.; 7 Darius Mallard, sr.; 8 Xavier Creeks, sr.; 9 Davon Jernigan, soph.; 10 Demarcus Lee, sr.; 11 Desmond Calhoun, jr.; 12 Solomon McGinty, sr.; 15 Kadarius Baker, sr.; 17 Terrance Creeks, sr.; 19 Lamarquis Jefferson, soph.; 20 Ricky Coffey, sr.; 22 Anthony Small, jr.; 25 Howard Horn, sr.; 29 Keyshawn Philio, soph.; 32 Jake Bauer, sr.; 33 Jaylyin Minor, sr.; 36 Christian Taylor, soph.; 40 Hunter Sparkman, jr.; 44 Will Imhoff, sr.; 45 Coy Imhoff, soph.; 49 Kevin Harris, jr.; 50 Jordan Birdwell, sr.; 52 Dustin Savensky, sr.; 55 Caleb McKeown, sr.; 57 Ronald Brown, jr.; 58 Kyle Duffy, sr.; 68 Jordan Wells, jr.; 70 Michael Coffey, soph.; 72 Jeremiah Williams, sr.; 76 Cody Nichols, jr.; 77 Tyler White, sr.; 79 Bo Meece, jr.; 80 Yovani Urbano, jr.; 84 Lee Walla, sr.; 99 Michel Martinez, soph.

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent at Willis Coldspring-Oakhurst Houston Sterling* Lexington at Fairfield Austin McCallum at Madisonville Rockdale at Caldwell Taylor

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receivers Solomon McGinty (69 receptions, 1,342 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Austin Collins (60-892, 13 TDs). The defense welcomes back end Jake Bauer (117 tackles, 13

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go. Instead he will continue the same qualities Brigman used to got beat for the state champion- bring the Brazos Christian proship.” gram to where it is today. Even with such a challenging “Strive for excellence and releague, Green didn’t swamp his flect Jesus Christ while we do players with NFL playbook lin- it, that’s the motto when I got

here and that hasn’t changed,” Green said. “I was taught to keep a guy down or demoralize them, but that’s not what we are about here. We’ll knock you down but we’ll even help you up.”

sacks), linebackers Will Imhoff (163 tackles, 23 for losses) and Jaylyin Minor (142 tackles, 18 for losses, 3 interceptions). Xavier Creeks intercepted four passes and broke up 12 in the secondary.

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expectations, even his own, no matter how lofty the standard. “We can always do what is expected, and even more,” Baker said. • While Navasota will look to fill spots in the line, many of the skill players return, including wide

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they’re probably going to keep lighting you up.’ All he did was have a grin on his face and said ‘Coach, we’ll be all right,’ and he got us back in the game.” That forward-thinking mentality sets Baker apart, according to his coach. “He’s one of those quarterbacks, if he does throw a pick, it may be frustrating to him inside, but nobody’s going to know it,” Fedora said. “He’s always going to have that grin on his face and keep going and to me, that says so much about him.” Baker admits there was a little pressure. “Everybody is looking up at you and expecting you to be the leader, and expect you to do great things,” he said. “All I could do was work hard and hopefully everything would fall into place.” That place was usually in the hands of his talented receivers. “People laugh when I tell them this, but already in our practices, his arm strength is even stronger,” Fedora said. “How it can get stronger than what he had is unbelievable. This summer he never missed a day, busting his tail in the weight room, pushing himself all of the time.” Navasota lost to eventual state champion Tyler Chapel Hill in the quarterfinal game, which ended the Rattlers’ season. In that game, though, Baker hit 15 of his 26 passes for 287 yards with three touchdowns, and led a steady comeback attempt. The well-decorated Navasota quarterback, who was also 233A’s football MVP a year ago, has a family history of success. “My dad helped me out a lot,” Baker said. “He worked with me since I was little. He took them to their first state [final] in 1988, when they played Southlake Carroll.” But there was no manifest destiny for Kadarius. “Last year was pretty much a surprise,” Baker said. “I didn’t

think I would have that good of a year. But [my Dad] always told me the harder I worked, the better I would be.” Obviously able to run the ball, Baker gained 179 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns on the ground. It just serves the Rattlers’ purposes better when he is throwing. “You’ve got to do your offense around your quarterback,” Fedora said. “If he’s a great thrower, you’re going to throw it. If he’s a great runner, then you can go to the running game, but the thing that is my biggest deal is we want to be balanced. “I never want to be that team that makes it to that state championship game or that semifinal game and all I do is run the football and there’s a defense that can stop the run, and I can’t throw it. I’ve got to believe that defenses are concerned going ‘What do we pick to stop?’” Baker expects to add to Navasota’s already rich tradition, and high expectations play a significant role in that for a Rattler team that is tied for fifth in Class 3A in the Associated Press preseason poll. “We don’t want to be the team that doesn’t make the Wall of Honor,” Baker said. “The last few teams have all been district champions. We don’t want to be the group that doesn’t do that.” His junior season proved that Baker has a knack of exceeding

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BRYAN: Johnson and Johnson could fix up Viking offense Continued from 2 beyond football. “He’s an outstanding young man,” Ross Rogers said. “He was raised by parents who did the groundwork and made him follow up on it. I like to watch kids around other kids. We had the youth camp out here and he just joined right in. “He tried to help the kids; all the kids loved him.” Johnson isn’t promising a Heisman. Neither did Griffin, but there are similarities. Both were players known for their athletic ability more than their skills as a quarterback. “When colleges were recruiting Robert, they saw him more as an athlete first and as a quarterback second,” Johnson said. “Some schools that recruited me early saw me in that same role and they were talking about moving me to receiver, but I wanted to stay at quarterback. That’s one of the reasons why I chose Baylor, because coach [Art] Briles, the same way he recruited Robert, recruited me the same way.” The Bryan quarterback hopes to follow Griffin’s lead. “He’s a quarterback that just happens to be a great athlete, so I hope I can mold my skills into some of the things that he has done, and follow in his footsteps.” Johnson said. At 6-5 and 222 pounds, Johnson’s offseason workouts in the weight room are obvious. He hopes to bulk up to 235 when he plays in college and has the frame to support the weight. The long, lean body he used to chase down rebounds as a member of Bryan’s basketball team his sophomore season, has now filled out with muscle. While Johnson did not play basketball as a junior, that sport provided a clear indication of his desire to succeed. He was a battler for rebounds. With Bryan making so dramatic an adjustment in offensive style, Johnson says the he can’t have success on his own and has been spending extra time with his receivers. “The toughest thing is timing,” Johnson said. “A lot of the receivers we have had haven’t had much experience at the varsity level, so everything is going to move a little faster, and they’re trying to catch on and adjust to the new speed that they are about to be put into this fall. We’ve been working a lot on timing, coming in and out of routes, when they need to break, when

they need to shut it down, and whether they need to convert their routes to a different one based on what the defense is giving.” Johnson saw his first quarterback action as a sophomore, impressing with his high-stepping running style and his cutback ability. He saw the field well, well enough to start at a safety spot in his first varsity season. A dangerous return man, Johnson averaged 17.5 yards per punt return his sophomore season and had an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. “He’s got a good arm,” Rogers said. “He’s got a good long-ball arm. I’m not saying it’s the longest in the state of Texas, but he can get the ball out there deep. What I’ve been impressed with is when he needs to take a little off, and put a little touch on the ball. “People might rather us throw right now than let him run.” In a junior season cut nearly in half by injuries, Johnson still ran for 86 times for 431 yards and scored six touchdowns. He threw just 62 passes, completing 34 of them for 473 yards, with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. “It was frustrating, but injuries happen,” Johnson said. “No one knows, and I don’t know how long my career will last. I think it helped me, because I learned how to face adversity, just get through it and come back stronger than I B. JOHNSON was before.” There will be new challenges immediately, with sight-adjustment routes in Rogers’ offense. “He needs to be a leader for us,” Rogers said. “In all of the attributes that you’ve got to have, he’s got the basics. We need to see this under pressure and he needs to be the guy…I’m excited to have him. I wish I could have been here when he was a freshman.” “I still have a long way to go myself,” Johnson said. “I plan on teaching my receivers things that will help them get better, as well as getting better myself. “Personally, I want to get better as a leader — leader first, and quarterback second. I hope to lead by example, and hopefully these guys will watch me and follow me and we’ll have a successful season.” •

bryan roster 2 Joe Clay, jr., DB; 3 Chris Johnson, sr., QB; 5 Jacob Davis, sr., DB; 6 Jose Falcon, sr., K; 7 Stephon Ellis, sr., DB; 8 Ryan Way, sr., DB; 10 Greg Aguilar, sr., DB; 11 Corey Johnson, jr., WR; 4 Logan Pottberg, jr., H; 15 Tavion Walton, sr., DB; 19 V.J. Banks, jr., WR/QB; 20 Josh Gibbs, jr., DB; 21 Damian Wilson, jr., RB; 22 Alex Harris, jr., WR; 23 Keaton Sims, sr., DB; 24 Alan Quintero, jr., RB; 25 Derrick Smith, jr., DB; 27 Sterling Whitley, soph., WR; 28 Bobby Johnson, jr., RB; 32 Drake Tadero, sr., LB; 33 Keekee Johnson, soph., LB; 34 LakKevin Fonville, jr., LB; 37 Joe Menjares, jr., LB; 42 Devin Marshall, sr., DL; 43 Jimmy Thomas, soph., LB; 44 Cameron Davis, sr., LB; 45 Brian Jones, sr., DB; 46 Travis Langston, sr., OL; 47 David Aguero, sr., LB; 49 Jecory Goosby, jr., DL; 52 Shikelyn Phillips, jr., DL; 55 Zac Slaydon, sr., LB; 56 Brandon Menjares, soph., OL; 58 Connor Ward, sr., OL; 60 Tristin Everett, sr., OL; 61 Mariano Jimenez, sr., OL; 62 Raymond Grimaldo, sr., OL; 65 Chris Willever, sr., DL; 66 Zach Jones, sr., OL; 68 Chris Sanchez, sr., OL; 74 Tyvan Hearne, sr., OL; 77 Eric Sewell, sr., OL; 80 Layne Graul, sr., WR; 81 Thomas Pharr, sr., WR; 83 Cooper Powell, sr., WR; 85 Justin Newton, soph., H; 86 Chris Vivero, sr., WR; 89 Benny Zavala, sr., TE; 90 Corey Thomas, jr., DT; 93 Michael Cadena, jr., DT; 94 Alex Garcia, sr., DT; 95 D.J. McCoy, sr., DT

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 9 * Homecoming + Kyle Field

Opponent Waco Midway at Magnolia at Belton Pflugerville Hendrickson at Conroe Oak Ridge Conroe* A&M Consolidated+ Lufkin at The Woodlands College Park

Johnson and Johnson might provide the bandage for Bryan’s offense, which struggled last season. “Bobby [Johnson] was having a great year, just starting to come on when he had the ineligibility, so we certainly think that he’s got to be a big contributor,” said Rogers of the Vikings’ junior running back. “We’re also using Derrick Smith, who played a little last year and he’s also working at free safety. He’s one of the fastest guys in the area.” Ve r s a t i l i t y and the ability play both sides of the ball will h e l p. C h r i s Johnson may see time at safety. V.J. Banks, MARSHALL who started in the secondary, will be a major offensive contributor. “You have to account for V.J.” Rogers said. “Whether he’s playing running back, quarterback or the flanker position, he’s a real player. He’s going to play them all and he’ll play in the secondary some, too.” Cooper Powell is a deep threat wide receiver on an offensive attack that includes some

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at a glance Head coach — Ross Rogers (211-87-8; first season at Bryan) District — 14-5A 2011 record — 4-6 (2-5 in 12-5A) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (16) — 1973, 1974, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Returning lettermen — 16 (2 offensive, 2 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Crosstown Showdown, October 12 at Kyle Field vs. A&M Consolidated Did you know? Merrill Green Stadium, which opened as Viking Stadium in 1972, has artificial turf for the first time this year. Merrill Green, in his first year as coach at the school, led the initial Bryan team that competed in the stadium to a 7-3 record. veterans. Seniors Eric Sewell and Zach Jones return. Nose tackle D ev i n M a r s h a l l — “we have a hard time blocking him” — is joined by veteran defensive tackle Shikelyn Phillips, while active Zac SEWELL Slaydon moves from the line to inside linebacker. As a junior, Slaydon had 37 tackles, 50 assists, six fumble

recoveries and five tackles for losses. Kee Kee Johnson will play linebacker as well as some running back. JeCorey Goolsby, who played sparingly a year ago, could see much more time at outside linebacker. Tavion WalSLAYDON t o n a n d Jo e Clay (two interceptions in 2011) are fast and physical at cornerback.


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Head coach — Marvin Clement (4-18 overall; 4-18 at BVCHEA) District — T-CAL Division I District 2 2011 record — 2-9 (1-2 in T-CAL Division II District 2) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Lost to regional finalist Waco Methodist Home, 30-28 State playoff appearances (2) — 2010 and 2011 Don’t miss this game — On Oct. 26, Waco Methodist Home is at BVCHEA in a key district contest Did you know? The Mustangs’ team was founded in 2005 and had a 0-9 record its inaugural season.

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2 Skylar Harris, 5-9, 158, jr., RB-DB; 3 Eann Felder, 5-8, 141, fr., RB-S; 4 Thomas Dozier, 5-7, 123, jr., DB; 6 Ben Schams, 5-8, 158, jr., RB-DB-K; 9 Josh Bennett, 6-0, 167, jr, QBDB; 11 Daniel Chavarria, 6-2, 247, jr., C-DE; 12 Connor Armstrong, 5-9, 169, jr., C-NG; 14 Grant Hampton, 6-0, 208, soph., TE-DE; 21 Harrison Armstrong, 5-11, 156, fr., TE-DE; 22 Ryan Hatfield, 5-11, 215, jr., FB-NG; 25 Jonathan Hall, 5-9, 187, soph., WB-DE; 32 Ben Winkler, 6-3, 218, jr., C-LB; 55 Jack Micklesen, 6-1, 177, jr., SE-DE

Date Opponent Aug. 31 New Braunfels Christian Sept. 7 Austin NYOS Sept. 14 Williamson County Home Sept. 21 at Capital Christian+ Sept. 29 at San Antonio Sunnybrook Oct. 5 San Antonio FEAST Oct. 12 at Allen Academy Oct. 19 at Waco Live Oak Oct. 26 Waco Methodist Home Nov. 2 Central Texas ECHO# + in Georgetown # in Taylor

His head coach doesn’t think that will happen. “IhaveknownBensincehewas in the eighth grade and realized at that time he would be a special athletesomeday,”BVCHEAcoach Marvin Clement said. “He has good size and quickness and loves to hit. Ben has a solid work ethic

and is a natural born leader. “ Winkler thinks that a tougher schedule has been good for the Mustangs. “Ever since my freshman year, we have been playing some of the topteamsinourareaforsix-man,” Winkler said. “I think our coach just thought we could do it, so we

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did.” For now, he plans to attend Blinn College. “I may try out for the football team,”Winklersaid.“Iwouldlove to be able to play football, but if I go to a school I want to be able to

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BenWinkler,whois6-foot-3and weighs 220 pounds, is beginning his junior season for the homeschool team, but was an immediate contributor as a freshman, whenhehad21solotackles,seven assists and a quarterback sack. Last season, Winkler’s impact was greater. As a sophomore, he had 31 solo tackles, 25 assists and five quarterback sacks. He also caused three fumbles. Winkler has been a center and defensive end in the past. “I think I am definitely ready,” said Winkler of the move to linebacker. “The first year I played middle linebacker I got 13 tackles the first game. I messed up the nextgameandtheyendedupmoving me somewhere else. “It’s definitely different. You’ve got to look for the pass and you’re the last line of defense. You can’t let anybody past you.”

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Ben Winkler comes from a long line of tough. The middle linebacker and offensive right tackle for the BVCHEA Mustangs home school teamisthegrandsonof Lawrence Winkler, one of thefamed“Junction Boys.” “He played under Bear Bryantthatfirstyear (1954),” said Ben Winkler of his grandfather’s senior season WINKLER at Texas A&M, whereLawrenceWinklerwasone of 35tosurviveBryant’sbrutal10daytrainingcamp.“Iknowthathe learned how to work and that he learned perseverance. “He was a rancher for years. He retired recently.” Ben thinks Lawrence’s football advice to him may come more from his days as a rancher. “He comes to the games and is always saying that you’ve got to learn to cut off the running back like you’re cutting off a cow,” Ben said. “He taught me how to basically be a linebacker on the ranch.” Yet,Benhasreaduponthechallenges his grandfather faced as a football player. “I read the book about the Junction Boys,” Winkler said. “I thought it was a great book. I reallyenjoyedit.There’sapictureor two of him in there and it’s great to kind of see the family history.”

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Madisonville a little older, tougher this season have relied on strong running attacks from the I formation, and these Mustangs likely will conThe type of growing pains tinue the tradition with tailback Madisonville went through last Dante Crist. However, Madisonville has season don’t necessarily make football teams bigger. Those a bunch of what Morgan calls hard times can make teams scatback types, smaller playtougher, and in the Mustangs’ ers who can line up at receiver or in the backfield. That group case, tough might be enough. Madisonville will go into the includes Grant Smith, Brent season with hopes of a turn- McLeod and Alex Green, who around after last year’s team, will be in his third season as a littered with sophomores, strug- starting cornerback. In their first scrimmage, the gled to a 3-7 record. “We started seven, sometimes Mustangs mixed in screens, flares out of the eight, sophobackfield and mores last year quick passes to and that youth go with power kind of came swee ps and into play,” Madblasts. isonville coach “Being a conGre g Morgan servative playsaid. “There’s caller like I am, two modes of wh e n yo u ’ r e thought: It’s eiCRIST CLEVER making first ther going to kill them and ruin them or it’s going downs on the ground it’s hard to make them stronger. Every to throw the ball,” Morgan said. one of them has gotten stronger “But we do need to get the ball to mentally. They all went through our play-makers.” Senior quarterback Ryan the same battles, and that’s one of the strengths we have right Clever, who missed about half of last season because of a bronow.” The Mustangs do not have a ken leg, will run the offense. He coveted recruiting prospect such should be able to rely on Crist, a as they had a couple of years 210-pound workhorse. “He doesn’t have a lot of speed, ago with brothers Chris Whaley (Texas) and Alonzo Whaley but he runs with low pads and a lot of power,” Morgan said. “He (Nebraska). There is another Whaley — looks real pretty in a uniform.” Seniors Ethridge Brooks, Ben linebacker and fullback Damian Whaley is a relative but not Bickham and Julio Camarena a brother of the college players should lead the offensive line. — but Madisonville has a team Brooks is a three-year starter. Madisonville’s defense will chemistry that coach Morgan appreciates. In that way, this year’s team reminds Morgan of the 2010 Mustangs, who started 0-4 but recovered to win a share of the district championship and reach the second round of the state playoffs. “We’ve got a group of kids that know that each one is accountable to the other,” Morgan said. “All the things that we preach as coaches are going to be the things that are going to get this group over the hump. There’s going to be times we will be outathleted, but we’re hoping that bond and chemistry will make us stronger. “The 2010 team that made it to the second round reminds us a lot of this group. This team has a lot of the same attributes. They’ll stick together and drink 979.693.6300 the Kool-Aid, so to speak.” 1501 Emerald Parkway The Mustangs may test Morgan’s play-calling philosophy. College Station, TX Most of his Madisonville teams By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

madisonville roster 2 Dontae Crist, jr., TB/OLB; 3 James Holiday, sr., FB/DB; 4 Alex Green, sr., WR/DB; 5 Brent McCloud, sr., WR/DB; 6 Jaylen Manley, jr., WR/DB; 7 Ryan Clever, sr., QB/DB; 8 Grant Smith, jr., RB/DB; 9 J.R. Gibson, sr., TE/OLB; 10 Eric Aceves, jr., WR/ DB; 11 Brandon Ledbetter, sr., TE/OLB; 14 Roman Collier, sr., WR/DB; 15 Rueben Rodriguez, jr., WR/DB; 16 Caleb Peveto, jr., QB/DB; 17 Omar Robles, jr., K; 20 Alfredo Solis, sr., WR/K; 21 Donald Roundtree, soph., FB/LB; 30 Damien Whaley, jr., FB/LB; 32 Jessie Cuevas, sr., FB/LB; 33 Coby Nealey, soph., TE/OLB; 44 Mason Jarrell, jr., FB/LB; 45 Alija Baber, jr., FB/OLB; 51 Jabre Burns, soph., OL/DL; 53 Julio Camarena, sr., OL/DL; 54 David Bastardo, jr., OL/DL; 55 Dalton Gilbert, jr., OL/DL; 56 Austin Ashley, soph., OL/DL; 61 Cedrick Jackson, jr., OL/DL; 64 Ben Bickham, sr., OL/DL; 65 Ethridge Brooks, sr., OL/DL; 72 Brandon Kendrick, jr., OL/DL; 75 Jorge Rosas, sr., OL/DL; 77 Jonathan Berringer, jr., OL/DL; 78 Kyle Rogers, sr., OL/DL; 85 Collin Peveto, jr., TE/DL; 88 Bryce Moore, jr., WR/DB

feature small but tough linebacker Jesse Cuevas, a three-year starter at 5-8 and 170 pounds. Defensive end J.R. Gibson, who was the district newcomer of the year as a sophomore, also will be starting for the third consecutive season. Madisonville will start the season with a road game against Lorena on Aug. 31. The Mustangs’ first home game will be in the third week, against Fairfield on Sept. 14.

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Opponent at Lorena at Cleveland Fairfield Crockett* Diboll at Huntington Navasota at Rockdale Caldwell at Taylor

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

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Head coach —Matt Tarbutton (31-7 overall, 31-7 at Brenham Christian) District — TAPPS 6-man Division II District 5 2011 record — 4-6 (2-3 in TAPPS 6-man Division II District 4) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Lost to Fredericksburg Heritage, 54-8 State playoff appearances (6) — Six-man: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 12 (4 offensive, 4 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Homecoming against Orange Community on Oct. 5 may tell if Brenham Christian is all the way back.

Bca roster 3 Daniel Taylor, 5-6, 130, soph.; 5 Kyle Kolkhorst, 5-10, 185, jr.; 7 Talgat Pate, 5-9, 150, jr.; 8 Jack Marley, 5-10, 160, soph.; 12 Kyler Roehling, 5-9, 150, fr.; 13 Connor Saye, 5-9, 185, soph.; 17 Levi Goddard, 5-6, 160, fr.; 18 Ryan Steen, 6-5, 215, soph.; 23 Adam Roskow, 5-7, 150, soph.; 48 Tommy Rogers, 5-7 225, fr.; 88 Brandon Horne, 5-9, 145, sr.

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Opponent Houston Emery-Weiner+ Round Rock Christian at Bulverde Brackien Bellville Faith Orange Community* at Lake Jackson Brazosport at Alvin Living Stones Magnolia Legacy Tomball Christian Home at Houston Texas Christian

Time 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 10 a.m.

Last Year L 64-18 Did not play Did not play W 1-0 (forfeit) L 85-65 Did not play L 28-8 Did not play Did not play W 63-38

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Brenham Christian’s numbers are down, but the Eagles’ experience level is up and so are their hopes for the 2012 football season. The Eagles will go into their TAPPS 6-man campaign with 11 players on the roster. That’s four or five fewer than in recent years, and about half the number Brenham Christian had during its run to the state championship two years ago. “We’ve only got 11 guys, but this is a hard-working group,” Brenham Christian coach Matt Tarbutton said. “We don’t have a lot of seniors, but we have guys who got a good amount of playing time last year. It will be a much more experienced group. The big deal is if we stay healthy.” The Eagles slipped to 4-6 last season after going undefeated and winnng the state title in 2010. Brenham Christian went 2-3 in Division II District 5 to reach the state playoffs, then lost in the first round to eventual state champion Fredricksburg Heritage. Brenham Christian will return four starters on offense and four on defense. Brandon Horne is the Eagles’ only senior. In his second year with the program, Horne will be a key factor at safety and also will play receiver on offense. Junior Talgat Pate will take over as starting quarterback

after seeing time as a backup last season. Pate also will play cornerback. The Eagles will count on major contributions from sophomore Jack Marley, who will play linebacker and running back. Brenham Christian’s front line includes tight end Ryan Steen, a top receiving threat, and center Kyle Kolkhorst. Brenham Christian will open the season one day later than most of the Brazos Valley teams. The Eagles will play Houston Emery-Weiner on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Alvin. Brenham Christian’s first home game will be against Round Rock Christian on Sept. 7.

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Courtesy of Brenham Banner-Press ceiver Kwadareus Chapel and cornerback Darrion Johnson, who has the talent to make an impact at running back. Many of the team’s other key players were relative unknowns at the start of what was designed to be a very fundamentally

sound preseason camp. “You can’t assume anything,” West said. “Things you were able to expect out of the teams in the past, you can’t expect that, because they really don’t know

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schedule Opponent Richmond Foster Katy Pope John XXIII Magnolia West at Waller Willis at Montgomery Rudder* at Magnolia Huntsville at Caney Creek

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year Did not play Did not play W 47-13 W 42-20 Did not play W 14-7 Did not play W 41-7 W 65-16 Did not play

1 Kwadareus Chapel, 6-2, 175, sr., WR; 2 Justin Davis, 6-3, 200, sr., WR/FS; 3 Tyler Watts, 5-7, 150, jr., FB; 4 James Homan, 6-0, 155, jr., WR/SSl 5 Earnest Patterson, 5-6, 140, soph., RB/SS; 6 Kalagino Leakes, 5-8, 170, sr., RB; 7 Darrion Johnson, 5-10, 175, jr., RB/CB; 8 Haiden Lane, 5-8, 145, sr., K; 9 Dennis Watson, 5-10, 140, jr., WR; 10 Jacob Sparks, 6-2, 200, sr., LB/DT; 11 Erik Yeager, 5-11, 170, jr., QB/FS; 14 Courtland Sutton, 6-2, 195, jr., TE/FS; 15 Desmond Lockett, 5-8, 155, jr., SS; 16 Robert Stark, 5-9, 170, sr., QB; 17 Malik Wilson, 5-8, 135, jr., WR/CB; 18 Braden Baird, 6-0, 198, jr., WR/LB; 19 Walter Thomas, 5-7, 155, soph., QB; 20 Ryan Frazier, 5-8, 150, sr., RB; 21 Ja’Michael Adams, 5-9, 178, jr., MLB; 22 Ryan Nunn, 5-10, 175, jr., RB/MLB; 24 Eric Duong, 5-10, 200, sr., DT; 30 Tre’Vonte Johnson, 6-1, 160, jr., CB; 31 LaDarien Drake-Jackson, 5-10, 145, soph., CB; 33 Travis Gurka, 5-11, 165, jr., WS; 34 Justin Thomas, 5-9, 219, sr., DT; 35 Tre’Markes Smith, 5-10, 180, soph., FB/MLB; 40 Jaquay Cross, 6-1, 160, soph., WR/CB; 44 Harold McBride, 6-0, 210, sr., DT; 48 Collin Kolkhorst, 5-11, 170, jr., WR/SS; 50 Jordan Hawkins, 6-1, 230, soph., T/DT; 55 Daryk Ganske, 5-8, 190, jr., C; 56 Taylon Shepard, 5-11, 228, jr., DT; 58 Garrett Altman, 6-3, 265, sr., C; 60 Jaylon Whitley, 5-10, 212, jr., G; 62 Mitchell Eben, 5-11, 230, sr., G; 63 Trenton Martinez, 6-3, 295, jr., G; 64 Neal Mathis, 5-11, 310, jr., G; 67 Shea Robbins, 5-11, 230, jr., T; 68 Jeremy Arnold, 6-4, 228, jr., T; 70 Austin Schlottmann, 6-4, 290, jr., T; 71 Al’Fondrick Bennett, 6-0, 212, soph., DT; 77 Gary Ross, 5-9, 200, sr., DT; 86 Dylan Morgan, 5-8, 150, sr., WR; 90 Jarvis Brown, 5-5, 210, soph., DT

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How in the world can a Brenham football team with only six starters back be picked to win its district and go into the season just one spot out of the state’s Top 10? Either Brenham’s sub-varsity teams were monsters last year or the Cubs’ reputation precedes them into the 2012 season. Cubs coach Glen West figures it’s the latter. “I think that’s strictly going off what’s happened in the past,” West said. During the past two years Brenham was 21-2, going undefeated during both regular seasons before making early playoff exits. Most of the key members of those teams have moved on, many to play in college. The Cubs are left with a roster that includes only seven players who have been in a varsity game. “I’ve had a lot of years of rebuilding,” West said. “I’m not sure we’ve ever had this much total uncertainty. It’s kind of a perfect storm. The senior classes we had the last two years were very, very strong. There weren’t many opportunities for this group of seniors to get to play.” West and his staff hasn’t had to do it much in recent years, but they have put together successful seasons without a lot of college recruits. “We’ve done it before, so we know how to do it,” he said. “We’re just going to have to get it taught. We’re going to have to play with very, very good leverage. We can’t make mistakes and we have to play very, very hard.” The lack of overall experience will force the Cubs to rely even more on the few veterans who return from last year’s team. That small group includes Tyler Watts, an explosive junior who can play slot receiver and running back. The proven leader up front should be 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle Austin Schlottmann, who also started last season. The defense likely will rally around free safety Justin Davis, a returning starter who also will see time at tight end. Davis plays basketball and runs the hurdles for the Cubs. “Those three guys have got to give us some leadership and stability,” West said. Other returners include re-

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what you’re saying sometimes. “At this stage, a lot of our kids don’t know if they can even survive. You’ve gotta be patient with them. It’s a learning experience we’re going through.” The new-look Cubs will open the season at home against Richmond Foster on Aug. 31. West won’t go into that game thinking about preseason rankings or predictions. “We don’t have a clue how we’ll do in our district,” West said. “We don’t have a clue how we’ll do in our first ballgame.”

Head coach — Glen West (176-61-1 overall; 135-38 at Brenham) District — 18-4A 2011 record — 11-1 (7-0 in 17-4A) 2011 playoffs — Division II bi-district: Defeated Humble Kingwood Park, 35-3; Area: Lost to regional finalist Beaumont Ozen, 14-10 State playoff appearances (35) — 1927,1929, 1933, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 13 (3 offensive, 3 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — at Montgomery on Oct. 12, as the favorites square off Did you know? Brenham has two players who have been inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Lineman Wilson Whitley entered in 1990 and running back Roosevelt Leaks in 2002

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Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent at Hearne at Riesel Lexington Caldwell at Austin St. Michael’s Palestine Westwood* at Elkhart Crockett Trinity at Teague

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

there to protect him and to give him a little confidence.” Given the opportunity when Lowry was lost, Hayden Luhn filled in admirably and the Lions are stronger now on defense with both of them in place. “He held things together last year, I thought, particularly when we lost Luke,” Hedrick said. Cornerback Eric Hawkins, another senior, plays at about 130 pounds. Last Year “He can really play that corW 34-0 ner,” Hedrick said. “He’s a comDid not play petitive kid.” L28-19,L23-13 Lines are the question mark, Did not play but Kyle Felder returns on the Did not play defensive line. Zack Short played Did not play on the line, but he also played Did not play some at linebacker. Despite a solDid not play Did not play Did not play

at a glance Head coach — Mike Hedrick (224-144-11 overall; 46-21 at Franklin) District — 11-2A Division I 2011 record — 10-3 (4-2 in 12-2A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Division II bi-district: Defeated Italy 55-28; Area: Defeated San Augustine 57-20; Regional: Lost to state semifinalist Lexington 23-13. State playoff appearances (24) — 1951, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1965, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 19 (3 offensive, 7 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Lions play Lexington for the fourth time in three season at home on Sept. 14 Did you know? The father-son coaching combination of Joe and Mike Hedrick have combined to win 464 Texas high school football games. The late Joe Hedrick, for whom Franklin’s field is named, won 240 games in 36 years, all with the Lions. Mike Hedrick has been a head coach for 36 years, and since 2006 he’s been back in his hometown.

franklin roster 3 Will Phillips, fr., QE-S; 4 Jacob Dorsett, fr., QB-S; 6 Seth Kissinger, jr., QB-CB; 7 Tyler Henson, jr., HB-CB; 10 Stephen Commander, fr., HS-SS; 11 Luke Lowry, sr., HB-LB; 15 Eric Hawkins, sr., TB-CB; 16 Dylan Smitherman, soph., QB-CB; 20 Darius Floyd, sr., TB-S; 22 Rodney Rogers, fr., TB-CB; 25 Michael Ondrasek, soph., HB-SS; 30 Joe Riley, jr., HB-SS; 32 Hayden Luhn, sr., TE-LB; 34 Chris Morrow, sr., FB-SS; 35 Morgan Brewer, soph., TB-SS; 40 Todd Johnson, soph., FB-SS; 44 Adam Lopez, soph., FB-LB; 50 Clark Westerman, sr., T-DT; 51 John Davis, soph., G-DT; 52 Jeb Hogan, jr., C-DT; 54 Zack Short, jr., C-LB; 55 Ben Zamzow, jr., T-DT; 60 Ian Knight, fr., G-DT; 61 Robert Lattimore, sr., T-DT; 65 Colton Barnett, jr., C-LB; 66 Kyle Felder, sr., T-DT; 68 Wyatt Linson, soph., G-DT; 75 Kizer Bomnskie, soph., T-DT; 77 Matthew Corn, sr., T-DT; 80 Chris Sells, sr., TE-DT; 85 Corie Clay, sr., TE-LB

id group of seniors, the Franklin coach says that that his team will be young. “Really, we’re going to start a bunch of younger kids,” Hedrick said. “We’ve got some sophomores and have even got some

freshmen that will probably end up starting.” “It’s going to be a growing-up process. By midseason, we’ll be getting pretty competitive, hopefully.” Franklin opens at Hearne.

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Playing the Franklin Lions is a little like having double vision. You see one great running back and there’s another one right beside him. With Darius Floyd and Chris Morrow, you need to see a defensive coordinator, not an optometrist. Yet, the Lions’ running backs only look similar in the statistics. “F loyd was our outside guy FLOYD and Chris was the inside guy,” Franklin coach Mike Hedrick said. “They really complemented each other. You’ve got to play real tight down inside to stop Chris, or you’ve got to play us a little loose and stop Darius. “They kind of fed off each other.” No one stopped either of them very well. Morrow rushed for 2,076 yards and scored 38 touchdowns. Floyd rushed 187 times

for 2,023 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. A single 2,000-yard rusher is considered to have had a great season. The odds of having a pair of 2,000-yard rushers on the same team in the same season jumps significantly. “I’ve had a kid break 2,000 before, but not two kids,” Hedrick said. “I just thought it was really rare.” Floyd is the longer-legged strider, with a quick-cutting acceleration though a hole. MORROW Morrow stuttersteps into a hole and powers out of it. He has the stockier build, but his own burst. The defense should be solid. Luke Lowry returns after missing a large portion of last season with a ruptured spleen. Lowry was Franklin’s best defensive player until the injury sidelined him for the year. “They cleared him in January and he’s doing well,” Hedrick said. “We’ve put rib pads on

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The Leon Cougars were on fire when the 2011 season came to a close as they defeated districtleading Buffalo and Blooming Grove. It wasn’t enough for head coach Keith Sitton’s team, which failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. “We were real inexperienced last year and we had graduated a big senior class the year before,” Sitton said. “Our offense was in a state of flux and it took us a while to find our identity. We were playing our best JONES football the last three games of district.” Last season’s lack of experience will be this year’s gain as the Cougars return seven offensive and seven defensive starters. Leon’s biggest improvement on this year’s team could come from a more experienced offensive line, a group that should help the Cougars improve their 14.5 points per game average from last season. “There’s a lot of experience on that line,” Sitton said. “We may have took our lumps early last

year but we gained 10 games of experience with those guys and now we are reaping the reward of that.” The offensive line will get help from tight end Drake Jones, who provides a big body for run plays and a big target in the passing game. “This is really his third year with this offense and he’s like a coach on the field,” said Sitton of his tight end, who garnered alldistrict honors last year. “He can tell just about everybody on the line what the blocking assignments are. It’s good to have a guy that can handle things for us.”

at a glance Head coach — Keith Sitton (24-38 overall; 24-38 at Leon) District — 12-A Division I 2011 record — 4-6 (2-3 in 11-2A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (11) — 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 Returning lettermen — 12 (7 offensive, 7 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Cougars return to the scene of their best 2011 win at Buffalo on Sept. 14

leon roSter 2 Riley Noey, soph., SE/CB; 5 Brandon Bilodeau, jr., WB/OLB; 11 Hector Rivera, sr., FB/LB; 12 Caleb Wilson, soph., RB/S; 14 Tyler Morris, jr., QB/CB; 22 Caleb Eagans, jr., WB/CB; 30 Brock Brown, jr., FB/DE; 32 Cameron Carranza, sr., TB/S; 33 Drake Jones, sr., TE/DE; 38 Travis Hillman, soph., WB/CB; 44 Hudson Merry, soph., TE/ DE; 45 Tyler Sills, sr., RB/OLB; 50 Cody Garcia, jr., C/DT; 51 Tim Reyes, sr., G/DE; 52 Morgan Vestal, soph., C/LB; 56 Tyler Bodiford, jr., G/DE; 58 Sagar Raja, sr., T/DT; 60 Joseph Hines, sr., T/DT; 61 Nathan Salazar, sr., G/LB; 64 Hunter Vestal, soph., G/OLB; 70 Devin Anding, soph., T/LB; 77 Pawandeep Singh, jr., T/DT; 80 John Scott, sr., SE/DT; 81 Jorge DeLeon, jr., T/DT/K The Cougars will stick to being a ball-control, physical team that intends to run the ball and rely on its linemen. Leon will make the change from a 2A school to Class A and move into a district led by state favorite Mart. “I think we’re probably in the toughest Class A district in the state,” Sitton said. “Mart was a

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Opponent Normangee at Bremond at Buffalo Somerville at Grapeland Lovelady* Valley Mills at Bosqueville Mart at Axtell

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year Did not play W 21-14 W 31-28 Did not play Did not play L 43-0 Did not play Did not play Did not play L 14-0

“I think we have a special group of kids,” Sitton said. “Character-wise this is as good of a group as we’ve had. Their work habits are outstanding, so the beginning of practice has been an enjoyable time for our staff.” The Cougars will open the season by playing host to Normangee on Aug. 31.

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state semifinalist [last season]. Everybody in our district has playoff experience, and that’s what we are lacking.” Sitton is chomping at the bit for his Cougars to play under the lights on Friday night again. With a group that will be more experienced, he hopes the Cougars will return to the playoffs in 2012.

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cade ago. “He’s always there for me,” Luna said. “He had an opportunity and he didn’t take full advantage of it. He had some problems at school, fighting and this

and that. I think he’s trying to make sure I stay on track.” The Yoemen have their sights on returning to the type of success the program enjoyed two years ago. Cameron will have

eight returning starters on offense and eight on defense, including several who played as sophomores last season.

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1 Austin Christy; 2 Jalen White; 3 Zach Felts; 4 Tyler Sapp; 5 Colton Labay; 6 Keaton Denio; 7 Reid Nickerson; 8 Colton Shelton; 10 Jason Kopriva; 11 Dylan Riola; 12 Michael Evan; 14 Aaron Simms; 16 Michael Gelner; 17 J’Juan Anderson; 18 Zach Riola; 20 Shawn May; 22 Colton Shuffield; 24 Adam Charanza; 25 Justin Pratt; 30 Patrick Spells; 44 Somari Wright; 45 Oscar Locke; 50 Brandon Vargas; 52 Jonathan McAnulty; 54 Josh Smitherman; 55 Jonathan Riggs; 56 Randal Lane; 58 Ryan Cullen; 60 Tyler Vrazel; 62 A.J. Harwell; 64 Cameron Mueck; 66 Josh Stubbs; 68 Khalil Kelley; 70 Juan Valverde; 72 Nick Burris; 74 Edgar Luna; 75 Carson Hanel; 76 Denzel Haynes; 77 Kylen Harrell; 78 Quantel Williams; 80 Tralund Webber; 82 Myles Brooks; 89 Sam McKinney

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Cameron football coach Rick Rhoades heard a lot of talk about Edgar Luna, but little talk from Luna, when both joined the varsity team three years ago. Now, as Luna prepares for his final season with Cameron, Rhoades can’t say enough about Luna and what he means to the Yoemen. Luna is a rare four-year starter. The nose guard has developed into a star player at the high school level and a college prospect, fulfilling the promise that Cameron fans cited when they told then-new coach Rhoades about Luna before his freshman season. “When I first came to Cameron there were two kids that everyone was telling me about,” Rhoades said. “One of them was Edgar and one was Josh Smitherman. Coming from a large-school environment, I just didn’t think there was any way a freshman could play on the varsity level. “During the season we lost one of our nose guards for disciplinary reasons and the other one got hurt. We didn’t have anybody but Edgar to move up to the varsity. He came in and his first game with the varsity was a big one against Navasota. He played well.” Luna filled in admirably as a freshman and developed into one of Cameron’s top players as a sophomore, helping the Yoemen reach the Class 2A Division I state championship game. Last year, Luna earned firstteam All-Brazos Valley honors even though Cameron’s record slipped to 6-5. “It was pretty horrible,” Luna said. “Anybody will say it, but I hate losing. I tried to keep that to myself, to keep my composure and help my teammates with whatever they needed help

with.” Determined to be a vocal leader this year, Luna had little to say as a freshman. He was promoted from the freshman team midway through the season, moving right into the starting lineup. “It went pretty well, but it was crazy being a freshman on the varsity,” Luna said. “I was very nervous. I was just trying not to mess up. I’ll always remember coach Rhoades teasing me about how quiet I was, but I didn’t know anybody on the varsity. I think he was just trying to loosen me up.” Knowing the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Luna will be in the middle of the line this season should be a stress reliever for Rhoades. Last year, Luna made 83 tackles, including 10 for losses and 6½ quarterback sacks. He also blocked two kicks. “He’s going to be a dominant player for us,” Rhoades said. “I really think he’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level. I think he’s going to have that kind of year for us.” Luna has drawn the interest of college recruiters, but will go into his senior season without a scholarship offer. “I’ve visited a couple of schools and talked to some [recruiters] on the phone,” Luna said. “A couple of schools are serious, but they’re not too big. I want to go Division I. That’s my dream. I have high hopes of playing in college. “This is my last year and I’ve got to end it with a bang. I’ve gotta do my best so I can get noticed and get some offers.” Luna has spent the last year working at the local Pizza Hut to help support his mother and younger siblings. Family is a driving force in his football career, too. Luna wears uniform No. 74 in respect to older brother Enrique, who was a defensive lineman for the Yoemen a de-

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at a glanCe Head coach — Rick Rhoades (68-31 overall; 26-10 at Cameron) District — 13-2A Division I 2011 record — 6-5 (6-0 in 12-2A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Bye; Area: Lost to Tatum, 21-14 State playoff appearances (39): 1934, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 16 (8 offensive, 8 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Despite a minefield in district, the Battle of the Bell game, at home against Rockdale on September 14, is always a highlight

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District champ Centerville building on momentum By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

All it took to lift the Centerville football program last year was a small taste of success. Imagine what the Tigers could do this season, coming off a trip through the buffet line. Centerville produced one of the best turnarounds in the Brazos Valley last season, winning eight games and a district championship one year after going 2-8. Many of the key players from last year’s team will return as the Tigers try to make consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2002. “As a coach you win a championship and then you wonder whether we’re going to be satisfied. Are we going to relax?” Centerville coach Kyle Hardee said. “It’s a credit to our kids that I don’t think we did. They went into the spring and worked with the same type of hunger they had the year before. They want to have the opportunity to try to repeat.” The Tigers will be tested in rugged District 11-2A Division II, competing against Crawford, Buffalo, Rosebud-Lott and Riesel, plus Moody and BrucevilleEddy. But Centerville certainly has a higher jumping-off point after

going 8-3 last season and falling 22-14 to regional finalist Corrigan-Camden in the area round of the playoffs. Hardee said the seeds for that success were planted late in the 2010 season, when the Tigers made improvements that didn’t show in the final record. “I don’t know how many positives you can get out of 2-8, but I think our kids went into the offseason really feeling good about themselves,” Hardee said. “Not about the wins and losses, but we knew we were getting better. “We’re not a team that talks about goals a lot, but last year my kids told me that they wanted to win the district championship. Then they went out and achieved it.” Last year’s team featured a strong junior class and several sophomores who contributed. There are proven veterans on offense and defense, including a few who will start on both sides of the ball. Seniors Jamal High and Ryan Payne provide a wealth of varsity experience. High, the district’s co-MVP last season, will play fullback and defensive end. Payne is a tailback and free safety who was named the league’s outstanding special teams player last season after returning two punts for touch-

at a glance Head coach: Kyle Hardee (29-43 overall; 29-43 at Centerville) District — 11-2A Division II 2011 record — 8-3 (4-1 in 11-2A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Bye; Area: Lost to regional finalist Corrigan-Camden, 22-14 State playoff appearances (12) — 1939, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 20 (7 offensive, 8 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Rival Buffalo visits on Oct. 26

downs and a kickoff for another score. Garrett Chase returns for his third year at quarterback, and receiver Cort Harris is back after earning all-district honors last season. Reinforcements will arrive from a junior varsity team that went 9-1 last season. “A strength that jumps right out is the fact that we’re experienced,” Hardee said. “We bring back eight starters on one side and seven on the other. This is probably the biggest senior class we’ve had in a while. We’re going to have more depth than we’ve had in several years, especially up front.” The offensive line is a key for a Centerville team that likes to run the football. Leaders up front will be center Blake Reeves, tackle Kurtis Parker and guard Tyler Brown. On defense Centerville should

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Time 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

Last Year W 55-25 Did not play W 26-7 Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play L 16-15 Did not play Did not play

1 Cody Cameron, sr., RB/T; 2 Tulley Pickens, soph., RB/S; 4 Ty Tollett, sr., WR/S; 5 Garrett Chase, sr., QB/CB; 7 James Roach, sr., TE/E; 10 Haiden Zarate, soph., RB/CB; 11 Jordan Cannon, soph., QB/S; 12 Dalton Holden, sr., TE/E; 14 Cort Harris, sr., WR/CB; 15 Jamal High, sr., RB/E; 20 Ryan Payne, sr., RB/S; 22 Devyn Jankowiak, sr., RB/LB; 28 Blake Payne, jr., RB/S; 50 Evan Rich, sr., T/NG; 51 Sam Gresham, sr., T/E; 52 Kyle Harris, soph., G/LB; 53 Tyler Brown, jr., G/LB; 54 Blake Reeves, sr., C/LB; 56 Trent Holt, sr., G/T; 66 Adrian Gaucin, soph., K; 72 Carson Wakefield, soph., G/T; 75 Kevin Gonzalez, jr., T/NG; 76 Kurtis Parker, jr., T/T; 77 Marc Mcleod, sr., T/T; 79 Edmund Clark, jr., C/T; 85 Tyler Parks, sr., WR/S be strong up the middle, with 270-pound Kevin Gonzales at nose guard in front of linebacker Brown, who Hardee said is one of the area’s best players at his position. The Tigers also will count on defensive tackle Cody Cameron, another member of the strong senior class. All that experience and talent should be tested in what Hardee

calls a strong, balanced league. “I think it’s going to be a dogfight,” Hardee said. “It’s going to come down to the teams who can get up to play every Friday night, because there’s no easy games in this district.” Centerville will start the season at Grapeland on Aug. 31. The Tigers’ home opener will be against Mildred on Sept. 7.

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schedule Date Opponent Aug. 31 at Grapeland Sept. 7 Mildred Sept. 14 Elkhart Sept. 28 at Hearne Oct. 5 Crawford Oct. 12 Rosebud-Lott* Oct. 19 at Riesel Oct. 26 Buffalo Nov. 2 at Moody Nov. 9 Bruceville-Eddy *Homecoming

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LEXington rostEr 2 Noble Little; 3 Kevin Ledbetter; 4 Corey Strain; 5 Zach Lay; 6 Jaymon Scott; 7 Eriq Mitchell; 9 Nate Holcomb; 10 Kogan Garrett; 11 Andrew Lane; 12 W.E. Meuth; 15 Jason Washington; 17 Bryland Chism; 19 Logan Meuth; 22 Todd Glass; 24 Cash Flot; 33 Tyler Meyer; 38 Bradley Campbell; 40 Jakob Moreland; 44 Marcos Casassa; 50 Oscar Sauceda; 51 Gabriel McMahon; 55 Kevin Page; 57 Nigel Cleveland; 60 Colt Sunvison; 63 Jacob Warner; 64 Labrone Foster; 66 Allen Junek; 70 Marin Solis; 72 Ray Gardner; 75 Chase Hibbeler; 77 Myles Hannigan; 79 Christain Green

schEduLE Head coach: Jason Holcomb (100-47 overall; 100-47 at Lexington) District — 14-2A Division II 2011 record — 11-3 (5-1 in 12-2A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Bye; Area: Defeated New Waverly, 31-7; Regional: Defeated Franklin, 23-13; Quarterfinals: Defeated Arp, 40-7; Semifinals: Lost to state champion Refugio, 63-33 State playoff appearances (15) — 1964, 1968, 1978, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 15 (5 offensive, 7 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Lexington and Cameron both made state title games in 2010. They’ll mee in Lexington on Sept. 7.

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who graduated, but Garrett will be working with quality receivers and runners. Lexington has to find a couple of key replacements along the offensive line, one for All-Brazos Valley selection Will Holcomb. The Eagles will count on 315-pounder Jacob Warner, who will move from left tackle to center, and Chase Hibbeler, a returning starter at right tackle. “Our offensive line has got to jell,” coach Holcomb said. “People do a lot of blitzing and sliding around against us and we’ve got to teach [the linemen] the offense, get them comfortable so they can make those quick adjustments.” Lexington will open the season by playing host to Crockett on Aug. 31. The Eagles’ rugged nondistrict schedule includes games against Cameron, Franklin and Navasota.

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Quarterback Kogan Garrett has been the big thing in Lexington for the last two seasons, and he’s poised to lead the Eagles on another deep playoff run as a senior. What’s next after that? “I would love to play in college, for any team really,” Garrett said. “Whoever comes knocking. It doesn’t matter if it’s Division II.” Garrett has passed for more than 5,000 yards over the last two seasons, but he hasn’t received any college scholarship offers. The numbers that seem to be working against him are 2A and 6-0. Lexington competes in Class 2A. Garrett is 6 feet tall. “I think some people are really missing out on an outstanding quarterback,” Lexington coach Jason Holcomb said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s not 6-3 or 6-5. He’s kind of like [New Orleans Saints quarterback and fellow 6-footer] Drew Brees, though. The one thing he does is win.” The Eagles have been one of the most successful high school football programs in the Brazos Valley over the last two seasons. Lexington went 14-1 and reached the 2A Division II state final two years ago. The Eagles reached the state semifinal round last season and finished 11-3. Garrett earned first-team All-Brazos Valley honors last season, when he produced 48 touchdowns. He completed 188 of 288 passes for 3,060 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He rushed for 1,129 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’s come a long way since his first start, which came against Lago Vista late in his freshman season. “It was fun, but at the same

time it was nerve-wracking,” Garrett said. “I remember getting chased around the field a lot. I was just playing off whatever came to me back then. I understand a lot more about the game now, about reading coverages and stuff like that.” Holcomb thinks of Garrett as a coach on the field. It is a role the quarterback welcomes, quietly. “He’s not a real vocal kid on the field,” Holcomb said. “He’s just got a really calm demeanor about him. I love his attitude. If he throws an interception he doesn’t show much emotion. If he throws a touchdown it’s the same way. I like that even-keel approach.” Garrett will not play regularly on offense and defense, something many top athletes do in Class 2A and below. Holcomb considers his quarterback too important to the offense for Garrett to play much defense, but the coach said Garrett has the ability and mentality to play linebacker. “He’s shown a lot of toughness to stand in the pocket and take a hit and deliver the football, then get back up and do it again,” Holcomb said. “It doesn’t take but a couple of those and you’ll get your teammates’ respect.” Being a big-time quarterback in a small town leads to great expectations, but Garrett is quick to point out that he is part of a strong team. “There is a little pressure, but I go out there every day and work harder and harder to keep improving my game,” Garrett said. “I have a really great team around me that will help me as we go along. “I think our defense is going to come back strong this year. We’ve got to fill a couple of positions on offense, but we have some good guys coming back.” The Eagles have to replace big-play receiver Josh Murray,

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schEduLE Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent Crockett Cameron at Franklin at Navasota at Jarrell Johnson City* at Universal City Randolph Blanco at Rogers Schulenburg

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Rockdale in good shape on offense By DAVID CAMPBELL david.campbell@theeagle.com

Ethan Brinkley was forced to pass the football as a junior. When tailback Daniel Brooks transferred to another school, the Rockdale Tigers needed the passing game. Brinkley responded with 2,037 yards passing, hitting 176 of his 303 attempts, with 15 touchdowns. It was the best single-season passing total in Rockdale’s rich history. Brinkley is now a virtual lock to clinch Tiger career records for passing yards and touchdowns. “There was a lot placed on his shoulders,” first-year Rockdale offensive coordinator Hunter Hamrick said. “He’s had a good offseason and he’s grown a little bit. He’s about 210 [pounds] now. I don’t know if we will run him, but he has the frame where he can take a shot.” “He can take a little pounding, but I don’t know if we want to pound him.” Brinkley will pass again this season, but he is better positioned to call his own shot. “I’m impressed with him,” Hamrick said. “He can sit there and tell every single person on the field what to do. He’s a special one and is real smart.” The senior left-hander, who was honored for his baseball

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent at Salado Burnet at Cameron Liberty Hill Smithville* at Hillsboro at Taylor Madisonville at Navasota Caldwell

Photo courtesy of Rockdale Reporter play last spring, is still the key figure in Rockdale’s attempt to return to the postseason in football. The Tigers missed the playoffs in 2011, ending a string of four straight playoff appearances. “I remember when I was in high school at Bremond and we won a state championship in baseball and that carried over the next year to football, where we won Dad’s [Slugger Hamrick’s] first district championship there,” said Hunter Hamrick, who has coached at Lexington, but most recently in Los Fresnos. “I think that success carries over for everybody in every program.”

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year W 51-42 Did not play W 11-10 L 27-20 L 21-14 Did not play Did not play W 13-10 L 53-14 W 49-34

Rockdale RosteR 1 Devante Burgess, jr., WR-DB; 2 Drevonne Walton, jr., WR-DB; 3 James Castilleja, jr., WR-DB; 4 Karrtaviues Burton, jr., WR-DB; 6 Pearce Loth, soph., WR-DL; 7 Clayton Gibbs, jr., Rec-DB; 8 Ethan Brinkley, sr., QB; 9 Kris Baldivia, sr., WR-DB; 10 James David, jr., RB-LB; 11 Ladontice Coates, jr., WR-DB; 12 Hayden Offield, soph., RB-DB; 15 Darius Ford, jr., WR-DB; 18 Pete Heintze, jr., TE-DL; 20 Anthony Morton, sr., WR-DL; 21 Stefan, Hinajosa, sr., WR-DB; 22 Marco Hernandez, jr., RB-DL; 23 Dailynn Ramey, soph., RB-DB; 25 William Dean, sr., WR-DB; 32 Elijah Brooks, jr., RB-LB; 33 Austin Caffey, jr., WR-LB; 34 Markus Hayes, sr., RB-LB; 48 Patric Trejo, sr., TE-DL; 50 Dillian Ford, soph., OL-DL; 51 Zavon Gipson, jr., OL-DL; 55 Gabriel McQuinn, sr., OL-DL; 57 Pedro Ibares, sr., OL-DL; 65 Ramsey Zinn, jr., OL-DL; 68 Dedrick Page, jr., OL-DL; 70 Michael Boyd, soph., OL-DL; 72 Josh Pelzel, jr., OL-DL; 73 Kristian White, jr., OL-DL; 79 Justin Offield, soph., OL-DL; 80 Preston Ehler, soph., TE-DL; 84 Javante Gates, jr., WR-DB; 99 Noe Zelaya, sr., K

Even if Rockdale has to forcefeed the run early, the Tigers are committed to a balanced attack. “We do have a stable of running backs to choose from,” Hamrick said. “We have the kids to keep people off-balance. Patric Trejo is a big old kid who was a starter last year at tight end.” The offense will move behind a line led by Josh Pelzel. The junior offensive right tackle moved

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know of another kid on the football field with the work ethic he has,” said Hamrick, who also praised the play of fellow linebacker Markus Hayes, who had 104 tackles last year. Hayes, a team captain who played middle linebacker, will also see time at running back. He had a big rushing game (118 yards, 3 TDs) to end the 2011 season against Caldwell.

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at a glance Head coach — Jeff Miller (67-54 overall; 32-33 at Rockdale) District — 18-3A 2011 record — 4-6 (1-4 in 23-3A) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (19) —1958, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Returning lettermen — 15 (5 offensive, 4 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — The Battle of the Bell is at Cameron this season, when the Tigers face the Yoemen on September 14 Did you know? With its district meeting, Rockdale will renew its showdown with Taylor, a game that was last played in 2009. It’s a century-old rivalry that has been played 79 times. The teams first met in 1912.

outside from a guard spot. At 6-6 and 285 pounds, Pelzel has received plenty of early recruiting attention. Rockdale also has a centerpiece player on the defensive side. Linebacker James David (6-2, 225 pounds) carries on a long line of family success in the sport. David had 118 tackles last season. “He’s a great kid and I don’t

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Head coach — Scott Cummings (first year as head coach) District — 13-A Division II 2011 record — 2-8 (0-5 in 13-A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances — None Don’t miss this game — Bartlett at Snook, set for Oct. 19, was a great game last season

whip,” Cummings said. “He does a good job of managing our football team. We’ve got two capable guys that I wouldn’t have any problem going into the game with.” Snook’s offensive line should be led by steady senior center Tyler Jackson, along with sophomore tackles ToeBen Kindt and Justin Tarver. Junior Austin Jackson should provide playmaking ability at

slot receiver and in the backfield. Like most small schools, the Bluejays will rely on many of their best players on offense and defense. The Snook defense could include five sophomores and two freshmen. Cummings came to Snook in May and is encouraged after spending the offseason getting to know his new team. He brought a new strength and conditioning program to Snook, along with a

first-time football camp. “I’m real excited about our depth,” Cummings said. “We’ve got some freshmen that are ready to step in there. We’ve just got to see how much stepping they can do.” Snook will open the season at Iola on Aug. 31. The Bluejays will play two home games, both at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Bryan, facing Bartlett on Oct. 19 and Milano on Nov. 9.

snook roster 5 Bryce Ragan, 5-8, 155, jr., WR/DB; 7 Robert Lewis, 6-0, 160, sr., QB/DB; 8 Jay Foster, 5-8, 175, sr., RB/LB; 10 Dennis Jackson, 5-10, 160, jr., RB/DB; 12 Deon Hamilton, 6-0, 165, soph., QB/LB; 16 Curtis Williams, 5-11, 165, fr., WR/DB; 20 Austin Jackson, 5-7, 155, jr., WR/LB; 21 Jamarcus Stringfellow, 6-1, 160, sr., WR/DB; 22 Deonte Tates, 6-2, 160, soph., WR/DB; 26 Jakobe Owens, 5-9, 140, fr., WR/DB; 28 Davonte Allen, 5-8, 155, soph., WR/LB; 33 Paul Arredondo, 5-6, 145, fr., RB/LB; 40 Kentavean Louis, 5-11, 165, fr., WR/DB; 44 Harlan Plumber, 5-11, 155, soph., WR/LB; 50 Justin Tarver, 6-0, 185, soph., OL/DL; 51 Andres Rodriguez, 5-6, 190, soph., OL/DL; 54 Tyler Jackson, 6-0, 200, sr., OL/DL; 55 Hayden Kovar, 5-9, 215, soph., OL/DL; 57 Daveon Johnson, 5-8, 240, soph., OL/DL; 60 Nicholas Sebesta, 6-2, 210, soph., OL/DL; 62 Landon Eldridge, 5-10, 200, soph., OL/DL; 63 Josh Twaddle, 5-10, 185, jr., OL/DL; 64 Colten Kleppel, 5-8, 220, soph., OL/ DL; 65 ToeBen Kindt, 5-10, 170, soph., OL/DL; 67 Hayden Becka, 5-9, 255, soph., OL/DL; 70 Trazel Shorter, 5-9, 270, fr., OL/DL; 72 Justin Hooper, 5-8, 175, fr., OL/DL; 74 Cody Dever, 6-8, 320, sr., OL/DL; 80 Darian Swain, 5-7, 145, fr., WR/D; 84 Levi Montgomery, 5-7, 150, fr., WR/DB

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Scott Cummings heard from an old friend last spring, offering him a chance to take over as foreman of a construction project with more material than most people thought. Four months later, Cummings is confident the person who encouraged him to become the new head football coach at Snook hit the nail on the head. Cummings, who spent the last three years as offensive coordinator at Harker Heights, landed his first head coaching job at a program in its third year of varsity competition after more than 50 years without football. The Bluejays went 2-18 in two seasons under Phillip Pearce, who resigned in in April to join his wife in a move to Hutto. Snook principal Robert Hudson served as defensive coordinator at Cameron when Cummings played for the Yoemen 15 years ago. Hudson convinced Cummings to join the building project with the Bluejays. “He was telling me this is a diamond in the rough, with a great combination of skill players and lineman types,” Cummings said. “I’m always bouncing off the walls anyway, so I figured that’s a great combination to lift this thing off the mat. “I think it’s intriguing because it’s only been around for five years total and two years as a varsity. You can mold a foundation and a tradition.”

Snook went 0-10 in its first season returning to varsity competition. The Bluejays were 2-8 last year, including an 0-5 mark in rugged District 13-A Division II, which includes powerful Burton and Milano. Cummings brought an impressive coaching pedigree, having worked under Ross Rogers, Lee Fedora and Mike Mullins. He is determined to pass Rogers’ winning attitude to his new players. “Watching the film from last year, they are a scrappy group and they were in a dogfight every week,” Cummings said. “They’re hungry for it. Now we’ve just got to turn that page and get to the next level. “We’re not coming in just to compete. We’re going to play hard and expect wins.” The Bluejays will provide the offensive protégé of Rogers and Fedora with some talent at the ball-handling positions. Cummings expects big things from senior running back Jay Foster. “He’s going to be a workhorse for us on both sides of the ball,” Cummings said. “We’ll go [with] him. If he’s having a good day, then we’ll have a good day.” Senior quarterback Robert Lewis is expected to start at quarterback in Snook’s spread attack. The 6-foot, 160-pound Lewis ranks at the top of his class academically. Lewis could see time at receiver, giving sophomore Deon Hamilton a chance to run the offense. “Rob Lewis is smart as a

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schedule Date Opponent Time Aug. 31 at Iola 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Brazos Christian 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Joseph 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Normangee 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Central Texas Christian 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Granger 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 Bartlett+ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Somerville 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Burton 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Milano+ 7:30 p.m. + at Bryan’s Stephen F. Austin Middle School

Last Year W 17-14 L 27-7 Did not play L 36-20 Did not play L 36-15 L 32-30 L 48-12 L 38-23 L 46-0

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Iola Bulldogs hungry for playoff berth By JUSTON BRAATON Special to the Eagle

Although the schedule looks very similar to years past, this season will be a transformation of sorts for the Iola football program. The Bulldogs will venture into somewhat unchartered territory in 2012, joining a district in which the closest school is a whopping 128 miles away. For Iola alum and second-year head coach Scott Bishop, the path to ending the Bulldogs’ fiveyear absence from playoff action will be followed by a team, not a group of individuals. “Something that we’re definitely selling, we haven’t been to the playoffs since [2006], and these boys are hungry,” Bishop said. “They want to put a [2012] on that [playoff appearances] board, and they want to be that team that kind of goes over that hump. “They’re really buying into this team concept and knowing their roles and working hard every day. I think that this group of seniors we’ve got is going to lead those guys to get to where we need to get.” Before they dive into District 11-A Division I action, the Bulldogs have to round into form against some formidable competition. Iola will host Snook, looking to break out in its third year back to varsity football, on Aug. 31 to start the season. On Sept. 14, the

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Photo courtesy of Navasota Examiner Bulldogs travel to Milano to face last year’s District 13-A Division II runners-up. Before district play starts, Iola will host former district foe Bremond before heading to the brand new College Station High School for a matchup with the Cougars. As for the 11-A Division I race, Bishop believes its anybody’s to win despite having to drive over 500 round-trip miles for two league games — at Hull-Daisetta and Saratoga West Hardin. In fact, the head coach took that into account when scheduling non-district opponents. “The travel is definitely going to be a factor, that’s something

Head coach — Scott Bishop (2-7 overall; 2-7 at Iola) District — 11-A Division I 2011 record — 2-7 (0-4 in 12-A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (13) — 1930, 1939, 1960, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2006 Returning lettermen — 30 (7 offensive, 8 defensive starters)

that we’re going to have to battle,” Bishop said. “[The coaching staff] feels like it’s going to be a tight district, it’s going to be a fight. If I had to pick an all-out winner, I just couldn’t right now. “Travel is a big issue having to go so far in district. Most of the schools we’re playing around here are closer to us. We want to play people that are close to us and we want to play people that will give us a contest.” Among the returning players expected to be leaders, Clay Marks and Jonathan Mortashed will be anchors on both the offensive and defensive lines. John Kay is expected to be a threat no matter where he is on

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Opponent Snook Bartlett at Milano Anderson-Shiro* at St. Joseph Bremond at College Station at Hull-Daisetta Colmesneil at West Hardin

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year L 17-14 Did not play L 31-16 Did not play W 38-0 Did not play Did not play W 12-7 Did not play Did not play

2 Matt McVey; 3 Hayden Martinez; 4 Will Nevill; 5 Gunnar Padron; 5 Chris Quintinilla; 6 Cole Johnson; 6 John Kay; 7 Josh Williams; 9 Sheldon Keller; 11 Robert McQuay; 15 Ryan Renick; 19 Sam Millsap; 22 David Moore; 34 Donnie Wade; 54 Dustin Timm; 55 Trice High; 70 Will Mallett; 74 Clay Marks; 74 Dawson Utz; 77 Patrick McClure; 77 Johnathon Mortashed; 78 Butch Johnson; 89 Tyson Tindol; 88 Kevin Xavier; 89 Josh Quintinilla; Brandon Newton; Kyle Chellette; Kenneth Wolf the field. “[Kay] has played some receiver for us. He’s played cornerback, safety. He’s played running back,” Bishop said. “The kid’s a play-maker.” Geronimo Castillo, an all-district selection at cornerback last year, is expected to lock down

one side of the secondary while Aaron Evans will start opposite him. Bishop stressed that this season will not be about individual accolades for the Bulldogs. “I could name every one of them, but like I said, we’re trying to sell that team concept.”

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schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 12 Oct. 18 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

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1 Tyler Wilson, sr.; 3 Corey Bienski, sr.; 4 Dywagiek Scaggs, jr.; 5 Cade Grych, jr.; 6 Jacob Mushinski, sr.; 9 Harrison Hull, jr.; 10 James Jones, soph.; 12 Kerry Curry, sr.; 20 C.J. Corona, jr.; 21 Denovious Scaggs, sr.; 50 Jarvis Jones, soph.; 52 Philip Johnson, sr.; 54 Draven Denison, jr.; 55 Colby Wilganowski, jr.; 56 Colton Johnson, jr.; 66 Matthew Johnson, jr.

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Date Opponent Time Last Year Aug. 31 at Moody 7:30 pm Did not play Sept. 7 Leon 7:30 pm L 21-14 Sept. 14 at Granger 7:30 pm Did not play Sept. 21 Burton 7:30 pm Did not play Sept. 28 at Axtell 7:30 pm L 39-35 Bosqueville 7:30 pm Did not play Scaggs, who moved back to sowski said. “That’s the center Oct. 5 Iola* 7:30 pm Did not play Bremond before last season, of our attention, getting the de- Oct. 12 at Lovelady 7 pm Did not play improved on the ball-security fense to get stops. If you don’t Oct. 26 Normangee 7 pm L 38-21 issues that plagued him early in have those kids in the middle Nov. 2 at Chilton 7 pm L 62-28 the year. He finished with more that can stop the run, sometimes Nov. 9 * Homecoming than 700 yards rushing. you can get run over.” “I think Denovious is really Bremond has a big-time runimportant to our offense,” Ka- stopper in junior linebacker ally strong and hard-nosed, and to tackle to boost the team’s sowski said. “He’s a strong little Harrison Hull. He topped the he will hit you.” blocking. Green played end two kid and he runs really hard.” Tigers in tackles last season and Other key members of the de- years ago as a sophomore when Kasowski served as Bre- the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will be fensive front will be junior tackle Bremond reached the state semimond’s offensive coordinator counted on to lead the defense. Colby Wilganowski and Green, finals. before replacing Bruce Bri“The kid that sticks out in my who plays end. Wilganowski Bremond will open the seagnac as head coach last year. mind [on defense] is Harrison is a returning two-way starter son with a road game against Kasowski expects the Tigers to Hull,” Kasowski said. “He’s re- who has moved from tight end 2A Moody on Aug. 31. have enough offensive firepower with Grych and Scaggs joined by senior receivers Tyler Wilson and Corey Bienski. The key to a big season could be on defense, where Bremond has to replace a couple of starters on the line. “I’ve been telling the kids a lot that defense is going to be what gets us through this year,” Ka-

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Winning four football games isn’t the stuff billboards are made of, especially in a town with rich tradition such as Bremond, but last year’s four victories may have been a sign that success waits just around the corner. The Tigers are in a rather unique position, coming off a 4-8 season with a surprising head of steam. Last year Bremond persevered through a difficult first half to reach the second round of the state playoffs. Closing with a rush has the Tigers ready to charge into 2012. “Last year ended on a high note,” Bremond coach Jeff Kasowski said. “We knew if we could get through the pre-district schedule without getting hurt there was smoother sailing ahead. The kids fought through and did exactly what we all knew we could do, getting in the playoffs and making a little noise. “Getting to play against the state champion in the second round of the playoffs with all the young kids we ended up playing was a huge confidence boost for this year. Hopefully they’re going to be able to draw from that.” Bremond lost all five nondistrict games last season, but the Tigers went 3-2 in district to earn a playoff bid. They beat Meridian 34-14 in bi-district before falling to eventual Class A Division II state champion Tenaha 51-6 in the area round. The Tigers’ second-half surge came after significant changes on offense midway through the second game. Senior quarterback Jacob White broke his hand and moved to receiver, with Cade Grych taking over at quarterback. Another part of the offensive evolution was the development of Denovious Scaggs at running back.

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BREMOND TIGERS

at a glance Head coach — Jeff Kasowski (4-8 overall; 4-8 at Bremond) District — 12-A Division II 2011 record — 4-8 (3-2 in 10-A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Defeated Meridian, 34-14; Area: Lost to state champion Tenaha, 51-6 State playoff appearances (24): 1951, 1955, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Returning lettermen — 30 (8 offensive, 9 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Chilton’s a big rival, but the Normangee game is exciting, entertaining and unpredictable an this year, it’s in district play and in Bremond on.

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Milano’s Messer could catch colleges’ eyes By LARRY BOWEN larry.bowen@theeagle.com

College football recruiters don’t spend much time mining Class A programs for prospects, but occasionally the small schools produce a gem. This year, the colleges may end up taking a shine to Milano’s Dominique Messer. Going into his senior season, Messer has drawn recruiting interest from several schools. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, he has the size, speed and athleticism (including a 37-inch vertical leap) to have a chance to be a legitimate prospect. “Dominique just has a gift that makes him different,” Milano coach Craig Jentsch said. Messer had made his biggest mark for the Eagles at middle linebacker, where he started the last two seasons and led the team in tackles both years. Messer made 176 tackles last season. He is fast enough to play wide receiver for the Eagles, averaging about 20 yards per reception last season. Jentsch believes Messer would be a terrific fit at safety in college. “I’ve got more of a receiver’s build, but I like defense better,” Messer said. “I like to give out the hits. I don’t like getting them. But I’ll do whatever I can at receiver to help my team. “I feel like I can pretty much

play any position that they teach me.” Messer helped his chances of receiving a scholarship offer when he participated in a summer tryout camp at Belton hosted by Stephen F. Austin, Oklahoma State and Mary Hardin-Baylor. “There was a lot of competition,” Messer said. “There were a lot of bigger guys, stronger guys. I was nervous. I didn’t want to mess up. I wanted to impress the coaches. I feel like I did pretty good. I wasn’t the worst, but I surely wasn’t the best.” Coach Jentsch was taught early in his coaching career to make defense a priority over offense. Keeping with that approach, he uses Messer full-time on defense and part-time on offense. Messer also is one of Milano’s top special teams players, often the first player downfield on kickoff and punt coverage. Messer is on the field for at least half the offensive plays, even if it’s only as a decoy at times. “The defense has to respect him,” Jentsch said. “Very few ClassAschoolshaveakidthatcan cover him out wide. When I lose him,Iwon’thaveanybodythatcan cover that kind of receiver. “You will have kids with his ability, but those kids are normally 5-9. We love the ones we have on our team like him, ex-

milano roster 1 Alex Martin, soph., WR/DB; 5 Raul Alcaraz, soph., WR/DB; 6 Jordan Millar, jr., RB/LB; 7 Dominique Messer, sr., WR/LB; 8 Rhett Endsley, sr., WR/DB; 9 Toby Sanders, sr., QB/DB; 10 Derek Walton, soph., QB/DB; 11 Treyton Steinbecker, soph., WR/DB; 12 Sabian Pugh, soph., WR/LB; 17 Mitchell Neal, soph., RB/LB; 20 Justin Grimes, jr., WR/DB; 22 Junior Gallardo, jr., RB/LB; 30 Makenan Hairston, soph., WR/LB; 34 Chance Pack, jr., RB/LB; 44 Mike Mader, jr., WR/LB; 50 Cutter Barnett, soph., OL/DL; 52 Kody Love, jr., OL/DL; 54 Tyler Prazak, soph., OL/DL; 55 Jonathon Reyes, soph., OL/DL; 60 Chris Rowan, jr., OL/DL; 62 Michael Elston, sr., OL/DL; 64 Tyler Blake, soph., OL/DL; 69 Jordan Pierce, soph., OL/DL; 70 Randy Pedroza, soph., OL/DL; 72 David Jentsch, jr., OL/DL; 77 Trent Ellison, soph., OL/DL; 80 Alex Ferrara, jr., WR/DB

schedule Date Opponent Aug. 31 Waco Texas Christian Sept. 7 at Normangee Sept. 14 Iola* Sept. 20 at Mabank JV Sept. 28 at Chilton Oct. 12 Burton Oct. 19 Somerville Oct. 26 at Granger Nov. 2 Bartlett Nov. 9 at Snook * Homecoming cept they’re a foot shorter.” Messer’s goal for the Eagles is a long run through the state playoffs. Last year Milano went 10-2, winning its playoff opener over Burkeville before losing to Falls City in the second round. The Eagles return seven starters on offense, including senior

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quarterback Toby Sanders and junior running backs Chance Pack and Jordan Millar. “We’ve got a lot of hard workers, guys that like football and like to win, so we’ll be all right,” Messer said. “We’ve got enough kids that we should be able to make a long run.”

Last Year W 42-7 Did not play W 31-16 Did not play W 27-25 W 14-13 Did not play L 6-0 W 41-14 W 46-0

Coach Jentsch said the offensive line will be the biggest question mark for Milano. The most experienced blocker is senior Michael Elston, who has played since he was a freshman. The Eagles will open the season at home against Waco Texas Christian on Aug. 31.

MILANO EAGLES

at a glance Head coach: Craig Jentsch (23-9 overall; 23-9 at Milano) District — 13-A Division II 2011 record — 10-2 (4-1 in 13-A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Defeated Burkeville, 55-0; Regional: Lost to quarterfinalist Falls City, 47-19 State playoff appearances (9): 1965, 1966, 1975, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 15 (7 offensive, 6 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Milano won the district meeting and Burton went farther in the playoffs and the face off in Burton on October 12

Time 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

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at a glanCe Head coach — Scott Pederson (first year as head coach) District — 13-A Division II 2011 record — 4-6 (1-3 in 12-A Division I) 2011 playoffs — Did not qualify State playoff appearances (16) — 1953, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1990 and 2006 Returning lettermen — 14 (6 offensive, 6 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Every now and then, Thrall and Somerville have a fireworks display on the field and the Yeguas host the Oct. 5 game Did you know? Current Somerville assistant coach Darryl Ellis still holds the state record for rushing yards in a game — 587 yards in a 70-68 Yeguas’ win over Thrall in 1998. Ellis scored seven touchdowns.

While Somerville moves from Division I to the smallerschool Division II this season, the Yeguas landed in a district with some tough opposition that is not too far from home. Burton was a state semifinalist in Division II in 2011. Three of the Yeguas’ six losses last season came in district play. Somerville could be a quick study, though, since Burton, Snook and Granger were nondistrict opponents a year ago. In last season’s loss to Granger, both Hawkins and Coronado had big games. Coronado passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, while Hawkins had an 81-yard touchdown run. In the win over Snook,

somerville roster 2 Marlin Nutall, fr., RB/DB; 3 Jarrette Haliford, fr., WR/DB; 4 Keanu Graves, jr., WR/DB; 6 Cody Johnson, fr., WR/DB; 7 Daniel Reyes, soph., WR/DB; 8 R.J. Moore, jr., WR/DB; 9 Nathan Coronado, jr., QB/DB; 11 Zack Hawkins, jr. WR/LB; 17 Jonathan Balboa, sr., WR/DB; 22 Je’Wanya Breedlove, jr., RB/LB; 34 Jaime Bernal, fr., WR/LB; 50 Tyler Pharr, fr., OL/ LB; 53 Mark Hargrove, fr., OL/DL; 54 Wade Larzelier, fr., OL/LB; 55 Cody Dawson, jr., OL/DE; 60 DeMarcus Foster, jr., OL/LB; 62 Cameron Tucker, fr., OL/DL; 63 Eduardo Vega, soph., OL/DL; 64 Tristan Like, jr., OL/DL; 65 Anthony Nunn, soph., OL/DE; 66 Isaac Martinez, jr., OL/DE; 70 David Cormier, OL/LB; 71 Jordan Fields, soph., OL/DL; 72 Anthony Ray, jr., OL/DL Hawkins caught two scoring passes, including an 80-yard touchdown. Coronado caught a pass for a score. “We feel very good about the prospects of a playoff season,”

said Pederson of a district where Burton and Milano return from playoff runs. “We are very young and are looking to make a run in 2012, thus building for the future.”

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gets a start again at both offensive and defensive tackle. He started every game his freshman season as an offensive lineman. “Tristan Like is a big, physical and intelligent lineman,” Pederson said. “DeMarcus Foster (510, 225) has the potential to be a top-level linebacker.” The Yeguas present problems for opponents with strong skill-position players, an area that will be supplemented by freshman running back Marlin Nutall.

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Like every team, Somerville will look to its senior leadership. Unlike most, receiver/cornerback James Balboa is in a class of his own. He is the Yeguas’ only senior for first-year head coach Scott Pederson, who thinks his team will still be in the running for a playoff position. “We’ve got a lot of leaders and everybody does their job,” said Balboa, who has also played for coaches Larry Cone and Pete Martinez in his high school career. “I just do what I can do and we’re trying to make history.” The Ye guas have talented underclassman players returning to help write t h a t h i s t o r y. Junior quarterCORONADO b a c k N a t h a n Coronado will direct Somerville’s spread offense. Zack Hawkins moves into a slot receiver spot. “Nathan Coronado is a strong leader and a great athlete at quarterback,” Pederson said. “Zack Hawkins (who also will start at linebacker) is a top athlete who can make an impact at multiple positions.” Junior Tristan Like (6-4, 285)

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Young Somerville team set for new district

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sChedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 * Homecoming

Opponent Anderson-Shiro at Thorndale at Flatonia at Leon Thrall Bartlett at Milano Snook* at Granger Burton

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play L 55-34 Did not play Did not play W 48-12 L 54-26 L 34-12

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Calvert looks to return to winning ways By DAVID CAMPBELL david.campbell@theeagle.com

With a 7-5 season record, the 2011 Calvert Trojans fell short of the winning standard that the Trojans have experienced since becoming a six-man team. You might not have known it by the end of the season, though, when the rebuilding team advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to state champion Richland Springs. They had never lost more than four in a season (1999) since making the move from 11-man football in 1998. Calvert lost back-to-back games for the first time in sixman, then did it again, dropping to a 2-4 to open last season. It was the first losing “streak” since 1997, the Trojans’ last as an 11man squad. Yet, after beginning the year with losses to Strawn and Aquilla, Calvert’s offense took shape, averaging 60.4 points per contest over the next nine games. Tyrone Huffman is back at quarterback for his senior season. He helped point the Trojans to a being more of a passing team than they had been in previous seasons. Huffman completed 130 passes in 184 attempts for 2,371

yards. As a junior, 37 of those completions went for touchdowns, with three interceptions. Huffman was the Offensive MVP of 16-A 6-man Division II and was an all-region selection. His chief passing target is fellow senior Zaccheus Williams, who caught 33 passes for 17 touchdowns and earned firstteam all-region status. A pair of sophomores proved to be major contributors during their freshman seasons. Jamikel Fletcher played running back and wide receiver. He rushed 50 times for 740 yards and 14 touchdowns and took home district honors at Newcomer of the Year. Taron Gipson will be an anchor for the Calvert defense. Gipson is coming off a year where he recorded 54 tackles and had an interception. Calvert, which left one farflung district, gets another one that includes Trinidad, Karnack and Milford, likely a tougher league. The Trojans boast a 46-game district winning streak. Calvert may also carry momentum from its state championship basketball team, which clinched the Division II title in March.

calVeRt RosteR 1 Tyrone Huffman sr., QB; 2 Jamikel Fletcher, soph., RB; 4 Xavier Laury, fr., B; 5 Zaccheaus Williams, fr., B; 6 William Luster, fr., B; 7 James Lloyd, fr., L; 9 William Golden, soph.; 10 Dominic Taylor, fr., E; 11 Dabrenton Ramirez, sr., E; 12 Zaccheus Williams, sr., E; 13 Joseph Boyd, sr., E 14 Taron Gipson, jr., E; 17 Carlton Evans, soph., E; 18 Syanuel Hurst, sr, B/E; 20 JayQuail Brown, sr. L

schedule Date Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 4 + at Alvin * Homecoming

Opponent Sugar Land Logos+ Oglesby Legacy Christian Buckholts at Fort Worth THESA Abbott Tomball Christian Home Karnack Trinidad at Milford

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Interim head coach — Michael Cotton (coached in the Dallas ISD) District — 16-A 6-man Division II 2011 record — 7-5 (3-0 in 16-A 6-man Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Defeated Cherokee, 77-32; Regional: Defeated Gustine, 65-36; Quarterfinals: Lost to state champion Richland Springs, 72-22 State playoff appearances (27) — 11-man (14): 1923, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1958, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994; 6-man (13) — 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 10 (2 offensive, 2 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — A long-ago great rival, Abbott, is back on the home schedule for Oct. 5 Did you know? Over the last 25 years, the Trojans have averaged have a .700 winning percentage

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Time 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Last Year Did not play W 54-6 Did not play W 46-0 Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play Did not play


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No one can accuse Ross of sand-bagging when he talks about the youth on his team. “If we don’t mature and grow up in a hurry, we can take some lumps,” Ross said. “We think the experience will help us down the road. We feel like our first group is pretty good. I don’t know if we have a chance to get in the playoffs or not, but I’m sure not going to tell our kids we don’t. We think the sky’s the limit because our kids are still learning and still improving.”

schedule Date Opponent Aug. 31 at Somerville Sept. 7 at Central Texas Christian Sept. 14 at Wallis Brazos Sept. 21 at Iola Sept. 28 at Brazos Christian Oct. 12 at Hemphill Oct. 19 at Deweyville Oct. 26 New Waverly+ Nov. 2 at Groveton Nov. 9 Corrigan-Camden+ +Games will be played in Iola

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

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1 Jacob Sechelski, sr., RB/DB; 2 Jamal Brooks, sr., WR/DB; 3 John McDonald, jr., QB/LB; 4 Jordan Brooks, sr., WR/DB; 8 Brian Pursley, soph., RB/LB; 12 Trevor Johnson, jr., WR/DB; 15 Derreck Sicola, jr., WR/DB; 17 Chad Kowis, jr., WR/LB; 19 Artreal Ostiguin, soph., WR/DL; 20 Sam Ruffino, sr., WR/DB; 21 Cole Hacker, sr., WR/LB; 22 Dylan Bohnert, fr., WR/DB; 25 Dakota Yargo, jr., RB/DL; 27 Daylan Williams, fr., RB/DB; 40 Payton Sorsby, fr., RB/LB; 44 Anthony Woods, fr., RB/DL; 45 Fernando Frutiz, jr., WR/DB; 50 Nick Borski, jr., OL/DB; 52 Ray Smith, fr., OL/DB; 54 Ryan Walkoviak, sr., OL/DL; 62 Kevin Woods, jr., OL/LB; 64 Kelton Goudeau, soph., OL/DL; 65 Trey Krause, jr., OL/LB; 66 Sam McClosky, fr., OL/DL; 75 Brady Derrett, soph., OL/DL; 79 Jackson Carrell, fr., OL/DL

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The high-powered spread offense that’s sometimes called “basketball on grass” seems like a perfect fit at Anderson-Shiro. The Owls will enter their first full season of varsity football competition this year, transitioning from the sub-varsity games often played on Thursday afternoons to the excitement of Friday night lights. Starting a football program has been a three-year process that began with a junior high team in 2009. For the last two years the Owls played a mix of sub-varsity teams from the public school ranks and varsity squads from small private schools. The Owls, members of District 12-2A Division II, will make history when they open the season at Somerville on Aug. 31. “We feel like we’ve made a lot of progress over the last three years,” Owls coach Dwayne Ross said. “We’ll be young this year. We’ll have four or five, possibly as many as six, freshmen playing, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. The inexperience will shine through from time to time, but the experience they’re going to gain is going to be unbelievable.” Ross spent eight seasons as the head coach at Dublin before taking the job of building a new program at Anderson-Shiro. Like most coaches at the smaller classifications, Ross lists depth as one of his primary concerns. Anderson-Shiro’s upper classes have far more girls than boys, and the Owls will have about 45 players this season to fill two teams. Help should be on the way from this year’s freshman and eighth grade classes, which have more boys. The offensive system Ross utilizes seems perfect for a program without overwhelming numbers going into its first varsity season. The Owls will use a spread attack that Ross based upon the offensive style of his friend Chad Morris, the former coach at Stephenville and Lake Travis who now is the offensive coordinator at Clemson. “We run a lot of the same stuff, with different athletes of course,” Ross said. “We’ve been pretty explosive with our offense the last couple of years. We’ve been a true hurry-up, no-huddle team, but we have ways to slow the tempo if we need to. “They’ve played basketball [at

Anderson-Shiro] for a long time and been pretty successful at it. We like to throw it around, but we’re going to run it and keep it balanced as much as possible. We’ll get lots of different kids touching the ball.” A varsity football program will bring several changes at Anderson-Shiro. The school had a band in the past, but will add a marching band. The volleyball schedules have been altered so those players can attend football games as cheerleaders, band members or fans. Anderson-Shiro’s football field has hosted sub-varsity games in the afternoon, but it does not have lights. The Owls will play their two home games this season at Iola. The original schedule called for another home game against Waco Texas Christian in the second week of the season, but a conflict with WTC means the game will b e p l aye d i n Temple against Central Texas MCDONALD Christian. “We’re used to playing on the road,” Ross said. The Owls’ offense likely will feature a pair of juniors in receiver Derek Sicola and quarterback James McDonald. Sicola also will play free safety on defense. “He’s just a natural athlete,” Ross said. “He’s got good speed and good hands.” Another playmaker is senior Jamal Brooks, who will be an inside receiver and running back. Brooks plays cornerback on defense. Although the offensive and defensive lines could use more depth, Ross feels good about his top group. Senior Brian Walkoviak and sophomore Brady Garrett will bookend the lines, playing tackle on offense and end on defense. Walkoviak is returning after missing most of last season because of a broken arm and then suffering a serious knee injury during basketball season. Junior Kevin Woods should play a key role in the middle, starting at center and inside linebacker. The speedy Woods is a rare offensive lineman who played point guard on the basketball team last season. The Owls likely will count on a pair of freshman starters at guard, but both have good size.

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Burton primed for another playoff run BY Sean LeSter sean.lester@theeagle.com

There looks to be very little holdingtheBurtonPanthersback from another deep playoff run after reaching the state semifinal game in 2011. The Panthers lost to eventual state champion Teneha 63-28 in the semis, but first-year head coach Jason Hodde believes that lossstrengthenedthisyear’steam. Hodde, an assistant on last year’s team, was promoted after Clinton Smith left for Hearne. “We were a game away from thestatechampionshipandthat’s somethingthatwearegoingtouse as motivation this year,” Hodde said. “That’s the next step, getting backtothatsituationandhavinga shotatthat.We’veneverbeenthat far before and we were a little inexperienced, but I think it’s only going to help us in the long run.” Burton will have to overcome the loss of Xavier Bethany, who did it all for the Panthers last year when the senior was one of the best players in the state at the Class A level. Despite having a huge hole to fill, Burton is ranked astheNo.8intheAssociatedPress 2012 preseason Texas high school football poll. The Panthers hope to offset the loss of Bethany with big production from running back Juwan

Mathis, who rushed for 850 yards and added 400 receiving yards. “We have our tailback back for us,” Hodde said. “Juwan Mathis was a really good player for us last year. He had to play some slot receiverandevencameinatquarterbackwhenourquarterbackgot hurt.He’sakidwithlotsof experience and lots of ability.” AddingtotheoffensivefirepowerwillbereceiverBrandonGreen, who presents a size mismatch for most teams 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds. Sophomore Luke Huffer willgetthestartingjobatquarterback after playing two ways last season. Burton’s offensive line is stocked with three-year starters Sam Gibson, Deitrick Garcia and Ryan Salinas, who each weigh in around 250 pounds, which Hodde thinks is “pretty good for Class A kids.” Hodde spent the last nine years with Burton as an assistant. He does not plan to change any of the systems that the team ran under Smith which he believes will benefit his current team. “I’m excited to be around the guys again,” Hodde said. “I’ve known these kids since they were in the seventh grade. I’m used to theseguysandtheyareusedtome so I think that will be a real plus goingin.Theywon’thavetoadjust to a new system.”

schedule Date Opponent Aug. 31 Wallis Brazos Sept. 7 Chilton Sept. 14 at Louise Sept. 21 at Bremond Oct. 5 Flatonia* Oct. 12 at Milano Oct. 19 Granger Oct. 26 at Bartlett Nov. 2 Snook Nov. 9 at Somerville * Homecoming

Time 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

Last Year Did not play Did not play W 49-8 Did not play W 29-13 L 14-13 L 26-20 (OT), W 17-7 W 22-0 W 38-23 W 34-12

Burton will take on district opponents Milano and Granger in consecutive weeks in games that haveappeartobethehighlightsof the team’s schedule. “Those are the two opponents we lost to. Granger in overtime andMilanobyapoint,”saidHodde of last year’s results. “Those are going to be huge games that are gettingtoberivalrygamesforus.” Hodde won’t let the Panthers look ahead to those games, or to the long playoff run Burton craves. “Wewanttowinasmanygames

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1 Brandon Green, WR; 3 Josh Parker, QB/WR/SS; 4 Josh Gantt, WR; 6 Juwan Mathis, RB; 7 Ryan Rollins, FB/OLB; 10 Dustin Hall, WR/CB; 11 Gabino Rosales, RB/MLB; 12 Luke Huffer, QB/CB; 14 Andrew Bolin, WR/CB; 20 Triston Eckerman, WR/DE; 21 Louis Brown, WR/DE; 25 Tanner Demuth, RB/DE; 44 Daniel Ripple, FB/MLB; 52 Draven Amann, G; 54 Sam Gibson, T/DT; 55 Ryan Salinas, G/DT; 60 Austin Langley, T/DE; 63 Jayden Ray Eckermann, C/MLB; 64 Brandon Salinas, G/ NG; 66 Dietrick Garcia, T/DT; 70 Jaquay Benford, G; 76 Valente Rosales, C/DT; 79 Nick Neumann, T/DT

aswecanandwepreachthreeseasons here,” Hodde said. “Scrimmages, district play and playoffs. We try to win each season. We want to win a state championship

and we try to work for that each day. We know we have a tough road but we look forward to it and look forward to the challenge.”

BURTON PANTHERS

at a glance Head coach: Jason Hodde (first year as head coach) District — 13-A Division II 2011 record — 10-2 (4-1 in 13-A Division II) 2011 playoffs — Bi-district: Defeated Sabine Pass, 43-13; Area: Defeated D’Hanis, 47-20; Regional: Defeated Granger, 31-27; Quarterfinals: Defeated Falls City, 55-30; Semifinals: Lost to state champion Tenaha, 63-28 State playoff appearances (5): 1992, 1995, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Returning lettermen — 14 (7 offensive, 7 defensive starters) Don’t miss this game — Milano won the district meeting and Burton went farther in the playoffs and the face off in Burton on October 12

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High School Football 2012 Friday, August 24, 2012

BVCHEA: Winkler’s CAMERON: Experience should help in ’12 brother Matt had 100+ schedule Date Opponent Time Last Year tackles in his senior year Aug. 31 at Waco Connally7:30 p.m. L 28-21

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Eagle file photo A&M Consolidated’s Joe Waithaka (14) and his Tiger teammates celebrate their 49-21 victory over crosstown rival Bryan at Kyle Field last October. The teams will meet again at Texas A&M’s stadium Oct. 12.

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“My brother [Matt Winkler] played at Brazos Christian his junior and senior year,” Ben said. “His junior year, it was six-man andhissenioryear,itwas11-man. They switched that year. He had 100 tackles-plus his senior year.” Matt also keeps the family line through football intact. He is now coaching with the BVCHEA Mustangs and is part of overseeing Ben’s status as a team leader. “I welcome it and I kind of feel like somebody has to do it,” Ben Winklersaid.“It’saresponsibility. Somebody’s got to step up and be the mean guy. He’s got to lead out there.”

It is a significant climb from TCAL six-man football to a chance to play at the college level, but the BVCHEAcoachbelievesthatWinkler has what it takes. “To me, his most enduring quality is his Christian character,” Clement said. “Simply put, Ben cares about his teammates and others. Some college coach somewhere will find a gold mine in this young man.” • The Mustangs are rich in returning lettermen with Daniel Chavarria,Grant Hampston, Jack Mickelson, Skylar Harris, Ben Schaums, Ryan Hatfield, Thomas Dozier, Jonathon Hall and Josh Bennet back.

Among the veterans are senior lineman Smitherman, junior quarterback Jason Kopriva, running back Kealon Denio and linebacker Somari Wright. “We’ve got a chance to be really good,” Rhoades said. “We don’t have a well-known skill position player like we had last year, but this is a very hard-working group and there’s a great camaraderie between them. “Last year we played a lot of sophomores. When it got to crunch time, sometimes we would come through and sometimes we wouldn’t. I think this group will be better at that than last year.” Cameron will open the season at Waco Connally on Aug. 31. The Yoemen will play their first home game against Rockdale on Sept. 14.

Sept. 7 at Lexington Sept. 14 Rockdale Sept. 28 Salado Oct. 5 at Academy Oct. 12 Lago Vista Oct. 19 at McGregor Oct. 26 Troy* Nov. 2 Marlin Nov. 9 at Florence * Homecoming

7:30 p.m. Did not play 7:30 p.m. L 11-10 7:30 p.m. Did not play 7:30 p.m. W 34-17 7:30 p.m. Did not play 7:30 p.m. W 24-20 7:30 p.m. W 38-7 7:30 p.m. W 21-14 7:30 p.m. W 20-7

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