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FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLISHER It was early January 2015 when I took a deep breath and a leap of faith. I left my director of sales position with the historic Dave Campbell’s Texas football media brand opting instead to follow a dream that I have had since I was very young. I wanted to build something…. I wanted to own my own business! IHSFAN was born. I have enjoyed building the IHSFAN media brand and have been overwhelmed with how the Austin area high school football community has embraced us. It is truly humbling when a coach pulls me aside to thank me for helping to shine the spotlight on the area teams. I always have the same reaction….No coach, Thank you!, It is my pleasure to showcase the hard work and dedication of the coaches and players. In the past 30 months we have published THREE preview magazines proudly showcasing 40+ different teams and HUNDREDS of players. The IHSFAN Top 10 team has gained tremendous popularity and has morphed from an unknown list of players to a sought after annual designation for area players to strive for. We are proud to announce that the 2017 IHSFAN Top 10 Team is presented by Bush’s Chicken. Bush’s Chicken is a huge supporter of area high school athletics and has been part of the IHSFAN family since day one. The 2017 magazine will once again provide a preview for all of the area 5A and 6A teams as well as feature a few area private schools. In addition to our team preview snapshots we are also excited to have BOTH Mike Barnes and Shawn Clynch of KVUE and the fantastic Friday Football Fever weekly show contribute feature stories. IHSFAN is excited to partner with 104.9 The Horn this year! High school football fans will be able to listen to IHSFAN UNDER THE LIGHTS each Wednesday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. during the season! Before you head out to your game on Friday night we hope you will listen to Jeff Power and myself on Wednesday night! It is with great pride that I present Austin’s premier high school football preview magazine. Whether you are reading our complimentary print magazine or have just clicked on the complimentary link to turn the pages on your phone or computer we welcome you to IHSFAN. We hope that you both enjoy reading the magazine AND help support the fantastic advertisers that help make IHSFAN possible.

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THERE IS NO “Iâ€? IN TEAM By Mike Barnes | KVUE 7KHUHLVVRPHWKLQJVSHFLDODERXW)ULGD\QLJKWKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOLQ7H[DV},NQRZ,pPD OLWWOHELDVHG},KDYHOLYHGDQGEUHDWKHGKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOLQWKHIDOOIRUWKHODVWWZHQW\ VHYHQ\HDUVDURXQG$XVWLQ}%XWHYHQLI,WDNHDVWHSEDFNDQGWU\WREHQHXWUDO,FDQVHH KRZLWVWDQGVRXW}+RZLWpVPRUHWKDQMXVWDJDPH}+RZLWLQYROYHVWKHZKROHVFKRROWKH ZKROHFRPPXQLW\},WpVDWRWDOWHDPHIIRUW 0D\EHLWpVOLNHWKLVLQRWKHUSODFHVIRURWKHUVSRUWV}:HpYHDOOVHHQq+RRVLHUVrDQGZKDW EDVNHWEDOOPHDQVLQ,QGLDQD}%DVHEDOOKRFNH\YROOH\EDOO}7KH\DOOKDYHWKHLUQLFKHV} But in Texas, football is the king. I’ll have conversations and conference calls with sportscasters from around the nation DQGZKHQWKHWRSLFRIKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOFRPHVXSWKH\DUHXVXDOO\LQDZH}7KH\FDQpW EHOLHYHKRZELJLWLVDURXQG$XVWLQ}6RPHDUHMHDORXV}2WKHUVMXVWGRQpWXQGHUVWDQGDQG DUHJODGWKH\GRQpWZRUNKHUH} I say they’re missing out. ,WpVPRUHWKDQMXVWDJDPHDURXQGKHUH}7KH\OLQHXSRQZLWKZKLWHOLQHVDOO RYHUWKHFRXQWU\}7KH\DOOKDYHWDFNOHVDQGWRXFKGRZQV}%XWWKH\GRQpWKDYHZKDWZH have. The players and coaches are the stars but there are so many co-stars and sub-plots to this QRYHO},WpVWKHFKHHUOHDGHUVDQGWKHGULOOWHDPV}7KHEDQGVDQGWKHEDQGSDUHQWVZKR WDNHWLPHHYHU\ZHHNWRKHOSJHWWKLQJVVHWXSIRUWKHKDOIWLPHVKRZV}7KH'DGVZKR KHOSJHWHYHU\WKLQJUHDG\EHIRUHWKHJDPHIRUWKHWHDPVWRUXQRXWRQWRWKHĂžHOG}$QG GRQpWJHWPHVWDUWHGDERXWZKDWWKH0RPVGR})URPSUHJDPHPHDOVWRSRVWJDPHKXJV and everything in between. That’s why I started giving out “Mom of the Weekâ€? on Friday )RRWEDOO)HYHULQDQGWKLVSDVW\HDUZHKRQRUHGWKHWK0RPLQWKDWWLPH}$QG the number will keep going up because of all they do. ,pYHQHYHUOLYHGDQ\ZKHUHEXW7H[DV},JUHZXSLQWKH'DOODVDUHD},ZHQWWRVFKRROLQ $XVWLQ},ZRUNHGWKHIRRWEDOOVHDVRQLQ%U\DQ},pYHEHHQLQ$XVWLQHYHUVLQFH}6R, realize that I can only compare to what I’ve seen in video clips and what I’ve heard from SHRSOHDURXQGWKHFRXQWU\},NQRZPRVWHYHU\WHDPKDVIDPLO\PHPEHUVKHOSLQJDQG VSLULWVTXDGVOHDGLQJWKHFKHHUV}%XW,JREDFNWRWKDWRQHZRUG Community. ,Q7H[DVLWpVDFRPPXQLW\HIIRUW}7KHFRXSOHZKRGRHVQpWKDYHNLGVLQVFKRRODQ\PRUHEXW WKH\VWLOOVKRZXSDWJDPHVWRVXSSRUWWKHWHDP}7KHUHWLUHGSHRSOHZKRVSHQGWKHLUWLPH PDNLQJVXUHWKLQJVDUHJRRGGXULQJWKHJDPHVDWORFDOVWDGLXPV}7KHIDQV\RXQJDQG

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old, who show up to cheer for their teams. ,pOODGPLWWKDW,GLGQpWDOZD\VIHHOWKLVZD\}}:KHQ,ZDVDNLGLQKLJKVFKRRO,RQO\ FDUHGDERXWWKDWJDPHDQGLIP\WHDPZRQ}:KHQ,JRWWRFROOHJHWKHĂ&#x17E;UVWJDPH,HYHU ZHQWWRLQ$XVWLQZDVDKLJKVFKRROJDPHDW1HOVRQ)LHOG}$OO,FDUHGDERXWZDV WKHJDPH}(YHQZKHQ,Ă&#x17E;UVWVWDUWHGDW.98(ZLWKD*DPHRIWKH:HHNLQ*HRUJHWRZQLQ 6HSWHPEHURIP\IRFXVZDVRQWKHĂ&#x17E;HOG %XWWKH\VD\ZLWKDJHFRPHVZLVGRP}$QG,OHDUQHGWRORRNSDVWWKHVLGHOLQHV7RVHH HYHU\WKLQJWKDWJRHVRQZLWKKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOLQ&HQWUDO7H[DV} ,WpVQRWMXVWDKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOJDPH},WpVDFRPPXQLW\HYHQW}$QGER\FDQLWEHVR addictive. When you get involved with high school football in Texas, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes hard to stay away. ,ZDVDWDKLJKVFKRROJDPH\HDUVDJRDQGVDZDJDPHRIĂ&#x17E;FLDOWKDW,NQHZ},ZHQWWR VD\q+LrWRKLPEHIRUHWKHJDPHDQGKHVDLGq+L0LNH'RQpWWHOODQ\ERG\,pPKHUHr}} +HZDVFROOHJHRIĂ&#x17E;FLDODQGZRUNLQJWKHQH[WGD\DWDFROOHJHJDPH}%XWKHORYHGKLJK school football and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss a night under the lights. In the movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field of Dreamsâ&#x20AC;?, Shoeless Joe Jackson waxes nostalgic about baseball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh man, I did love this game. You know, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have played for food money. It was the JDPHWKHVRXQGVWKHVPHOOV<RXHYHUKHOGDJORYHRUDEDOOWR\RXUIDFH"f}$QGLW was the crowd getting to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have played for free.â&#x20AC;? 0D\EHKHZDVUHDOO\D7H[DQWDONLQJDERXWKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOO}7KHVRXQGVWKHVPHOOV} 7KHFURZGULVLQJWRWKHLUIHHW},pYHVHHQDOORIWKDWLQUHDOOLIH}$WKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOO JDPHVLQ7H[DV}}:KHUHFRPPXQLWLHVFRPHWRJHWKHUWRPDNHLWVRPHPRUDEOH6RVSHcial. So fun.

Mike Barnes has covered Central Texas sports longer than any current area journalist. See Barnes every Friday night on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Football Feverâ&#x20AC;?.

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WHY YOUR CHILD NEEDS MORE THAN A SPORTS PHYSICAL Christopher Saenz, MD, The Austin Diagnostic Clinic Pediatrics A common question pediatricians are asked is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why does my child need an annual SHGLDWULF ZHOO H[DP ZKHQ WKH\ MXVW KDG D VFKRRO VSRUWV SK\VLFDOr" } ,W LV DQ H[FHOOHQW question, with a very simple answer: The purpose of a school sports physical is to make sure WKDWWKHFKLOGFDQVDIHO\SDUWLFLSDWHLQFRPSHWLWLYHDWKOHWLFDFWLYLWLHVDWVFKRRO}:KLOHDQ annual pediatric well exam consists of discussions about development, growth, academic DFKLHYHPHQWVDIHW\SXEHUW\H[HUFLVHKHDOWK\OLIHVW\OHVDQGPDQ\RWKHUSHUWLQHQWWRSLFV},Q IDFWWKHDQQXDOSHGLDWULFZHOOH[DPFDQZRUNDVDFKLOGpVVFKRROVSRUWVSK\VLFDO}8QGHU the Affordable Care Act, annual pediatric well exams are covered, so it should not cost your family anything out of pocket. It is important for children to have an annual pediatric well exam every year because as FKLOGUHQ JURZ GLIIHUHQW WRSLFV HPHUJH WKDW QHHG WR EH GLVFXVVHG } )RU H[DPSOH LQ WKH elementary school years, we discuss growth, safety, development, school achievement, EHKDYLRUDQGKHDOWK\OLIHVW\OHV}$VFKLOGUHQPRYHWRPLGGOHVFKRROZHZLOODGGSXEHUW\WR WKHGLVFXVVLRQ},QKLJKVFKRROZHLQFOXGHWRSLFVUHOHYDQWWRWHHQDJHUVVXFKDVGLVWUDFWHG GULYLQJVPRNLQJDOFRKROGUXJVDQGVH[}/DVWO\DWDQQXDOZHOOYLVLWVZHFRPPRQO\FKHFN vision, hearing, urine and blood work as needed. At every annual pediatric well exam, we also ensure that every child has the correct vaccines UHFRPPHQGHGE\WKH$PHULFDQ$FDGHP\RI3HGLDWULFVDQG\RXFKLOGpVVFKRRO}7\SLFDOO\ kids get vaccines at 4 and 5 prior to beginning kindergarten, and then will receive DGGLWLRQDOYDFFLQHVLQWKHSUHWHHQ\HDUVVWDUWLQJDW}7KHVHYDFFLQHVZLOOSURWHFWWKHP through high school and beyond. While chiropractors and family friends who are physicians can sign off on a sports physical, LWLVJHQHUDOO\QRWUHFRPPHQGHGE\SHGLDWULFLDQV}$FKLURSUDFWRUGRHVQRWKDYHWKHSURSHU training in picking up critical cardiac problems that can cause sudden death, and a family friend may not be properly trained in pediatrics to know what to ask and what to check on H[DP}<RXUSHGLDWULFLDQDOVRNQRZV\RXUFKLOGDQGIDPLO\DQGWKLVUHODWLRQVKLSLVYDOXDEOH WRRSHQO\GLVFXVVSHUVRQDOWRSLFVDVGHVFULEHGDERYH}.LGVDUHQRWMXVWOLWWOHDGXOWVDQG deserve to be treated by a pediatric specialist. 'U &KULVWRSKHU 6DHQ] LV D SHGLDWULFLDQ DW $'&pV 6WHLQHU 5DQFK RIÃ&#x17E;FH  )0  1 }+HKDVEHHQDERDUGFHUWLÃ&#x17E;HGSHGLDWULFLDQIRURYHU\HDUVLQWUDGLWLRQDO SHGLDWULFRIÃ&#x17E;FHSUDFWLFHDQGSHGLDWULFHPHUJHQF\PHGLFLQHSUDFWLFH})URPKH served as team physician for the Texas A&M University Athletic Department covering their NCAA sports teams. For more information, or to make an appointment call 512-901-4096.

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THE PRESSURE TO WIN By Shawn Clynch | KVUE Sports

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the privilege of playing and covering both youth and high school athletics in Texas and covering high school athletics, collegiate athletics, and the NBA in Oklahoma. I believe we can all agree everyone involved should be acknowledged for their efforts in developing a team attitude and culture. From the parents, coaches, to the young athletes. We live in a society of constant political pressures, but in the Austin area we have a talented fraternity of football coaches on the high school level who all manage these pressures and the best in the business at managing personalities and people in general. Ones who all have the best interest of their student-athletes and their GHYHORSPHQWDVDSHUVRQDFDGHPLFDOO\DQGRQWKHIRRWEDOOĂ&#x17E;HOG The rigors, expectations, and pressure on the coaches and student-athletes is on another level than it was last year, 5-years ago, and much more than it was when I was in high school when only the top two programs from each district advanced to the playoffs. Success and winning consistently is how we measure or formulate opinions. Whenever spring football and off-season workouts begin, the expectation of the KLJKVFKRROSURJUDPVZHDUHOXFN\WRFRYHULVWRĂ&#x17E;QGDQHGJHDQGDSODQ to make the Texas high school football playoffs. From the outside looking in, we view this as simple since the current U.I.L. format allows the top 4-teams to advance to the postseason. <HVWKHUHLVPRUHĂ&#x;H[LELOLW\IRUORVVHVDQGWLHEUHDNHUVEXWOHWpVIDFHLWLI\RX ask anyone on the inside of our proud football programs in the Austin area, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a daily grind beginning in the spring to not only develop an annual playoff contending program, but there is constant pressure. Austin I.S.D. football programs face a much tougher obstacle. Participation or numbers of young men playing football in the A.I.S.D. are much lower than those in districts such as Leander I.S.D. as a whole. Programs like Bowie High School, L.B.J., and McCallum this past season experienced success and have a formula for consistency.

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Meanwhile, Keith Carey and his staff at Reagan High School continue to develop a winning culture with limited numbers. Despite having the numbers and more resources, the sustained success at programs like Cedar Park, Vandegrift, Westlake, and Lake Travis is nothing short of amazing. The public perception is that these programs are expected to win and experience deep runs into the playoffs annually. Winning isn’t as simple as it seems for these programs. These coaching staffs work tirelessly for six and sometimes 7-days per week My main motivation for this angle began a few seasons ago from various opinions I’ve heard regarding the expectations from fans and parents. Ones who are passionate about the area’s high school football programs. We are blessed to live in an area where a lot of people have a high football IQ, if you will, and truly care about the continued progress of high school football. 6XVWDLQDEOHVXFFHVVRQWKHIRRWEDOOÞHOGZKLOHSURGXFLQJVXFFHVVIXO\RXQJPHQ RIIWKHÞHOGDQGLQWRWKHLUDGXOWKRRGDUHWKHWZRPDLQSULRULWLHVIRUDOORIWKH coaching staffs.

Shawn Clynch is a long time Austinite and can be seen on KVUE. He contributes every Friday night on “Friday Football Fever”.

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BOOSTER IMPACT

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Brian Hawkins knew he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to wait until his son was a senior to get involved with the Georgetown football program. Brandon Hawkins got to pull on the blue, white and gray as a freshman in 2015, and he got to use the same weight room as the varsity players. So why shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Brian Hawkins start backing the Eagles now? One thing led to another, and now Hawkins is entering his second year as Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booster club president. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no rich EHQHIDFWRUDQGKHGRHVQpWXVHKLVSRVLWLRQWRDVVHUWLQĂ&#x;XHQFHRYHUKLVVRQpVSOD\LQJWLPH,QVKRUW%ULDQ+DZNLQVLVWKHW\SHRI football parent that Georgetown coach Jason Dean hopes for. q:KDWDORWRISHRSOHDUHOHHU\RILVWKDWZHZDQWWKHPWRJLYHPRQH\r'HDQVDLGRISDUHQWVpĂ&#x17E;UVWLPSUHVVLRQVRIERRVWHU clubs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing could be further from the truth. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want their money, we want their time and their effort to help us to go out and raise our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money.â&#x20AC;? That last part is key. To run the kind of football program Dean does â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the kind that expects to compete for district tiles and go deep in the playoffs every year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the money has to come from somewhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have anywhere from 230 to 250 boys in the high school football program (this year),â&#x20AC;? Dean said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our (school) budget canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up with that. You need a booster club that is able to raise funds and be supportive to help you raise funds to take your program maybe to that next level.â&#x20AC;? Hawkins, who served as the booster clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasurer for a year before taking over as president, said the budget at Georgetown is between $75,000-100,000. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money that the club brings in and spends each year. The majority of it comes from two fundraisers: a golf tournament in April and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meet the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;? event each fall. Dean said the club expects to net at least $20,000 from each fundraiser, and additional income arrives from merchandise sales. At Georgetown, each athletic program has its own booster club, so all of the money brought in by the football boosters goes GLUHFWO\WRZDUGWKDWVSRUW:KDWGRHVWKDWPRQH\KHOSZLWK"'HDQVDLGLWDOOGHSHQGVRQQHHGDQGKHJHWVWKHĂ&#x17E;QDOVD\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so many times you hear stories where the booster club is there to tell the coach what to do,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly opposite. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nobody who understands the needs of the program more than the person in charge of the sport.â&#x20AC;? ,IHYHU\WKLQJJRHVDFFRUGLQJWRSODQWKHELJJHVWH[SHQVHFRYHUHGE\WKHERRVWHUFOXELVFKDUWHUEXVHV3OD\RIIWULSVLQ7H[DV can be long, and showing up well-rested can make all the difference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We say weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have $18,000 to get all the way to state,â&#x20AC;? Hawkins said. 2WKHUUHJXODUH[SHQVHVLQFOXGHZHLJKWURRPLPSURYHPHQWVXSJUDGHVWRFDPHUDHTXLSPHQWXVHGWRĂ&#x17E;OPSUDFWLFHVDQGJDPHV and luxury upgrades like the alternate white helmets that were purchased two years ago. A major project in the past few years was adding a players lounge to the football facility, which provides shelter and entertainment for players awaiting rides after practice. Five or six years ago, the club bought a trailer to haul spirit signs, blowups and other equipment to away games. More recently, the football and baseball booster clubs teamed up to build a covered pavilion for tailgating. Booster clubs like the one in Georgetown make the Friday night experience in Central Texas what it is. Lake Travis, Westlake, &HGDU3DUN5RXQG5RFNHWFuQDPHDVXFFHVVIXOIRRWEDOOSURJUDPDQGWKHUHLVDERRVWHUFOXEEDFNLQJLW q,ZRXOGGHĂ&#x17E;QLWHO\SXW*HRUJHWRZQpV ERRVWHUFOXE LQWKHWRSĂ&#x17E;YHLQ&HQWUDO7H[DVr'HDQVDLG+DZNLQVDQGWKHQH[WSDUHQWV coming down the line, wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it any other way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to make it the best experience we can so they can look back and really be proud of what (their football experience) was and what they had,â&#x20AC;? he said. ,+6)$1ORRNVIRUZDUGWRUHFRJQL]LQJWKHLQDXJXUDO%RRVWHU&OXERIWKH<HDUSUHVHQWHGE\*ULGLURQ*ORU\$OXPQL)RRWEDOO in November. 14


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FOOTBALL INJURIES: SIGNIFICANT, SEASON (1'(5672625(1(66} By Dr. Scott A. Smith | Texas Orthopedics

Injuries occur at all levels of football. Every game, and almost every play has some level of â&#x20AC;&#x153;injuryâ&#x20AC;?. Big people moving fast running into each other releases a lot of energy. Frequently with some consequences: scrapes, bruises, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations and concussions are all â&#x20AC;&#x153;part of the gameâ&#x20AC;?. All levels of football and for that part sports involves some risks. Life too by the way involves risks. This article will try to quantify the ULVNVRIVRPHRIWKHPRVWFRPPRQDQGPRVWIHDUHG} Fatalities: There were seven high school football player direct fatalities in 2015. All of these were in game injuries, none in practice. That is a rate of 0.64 per 100,000 high school participants. There were no youth, collegiate or professional direct fatalities in 7KHUHZHUHWHQLQGLUHFWGHDWKV KHDWVWURNHFDUGLDF LQ7ZRLQ\RXWKVHYHQ in high school , one in college and none in professional football. This rate has been relatively stable since 1976 when blocking and tackling rules were changed to eliminate the face and head as initial contact points. Targeting rules were again strengthened LQ}5XOHVIRUKHOPHWVDQGSURWHFWLYHHTXLSPHQWKDYHDOVRGHFUHDVHGWKHIDWDOLW\ rate. Guidelines for conditioning and training for heat stroke recognition and treatment continue to increase the safety of football. &RQFXVVLRQVDUHDVLJQLĂ&#x17E;FDQWVRXUFHRILQMXU\7KHGLDJQRVLVLVDFOLQLFDORQHPDGH by exam of an injured player. Being rendered unconscious is obvious but more subtle signs include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, emotional lability, light or sound sensitivity or any behavioral changes. Any blow to the head or neck can cause a concussion. Players need to be encouraged to report this injury if it happens to themselves or their teammates. The management of a concussed player is removal from play and FRPSOHWHHYDOXDWLRQE\DTXDOLĂ&#x17E;HGKHDOWKFDUHSURYLGHU7KHW\SLFDOFRQFXVVLRQUHTXLUHV no active treatment other than symptomatic but a trip to the hospital may be necessary LIV\PSWRPVDUHVHYHUHRUZRUVHQRUSURJUHVV5HVROXWLRQFDQEHTXLFN ZHHNV EXW sometimes may take weeks/ months and return to sport can only safely occur once all V\PSWRPVKDYHUHVROYHGDQGWKHDWKOHWHKDV}FOHDUHGDFRQFXVVLRQSURWRFRORIJUDGXDO exercise stress. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;second impact syndromeâ&#x20AC;? is a more severe second concussion if a SOD\HUUHWXUQVWRSOD\EHIRUHUHVROXWLRQRIWKHĂ&#x17E;UVWLQMXU\ Knee injuries are very commonplace in football accounting for 15% of all injuries. The medial collateral ligament is the most commonly injured followed by the anterior cruciate ligament. Most injuries occur during competition at a rate of roughly 10 per 10,000 athlete exposures. Girls soccer is next with an injury rate of 4.5-10.8 per 10,000 athlete H[SRVXUHV7KHVHLQMXULHVFDQEHVLJQLĂ&#x17E;FDQWZLWKRIDOONQHHLQMXULHVUHTXLULQJ VXUJHU\} High School football is an important part of Texas Friday nights. Injuries are a part of the game but with proper preparation, protective equipment, good techniques, athletic WUDLQLQJDQGKHDOWKFDUHWKHLPSDFWRILQMXULHVFDQEHPLQLPL]HG}

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LAKE TRAVIS SENIORS RAISED THE BAR FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS By Chris Bils This summer, Lake Travis coach Hank Carter will stand in front of a group of freshmen and deliver the same message he has since he arrived in 2008. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell the young, impressionable teenagers that they have an opportunity to be the best class to come through a very successful program. *RRGOXFN&ODVVRI7KDWWDVNMXVWJRWDZKROHORWPRUHGLIĂ&#x17E;FXOW q$VIUHVKPHQ,UHPHPEHUWKHFRDFKHVWHOOLQJXVWKDWZHFRXOGEHWKHEHVWWHDPWKDWFRXOGHYHUFRPHWKURXJK/DNH Travis,â&#x20AC;? said Cade Green, a wide receiver on the Cavaliersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2016 state championship squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always had that in the back of our head and it kind of fueled us.â&#x20AC;? 7KHQXPEHUVDUHKDUGWRGLVSXWH1RWRQO\GLGWKH&ODVVRIGHOLYHUWKHVFKRROpVĂ&#x17E;UVWHYHUFKDPSLRQVKLSDWWKH Class 6A level, but it did so in dominating fashion. After a season-opening hiccup against Judson, the Cavs reeled off 15-straight victories and capped it off with a 41-13 blowout of The Woodlands at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Such was the expectation after falling to Katy the year before and returning so many key pieces, but expectation does QRWDOZD\VHTXDOUHVXOWVuHVSHFLDOO\DWWKHKLJKVFKRROOHYHOq$VDGXOWVZHpUHDEOHWRFRPSDUWPHQWDOL]H H[SHFWDWLRQV DQGSXWWKHSURSHUHPSKDVLVEXWDVDNLG,pPQRWVXUHKRZ,ZRXOGpYHUHVSRQGHGWRSUHVVXUHOLNHWKDWr/DNH 7UDYLVFRDFK+DQN&DUWHUVDLGq,pPSURXGRIWKHZD\WKHNLGVKDQGOHGWKDW7KH\VHWDJRDODQGWKH\DFKLHYHGLWr As if the bar wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raised high enough by winning, the Class of 2017 is also sending 14 players to the next level â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including seven who are headed to Football Bowl Division schools. Quarterback Charlie Brewer (Baylor) and tight end Cade Brewer (Texas) both signed to play in the Big 12, while wide receiver Maleek Barkley (Arkansas) will test the waters of the SEC and defensive end Sammy Ochoa is headed to the Naval Academy. ,QDĂ&#x17E;UVWIRU/DNH7UDYLVWKUHHSOD\HUVDOVRVLJQHGWRSOD\LQWKH%LJ7HQ*UHHQ :LVFRQVLQ VDIHW\$XVWLQ+LOOHU (Northwestern) and offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes (Nebraska) are all set to suit up in the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west GLYLVLRQZKLFKPHDQVIDFLQJHDFKRWKHURQFHHDFK\HDUq,WpVDZHVRPH:HKDGDOLWWOHULYDOU\WKLV\HDUrVDLG*UHHQ q +LOOHUDQG-DLPHV FDQVD\ZKDWWKH\ZDQWEXWWKHZLQQLQJ E\:LVFRQVLQ WKLVSDVW\HDUVD\VLWDOO,WpVDZHVRPH to be able to play against these guys. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re some of my best friends, and it will be awesome to have that rivalry continue.â&#x20AC;? Even as the seniors head their separate ways, they will always maintain the bond of winning a championship together. 6WLOOWKHUHLVDQH[SHFWDWLRQWKDWĂ&#x17E;YHDQG\HDUVIURPQRZWKHUHZLOOEHPRUHDFFRPSOLVKPHQWVWRFHOHEUDWH,WpVDOO part of raising the expectations for the classes coming behind them. 7KHUHLVVWLOORQHWKLQJWKH\ZLVKWKH\FRXOGDFFRPSOLVKWRJHWKHUWKRXJK%HFDXVHRIWKH8,/FKDPSLRQVKLSVWUXFWXUH Dallas-area powerhouse DeSoto also holds the distinction of 2016 Class 6A champion. The Eagles beat Cibilo Steele 38-29 in the Division 2 title game. What if the chance existed to hold a Lake Travis versus DeSoto showdown? q7KHUHZRXOGEHQRTXHVWLRQQRVWXWWHULQJQRWKLQJr2FKRDVDLG+LOOHUDGGHGq,pPVXUHDOORIRXUJX\VZRXOGEH percent for that because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want there to be any dispute about who the best team in the country is, let along the state.â&#x20AC;? Lake Travis backs down from nobody. The Class of 2017 made sure of that.

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IHSFAN TOP 10 TEAM PRESENTED BY BUSHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CHICKEN By Chris Bils Caden Leggett, Georgetown All eyes, and some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best defensive backs, will be on Leggett in 2017. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver caught 53 passes for 976 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2016. Which is impressive enough, until you consider that he played DORQJVLGHWKHOHDGLQJUHFHLYHULQWKHDUHD%HDX&RUUDOHV ,+6)$17RSSOD\HU  q3OD\LQJZLWK%HDXZDVGHĂ&#x17E;QLWHO\DQKRQRUEHFDXVHKHpVVXFKDJUHDWSOD\HUr/HJJHWWVDLGq,OHDUQHGDORWZRUNLQJZLWKKLPDQG ZLWKRXWKLP,ZRXOGQpWEHZKHUH,DPr

Mak Sexton, Cedar Park ,WWRRNVWDUWVDVDYDUVLW\TXDUWHUEDFNIRU6H[WRQWRSLFNXSKLVĂ&#x17E;UVWORVVDVWUHDNWKDWLQFOXGHGDQXQGHIHDWHGVWDWHFKDPSLRQship as a sophomore and came four wins shy of another as a junior. 6H[WRQFRPSOHWHGPRUHWKDQSHUFHQWRIKLVSDVVHVIRU\DUGVDQGWRXFKGRZQVDQGFODLPHGĂ&#x17E;UVWWHDP'LVWULFW$ recognition. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound pro-style quarterback attended Tulsaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s junior day over the offseason and received an invite to Nikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious The Opening regional camp. However, that season-ending loss to Manvel still burns. q$IWHUWKDWVWUHDN,WKLQNZHKDGMXVWJRWWHQVRXVHGWRZLQQLQJZHH[SHFWHGLWrKHVDLGq1RZZHpUHGHĂ&#x17E;QLWHO\PRWLYDWHGWRZRUN hard and make sure it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen again.â&#x20AC;?

Logan Clifton, McNeil ,Q&OLIWRQKHOSHGOHDGWKH0DYHULFNVJHWZLWKLQRQHZLQRIWKHLUĂ&#x17E;UVWSOD\RIIDSSHDUDQFHVLQFH7KHIRRW SRXQGGHIHQVLYHHQGODQGHGVHFRQGWHDP'LVWULFW$KRQRUVDQGZLOOEHORRNLQJWRDGGDĂ&#x17E;UVWWHDPVHOHFWLRQDQGSOD\RII appearance to his resume this fall. 2IIWKHĂ&#x17E;HOG&OLIWRQKDVUHFHLYHGRIIHUVWRSOD\IRRWEDOOLQWKH,Y\/HDJXH+HLVH[FLWHGDERXWWKHSRVVLELOLW\RIFRPELQLQJ'LYLVLRQ ,DWKOHWLFVZLWKDZRUOGFODVVHGXFDWLRQ q(FRQRPLFVrKHVDLGZKHQDVNHGZKDWKHSODQVWRVWXG\LQFROOHJHq,pPDEXVLQHVVPDMRUDQGWKDWpVZK\,ORYH3HQQVRPXFK EHFDXVHWKH\KDYHWKHQXPEHURQHEXVLQHVVVFKRROLQWKHZRUOG,WZRXOGEHDZHVRPHWRJRWKHUHr

Garrett Wilson, Lake Travis Born in Chicago and raised in Ohio, Wilson has quickly established himself as a star under Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bright lights. As a sophomore, he FDXJKWSDVVHVIRU\DUGVDQGWRXFKGRZQVuLQFOXGLQJRQHLQWKH&ODVV$'LYLVLRQ,FKDPSLRQVKLSJDPHDJDLQVW7KH Woodlands. q,WpVDORWGLIIHUHQWWKDQZKDW,pPXVHGWRr:LOVRQVDLGRISOD\LQJDW7H[DVpKLJKHVWOHYHORIKLJKVFKRROIRRWEDOOq(YHU\RQHZRXOG JRWRWKHJDPHVLQ2KLREXWLWZDVQpW7H[DVIRRWEDOOIRUVXUH,ORYHWKHHQWKXVLDVP,ORYHKRZH[FLWHGHYHU\RQHLVIRU)ULGD\VDQG ,ORYHEHLQJDSDUWRILWr The District 25-6A offensive newcomer of the year is a star on the basketball court, too, averaging 17.7 points per game. At 6-foot, SRXQGVKHKDVDOUHDG\GUDZQIRRWEDOORIIHUVIURP:LVFRQVLQ608DQG%RZOLQJ*UHHQ([SHFWKLVSURĂ&#x17E;OHWRJURZRYHUWKH next two years.

Jaikem Murphy, Westwood When Murphy isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t chasing down running backs, chances are he has a camera in his hands. The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker picked up his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old photography equipment and developed a passion.

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Nakia Watson, Westlake :LWKDFRPELQDWLRQRIVSHHGSRZHUDQGVL]H:DWVRQEURNHRQWRWKHVFHQHGXULQJKLVĂ&#x17E;UVWVHDVRQZLWKWKH&KDSDUUDOVDIWHUPRYLQJ IURP0DQRU,QMXULHVWRVWDUTXDUWHUEDFN6DP(KOLQJHUOHIW:DWVRQDVWKHIRFDOSRLQWRIWKHRIIHQVHUHVXOWLQJLQFDUULHVIRU 1,648 yards and 22 touchdowns. 7KHIRRWSRXQGUXQQLQJEDFNHDUQHGĂ&#x17E;UVWWHDP$OO&HQWUDO7H[DVDQGVKRWXSWKHYDULRXVUHFUXLWLQJUDQNLQJVDVDUHVXOW He holds offers from Nevada, Texas State, North Texas and Bowling Green. q3UREDEO\UXQQLQJXSWKHPLGGOHDQGKLWWLQJDOLQHEDFNHULQWKHPRXWKWKHQJRLQJIRUVL[rKHVDLGZKHQDVNHGWRGHVFULEHWKH perfect play that sums up his game. Westlake opponents have seen that one before.

Joshua Smythe-Macauley, Bowie 2QWKHĂ&#x17E;HOGRULQWKHFODVVURRP6P\WKH0DFDXOH\OLNHVWRJHWKLVKDQGVRQWKLQJV7KHIRRWSRXQGVDIHW\DQFKRUHGWKH %RZLHGHIHQVHIURPWKHEDFNLQUDFNLQJXSWDFNOHVĂ&#x17E;YHSDVVEUHDNXSVWKUHHLQWHUFHSWLRQV 2IIWKHĂ&#x17E;HOGKHKDVKLVH\HVVHWRQEHFRPLQJDQHQJLQHHUDGUHDPVSDUNHGE\DUHVHDUFKSURMHFWRQ7KRPDV(GLVRQLQĂ&#x17E;UVW JUDGH+HpVUHFHLYHGLQWHUHVWWRSOD\IRRWEDOODW3ULQFHWRQEXWDOVRPHQWLRQHG7H[DVDQG&DOLIRUQLD%HUNHOH\DVGUHDPHQJLQHHULQJ schools. q,pYHEHHQORRNLQJDWPHFKDQLFDOHQJLQHHULQJEHFDXVHWKDWpVKDQGVRQDQG,UHDOO\OLNHEXLOGLQJVWXIIDQGFUHDWLQJWKLQJV,OLNH classes with hands-on projects, so mechanical engineering is my number one choice.â&#x20AC;?

Jamil Pittman, Vista Ridge $VZLWFKIURPUXQQLQJEDFNWRZLGHUHFHLYHUSDLGELJGLYLGHQGVIRU-DPLO3LWWPDQLQEXWLWZDVQpWDVHDV\DVLWORRNHG3LWWman said he spent extra time catching passes with quarterback Jacob Taute to improve his hands. 7KHKDUGZRUNSDLGRIIZLWKDVHDVRQWKDWODQGHG3LWWPDQRQWKH'LVWULFW$Ă&#x17E;UVWWHDPRIIHQVHZLWKFORVHWRDOOSXUSRVH \DUGV3LWWPDQVDLGWKHGULYLQJIRUFHEHKLQGKLVSOD\LVKLVPRWKHUZKRSDVVHGDZD\VHYHUDO\HDUVDJRq0\PRPUHDOO\ORYHG IRRWEDOODQGVKHORYHGVHHLQJPHKDSS\rKHVDLGq:KHQ,GRP\EHVWRQWKHĂ&#x17E;HOGLWPDNHVPHKDSS\DQGZKHQ,pPKDSS\VKHpV happy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of my drive for football.â&#x20AC;?

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Prince Tyler, McCallum The returning defensive player of the year in 25-5A hopes to build on an incredible 2016 campaign which saw the 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 225 lb. DL PDNHDQLQFUHGLEOHWDFNOHVZLWKEHLQJWDFNOHVIRUORVV7KH3ULQFHZDVUHDOO\WKH.LQJUHFRUGLQJVDFNVDQGPDNLQJ IXPEOHUHFRYHULHVRQHRIZKLFKKHUHWXUQHG\DUGVIRUD7RXFKGRZQ VHHFRYHURI,+6)$1

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COACH CHEATHAM ROUND ROCK DRAGONS 2016 IHSFAN COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by

On January 23rd, Dragon Nation, 500+ strong, gathered in the school cafeteria for the annual Football banquet. IHSFAN and Playmaker Communications were there to present Coach Jeff Cheatham with the inaugural IHSFAN Coach of the Year award. The Austin area had several notable coaching efforts in 2016. The short list consisted RI-DVRQ&HFLO &RQQDOO\ +DQN&DUWHU /DNH7UDYLV &DUO$EVHFN &HGDU3DUN &KDUOHV 7D\ORU 0F&DOOXP DQG%HFN%U\GRQ 5HJHQWV 7KHVHĂ&#x17E;YHFRDFKHVDORQJZLWKDIHZPRUH DOOGHVHUYHGFRQVLGHUDWLRQIRUWKHĂ&#x17E;UVWHYHU,+6)$1&RDFKRIWKH<HDUDZDUG Coach Cheatham, in his 7th season at Round Rock, led the Dragons further than any RWKHUFRDFKLQWKH\HDUVWRULHGKLVWRU\RIWKHSURJUDP7KHVTXDGĂ&#x17E;QLVKHG with a record of 10-4 and made it to the fourth round of the UIL 6A playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the turning point of the season came in the close loss to Cedar Ridge. The loss stung and the kids bowed their necks and came back the next week working harder than ever.â&#x20AC;? Cheatham went on to tell IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Anytime you get a chance to get the whole program a few extra weeks of practice for the playoffs it helps tremendously, I think the GHHSSOD\RIIUXQZLOOSD\GLYLGHQGVLQWKHIXWXUHDVWKHNLGVJDLQDJUHDWGHDORIFRQĂ&#x17E; dence.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This award is a huge honor for me and my staff. It is very humblingâ&#x20AC;? The Round Rock Dragon football program is one of the largest in the area with over 300 kids participating at all levels. Cheatham is thankful for the great numbers as it helps having kids in constant competition for positions. His Dragon teams have made the playoffs WKHSDVWVL[VHDVRQVRQO\PLVVLQJRXWKLVĂ&#x17E;UVWVHDVRQLQ

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13-6A Round Rock The 2016 Dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hold the title for the best team in the 100-year history of the storied program- the team set school records for most points scored in a season and also made the deepest run into the playoffs. Coach Jeff &KHDWKDP p,+6)$1&RDFKRIWKH<HDU WROG,+6)$1 â&#x20AC;&#x153; We had a great group of kids, they all believed in what we were doing and we are all very proud of that bunch.â&#x20AC;? 7KHpVTXDGĂ&#x17E;QLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUGDQGORVWWRWKH Woodlands in the Fourth round of the playoffs. For the third straight year the Dragons will start a Sr. QB as Reed Hammond will get his shot under center. The high-powered offense should not skip a beat as most of the skill SOD\HUVDUHUHWXUQLQJ/RRNIRU5%0DOLN3HQD QG7HDPDOO'LVWULFW WRKDYHDQRWKHUJUHDW season. Coach Cheatham told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; We have to sure up the front as we lost a lot of guys from last year but we are excited with some of our younger guys coming up from playing JV last year.â&#x20AC;? 'HIHQVLYHO\'%5\DQ2p.HHIH QGWHDPDOOGLVWULFW '(7\OHU2YLDWW'/0LNH%HOODQG6 John Muench will lead a stingy group of defenders that will once again be in position to compete for a 13-6A district Championship.

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Stony Point &DOHE:LHVHQKXWWHU6WRQ\3RLQW6WXGHQW /DVWVHDVRQ6WRQ\3RLQWZDVHOLPLQDWHGLQWKHQGURXQGRIWKHSOD\RIIV DQGÃ&#x17E;QLVKHGWKH\HDUZLWKDUHFRUG7KH7LJHUVORVHDWRWDORI seniors, 15 of them being starters, and will look to replace them with talent returning from this yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; junior and senior classes. The team, with key losses defensively, including losing its top 3 tacklers and 6 all-district performers, will look upon returning defensive starters, VXFKDVUHWXUQLQJQGWHDPDOOGLVWULFWVHQLRUFRUQHUEDFNVVDIHWLHV7UHVKRQ3LFNHWWDQG$QWKRQ\6LPVDQGMXQLRU linebacker Camron Williams to lead the young defense. Offensively, with more talent returning, there should be the possibility of high impact. Junior running back Tyler Cleveland will look to top the 700+ yards rushing total he posted as a sophomore, while senior quarterbacks 'RQRYDQ5\EDFKHN \DUGVSDVVLQJDQGUXVKLQJWRWDO7'pV DQG-DFN'ULVNHOO SDVVLQJ\DUGV7'pV  will both return and look to lead an offense an offense that struggled at times last year.

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Westlake %\-RH7D\ORU1XPEHU3URGXFWLRQV&KDSV,OOXVWUDWHG Many think that life after Sam Ehlinger began following the devastating 51-3 fourth round playoff loss to Lake Travis. With both senior signal callers sidelined, the sophomore quarterback combo SODWWHURI7D\ORU$QGHUVRQDQG6DP6D[WRQVHUYHGWKHRIIHQVHZHOO1DNLD:DWVRQ ,+6)$17RS 3OD\HU HVWDEOLVKHGKLPVHOIDVWKHSUHPLHUUXVKHULQ&HQWUDO7H[DVZKLOH7RQ\6DOD]DUpVWDOHQWHG defense led the way to a four-round playoff run. When spring Football launched all eyes were already focused on the historic position behind center. With two alumni wearing NFL uniforms and another repping the burnt orange and white, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a job that comes with massive responsibilities. With Saxton opting out of football, Anderson, Grayson Burks, and Kirkland Michaux will all compete for the gig. Nakia Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakout junior season was no accident. 2016 saw the junior rush for 1,648 yards DQGWRXFKGRZQV:DWVRQZLOOEHKHOSHGZLWKWKHIDFWWKDWWKUHHRIWKHĂ&#x17E;YH2/VWDUWHUVIURP the 2016 squad return and rest assured, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be bigger and even more physical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nakia just scratched the surface last season,â&#x20AC;? Dodge said of his soon-to-be senior tailback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the right work ethic to be very successful.â&#x20AC;? Linebacker David Dickerson went tackle for tackle with Levi Jones in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;16. Braden Cassityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speed and strength allowed for successful play both on the edge and inside on the line. The disruption continued with David Neil as he emerged as one of the most vicious linemen in Central Texas. The SULGHSRVLWLRQRI&RDFK6DOD]DUpVGHIHQVHLVWKHEDFNĂ&#x17E;HOG0DWWKHZ6DPVpUHVXPHPLJKWEHWKHPRVW impressive, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a quintet of players with a wealth of starting experience. Despite the unknown factor at quarterback, 2016 gave Todd Dodge and the Westlake Nation a glimpse of what 2017 could hold. The irony? The 2017 Westlake Chaparrals will be well served by an old-school philosophy; play defense and run the ball.

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25-6A Hays If beginning play in the brutally tough 25-6A district was not enough, Coach Neil /D+XHDQGKLV5HEHOVIDFHGDWRWDORIWHDPVWKDWTXDOLĂ&#x17E;HGIRUWKHSOD\RIIV}7KHWRXJK QRQGLVWULFWVFKHGXOHUHVXOWHGLQDQRYHUDOOUHFRUGRI LQGLVWULFW  The 2017 squad will once again battle the likes of Vista Ridge, Vandegrift, and LeanGHUDOOĂ&#x17E;JKWLQJIRUPRVWOLNHO\WKHWZRUHPDLQLQJSOD\RIIVSRWV}7ZRYHU\JRRGWHDPV will be left out. /HDGLQJWKH5HEHOVRIIHQVHZLOOEH5%&DGH3RZHOO VW7HDP$OOGLVWULFW DQG2/3KLO 0F6RUOH\ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW /RRNIRUWKHGHIHQVLYHOHDGHUVWREH'/-XVWLQ5RGULJXH] QG7HDP$OOGLVWULFW DQG'/5\DQ/HDO QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW 

Lehman Offseason preparations for the Lobos took an unexpected turn in late March when FRDFK7RGG5D\PRQGOHIWWREHFRPHWKHDWKOHWLFGLUHFWRURIWKH3Ă&#x;XJHUYLOOHVFKRRO GLVWULFW,QĂ&#x17E;YHVHDVRQV5D\PRQGOHG/HKPDQWRDUHFRUG2Q0D\UG&RDFK Josh Kirkland was approved to take the reigns as head coach and athletic coordinator. Kirkland most recently was head coach of the El Paso Parkland and led the Matadors to an 8-4 record in 2016. 7KH/RERVZHQWRYHUDOOLQDQGORVWWKHLURSHQLQJĂ&#x17E;YHJDPHVLQDGLVWULFW that features powerhouse programs Lake Travis and Westlake. They ended on a high, WKRXJKNQRFNLQJRII/HDQGHULQWKHVHDVRQĂ&#x17E;QDOH The Lobos must replace 2016 starting quarterback Jacob Zamora, the leading candidate should be Ethan Roach who will be a senior. Leading the way for the young Lobos RIIHQVHZLOOEH6HQLRUZLGHUHFHLYHU%UDGHQ6XOOLQV QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG:5 Chastin Evans.

Leander Coach Tim Smith and his Lions play in arguably the toughest 6A district in Texas. Coach Smith told IHSFAN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every week it seems as though we play against a playoff caliber team. As tough as it was in 2016 we went into week 11 with a chance to PDNHWKHSOD\RIIVr/HDQGHUĂ&#x17E;QLVKHGDWDQGLQGLVWULFW The 2017 team looks to dual threat Junior QB Rashad Carter to lead the high-powered offense. Carter told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; I started last year on JV and I was having a lot of fun. Due to a few injuries I got picked to move up to Varsity and I had to step up.â&#x20AC;? Other OHDGHUVRQRIIHQVHDUHpr:5'DOWRQ)ORZHUV QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZKRKDG yards receiving in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;16, and returning Center Jeremy Kracy. 6HQLRU/%$OH[+HQVOH\ QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZLOOOHDGWKH/LRQV'HIHQVH+HQVOH\WROG IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a team leader, this year I have to be sharp and be very vocal.â&#x20AC;? Other defensive stars include Noah King S, and Michael Jorgenson DB.

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14-6A Del Valle ,Q'HO9DOOHÃ&#x;RXULVKHGDJDLQVWWKHLUQHZGLVWULFW$FRPSHWLWLRQÃ&#x17E;QLVKLQJZLWK three straight district wins after a tough overtime loss to San Marcos. The Cardinals qualiÃ&#x17E;HGIRUWKHSOD\RIIVDQGIDFHGDJUHDW5RXQG5RFNWHDPLQWKHÃ&#x17E;UVWURXQGORVLQJ &RDFK&KDUOHV%XUWRQQRZLQKLVÃ&#x17E;IWKVHDVRQLVH[SHFWHGWRHPSOR\DVSUHDGDWWDFNDQGD multiple front defense. 7KH&DUGLQDOVVTXDGZLOOEHOHGE\:5/Dp7KDQLHO:DVKLQJWRQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW  2/'/6FDOH,JLHKRQ VW7HDP$//'LVWULFW%27+:$<6 /%5%&DPHURQ:LONLQV VW7HDP $OO'LVWULFW'HIHQVHDQGQG7HDP2IIHQVH DQG5%&KULV0DUWLQH] VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW  &RDFK%XUWRQWROG,+6)$1q:HDUHDSSURDFKHGWKHRIIVHDVRQZLWKDIRFXVRQÃ&#x17E;QLVKLQJ HYHU\WKLQJWKDWZHGLG}:HZLOOKDYHWRÃ&#x17E;QLVKDOOJDPHVWKLVVHDVRQWREHDEOHWRPDNHD playoff push.

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19-5A Cedar Park By Nick Hedges - Cedar Park student In 2016, Cedar Park looked to be on their way to another state championship, before a stout Manvel team denied their quest for a second straight title. Even though the Timberwolves came up short last season, the aim wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change in 2017, and they look to be well equipped to bounce back and pursue the crown again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect our team to compete for a district championship, and then go to the playoffs to compete for a state championship,â&#x20AC;? head coach Carl Abseck told IHSFAN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is our goal and objective here at Cedar Park, and our expectations are not changing. Week by week, day by day is our approach. 1-0 is the goal.â&#x20AC;? The Wolves certainly have the weapons to make it back to championship weekend. :LWK0DN6H[WRQ ,+6)$17RSSOD\HUDQGVW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW JHDULQJXSIRU his third year as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting quarterback, already boasting a record-breaking career, Cedar Park will have an established leader at the helm. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not short of tools to use either, as two of his favorite targets from last season in Drew McDaniel and 3D\GHQ6DZLFNLERWKUHWXUQ7KH2IIHQVLYHOLQHZLOOEHOHDGE\0DVRQ%URRNV VW 7HDP$OO'LVWULFW -RQDWKDQ.HOO\ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG7UDMDDQ&KDVH QG7HDP All District) 'HIHQVLYHO\&HGDU3DUNZKLFKERDVWHGDQDPD]LQJVKXWRXWVZLOOĂ&#x17E;HOGDPL[RIYDUVLW\YHWHUDQVDQGQHZFRPHUV/%.HHJDQ1LFKROV VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG6*XQQDU &KULVZLVVHU QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DUHH[SHFWHGWRWDNHRQNH\UROHVIRUWKH%ODFN5DLQ Junior Jesiah Whittington will also be a strong force up front for the Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Wolves, while -DFNVRQ%XFNLQJKDP 'HI1HZFRPHURIWKH\HDU ZLOOORRNWROHDGDVWURQJOLQHEDFNLQJ corps.

Rouse 7KH5RXVH5DLGHUVPD\KDYHEHHQWKHRQO\WHDPLQ7H[DVWRZLQĂ&#x17E;YHGLVWULFW games and still not qualify for the playoffs. Coach Josh Mann, entering his 9th season at Rouse, told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was frustrating in that we had the lead in the fourth quarter LQWZRRIRXUORVVHV,WWDXJKWXVWRWKHLPSRUWDQFHRIFRPSHWLQJDQGĂ&#x17E;QLVKLQJWKHHQWLUH game.â&#x20AC;? The 2017 Raiders will be led offensively by QB Ethan Moore who will get a ton of protection from one of the biggest O-lines in the area. Returning starters on the line LQFOXGH$\GHQ6KDUS VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW $OH[%DJOH\DQG2ZHQ.HOO\+HOSLQJWR move the chains will be WRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Isaiah Poston and Taye Biel. On the defensive side of the ball the Raiders return 4 starters in LB Taevon Quimby, LB Alex Salazar, DL Conner Canady, and LB Cole Bresnehen. DB Dax Dalton will lead a young secondary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Linebackers will have to lead us. The linebacker group is very explosive. We are not the biggest group but we are pretty fast.â&#x20AC;? Coach Mann told IHSFAN.

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19-5A Georgetown 7KH(DJOHVGLGQRWVK\DZD\IURPWKHLUWRXJK$VFKHGXOHĂ&#x17E;QLVKLQJZLWKMXVW WZRGLVWULFWORVVHVDQGDQRYHUDOOUHFRUGRI7KHKLJKĂ&#x;\LQJ(DJOHRIIHQVHIHDWXUHG QB Chandler Herman who had a TD to INT ratio that rivaled Tom Brady and his primary target and 2016 IHSFAN Top 10 player WR Beau Corrales. Coach Jason Dean now in his 9th season at Georgetown told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; We continue to have great expectations at Georgetown, We have exited the playoffs too early the last couple of seasons. We are looking to be in the mix in December.â&#x20AC;? 7KH(DJOHVRIIHQVHZLOOEHOHGE\,+6)$17RSSOD\HU&DGHQ/HJJHWW:5 VW Team All District) who had over 900 yards in 2016 and with the graduation of Corrales should be the primary target this season. Other key offensive leaders will be Nic CromELH7(:5 QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZKRZLOOEHPRYHGDOORIWKHĂ&#x17E;HOG(ULF$QGHUVRQ5% who had over 500 yards rushing in his split time last season, and Tyler Solomon HB/TE who may get some time on both sides of the ball. 7KHGHIHQVLYHOHDGHUVRIWKH(DJOHVDUH%UDQGRQ+DZNLQV'% VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZKR had 132 tackles last year and already has several FBS offers, Kyle Urbanovsky LB who VWDUWHGJDPHVLQpDQG7UDFH*ODQYLOOH'% QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZKRLVOLNHD FRDFKRQWKHĂ&#x17E;HOGDVD\HDUVWDUWHU

East View Eastview began varsity play in 2012 and Coach Rob Davies has been the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Head football coach. Coach Davies told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; It is very rewarding to know that we have had a chance to have a positive impact on so many kids that have gone WKURXJKWKH(DVWYLHZIRRWEDOOSURJUDPr/DVWVHDVRQWKH3DWULRWVĂ&#x17E;QLVKHGZLWKWKHUHFRUG of 3-7. 7KHVTXDGZLOOERDVW7:2\DUGUXVKHUVLQERWK7RUULH'DYLV VW7HDP $OO'LVWULFW DQG=LRQ+HVWHU QG7HDP$OOGLVWULFW 7KHWZRIHDWXUHGEDFNVZLOOUHWXUQ to a team that found itself in all but one game until the very end in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;16. Davis was a unanimous All-Dstrict selection and Hester tied a school record for most points scored in an individual game when he scored 30 in the Bastrop game. On the defensive side of the ball look for DL Randy Castillo , LB Adam Salazar, and two-way starter DB Zion Hester to lead the Pats defense. District 19-5A is packed full of fantastic teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids like knowing that each week we are going to be tested by a very good team. We return quite a few players from ODVW\HDUDQGKRSHWKHH[SHULHQFHZLOODOORZXVWRĂ&#x17E;QLVKJDPHVZKHUHZHZHUHQRWDEOH to do so last year.â&#x20AC;? Coach Davies told IHSFAN.

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19-5A Hutto A year ago there were many questions to be answered for the Hutto Hippos: Who would replace Tyler Herrick? Would the young Hippo team be able to compete in the newly formed 19-5A district? Coach Van Meter told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; I thought with as young as we were we had an opportunity to be 9-1 heading into the playoffs.â&#x20AC;? The +LSSRVGLGĂ&#x17E;QGD4%LQQHZFRPHURIWKH\HDU$1' ,+6)$1WRSSOD\HU&KDVH*ULIĂ&#x17E;QDQGWKHWHDP Ă&#x17E;QLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUGTXDOLI\LQJIRUWKHSOD\RIIV 2IIHQVLYHO\WKHVTXDGZLOOEHOHGE\*ULIĂ&#x17E;QZKRWKUHZIRU\DUGDQG 7'pVLQp*ULIĂ&#x17E;QZLOOKDYHPDQ\JUHDWZHDSRQVDV'-%DSWLVW VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW  returns as one of the premier receivers in the area. Additional members of the starVWXGGHGUHFHLYLQJFRUSVLQFOXGH&DOHE)RUUHVW QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW -DNREH'DYLGVRQ QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG&D\GHQ%HURQ 2QWKHGHIHQVLYHVLGHRIWKHEDOO'/-DPHV+XGGOHVWRQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZLOOOHDG the way. Other players to watch on defense include LB Jacob Berry, DB Cam Forrest QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG'(-RQDWKDQ0LWFKHOO The Hippos started 7 sophomores last year and with another year under their belts look for Hutto to challenge Cedar Park for the 19-5A District Championship.

Connally Entering a brand new and highly competitive 19-5A district last season , Coach Jason &HFLOpV&RQQDOO\WHDPFRQWLQXHGWKHWUHQGRI\HDUO\LPSURYHPHQW ZLQVLQpZLQV in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;15, and 10 wins in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;16) The magical 2016 season featured a 6-2 district record and an overall record of 10-2 losing to Temple by 3 points in the second round of the playoffs. Senior QB Robert Patterson was among the areas most talented players and accounted for 2,904 total yards. 10 win seasons often create new challenges for programs. Coach Cecil told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Our expectation is to build upon the success we had last season. A key will be getting our team to understand that they will not be sneaking up on anyone this year, we have a target on our backs and we must prepare ourselves accordingly.â&#x20AC;? :LWKRXW3DWWHUVRQZHDULQJD&RXJDUKHOPHWWKLV\HDUORRNIRU4%(DUQHVW0XVFXH VW Team All District), Jhalen Holmes OL, and Lanz Menendez RB to lead the Cougar Offense. 2QWKHGHIHQVLYHVLGHRIWKHEDOOORRNIRU/%5DVKRQ6KHSSDUG VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW'/ -HUHPLDK*OHQQ QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW '/'RPLQLF:KLWH VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW WREH the leaders. In addition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;super Sophâ&#x20AC;? Caleb Green LB could play a key role.

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19-5A Bastrop Fifth-year coach Todd Patmon will be forced to rely on a lot of new faces, with six of the seven players who earned all-district recognition last year now gone. 4%-DGRQ%LOOV RI\DUGV7',17 VDZDFWLRQLQHLJKWJDPHVDVD MXQLRU-XQLRU-KHTXD\&KUHWLQ UXVKLQJUHFHLYLQJ Ă&#x17E;JXUHVWRJHWDQLQFUHDVHG ZRUNORDGDQGMXQLRU'/=HYRQ%XUQHWW QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZLOOOHDGWKH%HDUGHfense. Bastrop opens at Dripping Springs and home against Manor in non-district before heading to powerhouse Cedar Park for its district opener on Sept. 15.

Cedar Creek $OLWWOHPRUHWKDQD\HDUUHPRYHGIURPWKHĂ&#x17E;UVWSOD\RIIDSSHDUDQFHLQSURJUDPKLVWRU\ &HGDU&UHHNHQWHUV\HDUWZRLQWKHEUXWDO'LVWULFW$VWLOOORRNLQJIRULWVĂ&#x17E;UVWZLQ &RDFK-RQ(GZDUGVZLOOQHHGWRĂ&#x17E;QGUHSODFHPHQWVIRUKLVOHDGLQJSDVVHUUXVKHUDQG receiver from last year. Quarterback Tristan Hendrix and wide receiver Peyton Tuggle produced the majority of the Eaglesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense, and both have graduated. 6HQLRU5%%URFN'HVKD\ FDUULHV\DUGV SURYLGHVDVROLGEXLOGLQJEORFN Cedar Creek opens at home against Marble Falls on Aug. 25 before heading to Smithville, against whom the Eagles earned their only win of 2016.

Elgin New coach Jens Anderson brings a championship pedigree from his seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Richmond George Ranch, but he has his hands full taking over an Elgin program that has won only four games the past two seasons combined. The Wildcats were better than their 3-7 record indicated in 2016, with three of those losses coming by three points or less. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna run the football and play great defense,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to have guys back there that can run it.â&#x20AC;? Early candidates at running back include senior Michael Joseph, who previously played linebacker and junior Jerome Ray. Anderson said he expects senior Ben Langford to step in for Strong. Fortunately, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have an experienced target in senior wide UHFHLYHU'Hp&OD\YLQ6LPPRQV VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFWFDWFKHV\DUGV7'V -XQLRUVDIHW\7\URQ0F)DUOLQ QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFWWDFNOHVVROR DOVRUHWXUQVDQG Ă&#x17E;JXUHVWREHDNH\SLHFHRQGHIHQVHDORQJZLWKMXQLRUGHIHQVLYHHQG.HQGDO-RKQVRQ WDFNOHV MXQLRU6KDQH*RQ]DOHVDQGVHQLRU(WKDQ2ZHQV QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW tackles).

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25-5A Austin High /DVWVHDVRQpV8,/UHDOLJQPHQWVDZWKH0DURRQVGURSIURP$WR$}7KHVTXDG Ă&#x17E;QLVKHGRYHUDOOLQGLVWULFWDQGORVWDURXQGSOD\RIIJDPHWR'ULSSLQJ6SULQJV Coach Rosenthal told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153; We went from a tough 6A district to a tough 5A GLVWULFW,WLVUHDOO\JUHDWIRRWEDOO}$VDVWDIIZHHQMR\HGVFRXWLQJDQGOHDUQLQJIURP different teams last year.â&#x20AC;? Entering his 6th season leading the Maroons, Coach Rosenthal really likes the work HWKLFRIKLVpVTXDG}q2IIHQVLYHO\ZHZLOOKDYHDEDODQFHGDWWDFN}:HKDYHD strong running game and we return a group of talented receivers.â&#x20AC;? Leading the MaURRQVRQRIIHQVHZLOOEH4%(YDQ'DGH\:56DZ\HU%HUU\ QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW  WR Ben Koch, and RB Romero Brown. On the defensive side of the ball look for DE Dillon Mata to spend the year in the RSSRQHQWpVEDFNĂ&#x17E;HOGWKHWDOHQWHG6ULVSRLVHGWRKDYHDUHDOO\VSHFLDOVHDVRQ2WKHU GHIHQVLYHSOD\HUVWRZDWFKDUH/%-DFNVRQ:RRPHU'%7ULVWHQ:RRWRQ QG7HDP$OO 'LVWULFW '%-DVRQ$ORQ]R QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG6R6'DYLG:LOOLDPV Austin High elected to get an extra week of practice in August rather than going WKURXJK6SULQJEDOO}5RVHQWKDOWROG,+6)$1q:KHQZHGRQpWGR6SULQJEDOO,DOZD\V feel like we have a little more time and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel as rushed in the fall.â&#x20AC;?

LBJ Coach Andrew Jackson lead the 2016 LBJ squad to a record of 9-2 and a 25-5A district championship. So impressive was the run through district competition that the Jags defense only allowed a total of 18 points to district foes. In fact in 8 of 11 games the defense held teams to 10 or fewer points including three shutouts. 7KHGHIHQVHZLOOEHOHGE\'%'HRQ&ROOLQV VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW '(-RVKXD -DFNVRQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW '%$XQGD\-RKQVRQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG/%-DpOHQ &OHYHODQG QG7HDPDOOGLVWULFW  7KHRIIHQVHZLOOEH\RXQJ/RRNIRU2/&RULQWK:LOOLDPV QG7HDPDOOGLVWULFW WR provide leadership to help move the chains. Look for the Jags to once again compete for the district title.

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Reagan Coach Keith Carey enters his 6th year at the helm of the Reagan Raiders coming off WKHLUWKLUGFRQVHFXWLYHSOD\RIIDSSHDUDQFH7KH5DLGHUVĂ&#x17E;QLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUG RIDQGZHUHEHDWLQWKHĂ&#x17E;UVWURXQGRIWKHSOD\RIIVE\%RHUQH&KDPSLRQ Carey told IHSFAN â&#x20AC;&#x153;We build offensive lineman here. We are looking forward to KDYLQJ2/'HUULFN6RUUHOOV QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW 2/3DWULFN7KRPDV7(-RVH-DLPHV QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW 2/'DLUHN/DQGUXP&DQG2/%UD\OHQ:LOOLDPVDOOUHWXUQr Vontrey Harper will be at Running Back and Uriel Montelongo will play both QB and Safety. On defense the Raiders will start as many as 10 sophomores. The defense will be lead by Senior LB Terrance Carter. The Raiders suited out just 25 players in their playoff game against Champion and Coach Carey has done a fantastic job in overcoming the lack of numbers. Nobody EULQJVPRUHSDVVLRQHDFKGD\WRWKHĂ&#x17E;HOGWKDQ&RDFK&DUH\

7UDYLV &RDFK-RH)UDQN0DUWLQH]DQGWKH7UDYLV5HEHOVĂ&#x17E;QLVKHGZLWKDUHFRUGRI The 2-4 district schedule included a hard fought one point loss to Reagan where an amazing 109 total points were scored. Coach Martinez told IHSFAN, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be young and inexperienced with our skill positions as we do not return any skill position players. Our offensive line will be our strength. With both a sophomore QB and RB It will be a rebuilding yearâ&#x20AC;? Key players on the defensive side of the ball include David Rodriguez LB and Cameron Craft Cannon DL. On the offensive side of the ball look for sophomore Steven /RSH]4%WRWDNHWKHUHLJQV/RSH]ZLOOEHQHĂ&#x17E;WIURPKDYLQJDQH[SHULHQFHGRIIHQVLYH line that features Adam Delafuente and Brian Cosme.

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25-5A Lanier Lanier coach Johnathan Hayhurst has high hopes for the 2017 Vikings. “We expect to be much better this year, we have a core group of guys that have committed this offseason and a young group that does everything we ask.” Offensively the Vikings will be lead by a talented group of receivers in Tajik Bartholomew, Tydell Wardy, and Mathew King. On the defensive side of the ball look for LB Daylin Hinton to lead a young defense that includes two-way players Wardy and Bartholomew as DB’s.

McCallum &RDFK&KDUOHV7D\ORUDQGKLV.QLJKWVÞQLVKHGZLWKDGLVWULFW$FKDPSLRQVKLS and an impressive 10-2 record. Coach Taylor told IHSFAN, “ We have lots of returning starters and are looking to build on the success.” The Knights boast an impressive 13 returning players with All District honors. Offensively look for QB Max Perez to return with another year of experience under his EHOW/7-XGDK&RSHODQG VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW DQG:5'HURQ*DJHZDVWKHGLVWULFWpV newcomer of the year. On the defensive side of the ball it all starts with IHSFAN Top 10 player and Def. MVP DL Prince Tyler. Tyler had an impressive 22 tackles for loss and is poised for a GLVWULFW093SRVWVHDVRQDZDUG-RLQLQJ7\OHURQGHIHQVLYHOLQHLV'/.HYRQ:DOWRQ VW 7HDP$OO'LVWULFW /RRNIRU/%-DFNVRQ0DVWHUV VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW WRKHOSWKLVVWLQJ\ defense. Barring injuries the Knights we can pencil the Knights in for another District championship.

Crockett Coach John Waugh is very excited to have many of his offensive players returning. QB Ryan Waugh returns as a dual threat signal caller. Skill players RB Mekhi Ball, and WR .HRQ)UDQNOLQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW ZLOOKHOSPRYHWKHFKDLQV8SIURQWWKH2/LQHZLOO EHOHDGE\7UH5XELRDQG'LHJR(OL]DOGH QG7HDP$OO'LVWULFW  'HIHQVLYHO\ORRNIRU'/-RVK$OYDUDGRDQG'%:LOOH7U\RQ VW7HDP$OO'LVWULFW WROHDG a young group of Cougars. Coach Waugh told IHSFAN, “Our goal is to do well in our non-district games and be ready to compete for a playoff spot once district starts.”

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IHSFAN 2017 DISTRICT PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

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AUSTIN AREA 5A AND 6A DISTRICTS AND REGIONS: 13-6A

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Akins

Hendrickson

Anderson

Round Rock

Bowie

McNeil

Del Valle

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San Marcos

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Cedar Ridge

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Austin

Cedar Creek

Crockett

Cedar Park

LBJ

Elgin

Lanier

Georgetown

McCallum

East View

Reagan

Hutto

Travis

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PRIVATE SCHOOL Regents The Regents Knights story book and historic 2016 season is chronicled on page 26 of this magazine. The program boasts 5 State championship titles and now 3 State runner up teams. Coach Beck Brydon who took the command full-time in 2004 has created one of the elite programs in Texas. The 2017 Knights will return 6 or 7 starters on defense and just 4 starters on the offensive side of the ball. The defense will be let by DB Alex Hartman , LB Chris DeAngelis , DE Caleb Barton , and DE Cal Long . On the offensive side of the ball a few players to watch are 2016 All State RB Conner Allen and WR Zach Roberts . The Knights will feature FIVE new offensive linemen and could be a question mark for the upcoming season. “Winning often comes with increased expectations as well as getting opponents best shot each game.” Coach Brydon told IHSFAN, “ We will go from having our most experienced teams last year to having a highly inexperienced team this season.” New players will get their chance to continue to make their own history. Look for the Knights to have another successful season in 2017.

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PRIVATE SCHOOL Hyde Park Coach Dean Campbell decided to hang up his whistle after 39 years of coaching. His storied coaching career saw stops at both the high school and college levels. The Panthers hit the jackpot with regards to their coaching search. Chuck Petersen has a combined 30 years of coaching experience, which saw stops at the Air Force Academy, Arkansas, and the University of North Texas. Most recently Coach Petersen was head coach at Orange Lutheran High School in California. Petersen told IHSFAN, “ In my short time in Austin I have been impressed with the work ethic of the kids. I have received great support from the faculty, kids, and all of the families. Coach Campbell and I coached together at the Air Force Academy and I consider him a true friend. He has really helped me with the transition.” 7KHVTXDGÞQLVKHGZLWKWKHUHFRUGRIORVLQJLQWKHÞUVWURXQGRIWKH7$336 playoffs to Fort Bend Christian Academy 28-14. The 2017 Panthers will be led offensively by WR Chase Bradley who will most likely start at Safety as well. OL Reagan Frey will provide leadership and experience up front. The Panthers will go into August with a tremendous competition for the quarterback spot as DJ Bolger and Ben Ballard are both very talented. On the defensive side of the ball look for LB Alex Benkendorfer and LB Jack Waugh to lead a young and scrappy group of players. Coach Petersen told IHSFAN. “Alex has great work ethic and is a true leader and Jack may be our strongest player on the team.” With roughly 70 kids in the football program Hyde Park has been one of the most successful private teams in the area and is sure to be in the hunt come playoff time.

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