With the arrival of this year's Dave Campbell's Texas Football, we have the playoff predictions from the DCTF staff for our Central Texas area districts for 2012... sound off on our Facebook page or on Twitter with your thoughts.
Playoff teams in bold; Division I teams in italics
Preseason Offensive MVP: QB Baker Mayfield, Lake Travis
Preseason Defensive MVP: S Jack Meredith, Westlake 1. Lake Travis
2. Westlake 3. Bowie
4. Del Valle
5. Austin High
Preseason Offensive MVP: RB Adrian Dilworth, Pflugerville
Preseason Defensive MVP: LB Marcos Curry, Stony Point 1. Westwood
3. Stony Point 4. Round Rock
7. Cedar Ridge
Preseason Offensive MVP: QB Jake Hubenak, Georgetown
Preseason Defensive MVP: LB Paul Whitmill, Bastrop 1. Connally
7. East View
8. Cedar Creek
Preseason Offensive MVP: QB Kyle Johnson, Dripping Springs
Preseason Defensive MVP: LB Hayden Newsom, Leander 1. Cedar Park
3. Dripping Springs
5. Vista Ridge
7. Marble Falls
Preseason Offensive MVP: WR Randon Knotts, LBJ
Preseason Defensive MVP: DE Edward Armstrong, McCallum 1. LBJ
7. Eastside Memorial
In 2011, Stony Point and LBJ advanced to the Red Bull Gamebreakers National Tournamentin Dallas. Today (June 19th, Tuesday), two more teams will achieve that honor in San Marcos. We'll be covering several Austin-area teams, as they grace 5 Mile Dam Park's athletic complex. Below is a quick preview of the Austin-area teams we'll be following. Make sure to follow our Twitter account for the latest updates, and look for videos/pictures on our Facebook page. Special S/O to Tim Gardner and Keith Clingman for their hard work.
McNeil Mavericks - A team full of youngsters, the Mavs are ready to prove their worth. Expect both Colton Russell and Jordan Robinson to get time behind center. WRs Ryan Murphy and Nick Parinella are 16-5A all district performers who could tear up competition this weekend. LB Donnie Holmes and DB Zach Vaughan will contribute on both sides of the ball.
Manor Mustangs - The running Mustangs might well be the most athletic team attending Tuesday's Gamebreakers. Built for speed and endurance, W.A.M.M. fully feels they will go unbeaten in the tournament. QB Chris Johnson and Gerald Cannonier give the Mustangs options behind center. Skill players like Rodney Molette, Kelton Evans and Trevon Pradia make the team deep.
St. Michael's Crusaders - One of TAPPS finest once again gets their work in versus top flight UIL talent. This is why SMCA challenges for a State title year after year. Watch for Reed Carlton and Austin Grief in a tag-team QB/WR timeshare. Skill players Walker Drewett, Quin Goode, Scotland Butler and Marquell Davis will ensure teams don't take St. Michaels lightly.
Austin High Maroons - 'Loyal Forever', the Maroons were a late addition to the RBGB lineup. Featuring 2 capable QBs (Trey Blake, John Albert Mansour), many think they will challenge for a national spot. WR Zay Jones (may be at camp) and RB Quincy Reese lead a cast of skill players looking to improve on their last SQT showing. We're also expecting to see more of WR Desmond Barrett and RB Kendrick Price. LB Matthew Jones and Stephen Wineberger will get good practice playing 'stand up' defense. There's a cast of 'under the radar' Maroons like Eman Johnson, Don Seay, Hamlet Raetz and Thomas Craig who could increase their stock with solid performances during Gamebreakers.
Georgetown Eagles - Although they already clinched a State 7 on 7 tourney bid (during Belton SQT on June 8th), the Eagles are back at it on Tuesday. QB Jake Hubenak is using the offseason to get back into midseason form. The Eagles have an embarrasment of riches at skill positions. WR Ryan Bedford and Tiger Weston look like breakout candidates. Add Noah Douglas, Nick Kreider and Randy Knightner to the mix - Georgetown may be the deepest team as far as skill players are concerned. DB Brandon Boone will get some well-needed reps, as he continues his transistion from LB.
Pflugerville Panthers - In prep for a beastly upcoming 16-5A schedule, the Panthers continue their Summer tune up with Gamebreakers. QB Blain Kruemcke is ready to cash in on his potential during the tourney. Established skill players like RBs Adrian Dilworth/Brandon Woodward and WRs Caleb Horton/Preston Iloka, the Panthers are a scary squad. QB Jacob Sowell could sneak some playing time in today. DB Jay Byrd is a lockdown corner, expected to draw the other teams' #1 receiver each down.
Hendrickson Hawks - Representing Pflugerville, the Hawks are red hot. The move to 5A seems like less of an issue as the Summer wears on. With impressive showings at both the Round Rock/Belton SQTs, Hendrickson is ready to snatch a mega-tourney berth. Sophomore QB Xavier Conley is living up to the preseason hype, as WR Latrell Martin continues his ascension up the preseason ranks. DB Chance Waz is making a reputation as a 'pick artist', while we expect strong showings from Craig Roberts, Ryan Hamilton and the rest of HH's talented crew. They won't be at full strength, as RB Samaje Pereine continues his conditioning. We're also still awaiting the 2012 debut of DB Trai Mosley, who is questionable for Gamebreakers action.
Stony Point Tigers - Similar to Georgetown, the STP Tigers already have a July 20th date to attend the State 7 on 7 Tourney in College Station. It isn't enough for our fightin' Tigers, as they'll go for consecutive national tourney bids with Gamebreakers. WRs Jeremy Carr and Justin Gamble look like seasoned veterans out the shoot. Sophomore TE Jordan Smith is also maturing quickly. QBs Aidan Barrera and Damian Lindley gives the Tigers 2 great options at signal caller. Wes Moore and Christian Ahrens will get the help of Chris Njoku and DeShawn Littlejohn to form one of Gamebreakers' most feared defensive backfields. Michael Zapeda and Kyle Plattor are names you'll certianly hear more of as the Summer progresses. The re-emergence of Xavier Mays could be the STP's x-factor.
LBJ Jaguars - The champs are here. Last year's Austin-area regional winners will again compete for Gamebreakers glory. With a new head coach, we haven't seen much of the 'Swaguars' this Summer. Our first glimpse at their offense should be a dandy. Forcasted starting QB Aiden Kahn will serve as team coach today, still conditioning himself for the regular season. Reagan-transfer Lee'Anthony Dawson should see valuable time behind center...as he attempt to build chemistry with WR Andre Fresch and all-district ATH Randon Knotts. Speculations of Jeffrey Williams playing safety could be answered today, as the returning senior has bulked up this Summer. LBJ's preperation for defending their 26-4A title continues today.
As Lake Travis preps to enter 5A play, they also look to keep their 5-straight State championship streak alive. To 'Maintain the Reign', the Cavs attack will be led by these three gentlemen. Volume II coming soon!
Check out our Cavaliers photo book from 2012's Cavs Spring camp and 7 on 7, here!
Special thanks to Anderson Trojans WR/LB Blake Allen, TE/LB Xavier Garcia and TE/LB Wake Smith for discussing rivalries and new coaches with us. 3 key members of Coach Darin Shaw's Trojans chatted about various topics - as we present volume one of their visit.
Pool A will be played at Belton High School Tiger Stadium on the corner of Loop 121 and HW 439. TEAMS: Pflugerville Connally, Austin Bowie, Temple, Waco
Two Austin-area teams are featured in Belton's upcoming State Qualifying Tournament (SQT). This will be the second SQT of the Summer for both Bowie and Connally. Both teams also made the semifinals in their last go round - meaning at least one of these teams will go home disappointed. QUARTERBACK: Dontae Harris/Austin Eschenberg Dajon Williams/Landon Nobles
Bowie's Dontae Harris has been watch for sometime as a DB. But his nose for the end zone demands that he's utiliezed on offense. Harris has received valuable chemistry building time with his receivers this Summer, and will continue to this weekend. We've seen 'Young Skate' play both sides of the ball on consecutive series - proving his conditioning is near season-form. Due to baseball and bad timing, we've yet to catch Eschenberg, but Austin gets the backing of his teammates and coaching staff.
Connally's Dajon Williams is poised for a breakout season. He's above average rolling out the pocket, and is improving his pocket prescence with Summer skill play. Dajon ran into one of the area's best defensive backfields via Westwood in his last SQT. After a grueling month long spring camp by coach Howard McMahan, its possible that fatigued played a role in their loss. With two weeks of rest, we're expecting a rejuvanated Williams. Landon Nobles enters the season as a junior, knowing his number could be called anytime.
KEY SKILL PLAYERS:
Bryson Hoskins, Brandon Scott, Tyler Walker, Jason Disney, Camara Cappel, Trent Olsen, Mac McGarah
Leo Dawson, Luther Yamthe, Dae Payton, Andrew Hill, Eddrick McDonald, Mellow McCade, Michael Egwaugu, Darrell Songy
Who will join Wetwood, Lake Travis and Stony Point at the State Tourney in College Station? We'll be covering our Austin-area teams during the Belton SQT. Special thanks to Next Care Urgent Care for powering our citywide coverage. Also thanks to Al-Tex Electronics for providing the technology to make it happen. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest!
Teams continue to vy for a trip to College Station's State 7 on 7 championship tournament this weekend. Belton hosts their annual SQT on Saturday, June 9th 2012. Several teams from our Austin coverage area will be participating. View the schedules and teams, below!
** DENOTES TEAM HAS ALREADY ADVANCED TO STATE TOURNEY
Pools A will be played at Belton High School Tiger Stadium on the corner of Loop 121 and HW 439.
Pool B will be played at Wilson Kerzee Stadium. It is on 6th street directly behind the Golden Chick.
TEAMS: Bastrop Cedar Creek, Marble Falls, Copperas Cove, **Belton
Pool C will be played at South Belton Middle School. 805 Sagebrush Belton, TX 76513. It is located one block south of loop 121 on Avenue D.
TEAMS: Elgin, Killeen, Grand Prarie, **Lake Travis
Pool D will be played at the UMHB practice fields. These can be seen from 121 as you come eastbound from the interstate or by following Crusader Way to Andersen Field House if you enter off Main Street on the UMHB campus.
TEAMS: Georgetown, Pflugerville Hendrickson, Leander Vista Ridge, Killeen Shoemaker
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Pool Game 1
Pool Game 2
Pool Game 3
Championship / Alternate Qualifier Game
Westwood, Lake Travis and Stony Point have already clinched their Skill Championship Tourney berths. Who's next? Follow with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest details!
Showing the champs some extra shine time - we present volume 2 of Stony Point's highlight from the weekend's SQT in Lake Travis. The Tigers won the championship game vs. Belton to punch their College Station-tourney ticket.
The Tigers have no lack of talent. Their success will be dictated by everyone getting on the same page. The Tigers beat Temple in their first match last weekend (19-14), but fell to Lake Travis. The Tigers matchup with the Cavs could foreshadow a 2012 postseason first round game. Stony ran mostly with Aidan Barrera at QB, but Damian Lindley saw some time behind center. Lindley's gotten taller since last year. Jordan Smith, another Senior '15 talent, showed he can be a red zone thraet. DeShawn Littlejohn, Kyle Plattor and Michael Zepeda looked good in pass coverage. If the chemistry is right on Saturday, they could punch a July ticket to College Station. MORNING SCHEDULE: Cedar Park (9AM) Dripping Springs (10AM) McCallum (11AM)
The Knights haven't played a competitive match since their postseason loss to Lake Travis in 2011. A bevy of youngsters surrounding senior QB Griffin Steusser comes to compete this weekend. You may have heard of WR Willie Mays and RB Deon Baker. But there's also Sabian Cannon, Chris Reyes and Carlos Rivera. To reclaim the district 26-4A, the Knights must get more athletic. Their skill work this Summer will serve them well when playing district foes like LBJ, Travis and more athletic Crockett squad. MORNING SCHEDULE: Dripping Springs (9AM), Stony Point (10AM), Cedar Park (11AM).
Dripping Springs Tigers
We can't help but root on the Tigers. The humble over-achievers rose to the challenge every week, to post their most successful season ever in 2011. They may be better this year. QB Kyle Johnson returns for his third year behind center. DB Michael McGregor is also back to steady a gritty tandem of corners and safties. WR Lane Kelly Throw in former-LT project CJ Battle and scrappy Jobe Falcon - this team can score. We hope to see Jim Donnelly get some snaps behind center, MORNING SCHEDULE: McCallum (9am) Stony Point (10am) Cedar Park (11am)
Cedar Park Timberwolves
The Timberwolves say they are on a mission. They want to be recognized as a threat to win the 7 on 7 title every year. Traditionally a running power house, CP has the pieces to be a force on ground and air. Last week, we saw QB Nate Grimm get the majority of the snaps. CJ Udoye is building his legend as we speak. He will challenge Rouse's Wesley Lewis for 25-4A's best receiver. RB Bill Estevanott may miss this weekend's tourney, so players like Peter Maneikis, Lane Waller and Blake Bouffard could have a big Saturday. MORNING SCHEDULE: Stony Point (9am), McCallum (10am), Dripping Springs (11am)
Pool D Predictions: We expect this to be a heated pool. All four teams feel they will advance to the semifinals. The level of quarterback play makes this a fun group to watch. McCallum has the QB with the best track record. Stony Point possibly carries the most athletes of this group, while Cedar Park possesses the strongest. Dripping Springs may be taken lightly, which would be a mistake. We'll have scores, highlights, pics and shout outs from Pool D this weekend!
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