In 2010, Fanstand covered this group of Seniors as they arrived on the Varsity scene. Our original 'Super Sophs' are now on our 'Signing Day Watch List'.
CenTex West - District 25-4A
OL - Austin Hisler, Abilene Christian
OL - Riley Mayfield, Abilene Christian
ATH - Ethan Fry, Houston Baptist
ATH - Keith Tambe, Mary Hardin Baylor
WR - Cole Rogers, University of Texas-El Paso
OL - Jackson Hoskins, Texas State
ATH - Caleb Woodward, Texas Tech
ATH - Tevin Smith, Mary Hardin Baylor
LB - Hayden Newsom, Mary Hardin Baylor
OL - Bryan Resa, Kansas Wesleyan
DB - Taylor Sugar, Mary Hardin Baylor
WR - Darrell Cleveland, Mary Hardin Baylor
WR - Wesley Lewis, Houston Baptist
ATH - Logan Kinder, University of Texas-San Antonio (baseball)
QB - Justin Pelt, Southwestern University
LB - Tim LaPaglia - Midwestern State University
ATH - Ishiah Carson, Hardin-Simmons
OL - Rey Balatzar, Sam Houston State
DL - Brennan Parker, Hardin-Simmons
OL - Rex Printz, Trinity Valley JC
CenTex North - District 16-5A
WR - Ray Racine, West Texas A&M
ATH - Jay Byrd, Mary Hardin Baylor
LB - Ashton Thielke, Angelo State
ATH - Durrell Arsenault, Arkansas Baptist College
LB - Marcos Curry, University of Texas-San Antonio
ATH - Christian Ahrens, Texas Lutheran University
ATH - Kyle Plattor, Life University (Rugby)
ATH - Frank Pendleton, Life University (Rugby)
ATH - Tyron McMillian, Howard Payne
LB - Sam Lawlis, Midwestern State University
ATH - Kirby McGuire, New Mexico (baseball)
K - Will Janosek, Blinn JC
OL - Chad Loitz, Blinn JC
DL - Parker Hanusa, Rice
DB - Brad Watson, Wake Forest
K - Colin McGuire, Fresno State
DB - Tyler Logan, Colorado School of Mines
OL - Dayne Bullock, Southwest Baptist University
LB - Blake Thomas, Texas-Pan Am (baseball)
CenTex East - District 17-4A
DB - Antwuan Davis, University of Texas
LB - Paul Whitmill, Texas Christian University
ATH - Aneas Henricks, UT-San Antonio
QB - Dajon Williams, University of North Texas
LB - Darrell Songy, Oregon State
LB - Michael Egwaugu, University of Texas-San Antonio
K - Daniel Portillo, University of Texas-San Antonio
RB - Dae Payton, Kilgore College
WR - Leo Dawson, Arkansas Baptist College
LB - Dominique Briscoe, Prarie View A&M
DB - Barion Henry, Cisco JC
ATH - Jalen Washington, Cisco JC
DB - Quinton Baker, Abeline Christian
WR - Kelton Evans, Texas Lutheran University
DL - Tanner Thirft, Baylor
OL - Jacob Hildebrand, Angelo State
QB - Jake Hubenak, Forks Union (VA)
OL - Chance Cottle, Howard Payne
ATH - Trey Hicks, Texas State (baseball)
ATH - Matt Sanchez, Texas State (baseball)
CenTex South - District 15-5A
WR - Zay Jones, Eastern Carolina
ATH - Charles Schneider, Rhodes College
DE/TE - Xavier Garcia, Texas Lutheran University
NOTE: i-Reporter Abby Kowal to report from AHS on February 6
DL/LB - Elijah Thompson, Central Connecticut
ATH - Dontae Harris, Blinn JC
RB - Josh Cleveland, Navarro Junior College
LB - Kelly McBride, Hastings College
DL - Brandon Quinterro, Henderson State University
DB - Brock Kenyon, Columbus University
DB - Hunter Strueling, West Texas A&M
K - Michael Barden, Air Force
LB - Michael Edwards, Mercer State (lacrosse)
CenTex Central - District 26-4A
ATH - Randon Knotts, Fresno State
ATH - Sebastian Canizares, Texas Weslyan
ATH - John Gromley, University of Chicago
DL - Cantrell Gaines, Trinity Valley JC
RB - Chris Clark, Bacone College (OK)
ATH - Mike Moreno, Bacone College (OK)
ATH - Braylun Watson, Campbellsville University (KY)
OL - Kyle Wurzel (St. Michaels), Marist College
OL - Will Trevillion (Hays), Texas State
ATH - Kolby Kelley (Wimberley), Mary Hardin Baylor
QB - Reed Jones (Wimberley), Harding University (Arkansas)
QB - Zach Allen (Temple), Texas Christian University (former Syracuse commit)
17-4A was Texas high school football's biggest surpise last season. With 3 teams making the quarterfinals and further (Manor made the semis, Georgetown made the finals), the entire State is on notice. Who returns in 2013 to carry the torch? The following featured players were honored as all-district performers last year - but return for more next Fall.
QB - Te'Rel Simmons ('14)
ATH - Detrean Simmons ('14)
LB - J.T. Biddy ('14)
DB - Anthony Nash ('14)
WILDCAT QUICK NOTES: Bringing back the core of a State quarterfinalist will undoubtedly keep expectations high for Elgin fans. The emergence of both the Nash (Anthony remains) and Snell Brothers (Colin, Kyle), combined with the continued maturity of the Simmons Brothers - we could see the Wildcats challenge for a State berth.
RB - Tyrone Ownens ('14)
OL - Brandon Donnermeyer ('14)
OL - Chad Smith ('14)
DL - Marcus Hudson ('14)
DL - Jimmy Deleon ('14)
LB - Jonathan Johnson ('14)
LB - Curtis Williams ('14)
MUSTANG QUICK NOTES: WAMM feels last season was just the beginning. Returning a host of tenacious defenders (especially in the front 7), plus arguably the district's best halfback (Owens) - Manor has the pieces in place to make another run.
OL - Tyler Preston ('14)
OL - Calvin Anderson ('14)
RB - Tyler Moody ('14)
RB - Donald Walton ('14)
LB - Jace LaCaille ('14)
EAGLE QUICK NOTES: Yes, the Eagles lose a slew of talented seniors. But with all-state Preston returning (along with underrated Anderson/Vicars), it could be the running game that gets the Eagles back to dominance. Moody/Walton form the district's best one-two combo - while the district defensive MVP (LaCaille) returns to anchor the other side.
EAST VIEW PATRIOTS
OL - David Moss ('14)
ATH - Chandler Crawford ('14)
DB - Adrian Contreras ('14)
P - Zach Zavala ('14)
PATRIOT QUICK NOTES: Returning every member of last year's Varsity team will pay divideneds. The chimistry will remain strong, as nearly the entire football team is playing on the same baseball team this Spring. Its not far fetched to think that EV could challenge the Eagles as the best team in Georgetown next Fall.
DL - Rolando Ruiz ('14)
WR - Darryl Harrision ('14)
TE - Hayden Doggett ('14)
LB - Ryan Robison ('14)
LB - Brooks Baack ('14)
HIPPO QUICK NOTES: Anything less than a postseason berth in 2013 will be considered a let down for Hutto. Even though they loss Felderhoff, the Hippos defense shines the brightest. The front seven will be one of the district's best - while Doggett/Harrison attempt to bond quickly with Spence/Douglas to make the offense potent.
TE - Andrew Hill ('14)
DL/OL - Gabriel Hernandez ('15)
DL - Jamir Bowser ('14)
DB - Cole Sneed ('14)
COUGAR QUICK NOTES: Much like Georgetown, the Cougars will have to fill the shoes of a huge senior class. Hill returns as a top flight TE - and will need to be a safety blanket for incumbent QB Landon Nobles. Hernandez proved to be Coach McMahan's most pleasant surprise in '12, and will improve as time passes. Notice that Gabriel is the only sophomore on this entire list. Bowser/Sneed will need to combine with Chris Luca to ensure the defense maintains its excellence from last Fall.
CEDAR CREEK EAGLES
TE - Devin Tuggle ('14)
EAGLE QUICK NOTES: Our new Bastrop friends learned some tough lessons last season. But don't think the Eagles can't compete. Devin Tuggle is a big target, who is adding bulk this offseason. If QB Jose Vazquez is able to sharpen his deep route passes, double digit TDs in not out the question for Tuggle. Its possible we may see Connor Hamilton more on offense in '13, but Tuggle returns as the face of Cedar Creek.
No all-district selections from '12 return in 2013
BEARS QUICK NOTE: We feel that Bastrop is one of the area's sneakiest teams, because the 'notable' players are graduating. This gives us an opportunity to put some talented Bears on your radar. The RB tandem of Mason Homesley/Iziayah Washington will be names to know over the next two seasons. DB Romello Wilson will be playing with chip on his shoulders after being left off the all-district list. Throw in the versatile Logan Allen (who could play both WR and QB at times next year), and Bastrop will be tough to handle.
Winning 26-4A was a major win for this year's McCallum Knights team. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year (new head coach) - Jason Cecil and his staff built a district champion. Special S/O to Jim Whitefield for helping us with this project. We present to you the Knights 2012 honorees!
The introduction of i-Reporters helped Fanstand have its most successful year to date. 2013 will bring a host of fresh faces to your smart phones. Gone are talents like Tamsyn Stonebarger and Mandy Lee - but there's an interesting cast of characters returning.
Fanstand's first three-year letterman is back for his senior finale. Mainly focusing on his Maroons' over the past two years, we'll see Jason bring his analysis to key games across Central Texas in 2013.
Boyd was a mid-season acquisition in 2012, and was with us through the State championships. Valuable experienced gained, our sharpest-dressed i-reporter will be everywhere this season.
Sammi Jones ('15), Hays High School (27-4A, 25-4A, 15-5A)
Twitter-guru and Instagram-hero, Sammi is helping spread Fanstand to our newest district (27-4A). She has already broken news stories on Coach Blake Feldt departure, and has a bright 2 Fanstand years ahead.
The long-awaited official 17-4A all district list was voted on, and now available to the public. The following players were honored by the coaches as all district first team selections. Click here for second team selections.
We've all heard about the miracles Jake performed on the field. The dozens upon dozens of spectacular catches by Knightner/Bedford/Weston/Douglas. We've heard about the goal line heroics of Tyler Moody running behind a golden boy offensive line. Now is the defense's time to shine. Here are the top performing Eagles, in defensive categories.
LB - Jace Lacaille ('14), 139 tackles (13 TFL)
ATH - Brandon Boone ('13), 98 tackles (3 TFL)
LB - Blair Murski ('13), 89 tackles (14 TFL)
LB - Chico Martinez ('13), 71 tackles (5 TFL)
DB - Mason Alexander ('13) 62 tackles (2 TFL)
DE - J.W. Barnes ('13), 14 sacks (29 TFL)
DL - Brock Drummond ('13), 11 sacks (28 TFL)
DL - Garrett Neimann ('13), 9 sacks (17 TFL)
ATH - Brandon Boone ('13), 6 picks (2 for TDs)
LB - Chico Martinez ('13), 2 picks
DB - Matt McCullough ('13), 2 picks
SPECIAL TEAMS YARDS:
ATH - Matt Sanchez ('13) 770 total return yards, 1 TD
When asked on Twitter, 'which is the best 5A district in the Austin-area', the replies weighed astoundingly on 16-5A's side. Despite 15-5A producing a State semifinalist, the public seems sold on Cen-Tex North being the strongest. The Pflguerville/Round Rock area has watched the evolution of 25-4A, and looks to take a leap forward themselves. The following returning players were all honored in 2012 as all-district performers by the coaches.
RB – Samaje Perine (’14)
WR – Latrell Martin (’14)
DL – Coby Fontenette (’14)
LB – Nikko Delacruz (’15)
DB – Chance Waz (’14)
DB – Trai Mosley (’14)
HAWKS QUICKY: The reigning 16-5A champs bring back the reigning district MVP. Perine is destined to play on Sundays. We hope Hendrickson fans get a good glimpse before he trots off for college. Martin was impressive in a run-first offense. With flashes of big play ability, he could easily approach 800+ yards receiving. The defense was the most pleasant surprise of their 6-0 district run. Delacruz filled in for Trey Gutierrez at times last year – and flourished. He returns as one of the area’s top run/pass defending LBs. Waz/Mosley form the district’s most dynamic (and confident) defensive backfield. We’re expecting a consecutive year of triple digit tackles for Chance, and for Trai to challenge for the district’s interception title (currently belonging to RR’s Meunnink)
PANTHERS QUICKY: Just two players return in ’13 as all-district honorees. However, these two players could be the ones leading P’ville into the playoffs. With Dilworth gone, we foresee over 1k rush yards for the talented Guidry. He remained in 16-5A’s top 10 rush list the entire season. Horton was arguably the 3rd best receiver in Cen-Tex North last year (behind Ty Marshall, Ray Racine). The two-sport star will need to be Mr. Do-It-All for newbie Zach Milner.
WR – Travis Dale (’14)
OL – Brendan Moore (’14)
DL – Lucas Dielmann (’14)
DL – Brandon Brown (’14)
DB – Michael McCaughey (’14)
WARRIORS QUICKY: Fans believe Dale could be be next year’s ‘Ty Marshall’. As his confidence grows, the sky is the limit for #6. Moore returns as a security blanket for QB Fenimore – carrying valuable experience from his 2012 playing time. Dielmann/Brown are aggressive trench players that will need to fill the production of graduating Hanusa/Roach. We’re already hearing rumors that McCaughey will move down to LB in 2013. Regardless of where he is on the field, he’ll be relied on as an anchor. Talented youngsters like Bartek/Hoerferkamp return as well, but these 5 Warriors were honored by the coaches in 2012.
ROUND ROCK DRAGONS
RB – Deandre Story (’14)
WR – Keyon Dilosa (’14)
OL – Robert Castaneda (’14)
DL – Breylin Davis (’15)
DB – Andrew Muennink (’14)
DRAGONS QUICKY: We fully expect Story to soar over 1K rush yards in 2012 – especially with on/off field buddy Robert Castaneda up front (and unlisted Isaiah Edwards). Muennink led 16-5A in interceptions last year, and should continue his rise to stardom next Fall. Dilosa has all the talent in the world, and should benefit from the seasoning he received last year. He is capable of much more than he showed in '12. We rank Davis as a top 4 lineman, citywide. The tenacity he showed as a sophomore will morph into greater things over the next two season. #6 will be special. This team will benefit simply from having better health in '13. Other youngsters will also chip in, but this core returns as recognized all-district players.
STONY POINT TIGERS
WR – Justin Gamble (’15)
OL – Eric Newman (’14)
DL – Michael Ezimako (’14)
DL – Stacy Anderson (’14)
TIGERS QUICKY: Gamble has been showing since Summer ’12 that he is a big time playmaker. His hardwork carried over into the season, and will do so over the next two years. The most recognized talent returns up front (Ezimako/Anderson), as the Tigers should maintain their defensive reputation. Newman will have a slew of skill players that he’ll need to make room for (Lindley/Barrera/Marrero/Tonkins). Notable missing from this list are players like Jordan, Damian and Aidan - but they'll be sure to make coaches/fans remember them by this time next season.
CEDAR RIDGE RAIDERS
QB – Michael McCann (’14)
WR – Charles Porter (’14)
OL – Kyle Truax (’14)
OL – Matthew Cooper (’14)
RAIDER QUICKY: Returning the district’s first team QB gives the Raiders a head start on 16-5A. The chemistry McCann built with Porter and the offensive line (Truax, Cooper, Scales) will pay off big in 2013. We feel this team is capable of what Rouse did in 2012 – from missing the playoffs, to making a run at State. The young talent list is long for CR (Morello, Racine, Malesky, Ockletree), but only this Raider-quartet received all-district recognition in 2012.
RB – Donnie Holmes (’14)
OL – Solomon Perdue (’14)
DL – Tillman Johnson (’14)
MAVS QUICKY: Holmes was one of the biggest breakout stories of 2012 From turning heads in Spring ’12 camp, to rushing over 1K in the Fall – he has proven to be a top flight back. OL Perdue losses the comfort of Loitz/Pepper, but is man enough to hold his own. The line will be young next year, so Coach Penland needs Solomon to bring his best game each week. Same for Tillman Johnson, who is a handful for any opposing OL. Players such as Colton Russell/Zach Vaughan/Deandre Connor didn’t make all district, but return with the above mentioned trio to form an improved Mavericks team.
The spotlight on 15-5A is at an all-time high. Westlake's re-emergence as a State power puts 5A on notice. Don't think that Lake Travis won't reload and challenge for a title in '13. Bowie and Del Valle bring back a host of talent - same for Anderson/Austin High. If Akins builds on 2012 progressions, the battle for the 4th playoff spot could come down to Week 10. The following players were recognized last season as 'all district' by the coaches - and return for more in 2013.
Lake Travis Cavaliers
RB - Shuan Nixon ('14)
RB - Dominic Packer ('14)
RB - Romey Kelso ('14)
WR - Grant Foster ('15)
WR - Tyler Payne ('14)
WR - Chayce Pannell ('14)
OL - Garrett Stotts ('15)
DL - Zach Davies ('14) - 1st team all-state
DL - Feno Pearson ('15)
DL - Michael Islava ('14)
LB - Luke Hutton ('14)
LB - Hagen Patterson ('14)
CAVS QUICKY: Despite losing Baker, we think 2013 will be the best chance for the Cavs first 5A state title. Coach Hank Carter turned injury lemons into experienced lemonade. With 12 returning all-district nominees - half of them are offensive skill players. The Summer is bound to reveal more potential weapons - but Foster/Payne/Pannell makes for a nice trio of receivers. Not to mention the soft hands of Nixon/Packer/Kelso - we expect the scoring for Lake Travis to trend upwards in 2013. Davies/Pearson could notch double digit sacks, while Patterson/Hutton is likely 15-5A's best 1-2 LB punch (with respect to Hudson/Hager). Lastly, we feel Nixon will be back to prove that he (not Perine) is the most talented RB from the Austin-area.
QB - Jordan Severt ('14)
WR - Patrick Elliott ('14)
TE - Zach Dansby ('14)
OL - Bobby Dwyer ('14)
DL - Luke Womack ('14)
LB - Hudson Hall ('15)
LB - Breckyn Hager ('15)
DB - Jack Meredith ('14)
CHAPS QUICKY: Last year's 3 point loss to Cedar Hill showed that the Chaps can still get it done. Having Severt back behind center instantly makes Westlake a contender. The defense improved over the course of the season, with the core returning in '13. Hager/Hall are campus favorites, and two of 15-5A's top juniors. Meredith/Dwyer return as seniors who have received all-district honors since their sophomore seasons. Elliott/Dansby offer experience and Severt-chemistry that will result in inflated numbers this Fall.
QB - Austin Eschenberg ('14)
RB - Steve Johnson ('15)
WR - Mac McGarah ('14)
WR - Jake Walton ('14)
OL - Andrew Alvarado ('14)
OL - Clayton Law ('14)
DB - Tyler Walker ('14)
BULLDOGS QUICKY: The strength is in the trenches for Bowie, returning the majority of their offensive line. Anchored by Law/Alvarado, they'll clear the way for Eschenberg/Johnson. Both Austin and Steve received valuable Varsity experience in '12, which puts them ahead of the curb next Fall. Eschenberg's pass game will be sharpened this Summer (when he's not playing baseball) in 7 on 7. We're excited to see how McGarah/Walton follow up their all-district junior campaigns. Walker returns as the marquee name for Bowie's defense.
Del Valle Cardinals
OL - Sam De LaRosa ('14)
OL - Anthony Herrera ('15)
OL - Matt Bailey ('14)
OL - Pedro Rodriguez ('14)
LB - Khalid Taylor ('15)
LB - Darius Bender ('14)
DB - Vincent Wilson ('14)
CARDINAL QUICKY: Look at the offensive line. Del Valle's skill players were able to have huge numbers because of the studs up front. With four all-district honorees returning up front, we forsee another year of explosive DV offense. We feel Khalid Taylor vaults to be one of the premiere linebackers in the district. Darius Bender adds a playmaking deminsion to a DV defense that will be re-tooling to replace some senior leadership. Wilson could be the key, as he'll have to patrol the backfield without Anthony Smith/Thomas Anderson.
Austin High Maroons
RB - Quin Goode ('14)
RB - Quincy Reese ('14)
OL - Daniel Laden ('14)
DL - Robert Navejas ('14)
LB - Mason Choate ('14)
DB - Chris Elizondo ('14)
DB - Desmon Barrett ('14)
MAROONS QUICKY: Quin and Quinta form the quickest running back duo in 15-5A. Running behind mammoth Laden helps them get lost at the line of scrimmage, before darting out for big gains. Both could approach 1K yards. The defense losses some valuable seniors, but returns 4 key members in '13. Elizondo and Barrett wiil be asked to tame some tough district QBs next year. While Choate/Navejas will have to step up with the loss of Weinberger/Jones/Johnson. There are several returning players who did not receive all-district praise (most notable, QB J.A. Mansour), which makes the Maroons a preseason favorite to make the playoffs.
WR - Blake Allen ('14)
TE - Braden Buckman ('15)
DL - Raj Rajab ('14)
DL - Will Griffin ('15)
LB - Connor Gabriel ('14)
TROJANS QUICKIE: We certainly expect Anderson High to improve in 2013. Ending last year with a win was great for morale and momentum. Coach Darin Shaw's second year should come with more success, mainly from the youngsters played in '12. We feel Allen will be among the district's best wideouts (LBs, too). Rajab and Griffin are two heavy hitters that make the Trojans competitive in the trenches. Gabriel is an underrated athlete who will double as the team punter - while Braden is one of a handful of talented 2015 returnees for Anderson High.
OL - Ben Salazar ('14)
EAGLES QUICKY: While the list isn't long, the Eagles aren't short on returning talent. Salazar was an obvious pick for coaches, as he could start for any team in the district. WIth defensive line talent being deeper across the district in 2013, Ben will play a vital role for the Eagles. Keeping young Medrano upright, and opening running space for Cedric Williams and others.
LBJ head coach Keith Willis proclaimed, 'high school football is alive and well in the city of Austin', after his Jaguars fell to McCallum in Week Nine. The sprit of 26-4A has certainly trended upward lately. The evolution of Travis/Crockett's passing attack, and the rise of the McCallum defense are a few signs of major progress. The following all-district recognized players will return for more in 2013.
WR - Willie Mays ('14)
ATH - Sabian Cannon ('15)
ATH - Kris Reyes ('14)
OL - Robert Brown ('14)
OL - Xavier Castillo ('15)
DL - Rashard Jarmon ('14)
DL - Marquis King-Smith ('14)
DL - Courtney Organ ('14)
DL - Dewayne Bryant ('14)
LB - Wes Bellomy ('14)
LB - Jordan Gray ('14)
DB - Khalil Gant ('14)
KNIGHTS QUICKY: Head coach Jason Cecil has implemented his defense-first mindset on McCallum - garnering immediate results. The Knights' district-repeat hopes starts with seven returning all-district performers. We think Sabian could be the most impressive in a long/talented family line of Cannon's. Bellomy will be an district-MVP caliber player on both sides, while Mays is arguably the district's top wideout. A repeat is possible, but won't come easy.
RB - Juwan Smith ('14)
OL - Bernard Tucker ('14)
OL - Walter Stroup ('14)
OL - Derrin Wytaske ('14)
DL - Kendall Cairo ('14)
DL - Lance Hyder ('14)
LB - Gary Lovings ('14)
LB - Jaylen Rose ('14)
DB - Lee Dawson ('14)
JAGUARS QUICKY: The offensive line looks like the obvious strength for Coach Keith Willis. Juwan Smith could finally get the number of touches he's always desired. We expect Dawson to play more on offense to help out Smith, as they'll need to replace a talented Knotts/Bryant combo. Rose and Lovings play with a chip on their shoulders - and they'll benefit from Cairo/Hyder's experience up front. LBJ should once again challenge for 26-4A's top spot.
QB - Jonathan Caldwell ('14)
WR - Johnny Williams ('14)
WR - Keimean Reynolds ('14)
OL - Dominique Thomas ('14)
LB - Juan Garza ('14)
REBEL QUICKY: We feel this is the best chance for Travis to unseat either McCallum or LBJ as district champ. The evolution of Caldwell last year will continue in '13. He may be the single best 'locker room' leader in the district. Garza is a man amongst boys. He could surprise the area with over 1K in offensive production while approaching 100 tackles. Williams was the nicest surprise of the district last Fall, and should contribute around the same amount - despite defenses being more aware of his talents.
RB - Justin Miller ('15)
RB - Joel Rodriguez ('14)
TE - Nikko Tamez ('14)
WR - Vincent Lopez ('15)
OL - Adrian Davilla ('15)
DL - DJ Wilhite ('14)
DL - Zach Rodriguez ('14)
DL - Luis Sanchez ('14)
LB - Seth Riojas ('15)
LB - Trevon Harris ('14)
DB - Jonathan Garcia ('14)
COUGARS QUICKIE: Similar to Travis High, we think Crockett's best chance to steal the district title is 2013. Several sophomores return with a full seaon of Varsity under their belts - most notably Justin Miller. While Miller will challenge for offensive MVP, both Seth Riojas and Jonathan Garcia will challenge for defensive MVP. Donald Wilhite could have approached 80 tackles, but Henderson gobbled up most of the stops. He'll have his run in '13. Add in the ever-emerging Trevon Louis, and the athleticism of Nikko Tamez - we suggest teams take Coach Waugh's squad very seriously next year.
QB - Keith Newton ('14)
QB - Saul Orton ('14)
RB - Melvin Kincheon ('14)
TE - Lamar McGinnis ('14)
OL - Alex Gonzales ('14)
OL - Dante Plaster ('15)
LB - Johnte Evans ('14)
LB - Nathan Fedrick ('14)
DB - Ahmand Lewis ('14)
VIKINGS QUICKY: After missing the postseason last year, the Vikings fully plan on a run in 2013. The combo of Newton/Orton is the best dual-tandem in the district. With Evans back healthy next season, Lanier's scoring woes should become a thing of the past. McKincheon should ease the loss of Samuel Charlez, while Plaster/Gonzales make Coach Odem's team tougher up front.
RB - Jamal Robinson
RB - Deondre Lott ('15)
TE - Josh Smith ('15)
OL - Brendon Butler ('14)
OL - Aaron Martinez ('14)
OL - Trayvion Gray ('14)
DL - Ocie Kerr ('14)
LB - Tristen Mendez ('14)
DB - Demetrius Johnson ('14)
RAIDERS QUICKY: 2012 was a marquee year for this team. With Coach Carey's guidance, Raider pride is alive again. We feel the success will start up front with a trio of returning all-district offensive linemen. The athletic ability of QB Johnson and RBs Robinson/Lott will shine if Gray/Martinez/Butler can build on what they learned last season. Johnson's conditioning this Summer will be key, as he'll need to go 40 plus minutes to help on defensive side of the ball. Kerr/Mendez have potential, but will need others to step up on defense.
A new year rings in new hope. We'll be releasing installments of this feature throughout the month of January. In the state's toughest 4A district, replacing lost seniors is quite a task. As we prepare for Spring camp, we take an early glance at the returning 25-4A all-district perfomers in 2013. This is a select group, because many other juniors/sophomores had outstanding years. These were the ones honored by the head coaches.
CEDAR PARK TIMBERWOLVES
QB - Nate Grimm ('14)
LB - Thomas Hutchings ('15)
WR - Samuel Brock ('14)
OL - Davis Geerts ('14)
RB - Chris Hutchings ('15)
TE - Chad Whitehead ('14)
DL - Ben Harral ('14)
LB - Peter Maneikis ('14)
DB - Sean Angle ('14)
TE - Colt Owen ('14)
OL - Austin Bryant ('14)
CPFB QUICKIE: The Hutchings' Twins contributions at such an early stage will pay off big over the next two seasons. Having both TE's, plus Bryant and Geerts back up front, means Cedar Park will be able to control the line of scrimmage again. With a full year under his belt (and his favorite target Brock returning), Nate Grimm will easily top his production from what was a district-MVP season. The pressure to repeat will be great, but its a task this group can certainly accomplish.
DRIPPING SPRINGS TIGERS
K - Matthew Wiley ('14)
TE - Eli Shelton ('14)
TIGER NOTES: Coach Bob Schlutz was forced to play a slew of youngsters last year, due to injury. The majority of next year's starters were getting their Varsity feet wet - thus not many returning all-district selections. However, Eli Shelton could be in for a monster year. He'll be a key red zone threat, and relied on to make space for Falcon/Battle in '13. Matthew Wylie was one of the area's best kickers as a sophomore, and returns for a special senior season.
RB - Darian McClatcher ('15)
DL - Michael Epley ('14)
LB - Martin Nwakamma ('14)
LB - Greg Kelley ('14)
DB - Zach Noska ('14)
LION QUICKIE: After last year's heartbreaking, hail mary loss - Leander will be back with a vengence. Fan favorite Hopp will finally get full time snaps. McClatcher enters '13 as an offensive MVP candidate. With four top flight defensive players back, expect another year of tenacious play from Coach Salazar's side of the ball.
MARBLE FALLS MUSTANGS
WR - Garrett Gray ('14)
RB - Keith Jerome ('14)
MUSTANG QUICKIE: Marble will look to maintain their hot non-district start into 25-4A play next season. Gray may easily be the area's top receiver in 2013. But if you ask most opponents, the scariest weapon for the Mustangs is Keith Jerome. Formerly from the Louisiana area, the returning back has a full grasp of what Coach Todd Dodge needs from him.
ATH Billy Ray McCrary ('15)
RAIDER QUICKIE: Don't be fooled by this short list. Rouse had a ton of senior leadership, but there's talent waiting in the wings. Not listed above is offensive lineman Will Noble. The CPL Statesman and LISD AD Chris Ross both agree: Noble is destined. But Billy McCrary is the only returning Raider of the coach's official all-district list. We could see a position change for BM III in 2013.
DB - Tristan Prukop ('14)
DL - Gunner Linhart ('14)
VIPER QUICKIE: Prukop Family greatness continues with Vandegrift Football, as we expect a D-MVP caliber type season from Tristan in 2013. Nearly notching 100 tackles in his first full Varsity season, he serves as Vandy's last line of defense. Things will start up front with the tenacious Linhart. His intangibles and passion make him a handful for the best OL's in Texas.
VISTA RIDGE RANGERS
RB - Stedman Mayberry ('14)
TE - Blake Gossett ('14)
DL - Micah Thomas ('14)
LB - Eddie Brock ('14)
DB - DaQuan Patton ('15)
DB - Kevin Harris ('15)
DB - Alex Quintero ('15)
RANGERS QUICKIE: If you look at what Vista brings back on the defensive side of the ball - there is no question they can compete to win 25-4A outright. This is a hard-hitting group of talent, that will force offenses to get creative. Some say a true #1 RB is half of what you need to win a state title. Mayberry fits that description perfectly.