by Fanstand Staff/KJCE Staff,posted Apr 23 2013 9:09AM
(Pictured: i-Reporter Meg Haney ('14) and DB Chance Waz ('14) rep Hawk Nation and Fanstand during an interview)
Note: The Hawks will forgo 'spring camp' this year, and return the first week of August for conditioning. The next time we'll see Hendrickson in action will be May 25th's State Qualifying 7 on 7 Tournament (SQT) at Round Rock.
Picked to finish last in 16-5A by Dave Campbell's magazine, Hendrickson Football resoundingly silenced its critics by going undefeated in district play en route to the school's first-ever 5A district title. Now picked by critics to challenge for a State title in 2013, we're anxiously awaiting the the Hawks' upcoming season. And before we dive into the players - S/O to 16-5A Coach of the Year, Chip Killian.
(PICTURED: Perine figures to be the next in a long line of Division I star RBs from Hendrickson)
Things begin with RB Samaje Perine (Some-ah-jay Pee-r-eye-n). Verbally committing to Oklahoma over the offseason, the Austin-area will get one more look at the future Sooner star. The reigning 16-5A MVP (over 2000 total yards, 15 TDs) and Austin-area returning rush leader is a legit superstar. The evolution of QB Xavier Conely ('14) continues, as the junior expects a jump in production with a full year now under his belt. Top receiver Latrell Martin ('14) has already been offered by University of Houston/Texas State, offering balance to the Hawks' offensive attack.
The offensive line is well aware of the skill players surrounding them. Returning linemen Max Gouge ('14), Mason Bell ('14) and Blake Browning ('15), Anson Friday ('14), Jacob Cameron ('14) and Trey Thomas ('15) offer a deep lineup of experienced blockers. 'HFL' may be Hendrickson's biggest (and most underrated) secret weapon.
The Hawks' ex-factors could be what pushed them over the top. Not as heralded as the aforementioned start: ATH Tazh Malloy ('15), WR Reggie Daniels ('15), RB Lane Griggs ('14), ATH Craig 'Primetime' Roberts ('14) and others are capable of a breakthrough campaign.
(PICTURED: Now with a full year of health underneath him, we have yet to see the best of #6 on the field)
The Hawks pass defense went from a liablilty in 2011, to a strength in 2012. The shifting of DB Chance Waz ('14) from corner to safety allowed 'Superman Waz' to emerge as a star. His 100+ tackles last season led the Hawks defense. DB Trai Mosely ('14) bounced back from a tough injury to become one of the best one-on-one cover corners in Austin. Chip in the ever-improving Jordan Washington ('14), as you have one of the state's top DB units.
LB Nikko De La Cruz ('15) snagged all-district honors as a sophomore, but the best is still ahead. DL Corby Fontenette ('14) was also recognized as one of the district's best in 2012. Before an injury took his junior season away, Tyler Williams ('14) displayed the ability to be a big time contributor. Tyler is considering going baseball fulltime, but we will know more as the school year progresses. It looks like Alex Blair ('14) will get the Varsity minutes he's always earned, replacing a tenacious Cordell Bunch. Ex-factors like DB Josh Wydermeyer ('15), Jailen Prince ('14) and LB Jason Slownwright will help soften the loss of seniors McMillon/De la Cruz/Gutierrez.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
First SQT: May 25 (Round Rock
Season Debut: August 30 (v. Rouse)
Key District Game: November 1 (v. McNeil, possibly to clinch district title)