by Fanstand Staff/KJCE Staff,posted Jun 27 2013 8:42AM
We are two months away from Zero Week, as we begin to preview the 2013 season. Quarterbacks are not only team leaders, they are team icons. Their faces are usually the first thoughts that pop into fans heads when they think about the team. Let's take an early look at the figurehead front runners for CenTex North (District 16-5A).
PROJECTED STARTER: Xavier Conely ('14)
BACK UP: Ian Starkey ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Latrell Martin ('14), Craig Roberts ('14)
NOTES: The playing time Conely earned last season will pay off big in 2013. Firmly entrenched as the Hawks quarterback, Xavier is ready to cash in on his potential. Coach Killian limited the amount of times Xavier threw last season, but when he did, he was efficient. Completing 65% of his passes, and throwing for 1000 yards in his first Varsity season bode well for Conley's fuure. We've had a chance to see Starkey for the first time this Summer - and the returning junior has been impressive in limited time.
PROJECTED STARTER: Bear Fenimore ('14)
BACK UP: Jack Swensen ('16), Travis Wilde ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Travis Dale ('14), Josh Biship ('14)
NOTES: The University of Houston-bound Fenimore is on the verge of showing his very best. He's equally deadly with his arm and feet - making him one of the area's best dual threat signal callers. Bear totaled nearly 2000 yards with limited snaps in 2012 - completing 60% of his passes. Swensen is the younger brother of last year's back up QB, while Wilde is an athlete who could sneak some wildcat snaps.
STARTER: Zach Milner ('15)
BACK UP: Ezra McClain ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Caleb Horton ('14), Justin Bickham ('15)
NOTES: After two years of Blain Kruemcke, coach George Herrmann has a couple of nice options in 2013. As you can see above, both Milner and McClain are mature players. Reports from Panther camp indicate they will return to the Wing-T offense next Fall - but one can see the big play pass potential with these two behind center.
ROUND ROCK DRAGONS
STARTER: Zach Bellville ('14)
BACK UP: Collin Hinson ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Keyon Dilosa ('14), John Patterson ('14)
NOTES: Bellville has the most experience returning 2013, replacing Tyler Gerds at times last year. Hinson is still developing as a signal caller, but his strength/speed are unquestioned. Coach Cheatham can rest assured that he'll have two capable quarterbacks to take into the new season.
CEDAR RIDGE RAIDERS
STARTER: Michael McCann ('14)
BACK UP: Travis Malesky ('15), Chase Randle ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Charles Porter ('14), David Racine ('15)
NOTES: Last year's 16-5 First Team all district selection, McCann has been the topic of much discussion (1800 total yards, 12 pass TDs). With a possible MLB career in his future, some wondered if he would return in 2013. Seeing him work during 7 on 7 answered that question with a resounding 'yes'. We still expect to see junior Travis Malesky (60 pass attempts, 450 yards, 5 TDs) to get his fair share of reps this year. With so many skill players (Racine, Porter, ect), the Raiders are best served by having both studs ready for the season.
STONY POINT TIGERS
STARTER: Aidan Barrera ('14)
BACK UP: Damian Lindley ('15)
MAIN TARGETS: Justin Gamble ('15), Jordan Smith ('15), Jeremy Carr ('14)
NOTES: It feels like Aidan and Damian have grown up together. Since the departure of Aaryn Sharp/Gus Barrera in 2011, we've seen the younger Barrrea and Lindley alternating snaps. Barrera was the most consistent, totaling over 1000 yards and 8 TDs. The younger Lindley showed flashes of brillance, leading the team in rush yards (400+) in 2012. Both are upperclassman entering this season - and we're projecting their best performances to date.
STARTER: Colton Russell ('14)
BACK UP: Matthew Dubelbeis ('14), Hayden Cooper ('16)
MAIN TARGETS: Corans Fisher ('14), Justin Johnson ('14)
NOTES: Entering his third year on Varsity, Russell (over 1500 total yards, 7 TDs in '12) is battle tested for his senior campaign. This Summer, Colton has proven to be one of the most versitile athletes on the Mavericks roster. Throwing deep passes, and snagging a couple while playing wideout - Colton is ready for anything in 2013. We've always know Dubelbeis can play QB - but what we saw from Hayden Cooper was outstanding. Its still early, but Cooper could emerge as one of the best 2016 talents over the next couple of seasons.