by Fanstand Staff/KJCE Staff,posted Apr 22 2013 8:55AM
(Pictured: Eagles lead returning rusher, RB Tyler Moody)
2012 was a historic year for Georgetown Football. 15 wins and a trip to Jerry's World will be hard to top, but the Eagles are up for the challenge. Returning several key members will help their case, but losing key members at other positions will pose questions. We feel last year will provide residual momentum, and another legit shot at the 17-4A title.
(Pictured: Tyler Preston earned all-state honors as a junior, and enters 2013 as a star offensie lineman)
Does anyone remember the offseason prank that an out-of-area QB played - saying he was transferring to Georgetown? It was the hottest topic in Austin for the span of 3 hours. That's how significant the Eagle signal caller position is in 2013. Who will replace Jake Hubenak? Since no players besides seniors Hubenak and Brent Ellerbee threw a Varsity pass in 2012, there will be a learning curve next season. We've heard names like Noah Corse ('15), Ben Bottlinger ('15) J.D. Kelly ('14) and Dustin Prater ('16). When its all said it done - it should be the running game that will dictate the Eagles' success.
To some, Donald Walton's ('15) all-district selection came earlier than expected. But the coaches (district-wide) realized the massive talent of the Super Soph. Even more surprising was the emergence of RB Tyler Moody ('14). The Moody Train took off after Tory Dominguez missed time - and it never stopped steam rolling. With all-state OL Tyler 'Mongo' Preston ('14) and underrated David Vicars ('14) up front, defenses will be hard pressed to stop the Eagle run game. One noted departure is OL Calvin Anderson (Westlake), but the coaching staff is preparing his replacement
Truthfully, the outside production of Bedford/Knightner/Weston/Douglas will be tough to replicate. The chemistry they shared with QB Hubenak cannot be forged overnight. Randy Knightner will reportedly be working closely with some youngsters during spring camp. Receivers like Ben Nunes and Cameron Lepley could soon be 78626-household names. We also liked what we saw in short session from sophomore Logan Hagar. One unique addition to the receiver squad, will be current baseball star Wade Harris ('14). HIs transition to the football field should pay off immediately.
(BELOW: Eagle super sophomores: QB Noah Corse and WR Logan Hagar from 7 on 7 vs. Round Rock, A. Plueckhahn)
The reigning district D-MVP returns for the Eagles - making him one of Texas' marquee players. Also winning a state title in wrestling, LB Jace LaCaille ('14) is prepared for a mammoth encore. He made an offseason visit to the studio - its a must watch.
There are few returning starters from this unit. Junior DB Jordan Haas and DL Jake Blakenship will be called upon to have their best year yet. DB Kolten Hoehn ('14) returns as a starter from '12, and could be the Eagles' top corners. Gage Parker ('14) missed the majority of 2012, but will look to make up for lost time next season. He is reportedly moving to defensive line, giving the Eagles an athletic pass rusher. Our pick for surprise super sophomore goes to Dakota Cahill ('16). His poise and maturity makes him an ideal candidate to replace the graduating safties. Toss in players who have patiently waited their turn like DB Rusty Shackleford ('14) (Twitter S/O) and ATH Micah Downs ('15) we feel a new era of Eagle defenders will reveal themselves in 2013.