2007 Team Insider: Seven Lakes Spartans

2007 Team Insider: Seven Lakes Spartans

The Seven Lakes Spartans return their entire starting lineup for their second year of Varsity football. How will they do after a year of Friday night football under this helmets?

One positive note coming into the 2007 season for the Katy Seven Lakes Spartans was there was no need to rebuild or reload this year. The Spartans enter the year with all 11 starters returning on both sides of the ball, thanks to being in only their second year of Varsity football. Seven Lakes started all underclassmen in 2006, and it showed at times, as the Spartans finished winless. This year, Head Coach Kevin O'Keefe hopes that the experience of playing on Friday nights has made his team into a much more seasoned unit, with hopes of getting their first ever win early.

Seven Lakes quarterback Dalton Livingston enters his junior season after passing for 897 yards as a sophomore last year. Livingston should add to those numbers with the offensive system now branded into his brain. Livingston has two solid backs behind him in Jake Pinchback and Aaron Salem. Pinchback rushed for 311 yards in 2006, while Salem added 203 yards. Wide receivers Anthony Kendrick, Steve McCormack, and Jeremy Lacaze give Livingston some targets, with the junior Kendrick leading the way last year, catching 30 balls for 402 yards. The line will have four seniors and one junior, led by big offensive guard Matt Villanti. Villanti weighs in at 300 pounds, and should clear some holes for Pinchback and Salem.

The Spartan defense has eight seniors to lead the team, but a junior got the most recognition last season. Inside linebacker Zach Voss earned sophomore newcomer of the year in the District last season, and hopes to impress the coaches more this season. Matt Wakie, Andre Schmitt, and Kris Carter are the other linebackers. Brett Brewer is the biggest body on the D-Line at 235 pounds, while Eric Cho, Ty Trevathan, Lyle Beloney, and Taylor Ward cover the defensive backfield. Punter Kyle Gregor, who averaged 32 yards per punt last season, should help the team in field position once again.

The Spartans should improve this season after a year of Varsity experience under the player's belts. Seven Lakes is in a tough district, so don't expect a miracle just yet. The Spartans will have to settle with an upset or two in District, as this season will probably be their last in Class 4A. With the ever growing population in the Katy area, expect Seven Lakes to go to 5A football in 2008.

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