District 24-4A is back with another powerhouse squad on top, and several others looking to rebound from sub par performances in 2006. Here are our predictions for the upcoming season.
1.Lamar Consolidated Mustangs: The Mustangs are talented again, with the return of some key skill position players in running back Jacquizz Rodgers and QB D.J. Smallwood. Rodgers himself can carry a team with his explosive running, and should once again garner District MVP honors. Lineman Clarence Ward will look to stabilize the offensive line with the departure of mainstay Jarvis Jones. Senior Linebacker Sule Osagiede returns for his senior season, and will once again be the leader on defense. Look for Lamar Consolidated to rule this District this season.
2.Terry Rangers: Head Coach Tim Tekyl is excited about his Rangers this season, as Terry looks ready for a longer run in the playoffs. The Rangers return some experience on both sides of the ball, led by WR/DB Anthony Brown. Brown’s speed will be used not only for catching balls, but also on special teams returning punts and on kickoffs. The offensive line is big and should push people around. Expect this Rangers team to be better than last season.
3.El Campo Ricebirds: The Ricebirds will once again battle for one of the top three spots in District behind a solid one-two running game. Senior Anthony Terell leads the Birds this season in the backfield, along with teammate Maverick Smith. These two combined for over 1700 yards rushing last season, and look to add to those numbers this year. The defense is senior laden and should be stronger. Look for another solid Coach Gillis squad this season.
4.Bay City Blackcats: The Blackcats come into 2007 with a new coach and a new attitude. Coach Danny Edelman has the team excited and ready to return Bay City to their normal winning ways. The Cats have some weapons, led by QB Shaun Rutherford. Rutherford will look at several options when passing the ball this season as Bay City plans to open it up. The defense is young, but hard hitting, with Michael Smith anchoring the line. Watch out for the Blackcats this season. They could be the surprise team in the District.
5.Foster Falcons: The Falcons return 5 starters on both sides of the ball after a disappointing 1-9 season. QB Zach Young will lead the offense, while safety Trace Cryer heads the defense. Cryer was a team leader last season, and expects the defense to show improvement this year.
6.Seven Lakes Spartans: Seven Lakes enters their second season of varsity football, and should show improvement as all 11 starters return on both sides of the ball. Guard Matt Villanti will open up plenty of holes up front for the running game, while junior linebacker Zach Voss leads the defense. Voss earned District sophomore newcomer of the year last season with his impressive play. This team should earn their first varsity win this year.
Projected Finish Head Coach R/L O/D 2006 Record
1. Lamar Cons. Lydell Wilson 16 4/4 13-1
2. Terry Tim Teykl 17 5/7 7-4
3. El Campo Bob Gillis 21 5/5 8-3
4. Bay City Danny Edelman 31 7/9 2-8
5. Foster Mark Wiatrek 35 5/5 1-9
6. Seven Lakes Kevin O’Keefe 55 11/11 0-10