18-4A DISTRICT PREVIEW
In 2006 several developments shook up district 18-4A. Most important was Glenn Hill revitalizing Caney Creek and sending them into the playoffs. Caney Creek is now a force in the district and they look to be one of the possibilities for multiple playoff wins. Brenham was strong again but fell short on getting to the big game. Meanwhile Montgomery started to show some strength in it's program and is lead by Xavier Webb. Waller loses Colton Johnson but still have several division one prospects to lead the team. More stories will emerge this year as the clear cut top teams are Brenham and Caney Creek with Waller, Huntsville and Montgomery competing for the last playoff spot.
Brenham- The Cubs graduated a lot of talent, but the cupboard is hardly bare. Four players are committed to division one schools with plenty more getting looks and that is just in the senior class. The linebacking core or Kyle Mangan and Ryan Roberson is possibly the best in the area while the running backs have speed and toughness, the speed being Lester Ward. They are a notch below where they were last year but the team has more than enough talent to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Caney Creek- Glenn Hill turned the team around from the day he got there. Now he has a year under his belt and 22 lettermen back to go with 11 starters. Joe Simmons is his dynamic quarterback he will lead an experienced group. I doubt they can equal the progress they made last year but even a little bit of improvement could make this a year to remember for the Panthers.
Waller- Colton Johnson leaving hurts but Waller has replaced division one running backs with division one running backs. They will be okay, but they won't have the go to hammer who can blast 200 yard games with ease. At quarterback is Jeremy Phillips who is in his final year, he gives them a good athlete and an experienced hand at the helm. The defense has stud Eddie Brown to lead them along with several other talented players. Biggest question is at running back, but if that is solved they are back in the playoffs.
Huntsville- Coach Mitchell Coey has done a good job building this team back up. They used to be an easy win on the schedule, no more, they can burn good teams and this year with 15 starters back they will be dangerous again. They have to take one between Waller and Montgomery but we think they can.
Montgomery- Made the playoffs last year and advanced out of the first round but they only return seven starters. Tough to give them a playoff walk in with only seven starters back but 20 total lettermen return so their is hope. Oh yes, did we mention someone named Xavier Webb? He is probably the top offensive talent in the district.
Livingston- The district has gotten tougher and Livingston keeps in the fight for a playoff spot each season but they have not crossed that threshold quite yet. They are a darkhorse for the playoffs but they have several glaring holes that need to be addressed. It would take some luck to make the playoffs but good teams make their own luck.
Willis- The program has fallen on hard times and is trying to get back on it's feet. Coach Malone is trying to get enthusiasm back in the program but that is easier said than done. This is a rebuilding year and they are hoping to have some positive moments to build on.
|PROJECTED ALL-DISTRICT TEAM|
|OFF MVP||Xavier Webb||Montgomery||JR||5'10||195|
|DEF MVP||Eddie Brown||Waller||JR||6'0||260|
|1ST TEAM OFFENSE|
|QB||Joe Simmons||Caney Creek||JR||5'7||160|
|OL||Trenton Smith||Caney Creek||JR||6'0||225|
|1ST TEAM DEFENSE|
|DL||John Warren||Caney Creek||JR||5'10||230|
|CB||Tyler Bynum||Caney Creek||SOPH||5'11||160|
|S||Terrance Griffin||Caney Creek||JR||6'0||175|