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As thrilling a season as 2010 was for Johnson County football, 2011 might be considered hardpressed by some observers to surpass the excitement we had last year . That, of course, depends on who you talk to . If you’re an Alvarado fan, the only way 2011 could be any better is if the Indians get over the hump and qualify for the state championship game after falling just short in the state semifinals last year . And the only way to top a state finals appearance . . . is to win the whole thing . While that may be a lot to ask of any high school football team, the Indians’ magical season of 2010 has given the Alvarado faithful plenty of reason to hope, especially with the Indians’ talented secondary returning almost completely intact from last year’s team . Quarterback Kenny West is a junior with playoff experience, so the Indians can have confidence in his ability to run the offense this year . Alvarado returns loads of talents on both sides of the ball . For the remainder of Johnson County, a cou-

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ple of schools hit a low point last year . Cleburne and Joshua combined to go 1-19 with the Yellow Jackets accounting for the lone win (over the Owls at home) . For those two schools, there’s nowhere to go but up and after personally observing the two scrimmage different opponents, both teams appear to have a promising chance to tally a few more wins this season . The Jackets will trot out junior quarterback Quade Coward, who may be the promising quarterback Cleburne has had in years, according to some observers . He put up decent numbers last year in splitting time with senior Chaston Cuffee . Now, the stage is his . Cuffee committed to the University of Missouri in the summer and will have a chance this year to showcase his defensive skills at the safety position . Joshua will have Garrett Hoffman, an impressive-looking sophomore, at the quarterback position . The Owls return plenty of hungry starters from last year on both sides of the ball, no doubt eager to erase the taste of an 0-10 season . Grandview and Godley, as has been the trend lately, both appear geared for another run at the title of their respective districts . Maybe this year will be the year the two meet deep in the playoffs . One can only hope . Burleson narrowly missed the playoffs last year, and will field a vastly different team in its second season in District 7-4A . The Elks went 5-5 last year and beat both Cleburne and Joshua . Rio Vista has its fourth head coach in four years . The Eagles are trying to find consistency and the old-school approach of John Odell may be what they need to find it . Last by not least, Burleson Centennial will play its first varsity season in 2011 . The Spartans are an “outlaw” team which means they aren’t affiliated with a district and can’t qualify for the postseason . They will be able to next year . Who’s ready for some football? Zack Cunningham can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2334

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Rio Vista’s Douglas Wood (2) could be a critical part of the Eagles resurgence in 2011 under new head coach John Odell.

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Grandview’s Beau Blakeney will be the senior running back for the Zebras in 2011 and will replace Daniel Spencer.

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After success in 2010, another deep playoff run is expectation for Alvarado
By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com back Kenny West, who starred in the role as a sophomore last year with 1,765 yards and eight touchdowns . Also returning for Alvarado are senior offensive tackle Jake Glasscock, junior center Rowdy Goff, senior receiver Austin Ellinger and senior running back Wayne Onderdonck . Defensively, the Indians returned the 8-3A most valuable player in senior defensive back Tyler Bates, who is also a threat on the offensive end as a receiver and a tail back . Bates had 11 interceptions last year . Cornerbacks Tory Holbert and Marcus McNeil will beef up a formidable secondary along with Alex Gentry, Kenny Adams, A .J . Castillo, Ronald Thomas and C .J . Johnson . Dixon said defense is just as important for the Indians this year . “I think our defense will carry us for a while until we grow up our linemen,” he said . “We have three guys on the offensive line who have never really played at the varsity level . Defensively, it remains to be seen but we’ve just got to keep getting better each week . “Losing Zach Ripley at tailback hurts, but we have a few ready to step in .” Ripley was the featured running back last year and ran for more than 1,400 yards . He was a tough runner in the playoffs and played through several knee injuries . Onderdonck, fullback Tyler Dixon and Bates were also in the backfield . Along with Onderdonck, Dixon said sophomore Andrew Leger is a talent for the future . “Andrew Sebner, Juan Munoz and Ruben Camperos will be on the line for us as well,” he said . “Our secondary is so solid, we expect them to be strong for us . We’ve moved Marcus Villarreal to inside linebacker .” Dixon called West a “veteran” at the quarterback position and said his presence will help the younger kids to develop faster . “The leadership that he possesses in the huddle is outstanding,” Dixon said . “He’s going to continue to improve and it’s really nice to have a

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Alvarado Head Coach Jeff Dixon said his 2011 Indians have entered uncharted waters after last season’s success . The Indians, helped by a series of heart-stopping victories against Kennedale and Bridgeport, rolled to a 9-1 regular season record and captured the District 8-3A title . Alvarado rolled through the playoffs, dispatching Mineral Wells (42-21), Abilene Wylie (35-21) and Lubbock Cooper (35-17) before falling, 20-13, to eventual state champion Henderson . The good news for the Indians is they have a lot of players returning from that team this year including junior quarter-

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Alvarado 2011 schedule
Opponent Robinson Springtown Prosper Site Road Road Home

Bridgeport Waco Connally* Kennedale* Hillsboro* Venus* West* Glen Rose*

Road Home Home Road Home Road Home

Time 7:30 7:30 7:30 OPEN 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

Alvarado quarterback Kenny West prepares to fire a pass during practice. The junior quarterback led the Indians to the state semifinals as a sophomore.

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* — Denotes District 8-3A contest

veteran returning back there . “I see him continuing to build on where he left off .” Lee Hardy will make appearances for the Indians at fullback this season along with Daniel Pinkerton, a player Dixon said has “paid his dues .” “Tyler [Bates] got some receiving work last year and that’ll help fill the void,” Dixon said . “Daniel has done real well throughout the spring .”

Dixon’s mantra year in and year out has been for his teams to get better each and every week . This year is no different . “Kennedale is going to be rock solid,” he said . “Glen Rose is going to be rock solid and West is going to be good . There’s no telling if they’ll get on a roll and get a lot better . “We were in uncharted waters last year, and I’m hoping our kids will remember what it took to get there .”

Talented Bates, Glasscock, West to lead tribe
By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com The Alvarado Indians were led last year by a stellar defensive effort, a breakout young quarterback and senior leadership . They’ll have all three of those things again this year in junior quarterback Kenny West, senior offensive lineman Jake Glasscock and senior safety Tyler Bates, who is a threat whenever and wherever he is on the field . Glasscock, a three-year letterman and a charismatic presence, said he expects great things from his teammates during his final season . “I expect us to surpass last season in ways,” he said . “Last season, I recognized that others’ work effort including my own helped us come together as a team, so I tried to be even more encouraging to my teammates . “We came together as a line and as a team .” Glasscock added that he’s the team motivator, picking heads up when they’re hanging . “I try and keep our motors running,” he said . “When heads go down, I try to pick them up .” He said Alvarado’s undoing against Henderson in the state semifinals last year can be attributed to what he called “Week 1” mistakes . “We lost our focus and didn’t execute things we know how to execute,” he said . “We can be more precise this year and grow as a brotherhood .” West said the most important thing for him in his second season as the starting quarterback is to remain grounded . “You can’t get a big head,” he said . “We weren’t the fastest or the strongest team last year, but what set us apart is that we were scrappy . “Also, we’ve got to know that we’ve got a huge target on our backs this year . There’s no telling how far we’ll go . We did so well last year, but there’s very high expectations for us

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Alvarado’s Tyler Bates, center, barges through Henderson defenders during last year’s state semifinal contest. Bates is a senior for the Indians in 2011 and the returning District 8-3A most valuable player.
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this year . Higher than ever before .” In the end, West said, experience will pay off . “I’m more experienced,” he said . “We have several guys coming back and I have confidence that we’ll exceed expectations .” Bates, the District 8-3A most valuable player last year and the 12-3A sophomore of the year in 2009, said he’s tried to get even better in the offseason . “I’ve tried to improve myself in the offseason,” he said . “We should be pretty good in the secondary since we have so many people back . But when the ball is in the air, I’m going to go get it .” Bates had 11 interceptions last year and was a force on the offensive end as an inside receiver .

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After missing postseason in 2010, Elks out for revenge against rivals
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Burleson seems to produce offensive linemen like Bieber does top pop singles . And that is why the Elks feel good about whoever they line up against in 2011 . “The offensive line is probably our best unit,” coach Jason Tucker exclaims . “If you ask me which unit of our team had the best summer, it was those guys . Each and every one of them was at every workout we had .” The leader of the Great Wall of Wilshire is right tackle Derek Baldeshwiler, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior who is to his quarterback and running back teammates what the secret service is to the president . The 2010 all-district performer has the attention of coaches from major colleges and universities . “He’s one of the best we’ve had come through Burleson,” said Tucker, in his second year as the Elks’ head coach and fifth season overall at the school . “There are coaches who have been here longer [than he has] and everybody says he’s as good or better than anyone who has come through here .” And it is because of that line -- Baldeschwiler, left tackle Luke

Burleson’s defense struggled in 2010 and was a reason the Elks failed to qualify for the playoffs. The unit is expected to have a big season in 2011 according to head coach Jason Tucker.
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Burleson 2011 schedule
Opponent Mansfield Paschal Weatherford OPEN Summit* Cleburne* Joshua* Everman* Seguin* Granbury* Crowley* Site Home Road Home

Time 7:30 7 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

Road Home Road Home Road Home Road

* — Denotes District 7-4A contest

Jakobbson (6-4, 280), Baldeschwiler’s twin brother, Dillon, and some combination of Jordan Bond, Hunter Heins and Ethan Jones – that the Elks believe they can qualify for one of four playoff spots in District 7-4A . The Elks open the season at 7:30 p .m . Friday at home against Mansfield . After two consecutive playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009, the Elks fell short last season . Injuries were an impediment . Elks players lost a total of about 90 games to injuries last year . This year, the Elks, who went 5-5 overall and 3-4 in district in 2010, believe they have the goods to return . Behind that line are senior quarterback Barrett Cain and three and perhaps four running backs who will see time . Senior Chris Aylesworth, sophomore Ayinee Alaajiy, Colin Seago and Addison Parrish will all play . The surprise of the fall might be Alaajiy, Tucker said . Coaches were prepared to send Alaajiy for a full season of junior varsity despite a good summer . “When we put the pads on, though, that changed,” Tucker said . “He’s really come on .

“He’s not a blazer, but he’s a big kid, he’s smart .” Tucker said that Alaajiy’s contributions on defense is what made the decision easier . Aylesworth, too, plays in the defensive backfield as a safety . “It’s one of those deals where one might [turn out to be] the more dominant running back and the other one will play more on defense,” Tucker said . “They’re both playing well on both sides of the ball right now .” Cain started last season at wide receiver before a foot injury cost him his season and eight games . “Our whole goal the entire off-season was trying to work ourselves into a situation where we can get back to the playoffs,” Tucker said . “We feel like we have some tough, smart kids this year, and if they play like we think they can, that goal is very achievable .” Even for a team that returns only three starters on offense and one on defense . And that’s because of the big guys up front . “If you can’t protect the quarterback, it doesn’t matter what those receivers are doing,” Tucker said . “If you can’t block up front, it doesn’t matter what the running backs are doing .”

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Burleson senior was a first-team 7-4A selection after initial season with Elks

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Burleson’s Derek Baldeschwiler is an imposing figure both on and off the football field . In conversation, he’s soft-spoken, shy and unassuming but standing 6-4 and weighing more than 260 pounds, he represents what Burleson fans are used to seeing on their offensive and defensive lines . Size and power . Baldeschwiler is a two-year letterman and plays right tackle and defensive end . He feels the Elks could’ve gone further last year and added they need to capitalize on it this year with the returning talent they have . “I think we did good,” he said . “I’ve been playing right tackle since the seventh grade and in high school, I was always one of the best on the offensive line on the JV but there were seniors in front of me .” The waiting has paid off . Baldeschwiler has received interest from several Division I schools from Baylor to Oklahoma State to Texas Christian University . He received first-team all-district honors last year and aims to do so again this season . “That was my goal,” he said . “I also wanted to make the all-academic team .” Baldeschwiler had high praise for his fellow lineman last year and said this year, along with the help of senior Luke Jakobsson, the Elks will have the power in the trenches to go far . “I thought we had the best line in the district,” he said . “Sometimes we’d show it, but sometimes we’d make mental mistakes .” This will be the second year Baldeschwiler has been a part of Jason Tucker’s multiple look on offense for Burleson . During the tenure of Mel Maxfield, the Elks focused heavily on run blocking and little on pass blocking . Baldeschwiler said the transition has been tricky . “When we were running the wing-T, we didn’t really focus too much on pass blocking,” he said . “I think I’ve progressed fairly well and Luke and I are fairly experienced .” Baldeschwiler said receiving interest from Division I football programs is a new and exciting development for his family . He said he hopes to encourage the younger players to be patient for their chance to shine . Like he was . “I always tell the younger guys to try their best because they’re going to have to eventually play the role, just like I did,” he said .

Burleson’s Derek Baldeschwiler, center, returns for his senior season in 2011 and will bring size and strength to both the Elks’ offensive and defensive lines.

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Youth, talent are bright spots for Centennial in school’s first season

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2011 is inaugural varsity campaign for Burleson’s newest high school

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Make no mistake about it, Burleson Centennial’s first varsity season will be, well, Spartan-like . With no district to play in, coach Kyle Geller had to scramble to put a schedule together, making the Spartans somewhat the vagabond . However, don’t think Centennial, a second-year school with no senior class, will be wandering aimlessly during its inaugural varsity season . There is a purpose . “The big thing is to compete,” Geller said . “We want our kids to compete hard .” A summer seven-on-seven game against Class 4A statechampion Aledo gave Centennial a taste of the big leagues . The experience presented some expected obstacles, James said . “They killed us,” he said . His message after that game reflected his mantra for this season: “Understand who you are right now . Don’t pout and don’t get down on yourselves if you get beat by the state champion . “That’s what you’re trying to get to . Right now, it’s all about your competition and about you competing as hard as you can every play . “And you’re gonna get there . You’re gonna get better .” Burleson’s newest high school, classified as a 3A, starts its real journey at home against Dallas Hillcrest, a Class 4A playoff qualifier in 2010 that returns 10 starters from a team that advanced to the Division II area round . Tanner Hodges will line up at quarterback to lead an offense built around sophomore running back DeMarcus Wil-

Centennial will play its first varsity season in 2011 and will field its first senior class next season when it joins District 9-3A. The Spartans are playing an “outlaw” schedule this year which prohibits them from qualifying for the playoffs.

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Centennial 2011 schedule
Opponent Dallas Hillcrest Krum at FW Christian Bastrop C. C. Grace Prep Dallas Spruce Pampa at Bastrop C. C. Site BHS BHS Road BHS BHS Road Road Road

Parish Episcopal RR Cedar Ridge

Road West HS

Time 7 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7 7:30 7:30 OPEN 7 7:30

liams . Hodges, Geller said, “is a very driven kid . He wants to do well . I feel good about him being successful here .” Williams has “great ability and good natural instincts,” Geller said . The coach said a healthy competition is under way among eight offensive linemen who are competing for jobs . “Those guys are doing a really good job,” Geller said . “I know that’s a place that next year, we’ll have really good depth there . Right now, you get an injury or two, we’re not as deep .” Sophomore Jacob Sherrill will anchor the defense from middle linebacker . “He’s not the biggest kid in the world right now, but he’s not afraid to throw his hat in there,” Geller said . “He’s a very aggressive kid who moves well and knows one speed: 100 percent .” The Spartans will play an “outlaw” schedule this year . They won’t be placed into a district until realignment in the spring . Centennial will indeed be all over the map . Geller said he put his schedule together the same way one might shop for a job . He went to the Internet the week after the 2010 regular season was over and “started calling people with nine

games . We were lucky enough to grab them .” What he came up was a hodgepodge, which includes some teams just like them . After Hillcrest, the Spartans will meet 2A Krum, which started football two years ago, and new schools Bastrop Cedar Creek (on the schedule twice) and Round Rock Cedar Ridge, Class 4A programs Pampa and Dallas Spruce and private schools Fort Worth Christian, Arlington Grace Prep and Parish Episcopal of Dallas . Geller has experience with new programs . He was the offensive coordinator at Mansfield Summit when that school opened in the late 1990s . He admits that the similarities between the two schools are few . Summit played a varsity schedule with a handful of seniors in a district that included traditional powerhouses such as Duncanville, DeSoto and Cedar Hill . Summit took its lumps that season, Geller remembers, and so, too, will Centennial . But that’s OK, the Spartans’ coach said . “More than anything our kids the next year [at Summit] were ready to go,” said Geller . “And that’s what I’m hoping for here . “There will be things that take time and we’re going to have to go through a process to get where we need to be as a program . But as long as we compete hard we’ll be OK .”

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Junior quarterback will be key for Centennial as it faces its first tests
B y Z ack c unningham sports @ trcle . com For Burleson Centennial junior Tanner Hodges, this is pretty much the Texas dream for any high school football fan . Hodges is the starting quarterback for the Spartans who will take the school’s first-ever varsity snap at 7 p .m . Thursday at Elk Stadium against Dallas Hillcrest . “It’s really cool,” he said . “Since I started last year and even though we didn’t have a varsity, it’s pretty neat to still have all the same guys with me for all these years . It’ll be cool to be able to start off at the varsity level and win some games .” With a win on Thursday, Hodges will be the winningest quarterback in Centennial history . “I want to prove that just because we’re not seniors, we’re just as good as everyone else,” he said . “We want to prove that we can play with everyone else .” Hodges will quarterback a spread offense for the Spartans which he said will vary at about a 50-50 ratio between run and pass . He started for Centennial last year on the JV and was the starting freshman quarterback two years ago for the Burleson Elks on its freshman team . “I’m very confident,” he said . “Especially when we are able to qualify for

Hodges to lead Spartans at quarterback
confident we can make a run .” That will have to wait for one more year . By then, the tale will only get juicier for Hodges who will be a senior by next season . He said he has high aspirations for himself this year as the Spartans get their first-ever taste of varsity competition . “Personally, I’d like to throw about 25 touchdowns,” he said . “I want to be in a place where we can win every game .” At 6-3, Hodges describes himself more as a pocket passer than a multiple threat on the ground . “Our receivers are pretty fast, though,” he said, laughing . “We’ve got a few who are extremely fast . I’m happy with what I’ve got . “Hopefully, we can win a few games .”

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Centennial’s Tanner Hodges, right, will be the quarterback for the Spartans.

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Wildcats going back to basics after early playoff exit ended their 2011 campaign

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Godley back in state polls with No . 8 ranking after last year’s 10-1 finish

By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com

After two 10-0 regular seasons, the Godley Wildcats are in an interesting position heading into this season . Head Coach Randy Brawner said he and the team felt their season ended “a little too soon” after last year’s surprising firstround playoff loss to Littlefield (14-12) . Nevermind that Littlefield advanced to the regional finals . The Wildcats were stunned . With all-state safety Austin Martinez now playing for Grandview, the Wildcats will have to fill that hole this year as well . Needless to say, things have been interesting for Godley during the last eight months . The Wildcats return four offensive players, including dynamic senior Kolby Brown, senior quarterback Rhett Brawner, junior right tackle Blake Washington and senior center Ian Kinder . On defense, senior linebacker Rhett Roden returns along with junior Drew Benge and Brown at safety and senior linebacker Sam Cummings . Godley will need to fill the hole left by four-year letterman Landry Martinez . He was also an all-state selection last year and ran for more than 2,000 yards . Brawner said the offense will remain the same, but the Wildcats will not be afraid to throw the ball to improving receivers, such as senior Koby Foster, Riley Davis and Canyon Williams . “We look for [Foster] to do well for us,” Brawner said . “We also have two sophomores who we think will be big for us . They are Jerry Tye at the defensive tackle position and Gage Haley, who will be a defensive end . Cyran McClendon is a junior defensive end .

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Godley 2011 schedule
Opponent Boyd Jacksboro Gunter Clyde Breckenridge* Eastland* Dublin* OPEN* Whitney* Clifton* Comanche* Site Home Road Home Road Home Road Home

Time 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30

Godley quarterback Rhett Brawner, right, fires a pass during practice at Godley High School. The Wildcats are 20-0 in the regular season over the last two years, but have yet to reach the state tournament.

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Road Home Road

* — Denotes 4-2A contest

“Hopefully, since we’re three years into the program, we can replace those quality seniors and keep rolling on .” Brawner said his skill kids, Brown in particular, are still explosive . “I think our defense could be even better than it was last year,” Brawner said . “A big part of it is about staying healthy .” Brown made waves last year with his punt-returning capability and returned several for touchdowns . He provided another alternative if defenses keyed on Martinez too much . “He’s one of the most explosive players on the team,” Brawner said . “He’s that big-play home run threat and teams will have to defend for him . On defense, he finds the ball and goes to it .” At cornerback, the Wildcats return experience at the positions .

“We’ll have three kids rotating in at the two corner back positions,” he said . “They’ve been in the program for a while and they’re Dakota Duty and Vradley Cerna . “I think they’ll fill in and do a good job .” Despite playoff disappointment last year and a heart-breaking defeat in the regional finals two years ago, Brawner said his team is ready to press on . “We’ve got a goal to make it deep into the playoffs,” he said . “We want to win district and make a good deep run once we get there . We need to get better every day and make a good account of ourselves once we get to the postseason . “We’re still going to run the same offense but we may try to throw a bit more than last year . We have some dynamic receivers, and we’re going to let the kids dictate the offense . We’ve got to have the kids to execute it .”

Seniors Roden, Brawner, Kinder take over reins for No. 8 Godley
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Trio of leaders ready to step in for Wildcats this season

The Godley Wildcats aren’t short on confidence despite losing a 2,000-yard rusher from last season and several defense standouts . A trio of seniors including quarterback Rhett Brawner (son of head coach Randy Brawner), linebacker Rhett Roden (son of former Godley star Ricky Roden) and Ian Kinder are expressing confidence that this

year’s team might be even better than last year’s squad . Despite going 20-0 in the regular season the last two years, Godley was defeated in heartbreaking fashion in 2009 in the regional finals by eventual state champion Pilot Point, and lost a stunner, 14-12, in the first round last year against Littlefield (an eventual regional finalist) . Kinder, an offensive lineman for the Wildcats, said Godley has a chance to go further because of the leadership of this year’s team . He’s been working in the trenches for Godley the last two years . “We’re working harder than ever before,” he said . “We’ve got more senior leaders and we’ve got a chance to be better

than ever .” Brawner started last year as a junior after the departure of Riley Good after the 2009 season . He established himself as a running threat in his first season and said he’s adjusted to the varsity level of playing . It’s nice, he said, to have a father figure as the head coach . “It’s cool because I can go to him for anything,” he said . “I’ve been learning the ropes for the last year and now I’m ready to go for it . “The senior mindset includes working harder in the offseason than ever before .” Roden said he wants his team to be as successful as his father’s .

“Dad’s team kind of faded off in his last year after being ranked,” he said . “We don’t want to do that . We’re practically begging them to run outside on us this year because it’s not going to work for them .” Despite losing Austin Martinez in the secondary, Roden said Godley’s defense is still as speedy as ever . As the middle linebacker, Roden said, he’s in charger of orchestrating the defense . “It’s kind of centered around me so I can make plays,” he said . “We’re better suited this year . “The linemen have worked really hard so we’re hoping they can keep those offensive linemen out of our secondary and off of us .”

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Grandview returns versatility, youth, talent on both sides of the ball

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Zebras led by junior quarterback Ryan Breton and senior RB Beau Blakeney

By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com

Grandview head coach Aubrey Sims summed up the 2011 Zebras in an interesting way . “We’re young and we’re old,” he said . “We don’t have many juniors,” Sims continued . “We have maybe four of them but the rest are sophomores and seniors .” For a team that won the District 6-2A title last year and advanced to the regional quarterfinals, you might think a team that lost eight seniors might go into rebuilding mode the next year . Not Grandview . The Zebras will start seven sophomores in various places, and Grandview also has senior Austin Martinez, an all-state defensive player, filling in at safety for the departed Daniel Spencer . Offensively, Grandview returns senior center Davis Scarbrough and senior tackle Kirk Waldrip, who is entering his fourth year at the varsity level . Senior running back Beau Blakeney returns along with Ben Pannell and senior receiver Prescott Holloway is also back . On defense, Scarbrough and Waldrip are the tackles along with sophomore Payton Mahan at linebacker . Juniors Caleb Hollingsworth and Caleb Armstrong are both back at the linebacker position and seniors Garrett Morris is back at cornerback . Holloway will also play safety . Last year, the Zebras were proficient on offense with senior quarterback Derek Jarrell, running back Spencer and receiver Brant Rice . They’ll have none of those players this year, but Sims said Williams has done a nice job filling Rice’s slot at receiver and showed it during the preseason scrim-

Grandview’s offense will feature junior quarterback Ryan Breton and senior running back Beau Blakeney in 2011 along with several other underclassmen. The Zebras return four starters on offense and seven on defense.

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Grandview 2011 schedule
Opponent Troy Lorena Chilton Marlin Aubrey OPEN Dallas Life* Sunnyvale* Eustace* Palmer* Maypearl* Site Home Road Home Home Home

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mages . “He’s filling that void,” he said . “I think if we can continue to do what we’re doing, we have the potential to be better than last year . “We have four or five guys who we can spread the ball to Time and it won’t just be about how we can get the ball to Daniel .” 7:30 Grandview lost seven starters on offensive from last year 7:30 but only three on defense . “Austin Martinez is just as good of a safety as Daniel was,” 7:30 Sims said . “You can’t replace Daniel, but if you can put some7:30 one in there who is just as good, you have to do that .” 7:30 Big senior Chance Howard (6-3, 250 pounds) will replace Trentin Jackson . Junior Austin Wiley will move over to the 7:30 guard position . Sims said Blakeney will remain in the backfield with Pan7:30 nell and Martinez will play inside receiver . 7:30 Replacing Jarrell is junior Ryan Breton, who started for the 7:30 JV team the last two years . 7:30 “He’s done great,” Sims said . “It hasn’t been a tough transition for him at all . He’s not quite as mobile running the ball, but his decision-making and his arm strength have been very

impressive . “We’re going to lose some of that leadership we had with Derek, but I think Ryan is doing a good job .” Sims said his younger players performed well in the first scrimmage of the season . “We know they have the athletic ability, but we have to put in them the fire to go out and perform at the varsity level . They haven’t had the opportunity to prove it and they have a chance to be really good this year .” Sims added the Zebras have more skill players this year with sophomore Elijah DeLosSantos and Kolby Lee, along with sophomore Chase Goldwater . “We will use Chase a lot at the tight end spot,” Sims said . “We’ll have sophomore Dusty Holt on the line and Bailey Smith as the backup quarterback . We didn’t fall off as badly as I thought we would from last year .” Sims added with two new coaches in 6-2A at Sunnyvale and Eustace, spectators, players and coaches can expect a tight race in 2011 . “I don’t think we’re head and shoulders above everyone,” he said . “But our expectation is to win it every year .”

Kirk Waldrip, Davis Scarbough have seven years of varsity experience
By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com There’s a combined seven years of varsity experience between Grandview seniors Davis Scarbrough and Kirk Waldrip . Waldrip, who plays left tackle on offense and is also on the defensive line, is entering his fourth season on the varsity team . Scarbrough, the team’s center, is a threeyear letterman . Both players have seen a lot of ups and downs through their time with the Zebras . Waldrip said the experience helps him gain a more mature perspective on the game . “The older you get, the more you kind of develop a mind for the game,” he said . “The experience of being on the varsity for this many years has paid off for my senior year . “I feel this has been one of the better teams, and it’s probably the strongest one I’ve played on .” Scarbrough echoes his teammates’ sentiments about the 2011 Zebras . “There’s no doubt we can do something really great,” he said . “If we work our butts off, we can do anything we want .” When Scarbrough was a sophomore, he played the guard position . For the last two years, he’s been hiking the ball to Derek Jarrell at quarterback . This year, he’ll have junior Ryan Breton behind him . “Him and me are awesome,” he said . “Ryan can be just as good if not better . On offense, we all work hard . This whole offensive line has worked hard and especially on our footwork .” Three years ago, Grandview ventured four rounds deep into the playoffs . Scarbrough said this year’s offensive line reminds him of that unit . “We’re just as good as that team which went four rounds,” he said . Scarbrough added that he’s more the softspoken time of leader and doesn’t feel the need to explode on his teammates . Waldrip added he has high expectations for

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his senior year . “I don’t want to jump the gun and say something and not make it happen, but my job is making sure everyone is doing the right thing and playing with class and not acting stupid,” Waldrip said . “I want us working hard and not taking the easy way out . “I try to push them to get better .” Head coach Aubrey Sims has praised the offensive line in the past for allowing the Zebras to have plenty of time to operate their explosive offensive sets . With plenty of playmakers back on both sides of the ball for Grandview this season, it’ll be up to Waldrip and Scarbrough to set the tone in the trenches again .

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After 0-10 season last year, Owls have nowhere to soar but upward
Bird is starting his third year . “They’ve bought into the program and understand it,” he added . “They’re just trying to get better and become a team . We’re focusing on that and on game 1 against Azle .” Last year, the Owls were often undersized and outmatched in each District 7-4A game . Bird said depth at the receiver position and at running back with Radford as the starter could change the Owls’ fortunes . “We’re expecting great things out of him,” Bird said . “He’s going to be going both ways as our starting running back and our starting free safety . “That experience last year helped him mature a great deal . We feel like we’re very strong at the running back and wide receiver positions, which is something we haven’t been in the past . “We haven’t had the depth and we expect a great deal from Colin .” Radford filled in as a sophomore last year at quarterback for injured senior Riley Davis . He will be the backup again this year to 6-2, 185-pound sophomore Garrett Hoffman . “He’s got all the tools,” Bird said of his young quarterback . “He’s just very young . He fits in our system very well, but he

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Owls out for respect, retribution in 2011 after winless campaign a year ago

By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com

A year removed from an 0-10 season, Joshua head football coach Jerry Bird said his Owls are ready to take advantage of the opportunity the 2011 season brings . Joshua returns 12 starters from last year’s team with six juniors and six seniors . The seniors are defensive lineman Chris Baker, wide receiver Michael Keeton, defensive lineman Nick Manshack, offensive lineman Aaron Maxey, receiver Zack Maxey and defensive lineman Sergio Rodriguez . The juniors are running back K .J . Evans, receiver Jake Mears, running back Colin Radford, offensive lineman Caleb Riley, linebacker Devin Scoggins and offensive lineman Josh Whitworth . “We’re going to be young again,” Bird said . “But we’ve had a great offseason over the summer and we probably had the best first week of practice since I’ve been here .”

needs to gain experience . He has a good sense of football and we feel very comfortable with him in our running and passing games . “He’s a versatile quarterback and we feel comfortable with his decision-making .” Through the offseason, Bird said his team isn’t looking back to last year’s winless campaign for inspiration . “We worked hard through the offseason to get bigger, faster and stronger,” he said . “The understanding of our system has really helped . We don’t look back, but just ahead . We know what our goals are and what we want to accomplish .” Bird added both juniors and seniors need to step up and lead the youthful Owls in the competitive District 7-4A . “We need Michael Keeton and Zack Maxey to step up,” he said . “They’re both three-year starters who we look to for leadership . Some other good leaders are Whitworth, Radford, K .J . and Jacob [Mears] .” Joshua was beaten by local rivals Burleson and Cleburne last year . The Yellow Jackets’ lone win last season came at the expense of the Owls . Bird said the Owls are ready to try again this year .

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Joshua 2011 schedule
Opponent Azle Nolan Catholic Brewer OPEN Seguin* Granbury* Burleson* Summit* Cleburne* Crowley* Everman* Site Road Home Road

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The Joshua Owls return 12 starters from a team which went 0-10 last season. Six return on offense and six return on the defensive side of the ball.
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Talented sophomore Hoffman represents hope for Joshua in the backfield
He’s the third quarterback for the Owls in as many years
By Zack cunningham sports@trcle.com The Joshua Owls are putting their future in the hands of sophomore quarterback Garrett Hoffman . At first glance, Hoffman resembles a more seasoned upperclassman . He played varsity basketball as a freshman . Head Coach Jerry Bird said he “understands the game of football” and possesses great decision-making capabilities . “Physically, he’s got the size,” Bird said . “He’s also got the arm strength and can really develop .” Hoffman said he’s been playing quarterback since he was in the third grade . It’s come naturally, he added . “I’ve played it every year,” he said . “I was the quarterback on the freshman team last year and it’s been really fun, but it’s also nervewracking . “I didn’t think I’d be starting this early . I like it because I can get more experiences and colleges can watch the younger starters develop more .” Last year, the Owls started Riley Davis at quarterback . In 2009, it was Jesse Williamson . Hoffman said he hopes to provide some stability to what has been a turbulent run for Joshua which has gone 2-18 in the last two years, including 0-10 last year . The team has lost 18 games in a row . “I feel confident now that I’ve learned more of the system,” he said . “At the start, I didn’t feel that great . I’ve learned how to read the defenses and what the strategies are to mess with their minds .” Hoffman said there is no comparison between the speed of the game at the freshman level and the varsity level . “It’s a lot different and so much faster,” he said . “They hit a lot harder this year .” Hoffman describes himself as a mobile quarterback and said his main inclination in the pocket is to scramble .

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“I would stand in the pocket if they told me to,” he said . “But I’d much rather run out . I’m really comfortable learning the system and I’m glad Coach Bird trusts me enough to put the responsibility on my shoulders .” Bird said Hoffman’s decision-making will improve over time . “As a sophomore, it’s hard to make decisions in two seconds,” he said . “He’s capable of doing good things and he’s really come a long way in the spring and the fall .” Junior Colin Radford is the backup quarterback for the Owls this season . Last year, Radford saw significant playing time as the starter when Riley Davis went down with a leg injury near the beginning of the season .

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Another year, another head coach for Rio Vista and the rebuilding Eagles

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John Odell brings a spark to the Eagles in the form of old school encouragement

If you started playing football for Rio Vista three years ago, you’ve seen three different head coaches during that time . The Eagles have hired their fourth coach in as many years with John Odell taking over the reins . He succeeds Robert Dagley, Craig Carpenter and Seth Hobbs . The Eagles are a combined 8-22 in the last three seasons with last year’s 3-7 mark being the second best of that time span . Dagley led Rio Vista to a 4-6 mark before Carpenter’s team went 1-9 with a more passing-centered offense . Hobbs installed a more run-centered focus last season behind powerful backs Douglas Wood and Russell Atchsion, which led to an improvement . Odell said Rio Vista will focus on doing a small number of things well, and that includes making the most of what his skill kids have to offer . Wood and Atchison are seniors this year and received alldistrict accolades last season . “Those two running backs are a bright note for us,” Odell said . “They both had pretty good years last year . A lot of the other kids are battling their way up . I’m trying to create a little bit of competition for them .” Cooper Ferguson was the quarterback for last year’s 3-7 team, but graduation left Rio Vista with a hole to fill this year . Enter Tyler Allen . Allen was an all-district defensive back last year, and this year the senior will take over the quarterback position . “He was on the JV last year,” Odell said . “He’s showing signs of improvement every day . He’s having to run a new offense . This is the fourth offense these kids have had in four

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Rio Vista 2011 schedule
Opponent Rice Blooming Grove Paradise Bruceville Eddy Hico* Millsap* OPEN Cisco* Tolar* Crawford* Hamilton* Site Home Road Road Home Road Home Road Home Road Home

Zack Cunningham/Times-Review Time Rio Vista’s Tyler Allen (19) avoids defenders during the Eagles’ scrimmage on Aug. 19 against Itasca and Corsicana Mildred 7:30 at Itasca High School. 7:30 system . years .” 7:30 “There’s some skills that they have, but we’re trying to get Odell added he’s coaching his team from the ground up and 7:30 them into the right position,” Odell said . “We’re not going to be installing the basics first . 7:30 “Most of the other kids didn’t play last year on the varsity, perfect right off the bat but we know what they can and can’t but we have them back this year,” Odell said . “We’ll have more do . We’re already moving some around on defense . 7:30 “The offense has stayed the same for them and we’ve found of a combination and a variety with the things we do . We’ll keep it really simple, but hopefully make it complicated for the what our skill kids can do . You always want as much leadership 7:30 as you can get from your seniors, but they’re caught up in tryteams we’re playing . 7:30 “We will run, but we will also have a little variation with the ing to understand the system .” Rio Vista will compete in the tough confines of District stuff we run and with our passing plays . We want to stretch the 7:30 4-2A with perennial powers Crawford and Hico . field and hopefully that’ll be an advantage this year for us .” 7:30 “As they’re getting more and more confident, their leaderOdell added Wood and Atchison are leading by example, but said most of their efforts are focused on learning another new ship is growing and getting better each day,” Odell said .

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Senior tandem to pace Rio Vista
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Backs Atchison, Wood to carry load for Eagles
there to provide the spark Rio Vista needed to find itself in the game down the stretch . “We’re having to learn all-new stuff, but it’s putting us in a position to win,” Wood said . “It’s on us as a team to win .” “Defenses can’t just key on one guy,” Atchison said . “They have to respect all of us .” Rio Vista went 1-6 in district play last year with the lone victory coming over Tolar . The Eagles suffered close losses to Millsap and Hamilton . This season, Wood and Atchison are both in prime condition to help push Rio Vista to a few more wins . Atchison and Wood each had games last year with more than 100 and even 200 yards . In the season-opening victory against Rice, the two combined for more than 250 yards .

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Last season, Rio Vista showed improvement in the running game behind junior backs Russell Atchison and Douglas Wood . The tandem helped lead the Eagles to a 3-7 record . Were it not for a few close games decided late, Rio Vista had a legitimate shot at the playoffs in the 2009 season . The duo is back this year for their senior season under new head coach John Odell, and both said they like the offensive system he brought with him to Rio Vista . “I’m looking forward to winning some games and doZack Cunningham/Times-Review ing well in district play,” Rio Vista’s Russell Atchison (22) sheds tacklers during the Wood said . “I hope we can Eagles’ scrimmage against Itasca. try to make the playoffs . The team should be real good and that’s what I’m Creating Better Places to Live! looking forward to .” Atchison agrees the multiple-look offense is something the younger players, along with himself, and Wood can easily pick up in one season . “It’s simple and easy to learn,” he said . “Last year, we ran out of a pro-I . I fee like the offense is clicking a lot better this year and it’s more balanced . “The run and the pass are more open . Teams can’t just stack eight in the box and stop the run . They’ve got to stop our whole team .” Wood and Atchison are both bruising backs who each had 200-yard games last year . Even if one had a A Great Place To Work. subpar outing, the other was www.jameshardie.com

Across Johnson County, the battles for district titles will heat up
District 8-3A ing back on each side of the ball . The Yellow Jackets took a sharp turn downward after 2009’s 6-4 season and ended up 1-9 with a 1-6 record in District 7-4A last year . The Jackets return the district’s leading receiver in senior Cooper Walls along with junior quarterback Quade Coward . Crowley qualified for the playoffs in the first year under head coach Chris James, but lost a lot of talent heading into this season . The Eagles were 5-5 last year and they return nine starters this season . Larry Cheeks is a junior and was the district’s leading running back last year with 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns . Defensive end Xavier Jones and tackle Tramon Gladman will be big or Crowley along with safety Jaquon Gee and wide receiver Connor Green . Kyron Minter had 133 tackles for Crowley last year and he returns for the Eagles . Everman won the district last year with a 7-0 record and fended off a stiff challenge from upstart Mansfield Summit . The Bulldogs look to defend their 7-4A title with 15 returning starters but will have to do so without James Bailey, the sensational Bulldog who is now at Texas Christian University . Granbury broke through and made the playoffs for the first time since 1977 last year with a 6-4 record before falling in the bidistrict round . The drought had been one of the longest droughts in the state . Arlington seguin had a fast start in 2010, but faded with a 5-5 record and missed the playoffs . The Cougars return six starters from last year’s team . Free safety Steven Aikens and running back Will Martin will be key on defense and offense, respectively . Summit finished in second place in 7-4A last year and returns 10 starters for 2011 . Jaylon Singleton figures to be the top target for quarterback Ryan Cuevas and Bryan Ohene, Cortez Harris and Devante Robinson will be anchors on the defensive line . District 6-2A Grandview won the district title last year with a 9-1 regular season and advanced to the regional quarterfinals where eventual state champion Daingerfield finished off the Zebras . Grandview returns four offensive and seven defensive starters . Junior Ryan Breton will be the signal-caller after the departure of Derek Jarrell and running back Beau Blakeney is also back . Davis Scarbrough (center) and Kirk Waldrip (offensive tackle) combine for seven years of varsity experience and will be anchors for the Zebras . Caleb Armstrong had 129 tackles for Grandview last year . Maypearl and Eustace were the other two playoff teams in 6-2A last year with the Panthers finishing 8-2 behind Grandview . Maypearl returns six starters, three on each side of the ball . Ethan Eastwood had 160 tackles for Maypearl last year . Eustace went 3-7 last year and returns 11 starters . Raymond Shutak (6-5, 295 pounds) will be the key piece for the Bulldogs on the offensive line and quarterback Jacob McCarter will take the snaps . Dallas Life went 4-6 last year, but the 2-3 record in district prevented the Lions from making the playoff because they lost the head-to-head matchup with Eustace . With seven players returning on both sides of the ball, Life will look to running back Michael Williams who had 12 touchdowns last year and quarterback Chris Saunders . Saunders threw for 1,470 yards and 12 touchdowns last year . Sunnyvale finished 3-7 last year and returns 12 starters in 2011 . Quarterback Tanner Tuttle and Connor Nash are returning three-year starters . Palmer returns 16 starters, eight on each side of the ball after going 4-6 last year . The Bulldogs could make a playoff push behind linebacker Dakota Christopher and Judge Wolfe at quarterback . Christopher had 66 tackles last year and Wolfe accounted for 891 total yards and 16 touchdowns . District 4-2A (Division I) Godley won the district title last year with its second-consecutive 10-0 regular season, but the Wildcats were stunned in the first round by Littlefield, 14-12 . After losing both of the Martinez brothers in the offseason (both all-state selections), Godley looks to defend its title with quarterback Rhett Brawner, a two-year starter, and running back Kolby Brown . Breckenridge went 9-3 last year and advanced to the area finals . The Buckaroos return eight starters with Scotty Roberson, Ryan Stoker and Blair Vick the notable returnees on both sides of the ball . Clifton went 5-5 last year and failed to make the playoffs . The Cubs return 11 starters . Commanche struggled to a 2-8 season in 2010, but returns nine offensive starters and three on defense for 2011 . Payton Middleton will be the starting quarterback after 1,405 yards last year and 22 touchdowns . Dublin returns 14 starters from last year’s 0-10 team . Bob Cervetto is the first-year head coach for the Lions and he’ll have Michael Tucker and Saul Montoya to help lead the Lions on the offensive

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Here’s a look at the district competition Johnson County teams will face this year .

Last year, Alvarado ran the table in 8-3A with a 5-0 record which included a 35-34 victory over Kennedale, the Indians’ only real test in league play . That victory boosted Alvarado and carried it to a 9-1 record along with the district title . Kennedale finished with a 4-1 record in 8-3A to qualify for the playoffs . The Wildcats return six starters with four on defense . Their top players are defensive end Kola Alli and quarterback Steven Rivera who will be in charge of running Kennedale’s famed wing-T offense . West was the third team in 8-3A to make the playoffs in 2010 and the Trojans return five offensive starters and four on defense . West won just three games last year, but the Trojans’ 3-2 record in district was enough to snag a playoff berth . Quarterback Kolby Carpenter accounted for 2,344 passing yards last year and 24 touchdowns . He rushed for 534 yards and two scores and led the team with three interceptions . He returns for West in 2011 . Glen Rose returns 12 starters from a 4-6 team (which didn’t make the playoffs) . Quarterback Frank Brandenburg accounted for 1,605 total yards last year and 20 touchdowns . Hillsboro went 1-9 last year, but returns nine starters with four coming back on offense and five on defense . Venus went 0-10 last year and returns 10 starters . District 7-4A

line . Eastland went 7-4 last year and returns nine starters including quarterback Trent Brittain and Dominique Segura at receiver . Brittain accumulated 302 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 1,814 passing yards and 21 touchdown tosses despite missing four games . Whitney went 3-7 in its first year in Class 2A Division I . The Wildcats bring back quarterback Dillon Hightower who had 2,203 passing yards and 25 touchdowns last year . District 4-2A (Division II)

Johnson County has three teams in District 7-4A with Cleburne, Burleson and Joshua . Nearby Crowley and Granbury are also in the league along with Everman, Mansfield Summit and Arlington Seguin . Burleson returns four starters with three on offense and one on defense . Big Derek Baldeschwiler is the focal point on both lines and he was an all-district selection last year in his first year on varsity . Barrett Cain will lead the Elks’ multiplelook offense at quarterback . Chris Aylesworth returns at running back and Luke Jakobbson is back for his senior season in the trenches . Colin Seago will also see time at running back . The Elks went 5-5 last year with a 3-4 mark in District 7-4A . Cleburne returns eight starters with four com-

The Crawford Pirates were the kings of 4-2A last year and advanced to the regional semifinals before being taken down by Idalou . They return eight starters along with receiver Tanner Harrel who was the district’s newcomer of the year last year . Running backs Hunter Fritscher and Jordan Martin also return for Crawford . Cisco went 4-6 last year and 3-3 in district play but returns 12 starters . Offensive linemen Cole Massey and Reid Scroggins return to anchor the line which will try to protect quarterback Colten Gayle, who had 10 rushing touchdowns and six passing touchdowns last year . Hamilton went 6-6 last year and qualified for the playoffs . The Bulldogs have nine starters back this season with quarterback Payden Nolen leading the way . He is a three-year starter and played safety last year . Hico went 7-4 and made the playoffs but lost in the first round . The Tigers have eight returning starters for 2011 . Alex Sikes returns at running back for Hico’s wing-T set . He had 1,123 yards and 15 scores last year . All-district defensive backs Eric Heinrichs and Brandon Stewart will be the focal points on defense . Millsap finished 4-6 last year and returns nine starters with three on offense and six on defense . Daymen Hinrichs, Matt Belk, Clay Brown and Cody Savage return after combining for 249 tackles last year . Rio Vista finished 3-7 and returns 10 starters . The Eagles will have Tyler Allen, an all-district defensive player from last year, at the quarterback position and a pair of senior all-district running backs in Douglas Wood and Russell Atchison . Tolar finished 2-8 last year but returns 11 starters for 2011 . The Rattlers will start Landon Morris at quarterback after he split time last year at the position . He had four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown

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