Diggs, Angleton beating the heat

Angleton was one of many teams to begin practice last week. Like normal, the practices were sweltering, but for the Wildcats it was all business from the state with big goals in mind. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the talented junior who likes the Horns.

The Angleton Wildcats enter the 2009 season as one of the most experienced team in the 4A ranks. With nine starters back on both sides of the ball as well as two players on both sides of the ball who played a lot in reserve roles, Angleton is ready to improve on a 9-4 season regional semifinal appearance of a year ago.

If Angleton is to make that next move winning the region and competing for a state title, the play of junior jack-of-all-trades Quandre Diggs is going to key. Diggs has been a top performer for head coach Finis Vanover since the first game of his freshman season. Since that time, the 5-9, 190-pounder has played 90 to 100 snaps per game on offense, defense and special teams.

Diggs, confident as always, says the first week went well after adjusting to the heat.

"It was pretty hard at first," said Diggs. "After the first two days, we adjusted to the heat and did well. Everybody is familiar with our offense and that helps a lot. We have nine guys back and two other guys that played a lot last year, so we all know what to do. We have nine back on defense too and two other that played."

Diggs has only come off the field in the last two seasons in rare circumstances. Even though Angleton has loads of experience back, don't expect the role to change for one of the best two-way players in the state.

"My role is not going to change at all. The one thing that will change for our team is that we will rotate the backs in and out more. I'm going to do whatever we need to in order to win. The only time I come off the field is if catch a cramp or on kick-off team," Diggs said.

Before the Wildcats can make another deep playoff run, they must navigate their way through a tough 24-4A with second year programs Pearland Dawson and Manvel looking to make some noise and challenge the likes of Angleton, Friendswood, and Texas City.

"I think the district could be a little tougher this year because Dawson and Manvel have all of their starters back. Dawson beat us last year. We are used to the tough district. We have a lot of leadership coming back this year though," Diggs said.

While the Wildcats feature Diggs and senior Henry Josey, they aren't void of young talent as is seemingly always the case. Angleton is home to one of the top 2012 prospects in the Houston area in safety Ryan Jackson (5-11, 175, 4.5).

"I think he's going to start at outside linebacker this year. He played safety and running back on varsity as a freshman. He'll be blitzing a lot. He's my cousin and I'm real hard on him, but I think he's going to be really good. He's probably the hardest working player in our program," Diggs said.

Angleton has their first scrimmage on Saturday, August 15 at West Columbia.

The Diggs File

Vs. Dickinson (L) 1-5-0-7, 8-103 2 TD (3, 83), 7 tackles
Vs. Brazoswood (L) 2-6-0-19, 8-70, 8 tackles
Vs. Waller (W) 6-9-1-93, 3-127 2 TD (55, 60), 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Vs. La Marque (W) 2-5-0-1, 14-93, 5 tackles
Vs. Friendswood (W) 19-175 2 TD, 88-yard KOR TD, 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Vs. Dawson (L) 3-7-1-44, 12-86 1 TD (21)
Vs. Brazosport (W) 4-4-0-52, 6-114 3 TD (2, 59, 32), 99-yard TD catch, 7 tackles
Vs. Texas City (W) 1-4-0-7, 16-129 2 TD (1, 48)
Vs. Santa Fe (W) 3-7-0-39 1 TD, 12-112 2 TD (31, 37), 80-yard KOR TD
Vs. Manvel (W) 1-4-0-16, 8-93 2 TD (16, 2)
Vs. Foster (W) 4-5-0-31, 22-320 5 TD (70, 70, 48, 46, 63)
Vs. Davis (W) 5-8-1-118 1 TD, 6-74 2 TD (1, 54)
Vs. Beaumont Central (L) 2-8-2-20, 23-107 4 TD (27, 10, 1, 2)

Season totals: 34-72-5-447 2 TD (passing), 157-1,603 27 TD's (rushing)

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