IN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
DALLAS SKYLINE RAIDERS
ENROLLMENT: 4,700 (1)
2014 RECORD: 14-1 6A Div. I State Semi-Finalist
THE COACH: Derick Roberson
THE PLAYERS: Da'Leon Ward (Sr., RB), Clarence Henderson (Sr., OL), Joe Wallace (Sr., DL), LaDarryl Randolph (Sr., ATH), Kimball Bradford (Sr., DL), Malik Webb (Sr., WR), Jonathan Spencer (Sr., DB), Raheim Leeper (Sr., LB), J’Don Robinson (Sr., OL), Daniel Munoz (Sr., OL), Danzel Sims (Sr., LB), Joystn Andrews (Sr., DB), Brandon Johnson (Sr., DB), Melvin Terry (Sr., DL), Jaylon Spencer (Jr., LB), JayVon Rollison (Jr., ATH), Calvin Avery (So., DL)
THE WORD: For three quarters it appeared Dallas Skyline had enough to finally end the reign of terror Allen had imposed on the rest of the state, but injuries and big plays ended Skyline’s hopes in the state semi-finals for the second time in school history. It’s now a new era at Skyline as Reginald Samples departed in February to take over at Duncanville and in steps Derick Roberson from Dallas ISD administration. Roberson is familiar with Skyline as he was OC there before becoming HC at Bryan Adams. SHS returns a good group of seniors les by Ward on offense, the Texas Tech commit ran for 1779 yards and 20 touchdowns a year ago. He’ll run behind a big and physical offensive line anchored by Henderson who holds over a dozen FBS offers. Randolph and Rollinson are versatile playmakers and one could emerge as the new signal caller for the Raiders. On defense, the Raiders return seven starters and if they can replace LB Anthony Wheeler who signed with Texas they have a chance to be even better in 2015. Wallace, Bradford, Terry and Avery give Skyline a big and imposing defensive line. Expect junior LB Spencer to emerge as the new playmaker for the Skyline defensive unit. This may not be the most dynamic team Skyline’s fielded but their size and depth in the trenches gives them a chance to again be a highly successful team in 2015.
IRVING MACARTHUR CARDINALS
ENROLLMENT: 3,336 (2)
2014 RECORD: 7-4 6A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Brian Basil
THE PLAYERS: Artiss Henderson (Sr., RB), Kane Hardin (Sr., QB), Damien Victor (Sr., WR), Josh Hodges (Sr., WR), Rashad Fisher (Sr., DB), Ryen Sanchez (Sr., WR), Jordan Wyatt (Sr., OL), William Chavez (Sr., OL), Carl Clark (Sr., DL), Glen Enudeme (Sr., DL), Colby Blakely (Sr., OL/DL), Justin Rose (Sr., LB), Jeff Kincaide (Sr., DB), Jelani Arnold (Jr., LB), Spencer Smith (So., OL)
THE WORD: Cardinal fans are hoping for a breakout year from their team as MacArthur returns nine offensive starters from last year’s playoff squad. The 7-4 record was a nice bounce back for Coach Basil’s squad after a 3-7 record in 2013. The Cardinals offense should be among the best in the area with QB Hardin back after throwing for over 2700 yards and 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions, he broke pretty much every single season passing record at MacArthur in 2014. His top receivers Victor and Hardin return as well, they combined for over 1400 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago. Henderson ran for nearly 1000 yards a year ago and 24 touchdowns, he’ll lead the ground attack. Although the Cardinals return just four defensive starters Coach Basil thinks this unit can be improved as well as several backups who saw significant time do return. The leader of the defensive unit is Fisher who was a first team all-district performer a year ago. Rose will be solid in the front seven as he led the team with 91 tackles a year ago and Coach Basil is excited about the progress of junior LB Arnold who could be an immediate impact player. Clark and Enudeme return on the defensive line and will be crucial to the Cardinals potential postseason success.
DALLAS JESUIT RANGERS
ENROLLMENT: 2,190 (6)
2014 RECORD: 8-4 6A Div. II Area Finalist
THE COACH: Brandon Hickman
THE PLAYERS: Peyton Long (Jr., LB), Ryan Brooks (Sr., DL), Max Loughborough (Sr., WR), Elliot Hartman (Sr., DL), Matt Metz (Sr., OL), Nate Thompson (Sr., DB), Mac Elliot (Sr., DB), Esteban Garcia (Sr., DB), Will Guzman (Jr., LB), Mark Ready (Jr., DB), Adam Holtz (Sr., RB), Jack Metz (Jr., DL), Jacob Palisch (Jr., QB), Fletcher Rosenbleeth (So., WR)
THE WORD: The Rangers have enjoyed a nice run the past couple of seasons and winning three playoff games in the process. They’ve established themselves as a team who can compete in 6A, but can they win that elusive district title? If they do it in 2015 it may be behind a defense that returns eight starters as the Jesuit offense will be young as Coach Hickman just welcomes back two offensive starters. Palisch will take over at QB after piloting the JV squad to an 8-2 record, he’ll rely heavily on Loughborough who is the only skill player with any significant experience back. In 2014 Loughborough accounted for ten touchdowns and nearly 700 yards from scrimmage. The defense will be led by Long who is the top returning tackler with 42 stops, he’ll team with Brooks, Hartman and Jacob Metz to anchor what should be a big and physical defensive line. “We have a chance to be better in 2015 if our young skill kids can mature, we should be bigger and more physical up front on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Hickman.
IRVING NIMITZ VIKINGS
ENROLLMENT: 3,165 (3)
2014 RECORD: 5-6 6A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Brian Rogers
THE PLAYERS: Noah Spears (Sr., LB), Sam Berry (Sr., WR), Michael Perez (Sr., DB), Mark Eugene (Jr., RB), Joe Pena (Sr., ATH), Jared Jenkins (Sr., DB), Trevion Sample (Sr., DL), Stephen Yarborough (Jr., DL), Franklin Rosales (Sr., OL), Louis Simpson (Sr., DB), Cody Norris (Jr., WR), Savion Williams (Jr., DB), Brandon Ross (Jr., DL), Zach Wilson (Jr., WR), Demorious Ducking (So., LB)
THE WORD: The Vikings weren’t picked by many to be a playoff team a year ago, but they surprised and nabbed the fourth playoff spot in 9-6A. Just four offensive and five defensive starters return, but the talent on hand should be enough to hold off charges from RL Turner and WT White for fourth place. Four offensive starters return led by WR Berry who hauled in nine touchdown passes on just 23 receptions a year ago. Eugene will pass the ground game after rushing for 1003 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. Pena, who started in the secondary a year ago and served as a backup QB a year ago will likely take over full time under center. Five defensive starters are back led by a solid secondary with Perez and Jenkins anchoring things as three year starters. Young players Yarborough and Ducking could be immediate impact players at the varsity level for the Vikings.
CARROLLTON TURNER LIONS
ENROLLMENT: 2,155 (7)
2014 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Mike Ramirez
THE PLAYERS: Justin Eichorn (Jr., QB), Bryan Chavez, Jr. (Jr., DL), Victor Benavides (Sr., OL), Taylor Wilson (Jr., OL), Alexis Castellanos (Jr., DB), Robert Rosas (Sr., OL), Jose Hernandez (Jr., LB), Guillermo Saldana (Sr., DB), Colby Hall (Jr., RB/LB), Mauricio Rojas (Jr., RB), Juan Weaver (Jr., RB), Joe Ortiz (So., DB), Darian Di (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Going 4-6 isn’t often cause for celebration, but when you’ve won just five games in the past seven years it certainly is just cause for happiness. Such is the case for RL Turner under second year HC Mike Ramirez, whose squad posted four wins in 2014 after going 0-10 in 2013. The four wins was the most victories in a season for the Lions since 2001. Just three starters are back on both sides of the ball so there will be some retooling for Coach Ramirez’s squad as the Lions have a small senior class. RL Turner will be led on offense by Eichorn who started ten games as a sophomore, he’ll operate behind an OL led by Benavides and Wilson. Young skill guys like Hall, Rojas and Weaver will need to emerge quickly for the Lions. The defense is led by Chavez and Castellanos, but across the board they’ll be incredibly young as just one or two seniors will start. “We are going to rely a lot on our young kids this year, we don’t have many seniors. The juniors and sophomores have been in the program two years so we think they are ready, we had a good year and now the kids, school and community believes that we can compete for a playoff spot,” said Coach Ramirez.
DALLAS WHITE LONGHORNS
ENROLLMENT: 2,346 (5)
2014 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Rudy Powe
THE PLAYERS: Jackson Fults (Sr., QB), Kylan Harrison (Jr., WR), Rodarion Harrison (Sr., DB), Daniel Joof (Sr., RB), Andrey Taylor (Jr., DB), Josh Mckenzie (Sr., DB), James Patterson (Jr., LB), Chase Williams (Sr., WR/DB), Michael Simmons (Sr., WR/DB), Cody Gather (Jr., DB)
THE WORD: The Longhorns had a solid 2014 season posting a 5-5 record and finishing district play with a 3-4 record. The highlight of the year was a season ending 39-25 win over Irving High. The Longhorns return six starters on both sides of the ball and with a few breaks they could be right in the thick of the playoff race for fourth place in 9-6A. The offense will be led by QB Fults who had a strong junior season accounting for over 2200 yards of offense and 22 touchdowns in nine starts. He’s got Harrison back who caught a pair of touchdowns a year ago and Joof who looked solid in a backup role at RB. The defense will have plenty of experience in the secondary with Harrison, Taylor and McKenzie all returning for the Longhorns. There does appear to be concerns about experience and depth along both the offensive and defensive lines and at linebacker heading into 2015.
ENROLLMENT: 3,054 (4)
2014 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Aaron De La Torre
THE PLAYERS: Kyandus Hall (Sr., RB), Raekwon Young (Jr., RB), Noah Salinas (Sr., RB/LB), Mar’Kel Cooks (Sr., LB), Mario Diaz (Sr., OL), Aidan Reynolds (Jr., DL), Will McCorckle (Jr., DL), Brandon Hearn (Sr., LB), Kendrick Kirklin (Jr., DB), Kevin Kirklin (So., DB), Angel Ontiveros (Jr., QB), Raymond Tate (Jr., WR), Sebastian Dimas (So., TE/DL), Jordan Tinglin (So., DL), Jonathan Tinglin (So., LB)
THE WORD: After making the playoffs in 2013, the Tigers stumbled to a 2-8 mark a year ago. Coach De La Torre is hopeful some talent juniors and sophomores can make a big impact and the Tigers can compete for a playoff spot. The offense has good depth at RB with Hall who ran for 711 yards and five touchdowns along with Young who had 351 yards and five touchdowns. Salinas is an all-district blocking back and doubles as a key piece of the defense at LB. Ontiveros is expected to take over at QB and his favorite target could be 6’2 Tate who has tremendous athleticism. Five defensive starters return led by Cooks is one of the DFW area’s more underrated LB’s and could earn some real interest from FBS schools this spring. Reynolds, McCorckle and Tinglin anchor a young but athletic defensive line for the Tigers. Irving should be improved in 2015, but they are probably a year away from competing for a playoff spot.
DALLAS SUNSET BISON
ENROLLMENT: 2,150 (8)
2014 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Armando Gutierrez
THE PLAYERS: Alex Leal (Jr., RB), Harry Moreno (Sr., LB), Abisi Ochoa (Sr., OL), Alejandro Leija (Sr., OL), Gabriel Luna (Sr., WR/DB), Edward Tobias (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: The slogan for the Bison heading into 2015 is “Work like they won’t, so you can accomplish what they can’t!” It’s appropriate for Sunset as the Bison will have to outwork and outhustle nearly everyone on their schedule as this is a team that doesn’t have a ton of raw talent or depth. This year’s squad will feature a lot of youth as the Bison just return two starters on both sides of the ball. Leal, who saw action as a sophomore will be a key component of the Bison attack as they try and slow the tempo down and grind the clock. He’ll run behind returning OL Ochoa and Leija who are both solid up front. The defense will be led by Moreno who is a three year starter for Coach Guiterrez’s squad. “We have a unit that understands the fundamentals of who we are and what we can execute on offense. They have a better cohesion than previous groups and we are hoping better team speed will help us offset our lack of size,” said Coach Gutierrez.