Written by Devin Hasson
IN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
ENROLLMENT: 2.287 (7)
2014 RECORD: 12-1 6A Div. II Regional Semi-Finalist
THE COACH: Rodney Webb
THE PLAYERS: Will Reed (Sr., QB), Luke Termin (Sr., DL), Austin Sargent (Sr., OL), Tamba Juanah (Sr., RB/DB), Kenneth Tobias (Sr., DL), Caleb Broach (Sr., RB/DB), Chib Ihediwa (Sr., LB), James Taylor (Sr., DB), Jermichael Deason (Sr., WR), Sam Crawford (Jr., WR), A.J. Blacknall (Jr., RB/DB), Matt Jones (Jr., QB/WR), Tyler Saathoff (Jr., DL), Donik Smajli (Jr., OL), Cameron Crayton (So., WR), Alston Orji (So., LB), Korrey Barron (So., DL), Justin Childers (So., OL)
THE WORD: The Yellowjackets are coming off a banner season that saw them win their first 12 games and although there are some notable holes to fill, Rockwall is again one of the district favorites. Reed is one of the region's top returning quarterbacks, throwing for 2,455 yards and 33 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Juanah (382 yards, 3 TDs), a first-team all-district corner back, showed he can carry the full-time rushing load when he averaged 116.4 yards in five games as a sophomore. Blacknall (328 yards, 4 TDs) and Broach (204 yards, 3 TDs) will also be factors in the ground game. The defense will be solid once again with seven returning starters. Ihediwa is the anchor in the middle coming off a 109-tackle season. The Yellowjackets are strong up front with first-team all-district linemen Tobias (64 tackles, four sacks) and Termin (63 tackles, 10 TFL) while safety Taylor (68 tackles) is a key cog in the secondary.
ENROLLMENT: 2,675 (2)
2014 RECORD: 8-4 6A Div. I Area Finalist
THE COACH: Doug Stephens
THE PLAYERS: Logan Bonner (Sr., QB), LaDarius Dickens (Jr., WR), Kobe Morrow (Jr., RB), Kenny Frechette (Jr., QB), Quinton Stinson (Sr., WR), Dylan Watts (Jr., WR), Josh Lewis (Sr., WR), Trenton Gordon (Jr., DB), Jerrod Elmore (Sr., LB), Ousman Betts (Jr., DE), Terry Dupuy (Sr., DB), Colby Terry (Sr., DE).
THE WORD: Last season, Rowlett leaned heavily on a seasoned defense while a young offense developed its identity. It will be the opposite situation this fall, as the offense carries the load early on for a defense that graduated seven first-team all-district selections. Bonner returns for his third year as starter, he committed to Arkansas State in late April. Bonner showed his toughness last season in fighting through injuries to still throw for 2,177 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Rowlett QB has a wealth of options to distribute the ball. Dickens, the offensive sophomore of the year, is a big-play receiver (53-785, 8 TDs) and can also move into the backfield (47-313, 8 TDs). Morrow (191-947, 8 TDs) showed the ability to be a workhorse and Stinson (21-283), Watts (18-181) and Lewis are other weapons on the outside The secondary will be solid with Gordon, the defensive sophomore of the year, and Dupuy. Elmore leads the linebacker crew with Betts and Terry up front. The Eagles are also looking for replacements for a pair of Division I kickers with the graduation of Drew Galitz (Baylor) and Josh Williams (SMU).
ENROLLMENT: 2,772 (1)
2014 RECORD: 6-4
THE COACH: Mark "Red" Behrens
THE PLAYERS: Devin Duvernay (Sr., WR), Donovan Duvernay (Sr., WR/DB), Jared Mayden (Sr., DB), Nate Thompson (Sr., OL), Kameron Steen (Sr., WR), Nate Shelton (Jr., WR), Sam Weldon (Jr., OL), Matt Yarbrough (Sr., DL), Tony Krasniqi (Jr., DL), Keith Washington (Sr., DL), Harrison Foerster (Sr., LB), Tyler Evans (Jr., DB), Devonte Emory (Sr., DB), Rikko Woods (Jr., LB), Kelon Wilson (Jr., RB), Blake Dean (Sr., QB), Jalen Mayden (So., QB)
THE WORD: Sachse has established itself as one of the most prolific offensive teams in the area in recent years but for the first time since 2011, it did not translate into a playoff berth. The Mustangs' field house has been a popular stop for college recruiters with a bevy of star power led by top-100 national recruits Devin Duvernay and Jared Mayden. Devin Duvernay, who has been clocked at 4.38 speed in the 40, caught 63 passes for 997 yards last season, while Oregon commit Jared Mayden had 42 tackles and eight pass breakups. Donovan Duvernay, known more for his work in the secondary, emerged as a big-play threat on offense last season, as well. Behrens said this group is "stronger" but a big key will be finding the right quarterback to run the spread offense and going into the spring, the Mustangs were looking at five different contenders, young Jalen Mayden already holds FBS offers without taking a varsity snap. Whoever gets the job will find an abundance of wealth on the outside, as in addition to Duvernay, they return Steen (36-679) and Shelton (14-279). Weldon and Thompson give the Mustangs good size at the tackles. The secondary will be strong as should the defensive line with Yarbrough, Krasniqi and Washington.
TYLER LEE RED RAIDERS
ENROLLMENT 2,547 (4)
2014 RECORD: 5-6 6A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Darrell Piske
THE PLAYERS: Zach Hall (Sr., QB), Isjuwan Parker (Sr., WR), Tavon Wesley (Sr., RB), Campbell Miller (Jr., LB), John Samples (Sr., DL), Mason Parker (Sr., WR), Tyrec Grayson (Sr., WR), Makyle Sanders (Jr., DB), Greyson Calhoun (Sr., LB), Braden Coates (Sr., LB), Jerry Villela (Sr., OL/DL), Xavion Gardner (Sr., OL), Davone Morgan (Sr., OL), Jordan Devers (Sr., WR), Mathew Hawk (Sr., K/P), Tevin Shankle (Jr., DB, Dante Johnson (Jr., WR), Hudson Hill (Jr., DB), Parker Musselwhite (Jr., DL), Kealon Jacobs (Jr., DL)
THE WORD: The Red Raiders might feature the best set of skill players in the district. The dynamic Hall is a true dual-threat with an efficient arm (146-of-218, 2,072 yards, 19 TDs) and game-changing speed (164-1,512, 22 TDs), he’s already picked up offers from Baylor and Texas Tech. Barker (6-3, 186, 4.6) is a big target on the outside who had 44 catches for 799 yards, and Wesley (117-677) emerged as the compliment on the ground. The offensive line is good, led by Gardner and Morgan and give Tyler Lee the ingredients to have one of the most explosive offenses in the state, but there is not a lot of depth in the trenches. The same is true on the other side of the ball, although they do have a star in Samples, the key cog in the 3-4 front. Miller, the team's leading returning tackler, Calhoun and Coates gives the Red Raiders a solid linebacker group. Tyler Lee made a return to the playoffs last year, but the experience wasn’t pleasant in an embarrassing loss to Waco Midway. They are hoping a more experienced team will result in more success in 2015.
ENROLLMENT: 2,579 (3)
2014 RECORD: 7-4 Div. 1 6A Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Jeff Jordan
THE PLAYERS: Coree Compton (Sr., WR/DB), Lane Scott (Jr., OL/DL), Jalen Reynolds (Sr., TE/DL), Melvin Loveless (Sr., WR/DB), Hakeem Adeniji (Sr., OL/DL), Jose Alvidrez (Jr., OL/DL), LaDerrious Harris (Sr., WR/DB), Jacoby Williams (Sr., QB), Thomas Ziegler (Sr., OL), Michael Turman (Sr., RB), Matt Wisdom (Sr., TE), Perry Overton (Sr., LB), Malik Forte (Sr., LB), Jaylon Haskins, Sr., DB), Keishawn Leslie (Sr., DB)
THE WORD: The Owls are hoping to be a playoff team for the 21st time in the past 23 seasons as they look to add to their proud history. Jordan expects the offense to run more smoothly in the second season using the "Auburn Spread". Williams, a former transfer from Skyline, is a tough player who will take over full-time quarterback duties. Compton (50-734, 11 TDs) is a game-changer on the outside who set a school record for receptions last season, and along with two-way players Loveless and Harris, give Williams plenty of options. Scott, a second-team defensive lineman last season, has the potential to be a dominant blocker and joins Adeniji, Ziegler and Alvidrez as leaders of an experienced offensive line. Reynolds (40 tackles, two sacks) might be the most versatile player on the team, as he will play defensive end, H-back and punt. The Owls return Overton (46 tackles, three sacks) and Forte at linebacker and Harris, Haskins and Leslie make up a seasoned secondary.
GARLAND LAKEVIEW CENTENNIAL PATRIOTS
ENROLLMENT: 2,430 (5)
2014 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Kendall Miller
THE PLAYERS: Kaleb McNac (Sr., WR), Shammond Greenwood (Jr., TE), Boomer Dustin (Sr., OL), DeJohn Jones (Jr., OL), Kamron Fields (Jr., QB), Damon Carey (Sr., RB), Mikeal Perkins (Sr., WR), Frederico Castillo (Jr., OL), Major Norman (Sr., DB), Lawrence Collins (Sr., LB), Dejon Jeffrey (Sr., DB), Juan Moreno (Sr., LB), Tony King (Sr., DB), Tyrell Stewart (Jr., LB), Joe Eaton (Sr., DB), Clayton Cortimilia (Sr., LB), Xavier James (Sr., OL), Donnie Bell (Jr., DB)
THE WORD: Lakeview Centennial was close to breaking one of the longest playoff droughts in the state (1995) but a pair of blown fourth-quarter leads once again left them on the outside looking in at season's end. Fields took a few snaps last season and could be ready to step into the full-time role. Linwood (67-453) had a couple of monster games last season, the athletic McNac (40-628, 8 TDs) is a star in the making and the 6-2 Greenwood (14-201, 4 TDs) provides another big target. Linemen Dustin and Jones were each honorable mention all-district selections. Norman is a first-team corner who will rejoin Jeffrey and Eaton in the secondary. Stewart, Cortimilia and Moreno are back at linebacker but the Patriots will need to develop players who can step in up front. Kendall Miller has done a fantastic job getting LCHS competitive but now he’s hoping his Patriots can break through in 2015.
GARLAND NAAMAN FOREST RANGERS
ENROLLMENT: 2,196 (8)
2014 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Marvin Sedberry, JR.
THE PLAYERS: Miller Nguyen (Sr., OL), Carlos Mendoza (Sr., DB), Terence Lawson (Sr., QB), Prince Hanks (Sr., RB), Lord Zapata (Sr., DL), Stephon Mudd (Jr., DL), Darius Savage (Jr., WR), Travis Taylor (Jr., WR), Elijah Burleson (So., LB), Brock Brown (Sr., OL), Juwan Corry (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: The Rangers took some lumps last year but should Sedberry expects improvements in all phases after going through a full off-season together. Naaman Forest must replace workhorse running back Michael Nelson (576 carries last two seasons) but whoever gets the call will benefit from a strong offensive line with three returning starters led by all-state candidate Miller at center. Lawson flashed potential in limited playing time. At 6-2, 210, he has the size to be dangerous running and throwing the ball. Hanks (53-258) will get a look as the new full-time back and Taylor (22-272) and Savage (13-224) return to lead an experienced group on the outside. The defensive line should be much better with Zapata (32 tackles) and Mudd and the secondary has experience with Mendoza (2 INTs) but the key will be the development of Burleson and the rest of the linebacker corps.
NORTH GARLAND RAIDERS
ENROLLMENT: 2,331 (6)
2014 RECORD: 0-10
THE COACH: Joe Castillo
THE PLAYERS: Ladaireon Rose (Sr., ATH), Alfred Villalobos (Sr., RB), Lorenzo Bennett (Sr., OL), Jamar Braziel (Sr., WR), Sam Wynne (Sr., RB), Dominique Pierce (Sr., RB), Oscar Marin (Sr., OL), Kelvin Ekhator (Sr., WR), Zach Duffey (Sr., QB), Christian Feaster (Sr., LB), Salvador Romero (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Times have been rough in North Garland with a 27-game losing streak and just two wins in the last five seasons. The Raiders broke in several younger players last season and their freshman and junior varsity teams enjoyed some success, meaning brighter times could be ahead. The Raiders gave several different players looks last season. Rose, a first-team all-district selection, played running back (21-168) wide receiver (12-133) and quarterback. Wynne (107-367) and Pierce (42-184) flashed potential in the backfield with Braziel (12-153) and Ekhator (7-50) back on the outside. Second-teamer Bennett and Marin return on the line. The defense will be led by all-district linebacker Feaster and end Romero. As has been the case the past 15 years or so, depth is a major concern for NGHS as this is a 6A program that fields small 5A program type numbers in the program.