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Richmond FOSTER FALCONS
ENROLLMENT: 1,970 (2)
2014 RECORD: 9-2 5A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Shaun McDowell
THE PLAYERS: Evan Fairs, (Sr., WR), Patrick Rosette, (Sr., DB), Quantonio Williams, (Sr., RB), Grant Strimple (Sr., OL), Jason Dimelow (Sr., OL), Tykenzie Daniels (Sr., DB), Robert Limas, (Sr., LB), Zachary Stone (Sr., LB), Wyatt Jones (Sr., LB), Nwankwo Nwankwo (Sr., DL), Colbie Barnes (Sr., TE), Cedarian Lamb (Jr., WR), Demond Lemon (Jr., WR), Alex Ramart (Jr., QB), Joseph Garza (Jr., OL), Justice Oluwaseun (Jr., OL), Joshua Osei (Jr., DL), Isaiah Richardson (Jr., DB), Jacob Brammer (Jr., OL), Chandler Speights (Jr., WR), Ty Reed (Jr., TE/DL), Malik McLemore (Jr., LB), Gage Hamby (Jr., LB), Lane Eldridge (Jr., DB), Jeremy Deleon (Jr., OL), Travis White (So., WR), Zachary Limas (So., QB/DB), Quinton Oliver (So., RB), Jakor Barton (So., WR), Cade Beloso (So., LB), Michael Maves (So., LB), Trevor Matheson (So., OL), Myles McDowell (So., DB), Jemil Burns (So., DL), Joseph Castellanos (So., DB)
THE WORD: The Foster Falcons are set to return 22 letterman, seven starters on offense and five starters on defense, from a team that finished 9-2 in 2014. Coach McDowell and his team fell in the first round to a very talented Ridge Point team last season, but a season of winning and the playoff experience should help this young group take another step forward in 2015. On offense, wide receivers Evans Fairs and Cedarian Lamb, lead a talented group of receivers in a spread system for the Falcons. Senior running back Quantonio Williams, who finished with 680 yards and nine touchdowns rushing, is a player that could break out for the Falcons in 2015. On defense, the Falcons return two senior defensive backs and three senior linebackers in 2015 led by University of Houston commitment Patrick Rosette, who finished with 65 tackles and six pass breakups last season. With seven returning starters with three years of starting experience and a wealth of depth, the Falcons should definitely make some noise in District 24-5A and in Region III.
RICHMOND GEORGE RANCH LONGHORNS
ENROLLMENT: 2,069 (1)
2014 RECORD: 12-2 5A Div. I State Quarter-Finalist
THE COACH: Ricky Tullos
THE PLAYERS: Darius Anderson (Sr., RB), Mikial Onu (Sr., DB), Tessylim Anifowoshe, Jr. (Sr., DL/LB), Jairon McVea (Sr., DB), Broderick Thompson (Sr., WR), Joshua Scruggs (Sr., RB), Michael Bottego (Sr., OL), Austin Price (Sr., OL), Leroy Franklin (Sr., WR), Conner Kubes (Sr., LB), Zach Loskie (Sr., RB), Kirstian Novosad (Sr., LB), Adam Beck (Jr., DB), Reggie Davis (Jr., DL), Brent Ugo (Jr., LB), Toby Ndukwe (Jr., DL), Antonio Jackson (Jr., QB)
THE WORD: The George Ranch Longhorns are coming off a great season where they finished 12-2 and made a playoff run all the way into the state quarterfinals, losing in a high scoring game against Temple. The success Coach Tullos’ squad has had in their first three years of varsity football is unheard of and they are hoping they can keep the run up. The Longhorns do lose some highly talented players from that 2014 team, but both running back Darius Anderson and defensive back Mikial Onu lead a group of eleven returning seniors going into the 2015 season. Anderson, the reigning District 24-5A offensive MVP, rushed for 1,861 yards and 14 touchdowns along with 326 yards and three touchdowns receiving this past season. Onu, a second team all-district selection last year, returns to help lead the Longhorns’ defense. Junior defensive back Adam Beck and defensive end Toby Ndukwe also return for the Longhorns’ defense. George Ranch will continue to field a good team going into the 2015 season, but getting some of the underclassmen ready to contribute will be important for Coach Tullos and his staff.
ENROLLMENT: 1,840 (3)
2014 RECORD: 9-4 5A Div. II Regional Semi-Finalist
THE COACH: Ryan Roark
THE PLAYERS: Robbie Hall (Sr., RB), Julius Ramirez, (Sr., TE), Spencer Irvine (Sr., OL), Mitchell Newman (Sr., OL), Jashon Waddy (Sr., ATH), Michael Suaceda (Sr., ATH), Bo Buckley (Sr., DL), Dakota Tipp (Sr., DL), Waydale Jones (Jr., WR), Quincy Addison (Jr., ATH), Alex Santos (Jr., DL), Billy Foster (So., ATH)
THE WORD: Can the Wildcats build upon their success in 2014? Coach Roark and his team made a run to the third round of the playoffs, falling short against Hutto in the 5A Division II Regional Semifinals. Now the Angleton coaches look to replace an experienced quarterback and rebuild both the offensive line and linebackers group. With 18 returning letterman and 11 returning starters, the Wildcats will go into the 2015 season with several key players with playoff experience from last year. Finding the right quarterback is always important for any team, but the Angleton coaches do return several key pieces on offense, including Robbie Hall who rushed for 1,074 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. The Wildcats also return their leading receiver and two starters on the offensive line from 2014. On defense, three starters return along the defensive line, including Dakota Tipp, who finished with 91 total tackles in 2014. Starting safety Quincy Addison, who finished with 86 total tackles in 2014, also returns to the Wildcats’ defense.
PORT LAVACA CALHOUN SANDCRABS
ENROLLMENT: 1,164 (6)
2014 RECORD: 6-6 5A Div. II Area Finalist
THE COACH: Richard Whitaker
THE PLAYERS: Jorge Rios (Sr., OL), J.C. Garcia (Sr., ATH), Raheem Jones (Sr., ATH), Gage Daniel (Jr., TE), Jackson Nunley (Jr., LB), Noah Bonuz (Jr., DB), Clay Riser (Jr., DL), Justin Flores (Jr., ATH), Cullen Watkins (Jr., OL), Fernando Almarez-Rodriguez (Jr., K)
THE WORD: Despite finishing the 2014 season with a 6-6 record, the Calhoun Sandcrabs grabbed a first round playoff win and fell to a very talented Crosby team in the second round. Coach Whitaker and his staff return 15 letterman and seven starters from 2014, including three players on offense and four players on defense. Senior offensive lineman Jorge Rios returns for Calhoun, and brings great explosion for a 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman. Senior athletes, J.C. Garcia and Raheem Jones, both return for the Sandcrabs and will play both sides of the ball this season. The offense also returns size at the tight end position with junior Gage Daniel. As always the Sandcrabs will be a tough team to prepare for as their Slot-T offense is unique and tough to stop. On defense, junior linebacker Jackson Nunley, junior defensive back Noah Bonuz and junior defensive lineman Clay Riser all return for the Sandcrabs. With only seven total starters returning, the offseason will be very important for the Calhoun coaches to identify new key contributors and have the Sandcrabs in positions to succeed again in 2015.
ROSENBERG TERRY RANGERS
ENROLLMENT: 1,742 (4)
2014 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Tim Teykl
THE PLAYERS: Anthony Alexander (Sr., LB), Brandon Foster (Sr., RB/DB), Roy Rocha (Sr., K), Christian Parada (Sr., K/P), Jeffrey Street (Sr., LB), David Brown (Sr., RB), Edward Kessner (Sr., TE/LB), Shar Quon Wade (Sr., TE), Felix Serrano (Sr., OL), David Zepeda (Sr., DL), Enrique Davilla (Sr., OL), Johnathan Lopez (Sr., OL), Vonte Davis (Jr., DB), Dhijoke Iwuagwu (Jr., DL), Jacob Ramirez (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: The Rangers started the 2014 season with four straight wins, but depth issues and having to use five different quarterbacks left the Terry program with several losses down the stretch. Coach Teykl and his staff return 15 lettermen from last season with several returning starters, all 11 players on offense and seven on defense. The Terry coaches now plan on using several of the program’s top players on both sides of the ball going into the 2015 season in order to avoid any potential depth issues. Junior quarterback and defensive back Vonte Davis will be playing both sides of the ball at two very important positions for the Mustangs. Senior Brandon Foster will share time at quarterback with Davis and share carries with running back David Brown. In all, four Mustangs will play on both sides of the ball and most will contribute on special teams as well. The Terry coaches will have their work cut out for them in District 24-5A this season, but look to bring along several underclassmen this offseason and could surprise a few more teams in 2015.
ROSENBERG LAMAR CONSOLIDATED MUSTANGS
ENROLLMENT: 1,539 (5)
2014 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Rick LaFavers
THE PLAYERS: Steven Staten (Sr., WR), Tariq Freeny (Sr., OL), Larry Blackmon (Sr., DB), Sherman Malone (Jr., ATH), Will Brown (So., QB), Kelvin Williams (Sr., WR/DB), Bryce Malone (Sr., DB), Blake Wichard (Sr., QB), Jaylon Jones (Jr., WR), Josh Jones (Jr., OL), Devonte Lavine (Sr., DB), DaKavin Bee (Jr., DB), Wendell Ellis (Jr., LB), Jared Jones (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: After a disappointing season where the Mustangs finished with a 1-9 record, the school brought back a familiar name – Rick LaFavers – who served as the Lamar Consolidated defensive coordinator in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. LaFavers coached linebackers at Ridge Point last season and has coached at a handful of college programs throughout his career. He brings four new assistant coaches to Lamar Consolidated and wants to build a more physical team going into the 2015 season. The Mustangs will return 19 lettermen from the 2014 season and ten total starters, six on offense and four on defense. On offense, senior wide receiver Steven Staten and senior offensive lineman Tyriq Freeny, will lead the Mustang offense. Brown and Wichard both started games at QB last year and both will compete for the starting job. On defense, senior defensive back Larry Blackmon will lead the Mustang defense along with Williams and Malone who are three year starters. Coach LaFavers and his staff will need to identify several new contributors during spring and offseason practices going into the 2015 season.