TheOldCoach District 26-5A Preview

After an inspiring run to the Quarter-Finals, DE Johnnie Williams and his Austin LBJ teammates are hoping for more in 2015. Check out our look at District 26-5A right here on THEOLDCOACH!

DISTRICT 26-5A

IN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

AUSTIN LBJ JAGUARS

ENROLLMENT 1,817 (1)

2014 RECORD: 11-3 5A Div. I State Quarter-Finalist

THE COACH: Andrew Jackson

THE PLAYERS: Johnnie Williams (Sr., DL), Khalil Thomas (Jr., RB), De'andre Wytaske (Sr., ATH), Daniel Degrasse (Jr., OL), Deon Collins (So., DB/WR), Bo Feaster (Jr., LB), Allie Green (Jr., WR), Devin Johnson (So., LB), Deitrich Heard (Sr., OL), Dennis Justice (Jr., WR), Jaylon Joiner (Jr., LB), Chris Sanders (Jr., LB), Treylan Thomas (So., DB), Ashton William (Sr., LB)

THE WORD: The Jaguars didn’t just put themselves on the District 26-5A map last year, they served notice to the entire state with a run to the regional finals. Now the reigning All-Centex and District 26-5A coach of the year Andrew Jackson will be charged with proving his mettle as the team graduated 12 starters from last year’s standout team. On offense the Jaguars will try to build around De'andre Wytaske, who may be the best athlete on the roster. Wytaske has 4.4 speed and scored three touchdowns on special teams last season. He’ll move into a more prominent role with the graduation of several playmakers on that side of the ball. Daniel Degrasse started all 14 games last year as a sophomore on the offensive line, along with senior first-team all-district lineman Deitrich Heard, he’ll be charged with paving the way for the offense. On defense, look for senior defensive end Johnnie William to emerge as a potential all-state contender. He had 11 sacks last year and will play an even more prominent role Jackson’s attack in 2015. Look for hybrid defensive end-linebacker Chris Sanders to step up as a pass rusher. Linebackers Jaylon Joiner and Kevin Johnson are young, but have a high celling according to Jackson. Defensive back Deon Collins started all four playoff games as a freshman and has only improved with a full offseason of training. The Jaguars may go through some growing pains, but with a back stock of athletes and Jackson’s ability to get the most out of what he has, LBJ shouldn’t fall far from the high mark it set last year.

BASTROP BEARS

ENROLLMENT: 1,202 (7)

2014 RECORD: 7-4 5A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Todd Patmon

THE PLAYERS: Adonis Davis (Sr., WR/DB), Lehandre Brown-Rector (Sr., LB), Rene Loya (Sr., DL), Ben Flores (Sr., ATH), John Goode (Sr., OL), Jaden Watson (Jr., WR), Reagan Carter (Jr., DB), Jared Ferguson (Sr., DL), Jaedon McGee (Jr., LB), Jared Dolle (Jr., TE), Calvin Hendricks (Jr., ATH), Jacob Reed (So., DB), Jovahn Jones (Jr., RB)

THE WORD: The Bears set offensive records on the way to the program’s first playoff appearance since 2010, but many of the players who helped accomplish those marks have graduated. Still, the program is flush with potential playmakers ready to step into the limelight. Ben Flores – a returning starter in the defensive backfield – saw some time at quarterback last year and could move into the starting role, but Calvin Hendricks, fresh off leading the JV to a district title, will challenge for playing time under center as well. Athlete Adonis Davis is the team’s returning leader in interceptions and likely play on both sides of the ball in 2015. Dane Barron will be another top target for whoever emerges at quarterback. The offensive line will be led by three-year letterman John Goode. Joe Verdi was a key reserve at running back last year. He’ll likely split time in the role this season with converted defensive end Lehndre-Rector Brown. Jaden Watson will play wide receiver, but look for the Bears to find intriguing ways to utilize his explosiveness. On the defensive side Rene Loya has become a staple on the defensive line entering his fourth year as a starter. Junior defensive back Reagan Carter may be the fastest athlete in the entire district.

AUSTIN MCCALLUM KNIGHTS

ENROLLMENT 1,623 (3)

2014 RECORD: 7-4 5A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Chris Taylor

THE PLAYERS: Jorian Hardeway (Sr., RB), Miguel Avila (Sr., OL), Luke Whitefield (Jr., LB), Andre Blakemore (Jr., LB), Bryant Duran (Sr., DL), Carter Fowler (Sr., LB), Joseph Weathersby (Jr., RB), JB Faught (So., RB)

THE WORD: The Knights are hoping quarterback Carter Fowler and running back Jordain Hardawey can step in and become the next great offensive duo after graduating more than 85 percent of their total offensive production. Hardeway may be a bit undersized at 175 pounds, but has the game-changing speed and elusiveness to become a prominent playmaker at the running back position. Fowler was the team’s reserve quarterback last year and is ready to emerge from the shadow of former district MVP, three-year starter and departed graduate Sabian Cannon. Taylor and his staff will also be charged with finding ways to get the ball into the hands of JB Faught, the 5-foot-9 160-pound sophomore who looks to be poised for a breakout season. Senior offensive lineman Miguel Avila plays well beyond his 6-foot-1, 204-pound stature. On defense linebackers Luke Whitefield and Andre Blackemore were both varsity players as sophomores, but must go from contributors to team leaders to shore up a defense that lost five starters. Senior Bryant Duran brings stability and toughness to the defensive line.

Austin Reagan RAIDERS

ENROLLMENT: 1,146 (8)

2014 RECORD: 4-7 5A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs

THE PLAYERS: Mulbah Car (Sr., RB), Amado Aguilera (Sr., QB), Humberto Lopez (Jr., OL), Darien Abraham (Jr., OL), Joe Robledo (Sr., OL), Jeremy Bell (Sr., WR), Malique Jackson (Sr., OL), Darien Abraham (Jr., OL), Derrick Sorrels (So., OL)

THE WORD: The Raiders return the district’s best running back - and possibly its best overall player – in Mulbah Car. The incoming senior needs just over 1,500 yards to break the Austin ISD rushing record and has already attracted scholarship offers from Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado State and BYU. At 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, Car has the durability to be an every-down back between the tackles, but the explosiveness to leave defenders in his dust on any given play. He’ll be joined in the backfield by three-year starter Amado Aguilera. Aguilera is athletic enough to elude defenders and has improved as a passer in both his seasons as a starter. While Car and Aguilera may nab all the headlines, it is the offensive line that should pave the way for success for the Raiders in 2015. They return all five starters and a key reserve to the group paved the way for over 3,000 rushing yards last year. While the Raider offense will likely be one of the best in the district, Reagan will have to improve on the other side of the ball to emerge as a contender. Derrick Sorrels is just a sophomore, but has the ability to become an anchor for the defensive line, while both Car and Aguilera bring athleticism as two-way starters to the other side of the ball as well.

AUSTIN CROCKETT COUGARS

ENROLLMENT 1,564 (4)

2014 RECORD: 3-7

THE COACH: John Waugh

THE PLAYERS: Zach Ochoa (Sr., QB), Royce Charleston (Sr., DL), Marquise Greely (Sr., WR), Craig Rose (Sr., RB), Jordan Toupin (Sr., RB), Rafael Rosales (Sr., DL), Joe Newton (Sr., DL), Noah Hines (Sr., OL), Abraham Garcia (Sr., LB) Buba Varela (Sr., DB), Joseph Baca (Sr., RB), Jeremy Barrera (Sr., WR), Quentin McWilliams (Jr., DL) , Keon Franklin (So., WR)

THE WORD: After a one-year absence, the Cougars look to return to the postseason in 2015 behind experienced quarterback Zach Ochoa. The three-year starter rushed for 232 yards and threw for 953 last year and has improved with every varsity season. He’ll hand the ball off to Junior Joseph Baca. Baca is ready to inherit the feature back role on the varsity after bearing the load for the JV last season. At 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, Baca runs with vision and more power than one would expect for his size. Craig Rose should get a few carries as well. The junior was out last year with a knee injury, but looks fully recovered and ready to be factor. Receiver Marquise Greely caught seven passes for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year while battling an injury. He is expected to be one Ochoa’s favorite targets this season. Fellow receiver Keon Franklin has still yet to reach his massive upside with only one full year of playing football under his belt. Fullback Joe Toupin earned an honorable mention spot on the all-district team and showed versatility as both a blocker and a short-yardage back. Junior defensive lineman Quinton McWilliams was one of the stars of the Cougars offseason workout program and looks to become a force alongside senior lineman Royce Charleston.

AUSTIN TRAVIS REBELS

ENROLLMENT: 1,485 (5)

2014 RECORD: 3-7

THE COACH: Joe Frank Martinez

THE PLAYERS: Breonn Watson (Jr., QB), Boris Vindou (Sr., WR), Nathan Dickerson (Sr., DT), Tony Marines (Sr., OL), Michael Murray (Sr., WR)m, Luis Castelan (Sr., OL), Priscilliano Mendoza (Jr., LB), Ehlar Htoo (Sr., LB), Leon Wallace (Jr., DL), Eh Ta Taw (Sr., LB), Mykal Jones (Jr., WR), Rigo Rivera (Sr., OL), Charles Gurley (Jr., RB), Devonte (Jr., WR)

THE WORD: The Rebels move outstanding athlete and first-team all-district defensive back Breonn Watson under center in hopes of another prolific season on offense. With Watson moving to quarterback and the three of the team’s other four top pass catchers gone, the burden will fall on senior Boris Vindou to become a consistent weapon for the Rebels. The two-way player will play a leadership role on both sides of the ball. Michael Murray brings size and physicality to the receiving corps as well. At running back, Charles Gurley steps in for the team record holder and departing graduate Eric Strait. Gurley doesn’t possess the same kind of speed as his predecessor, but brings a gritty, workman-like attitude to the Rebel backfield. First-team all-district guard Tony Marines will be the glue that holds the offensive line together. On defense lineman Leon Wallace will hold down the line while returning starter Ehlar Htoo headlines the linebacker corps. Martinez took over in mid-August last year, so he and the staff are hoping a full off-season and additional stability will do the Rebels some good in 2015.

BASTROP CEDAR CREEK EAGLES

ENROLLMENT: 1,393 (6)

2014 RECORD: 1-9

THE COACH: Jon Edwards

THE PLAYERS: Travis Roberts (Sr., WR/DB), Trevor Roberts (Sr., WR/LB), Tristan Hendrix (Jr., QB), Logan Spears (Sr., OL/DL), Peyton Tuggle (Jr., WR/DB), Marco Olevera (Sr., K), Cash Houston (Sr., LB), Joseph Rodriguez (Sr., DL), Roger Salazar (Jr., OL/DL)

THE WORD: Another season, another coaching change for an Eagle program that now has more head coaches (four) than both varsity seasons and varsity wins (both three), but former Bastrop ISD alum Jon Edwards’ brings not just some stability to the program, but hopes for some immediate success with a nice array of returning talent to work with. Expect Tristan Hendrix to emerge as the team’s starting quarterback. Hendrix showed flashes of his potential while playing in relief duty last year and has the natural talent to make the offense successful. His weapons will include twin brothers Travis and Trevor Roberts – a pair of speedy dynamos who can make plays in space – and junior Peyton Tuggle. Tuggle showed off his speed late last school year when he qualified for the area meet in the 100-meter dash. The Eagles were good enough to win on offense last season, but gave up 45.5 points per game on the other side of the ball. To turn that around, they will have to build around all-district linebacker Cash Houston and senior defensive lineman Joseph Rodriguez.

AUSTIN LANIER VIKINGS

ENROLLMENT: 1,702

2014 RECORD: 1-9

THE COACH Jonathan Hayhurst

THE PLAYERS: Juanye Johnson (Sr., RB), Josh Torres (Sr., QB), Travis Willimas (Sr., DE), Devon Carter (Sr., WR), Jacob Harding (Jr., WR), Luis Sagredo (Jr., OL), Tydell Wardy (So., WR), Juan Palamo (Sr., WR)

THE WORD: The Vikings were improved last year after a midseason coaching change. They hope that new head man Jonathan Hayhurst in his first full season and 14 returning starters can turn around a program that has been ailing for the past four years. Juanye Johnson rushed for 948 yards and eight scores last year and should benefit from a returning offensive line led by Luis Sagredo. Josh Torres moved into the role of quarterback last year, where his athleticism helped him shine. He should be even better with a year to better learn offensive coordinator Zach Anderson’s spread scheme. Receiver Devon Carter is a 6-1, 205 pound target that should become one of Torres’ best weapons. On defense Travis Williams is a standout pass rusher and run stopper who should help shore up a defense that gave up the most points in the district last season. With a large number of graduating players from around the district, this season could be a real chance for the experienced Vikings to close the gap between themselves and the rest of 26-5A.

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