DISTRICT 6-4A – DIVISION I
IN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
2014 RECORD: 15-1 4A Div. I State Finalist
THE COACH: Todd Rodgers
THE PLAYERS: Ty Smith (Sr., OL), J.C. Chalk (Sr., TE/DB), Drew Estrada (Sr., WR/DB), Gage McCook (Sr., WR), David Bearden (Sr., DL), Hudson Speed (Sr., DL), Taylor Sweatt (Sr., LB), Jacob Forrer (Sr., DL), Colton Liggitt (Sr., LB), Paul Hamel (Sr., OL), Tanner Boyzuick (Sr., LB)
THE WORD: Though the 2014 State Finalist will have to replace all everything Running back Nick Ralston (Arizona State), the 2015 season could see yet another successful Eagle season as Coach Rodgers has built a consistent winner in Southern Denton County. The team will be all but loaded in both the offensive and defensive lines. Ty Smith (6’2, 245) and Paul Hamel will anchor the offensive line while JC Chalk has excellent hands and above par blocking ability from his tight end position, Chalk is drawing major college interest. Receivers Drew Estrada (6’, 180) and Gage Mc Cook (5’10, 170) are both coming off 1st Team All District performances from last year, the versatile Estrada also handles punting duties. If Coach Rogers is able to find an effective replacement for graduating QB Cooper Rodgers the offense could put up points in bunches once again. The defensive line, likely the strength of the team, will be led by David Bearden, Hudson Speed, and Jacob Forrer. Linebacker Taylor Sweatt, who garnered 1st Team All-District honors last year, will be joined by 2Nd Team All-District LB Colton Liggitt to round out what could be one of the better defenses in Class 4A Division I.
ENROLLMENT: 768 (5)
2014 RECORD: 9-3 4A Div. I Area Finalist
THE COACH: Chuck Galbreath
THE PLAYERS: Jarrod Hunter (Sr., LB), Grant Carter (Sr., DB), Peyton Howard (Jr., RB), C.J. Jackson (So., QB), Braven Smith (Jr., WR), Haeden Knight (Jr., RB), Turner Barnes (Sr., LB), Jonathon Hammons (Sr., OL), Nick Pinzell (Jr., DL), Cody Junter (Jr., DB), RJ Flores (Jr., OL), Mikey Rodriquez (Sr., DL), Dakota Branch (Sr., K), Joseph Yarnell (Jr., LB)
THE WORD: The Indians return from a successful 2014 campaign which saw them finish with a 9-3 record and a two deep playoff run. The 2015 team could exceed last season’s performance with the return of several key starters and a few upstart youngsters. Linebacker Jarrod Hunter (6’, 210) will lead the charge defensively after finishing 2014 with 138 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception. Coach Galbreath calls Hunter one of the best linebackers in the DFW area. 2nd Team All-District linebacker Turner Barnes rounds out the Indian line backing corp after recording 56 tackles last season. Look for Sophomore C.J. Jackson (5’10, 160) to get the nod at QB after throwing for 121 yards and rushing for 180 in limited action in 2014. Running backs Peyton Howard (5’11, 170) and Haeden Knight (5’10, 160) combined for almost 900 yards last season and could double those numbers behind linemen Jonathon Hammons (6’4, 250) and RJ Flores (6’3, 225).
CARROLLTON RANCHVIEW WOLVES
ENROLLMENT: 805 (4)
2014 RECORD: 9-3 4A Div. I Area Finalist
THE COACH: Terry Smith
THE PLAYERS: Ky’lon Counts (JR, OL/DL), Rebel Venglarik (Sr., OL), Lamonte Toles (Sr., WR), Darius Heath (Sr., LB), DeShaun Douglas (Jr., DB), Jalen Blake (Jr., DB), Dayo Odeyingbo (Jr., TE/DE), Jason Parker (Jr., QB/DB), Davion Davis (Sr., RB/LB), Areon McDade (Jr., WR/DB), Phillip Myers (Jr., QB/WR, DB/K)
THE WORD: The Wolves completed their most successful season in school history last year and much was due to a strong senior class led by multiple playmakers who simply tore apart defenses with blazing speed. Coach Smith must find a replacement for that lost offensive output in order to duplicate last year’s success. Look for the QB position to come down to Jason Parker (5’10, 160) or Phillip Myers (6’1, 150). The offensive line should get things kick started with the return of two 2nd Team All-District players in guard Ky’lon Counts (5’10, 245) and tackle Rebel Venglarik. The defense will be a bit inexperienced but linebacker Darius Heath (5’8, 180) and safety DeShaun Douglas (6’, 165) should ease any growing pains. If Coach Smith is able to find effective QB play as well as find some young contributors on the defensive side of the ball, the Wolves could grab one of the district’s playoff spots. “Our numbers are improving and we are developing pride and tradition at Ranchview and that’s the key to consistently winning in the DFW area,” said Coach Smith.
ENROLLMENT: 879 (3)
2014 RECORD: 4-7 4A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs
THE COACH: Elzie Barnett
THE PLAYERS: Demarkus Acy (Sr., DB), Diameon Brewer (Sr., DB), Kevontae Taylor (Sr., DL), Michael Lindley (Sr., LB), Brycen Gibson (Jr., WR), Gregory Weather (Jr., DB), Keiven Myers (So., DL), Keundra Azaykytu (Jr., QB), Justin Thomas (Jr., WR)
THE WORD: Led by one of DISD’s most charismatic personalities, Elzie Barnett’s Eagles return four starters on offense and seven on defense from last year’s 4-7 playoff team. QB Keundra Azakytu (5’11, 165) will be called upon to lead the young Eagle offense. Azakytu passed for 334 yards and two TD’s while rushing for 166 yards on 39 attempts in just four starts in 2014. Receiver Brycen Gibson will be the main target out wide after hauling in 253 yards receiving last year. Much of the success for the Eagles offensively will depend on how the re-built offensive line comes together. The defense will be good enough to provide the young offense with the time it needs to gel. Tackle Kevontae Taylor (6’5, 320) will anchor the defensive line and will use his massive size to free up linebacker Michael Lindley (5’10, 240, 4.7). The secondary features a couple of talented corners in Old Coach 1St Team All-State selection Diameon Brewer (6’, 170, 4.6) and DeMarkus Acy (6’2, 175, 4.4). The two corners combined for 217 tackles in 2014 and both are drawing the attention of college scouts. “We’ve got a tough district, a lot of good teams, but our kids are working hard and they have a belief they can win big games,” said Coach Barnett.
Dallas Carter COWBOYS
ENROLLMENT: 994 (1)
2014 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Patrick Williams
THE PLAYERS: Cammron Perkins (So., OL), Bernard Goodwater (Jr., RB/DB), Nieman Armstrong (Sr., WR/DB), Reginal Cole (Sr., RB/DB), Jeremy McEnnis (Sr., DB), Marcus Williams (Sr., TE/LB)
THE WORD: The Cowboys had high expectations in their first year at the new 4A level before the 2014 season began only to finish with a disappointing 1-9 record. Much of this could be attributed to many under classmen in key positions. 2015 will likely be a better one as that youth has another year under their belts. 2nd Team All-District running back Bernard Goodwater will run behind a much improved offensive line anchored by 2nd Team All-District center Cammron Perkins. Receiver Nieman Armstrong is coming off a successful season where he hauled in just over 400 yards in receptions but will have to rely on a rookie QB as the team lost last year’s to graduation. The defensive line will need to be rebuilt but the secondary could be a stellar one with the return of Goodwater, Reginal Cole and Jeremy McEnnis. Marcus Williams is a solid run stopping linebacker. Making the playoffs will be a challenge as the top of the district is rugged, but expect the Cowboys to be much more competitive top to bottom.
DALLAS PINKSTON VIKINGS
ENROLLMENT: 960 (2)
2014 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Gerald Jones
THE PLAYERS: Wayne Perry (Sr., WR/DB), Corey Smith (Sr., QB), Marquez Johnson (Jr., RB/DB), Angel Garza (Sr., LB), Jacoby Strahan (Sr., OL/DL), Edward Whatley (Sr., RB/LB), Adrian Lugo (Jr., OL/DL), Jeriah Hunt (Sr., LB)
THE WORD: The Vikings struggled in 2014 but should be much improved behind a more experienced offensive line anchored by Adrian Lugo (5’11, 250) and Jacoby Strahan (5’11, 270). QB Corey Smith has a big target in 1st Team All-District receiver Wayne Perry (6’3, 185) who uses his size to get position on the opposition and has a burst of speed in the open field. Running backs Marquez Johnson (6’, 185) and Edward Whatley will provide a one two punch out of the backfield. 2nd Team All-District linebacker Jeriah Hunt (5’11, 185) will be called upon to improve a Pinkston defense which gave up just over 40 points per game in 2014. Depth is a major concern for Pinkston as the depth and physical play from teams like Argyle and Sanger took a toll on the Vikings, if PHS wants to have any chance at sneaking into the playoff mix they must remain healthy.
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