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DISTRICT 11-5A

IN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

CARROLLTON CREEKVIEW MUSTANGS

ENROLLMENT: 1,929 (2)

2014 RECORD: 8-3 5A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Jay Cline

THE PLAYERS: Justice Ogueri (Sr., RB), Adrian Munoz (Jr., LB), Keimone Davis (Sr., WR/DB), Reynel Previllion (Jr., DL), Cal Rokovan (Sr., TE), Jay Zuber (Sr., DL), Francisco Quintero (Jr., OL), Jordan Simpson (Jr., OL), Matt Hong (Sr., LB), D’Amrick Bradford (So., DE), Tyreke Rivers (Jr., DL), Aaron Davis (Jr., WR/DB)

THE WORD: The Mustangs return seven starters on offense and eight on defense from last season’s 8-3 playoff team. The offensive line returns an experienced unit with the return of two All-District selections in center Jordan Simpson (5’9, 180), and tackle Francisco Quintero (6’5, 275). Running back Justice Ogueri (5’9, 170, 4.6) is a strong runner with good vision and will look to take advantage of the experience offensive line in front of him. Receiver Aaron Davis (5’9 , 158) saw limited varsity action last year but should team up with receiver Keimone Davis (5’1, 170) to form a threat out wide for the Mustangs. Tight end Cal Rakovan (6’4, 210), who Coach Cline says is a “Physical blocker with good hands”, is coming off a successful 2014 season. The defense should be very strong with the return of two All-District selections in tackle Jay Zuber (6’2, 230) and end Reynel Previlon (6’4, 225). Previlon lead the team in tackles and sacks last season. Linebackers Matt Hong (5’8, 160) and Adrian Munoz (6’1, 225) will solidify the Mustang run defense.

CARROLLTON SMITH TROJANS

ENROLLMENT: 1,997 (1)

2014 RECORD: 6-5 5A Div. I Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Paul Ressa

THE PLAYERS: Reed Abbott (Sr. QB), Adarius Boyd (Sr., LB), Malik Carter (Sr., LB), Tyrell Flugence (Sr., DL), Truett Gorden (Sr., DL), David Allish (Sr., K), Muhammed Amin (Sr., WR), Tyler English (Sr., WR), Justyn Hughes (Sr., WR), Trace Wilson (Sr., WR), Taylor Goodwin (Jr., DB), Jonathan Johnson (Jr., DL), James Louder (Jr., WR), Jordan West (Jr., WR)

THE WORD: With eight returning starters on both sides to the ball, Coach Ressa’s squad looks poised to contend for a district championship. Quarterback Reed Abbott (5’10, 165, 4.7) will take over under center while Coach Ressa says “He will bring tremendous athleticism to the QB position this year.” Abbott will have the luxury in returning 1st Team All-District receiver Justyn Hughes (5’11, 208) who will provide a big target out wide. Slot receiver James Louder (5’9, 149, 4.7) is a play maker and could put up big numbers in 2015. The defensive front will be solid with the return of nose guard Jonathan Johnson (6’1, 251, 5.7) and tackles Tyrell Flugence (5’10, 222, 5.0), and Truett Gorden (6’2, 215, 4.98). Ressa states linebacker Adrarius Boyd (5’10, 186, 4.8) is the most explosive player on the defrense who always finds himself around the ball. Boyd will be joined by linebacker Malik Carter (6’2, 206, 4.75) to strengthen the Trojan run defense.

DALLAS HILLCREST PANTHERS

ENROLLMENT: 1,383.5 (6)

2014 RECORD: 9-2 5A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Andy Todd

THE PLAYERS: Gkarri McCoy (Sr., DL), Diego Cera (Sr., WR), Jason Jordan (Sr., OL), Elijah Aikens (Jr., DL), Steven Broussard (Sr., DB), Brian Clifton II (Sr., QB/WR), John Price (Jr., WR/LB), Keavin Bowman (Sr., RB/DB), Brandon Taylor (Sr., WR/LB)

THE WORD: The Panthers are looking to better last season’s successful 9-2 playoff year but there will be some holes to fill with just five starters returning on offense and three on defense. The offensive line will be young but tackle Jason Jordan (6’2, 215) will be a solid foundation to build upon after he played well enough to earn 2nd Team All-District honors in 2014. Receiver Diego Cera (6’2, 185) is coming off a season where he hauled in over 600 yards receptions but will have to adjust to a new QB. The defense will be led by two of the better defensive linemen in the district in Gkarri McCoy (6’1, 275) and Elijah Aikens. Coach Todd is a bit concerned with youth in the offensive line and the overall depth but if he can address those issues along with finding a dependable quarterback, the Panthers could make another playoff appearance in 2015.

DALLAS WILSON WILDCATS

ENROLLMENT: 1,659 (4)

2014 RECORD: 6-5 5A Div. II Bi-District Playoffs

THE COACH: Bobby Estes

THE PLAYERS: Cameron Minger (Sr., RB/LB), Robert Wrightsil (Sr., WR/DB), Jorge Raminez (Sr., OL/DL), Paul Clayborn (Sr., RB/DB), Justin Cain (Jr., QB/DB), Charley Curry (Jr., RB/LB), Rance Albert (Jr., LB/DE), Diego Nava (Sr., RB/LB), Cade Fennegan (So., QB)

THE WORD: The Wildcats will have quite a few holes to fill but look to have the players to do so. The quarterback position is one of the bigger question marks going in to the 2015 season but look for Justin Cain (5’11, 175) and Cade Fennegan (6’0, 170) to compete for the starting job. The loss of WR Charleston Rambo who was voted Sophomore of the Year for the district last season will be a big blow to the attack. Estes will likely rotate Cameron Minger (5’1,, 180) and Paul Clayborn (5’9, 180) at running back. All-District tackle Jorge Raminez (6’2, 285) will anchor the young offensive line. The defense should be strong at the linebacker positions with the return of Cameron Minger , and Rance Albert (6’0, 205). Albert is a versatile player who can go from linebacker to defensive end. Coach Estes says of Albert “He will play a big role on our defense. He was our first man up last year on the defensive front.”

DALLAS ADAMS COUGARS

ENROLLMENT: 1,862.5 (3)

2014 RECORD: 4-6

THE COACH: Hank Willis, Jr.

THE PLAYERS: Nathan Stewart (Sr., WR), Keylihn Cheeley (Sr., RB), Jimmy Odie (Sr., RB), Darrius Rice (Sr., WR), Morgan Whiteman (Jr., OL), Perry Martin (Jr., LB), Ikeem Sessions (So., LB), Ezekiel Morales (Sr., OL)

THE WORD: The Cougars are looking to earn a playoff spot in 2015 and could likely be loaded up to do so with a total of 15 starters coming back. The offense returns eight of those starters and among the best is receiver Nathan Stewart (6’1, 175) who hauled in 609 yards and 8 touchdowns receiving in 2014. Running backs Keylihn Cheeley (6’, 220) and Jimmy Odie (5’8. 190) rushed for a combined 750 yards last year and could put up bigger numbers this year behind an experienced offensive line. Morgan Whiteman (6’6. 325) and Ezekiel Morales (6’4, 265) will anchor that offensive line. Defensively the Cougars will be most experienced in the linebacker positions with the return of Perry Martin (6’, 200) and Ikeem Sessions (5’11, 185). Coach Willis is optimistic about the upcoming season and says “We will build on the strength of our returning starters. We have the luxury of having a large senior class with great leadership potential.”

NORTH DALLAS BULLDOGS

ENROLLMENT: 1,279 (7)

2014 RECORD: 2-8

THE COACH: Open

THE PLAYERS: Geovoni Manning (Sr., ATH/RB), James Crayton (Jr., LB), Luis Martinez (Jr., OL), Jose Llamas (Jr., DL), Rodrick Johnson (Sr., WR), Rashawn Speed (Sr., LB), Arnulfo Hernandez (Sr., LB)

THE WORD: The Bulldogs return an experienced squad with nine starters returning on offense and eight on defense from last season’s 2-8 team. Hoping to put more wins in the win column is the versatile offensive weapon in Geovoni Manning who accounted for 1,391 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns in 2014. With offensive lineman Luis Martinez (6’1, 320) leading the way, the Bulldogs could see even more offensive production from Manning. Receiver Rodrick Johnson (6’2, 160) returns from a 2014 season where he hauled in 350 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Linebackers Rashawn Speed (5’11, 210) and Arnulfo Hernandez (6’, 235) will provide much needed defensive experience. The Bulldogs will be under new leadership in 2015 after the resignation of head coach Charles Moss.

DALLAS CONRAD CHARGERS

ENROLLMENT: 1,159 (8)

2014 REORD: 3-7

THE COACH: M.T. Tyeskie

THE PLAYERS: Junior Dorbah (Jr., QB/DB), Jonus Williams (Sr., WR/DB), Mark Kabah (Sr., OL/LB), Adrian Morales (Jr., OL/DL), Gbadah Toweh (Sr., RB/LB), Stan Fair (So., ATH)

THE WORD: The Chargers are hoping to erase the memory of 2014’s 2-8 campaign and with seven starters returning on both sides of the ball, wins could be a bit easier to come by in 2015. Junior Dorhab (6’1, 200), who is getting a few division one looks at safety, will make the move to quarterback this season. He will have a reliable target in Jonus Williams (5’10, 165, 4.5) who hauled in 321 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Among the top newcomers to the team will be utility payer Stan Fair (5’9, 165) who Coach Tysekie says “Might be the best all-around athlete on the campus.” The offensive line returns two solid players in Mark Kabah (6’1, 215) and Adrian Morales (6’2, 250) who also play on the defensive line. While Coach Tyeskie is encouraged by the improvements his team has made in overall strength and speed, he is concerned about his overall depth and having to play some kids both ways.

DALLAS JEFFERSON PATRIOTS

ENROLLMENT: 1,536 (5)

2014 RECORD: 2-8

THE COACH: Phillip Murray

THE PLAYERS: Kendrick Bright (Sr., QB), Kendall Jackson (Sr., WR), Nigel Smith (Sr., OL), Jose Camacho (Jr., OL), Aldo Ordaz (Sr., DL), Josh Bright (So., WR/DB)

THE WORD: First year Head Coach Phillip Murray comes over from Lucas Lovejoy where he was an assistant. Murray will build his team around quarterback Kendrick Bright (6’2, 210) who is said to be “A physical runner and will be utilized on both sides of the ball.” Receiver Kendall Jackson (6’3, 205) will be a big offensive threat after he hauled in over 700 yards receiving and rushing for another 400 yards in 2014. The offensive line will be young but tackle Jose Camacho returns after a successful season last year and will provide a solid foundation to build upon. Linebacker Nigel Smith and tackle Aldo Ordaz will lead what should be a much improved defense.

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