TPI DFW Area 4A Top 20: FW Southwest

Holding down the No. 20 spot in the DFW area Class 4A spring countdown is the Fort Worth Southwest Raiders, who look to break through and break a long playoff drought for the FWISD. Premium subscribers should know that at $6.95 per month, the cost of getting the best Texas prep football information is less expensive than it once was.

2006 was a banner year for the Southwest Raiders as they ran roughshod over their competition in FWISD and rolled to a 9-2 record before being ousted by Stephenville in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The Raiders program has progressed leaps and bounds the past five seasons under HC Paul Phillips, as for years Southwest football was nothing but an after-thought. Now the Raiders are looking for not only a district title but now the goal is playoff wins.

The Southwest offense is led by speedy dual threat QB Chris Harps who was named the District 7-4A offensive player of the year, throwing for over 1700 yards and 18 TD's in 2006 and he chipped in 6 rushing scores. WR Roderick Jones is Harps' top returning target as he hauled in 28 passes for 725 yards and 9 touchdowns and he is joined by fellow first team all-district receiver Justin Biggins. The offensive line was hit hard by graduation, but the kicking game is in good hands with one of the area's top kickers in Vedran Ceric.

Defense was a calling card in 2006 for the Raiders, especially with their speedy ball hawking secondary but it will need to be rebuilt. However the Raiders won't have any shortage of athletes coming from a solid JV squad. The top returner on the defense is DT Chaz Monk who was a first team all-district pick.

Look for the Raiders to be a high flying high scoring bunch in 2007, and they'll have to put up points early while their young defense matures. With the tough potential bi-district matchup of 8-4A looming it may be tough to ask the Raiders to advance past bi-district in 2007 however.

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