Keller Fossil Ridge had a bittersweet ending to their first season back in Class 4A since the schools first two seasons of playing football. KFR was able to post an impressive 10-2 record but an ugly area round playoff loss to Aledo ended the season on a sour note. Throw in the fact the HC Hal Wasson is now the guy at national powerhouse Southlake Carroll and the graduation of strong senior class one may think the Panthers are in for a down year. However don't feel sorry for the Panthers as they still are easily the most talented team in 6-4A and they shouldn't have much trouble once again advancing into the playoffs.
On offense KFR is led by QB John Killion who had a sensational junior season throwing for 31 touchdowns and close to 2300 yards, he'll be joined by RB James Russell who posted 1691 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns as a junior. Both Killion and Russell were first team all 6-4A picks. The top receiver back is junior Terrell Williams who is very dangerous and possesses big time speed, Williams is also a threat in the return game. The offensive line did take a few hits in graduation but two all-district performers are back in C Chris Collins and OG T.J. Magalei.
Fossil Ridge's defense is headlined by Oklahoma commit R.J. Washington who is as good as they come, Washington will demand double and triple teams at times which will free up guys like LB Peyton Gonzalez to make plays. One area of major concern is the secondary which graduated 4 starters, and in a pass happy district that could cause some problems. However the Panthers are blessed to have some good talent in the school so they shouldn't have too much trouble plugging those holes. Expect a similar season to 2006, maybe not 10-2 but look for a district title from the Panthers before they likely head back to 5A next realignment.