2006 was a season to remember for the Celina Bobcats as they made their return to Class 3A after two years in Class 2A. The Bobcats who flew under the radar for the most part in the pre-season took Class 3A by storm posting a 15-1 record. Celina came within one game of their first Class 3A state championship losing a heartbreaker to Liberty Hill 22-19 in the state title game. However with a strong nucleus back the Bobcats may have the tools necessary to close the deal and bring another title back to Celina.
Celina's offense starts with its offensive line, CHS will once again be deep, well coached and big along the offensive line. This allows the Bobcats to run the ball right at teams and time after time impose their will on opponents. Adam Thomas and Connor Buchanan will anchor the Bobcats line in 2007, look for some young guys to step right in and fill those holes opened up by graduation. CHS will be deep at RB as well, Charley Waldrep is the bellcow for the Bobcats as a sophomore he was third team all-state rushing for 1824 yards and 30 touchdowns. Troy McCartney and D'Anton Lynn join Waldrep in the backfield as those two both earned all 9-3A honors combining for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns. At QB Seth Davis is back to direct the Bobcats ship, Davis was a first team all 9-3A selection throwing for almost 1400 yards and 15 touchdowns and he ran for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns as well.
The famed 10-1 defense will once again give defensive coordinators fits, Celina year in year out is one of the top defensive teams not only in DFW but in the state. DL Troy Franklin anchors the Bobcats defense, the North Texas commit was a first team all-state selection in 2006. 5'4 DE Breck Holman joins Franklin on the defensive line after earning second team all 9-3A honors as a junior. The LB's are led by Austin Wyatt who like Holman was second team all 9-3A. CHS should also have a strong secondary led by J.L. Gomez and look for the versatile D'Anton Lynn to join Gomez in the secondary.
2007 could be a very special season for Celina, the Bobcats have superior numbers for a 3A school and there is almost a criminal amount of depth on both sides of the ball. Despite losing a strong senior class, the Bobcats had an extra six weeks or practice last year and winning is just a way of life in Celina. I think it would be an upset if Celina wasn't at least playing for a state championship once again in December.