TPI Centex 4A Top 10: No. 9 Alamo Heights

The Mules brought the Alamo City a state title last season with a 14-1 record and a convincing win over Copperas Cove in the title game. The Mules have some big holes, especially on offense but still look like a dangerous team in Region IV.

After an opening week loss to Class 5A Georgetown last season, the Mules experienced very little resistance the rest of the way. Rolling through District 27-4A with a perfect 5-0 record, the Mules stormed through the playoffs scoring blowout wins over Corpus Chrisit Flour Bluff and Lamar Consolidated before defeating Copperas Cove in the Alamodome to win the Division I state title.

Now the Mules have to reload after losing 31 lettermen and with only five starters back from last season's squad.

Whoever steps in to replace departed quarterback Giovanni Vizza will have one of the top receivers in the area to throw to as Bobby Broadnux returns after an all-District junior season. Broadnux, who had 55 catches for nearly 800 yards and seven touchdowns last season, will lead the offense along with junior running back Sergio Acosta, who was an all-District selection last season, and receiver Cody Courtney.

The defense welcomes back first team all-District selection Chris Layne on the defensive line and Layne and Colin Campbell will be the anchors up front. Craig Thompson, a second team all-District pick, returns to lead the secondary.

The Mules are a safe bet to grab one of the three playoff spots in District 27-4A, but a 6-0 campaign could be hard to come by especially with Kerrville Tivy and Boerne both returning veteran clubs.

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