Coach Brian Lewis' club, who finished last season with an impressive 12-3 mark, will open the 2007 season ranked No. 8 in TPI's Central Texas Class 3A poll with 13 starters back from last season's club, but one huge question mark remains on offense.
The question mark surrounding a unit that returns seven starters is who replace do-it-all quarterback Randy Kitchens, a Rice signee, under center. All signs point to the Rockets being a more ground oriented club early in the season, and that is not a bad thing especially with the return of the two-headed backfield monster of Seth Mogavero and Keenan Alford, who combined for over 2,200 yards and 25 touchdowns last season.
Six starters are back on defense for the Rockets as defensive tackle Brandon Jenkins will anchor the defensive line after an all-District campaign as a junior.
Things move a little further south for a look at our No. 8 ranked team in Class 2A as the Stockdale Brahmas, last season's co-champions in District 29-2A, look to have a leg up on the rest of the league and could be seeing a lengthy Region IV playoff run in their future.
Defense will be the key for Coach Andrew King's club as eight starters are back from last season's unit that paced the club to a 7-4 record. Defensive tackle Ty Warnasch was the Defensive MVP of the district and the 6-foot-3-inch, 280 pound senior will be the leader of the Brahma's defense. The linebackers look to be among the best in the region as all-District selections Sean Rutland, Cameron Janota, and Garrett Angler all return.
Senior quarterback Michael Soto, a first team all-District selection last year, returns to lead seven offensive starters. Warnasch (offensive line) and Rutland (tight end) were also first team all-District selections last year and the Brahmas will look for a big season from junior running back Landry Snyder, who earned all-District honors as a sophomore.