TPI Centex 4A Top 10: No. 7 Kerrville Tivy

The Tivy Antlers went through some early struggles but nonetheless made the playoffs out of District 27-4A. Now Coach Mark Smith returns a veteran group that is sure to get back the postseason and improve greatly on the win-loss record in 2007.

"Tivy Fight Never Dies" is the popular chant among Antler fans and the motto certainly fit the 2007 Tivy team.

After a 1-4 start, the Antlers dusted themselves off and made the most of their season finishing the regular season with a 4-6 record and a trip to the playoffs.

In 2007 Coach Mark Smith welcomes back 25 lettermen and 16 total starters to a club that looks poised to claim the league crown in District 27-4A.

The Antlers will look to senior Kyle Prater to provide leadership and to make plays on both sides of the ball. Prater, a three-year two-way starter for the Antlers, was an all-State selection as he recorded 126 tackles and three sacks at linebacker and enters his senior year as one of the top prospects in Central Texas. Prater is one of nine starters back on defense for Tivy along with fellow linebacker Henry Johnson, defensive linemen Adrian Lorick and Tobin Wheeler, and defensive backs LaSalle Morrison and Jared Hunt.

On offense the Antlers return seven starters, including all-District quarterback Colton Palmer, who starters the last six games of the season in 2006. Palmer will have the help of Johnson, who was a second team all-District selection at tight end last season. The Antlers are known for running the football so teams are sure to see a lot of running back Quincy Kibbett, who earned all-District recognition last season.

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