TPI Centex 5A Top 10: No. 6 Killeen Ellison

In their first season back in Class 5A, the Ellison Eagles enjoyed an 8-2 regular season and a trip to the playoffs. Now with a talented senior class leading the way, the Eagles will look for bigger and better things in 2007.

After years of rebuilding the program at Killeen Ellison, Coach Bret Boyd is now watching his Eagles truly soar as 2006 marked Ellison's second straight trip to the playoffs, their first as a Class 5A school since 1998.

2007 could prove to be a defining year in the programs history as Boyd returns a strong senior class that many in the Centroplex have believed for quite some time has the goods to deliver a deep playoff run and possibly a state title.

The cast, even with just seven returning starters, has plenty of playoff experience and with several key players back from last season looks more than capable of taking home the District 13-5A title and much more this season.

The offense returns only two starters but one of those just happens to be star quarterback Ivan Delgado. A smooth playmaker and tremendous leader, Delgado led Ellison to the third round of the playoffs as a sophomore and guided the team to an 8-3 finish last season when he earned first team all-District honors an racked up over 3,000 yards of total offense in the process. He will leaned on heavily to make good decisions with the ball and provide big plays with a new cast of players around him, but he will also need running back Michael Holloway, a gifted runner with all the physical tools a back could possess, to step up. The offensive line will have a new look, but a bright spot for the Eagles will be the return of junior speedster Jaron Turner at receiver.

The Eagles return several veterans on defense as five starters are back from last season and in the box is where the Eagles shine. Linebacker Morris Winkfield has great range from sideline to sideline as he recorded nearly 150 tackles last season and three interceptions. Defensive end Patrick Reilly is a two-time first team all-District selection and is back for his senior season to anchor the defensive line. The secondary will be anchored by junior safety Daniel Cobb, who is a top prospect in the class of 2009, and is one of the top return specialists in the area.

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