TPI Centex 3A & 2A Top 10: No. 5

The Waco La Vega Pirates will try to prove last season's 10-3 showing was no fluke as they look to claim a district title in 17-3A. Lexington will look to stay on top in District 26-2A and make another deep playoff run in '07.

2006 was a season in which the La Vega Pirates went from the outhouse to the penthouse.

A relative doormat in District 17-3A, Coach Willie Williams' squad proved to be the most improved team in Central Texas from a 3-6 season in 2005 to a 10-3 campaign last season with a trip to the regional semifinals.

Now the Pirates will enter 2007 as the hunted instead of the hunter, but Williams should now feel comfortable with 11 total starters back from last season's squad.

The Pirates have some big guns on offense as the one-two brother running back punch of Kourtney and Chris Parr will be one of the best in all of Class 3A. Kourtney was a first team all-District selection as a junior after rushing for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns while Chris topped the 1,200 yard plateau, took home co-Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors in the district, and established himself as one of the top sophomores in the state. The offense will also be aided by the return of athletic quarterback Danzel Wilson and massive junior guard Daryl Curl.

The defense will just as good if not better than their offensive counterparts with the return of seven starters led by senior linebacker William Henry, the District 17-3A defensive MVP last season. Henry will be joined in the front seven by defensive end Timmy Kemp, who was the district's defensive newcomer of the year as a sophomore, and senior Michael Bigelow, who will play as an in the box safety. Speedy cornerback Justin Fuller helps solidify the secondary.

2006 marked the second time in three years that Coach Jason Holcomb has guided the Lexington Eagles to the Class 2A state semifinals and like in 2004 when the Eagles fell to Troup, eventual state champion Mart got the best of Lexington in a rematch from an early season thriller.

With just seven total starters returning, the Eagles will need to find replacements on offense to replace departed gamebreakers Chase McCravey and Corey Lewis. The strength of the Lexington offense will be up front as juniors Chase Dube and Michael Brown, a Texas A&M commit for the Class of 2009, will lead the way.

The leader of the three returning starters on defense is senior Andrew Wolridge, a Texas A&M pledge who is slated to move to linebacker this season after starring on the defensive line. Last season Wolridge took home District 26-2A Defensive MVP honors and all-State recognition after recording 108 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. The defense will also be aided by the return of all-District linebacker Jenner Jones.

The Eagles have a special teams edge over just about everyone they will face in 2007 as all-State kicker Bradley Reynolds returns.

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