TPI 3A W. Texas Top 10: #3 Midland Greenwood

The West Texas 3A Countdown is starting to wind down, Midland Greenwood comes in at number 3. The Rangers advanced to the State Quarter-Finals in 2006 what's in store this year?

After their best season since a state runner-up finish in 2002, the Greenwood Rangers have a bit of rebuilding to do but the cupboard is hardly bare. With 20 letterman back expect the Rangers to be right in the thick of the District 3-3A race with Snyder. GHS has a few holes to fill but with replacements from a 7-3 JV squad, however the biggest boost to Greenwood's hopes in 2007 may be the return of QB Colton Wilbur who is back after missing all of 2006.

Wilbur was named District 4-3A offensive MVP in 2005 as he posted over 1600 total yards, Wilbur brings the Greenwood offense a threat to throw the ball which will prevent defenses from loading the box to stop the potent ground game. Besides Wilbur the ground game is anchored by bruising FB Bryce Williams who was a first team all-district pick rushing for close to 1000 yards and 18 touchdowns. The offensive line is anchored by massive Dean Smith who was an all-state pick in 2006 and two time all-district pick Jake Peine. The main question for the Rangers will be throwing the ball, which is usually the case with wishbone teams. If the Rangers run into a big defense which is able to slow their ground game down they could have problems moving the ball on consistent basis.

Greenwood which brings back 4 starters on defense and much like the offense Bryce Williams is the defensive center-piece as he was a first team all 3-3A pick notching 95 tackles and 3 sacks. The LB's are obviously the strength of the defense as second team all 3-3A pick Josh Lopez joins Williams. A main question on defense for the Rangers will be the secondary where they will depend on younger players to step up and play key roles.

Overall if the Rangers can fill some of the holes left by graduation they have a shot to possibly be even better than in 2006 due to the return of Wilbur. With Colton Wilbur running the offense Greenwood now has the game breaker that at time caused them to become very stagnant on offense against strong competition. Region 1 in Division 2 doesn't look to be real strong and a Greenwood-Snyder rematch is a real possibility in the Regional Finals.


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