The Clear Creek Wildcats underachieved in 2006, finishing with a 4-7 record and first round exit in the playoffs, but head coach Darrell Warden does bring back 12 starters and 21 lettermen to a team that will be in the thick of the District 24-5A race.
Offensively, the Wildcats will rely on the arm of senior QB Neal Warden. The son of the head coach, Neal Warden has accounted for 3.756 yards and 28 touchdowns in his team at Clear Creek and at 6-2, 195, has the attributes colleges will be seeking in a field general. Warden will have to break in a new set of receivers for the Wildcats' spread offense, but the quartet of D.J. Gipson, Justin Smith, Simon Arends and Kyle Zunker have a solid combination of size and speed that will cause problems for opposing secondaries.
Clear Creek has a solid offensive line to protect Warden. A name to keep an eye on is 6-7, 260-pound LT Jared Baird, who has the makings of a Division I prospect. Seniors Taylor Johnson, Martin Boudreaux and brothers, Aaron and Adam Schiedler comprise the rest of the unit. Junior Garrett Boyle (6-3, 309) will work his way into the rotation.
The Wildcats have seven starters returning on defense, where the front seven will be a strength. DT Michael Rambo (6-2, 240) had 29 tackles last season, while 6-5, 230 DE Derek McGee delivered four sacks and senior end Paul Vaughn had three QB takedowns. LB Leonard Bradley (6-1, 200) is the fastest of the finishing ‘06 with 60 tackles.
FS Marcus Davis is a star on the rise. The 6-1, 180-pounder had a breakout sophomore season, recording 57 tackles and two interceptions, while also averaging 29.2 yards on kickoff returns. Rover Quinton Colelli (6-1, 190) has good speed and coverage skills, while junior James Galvin and senior Michael Guidry will start at corner.
Darrell Warden has made the Wildcats a contender after years of dormant play. With most of the attention focused on Galveston Ball, Pearland and Brazoswood, Clear Creek could silently grab the last 24-5A postseason spot while also positioning themselves for a playoff run.