New head coach Brian Welch has 16 returning starters on a Brazosport Exporters team that will be improved, but must deal with living life in a rugged District 23-4A.
Brazosport finished 2-8 last fall, yet showed flashes of improvement. Much of it came from the arm and legs of QB Melvin White, the team's best player. White (6-2, 175) is elusive as a runner and while the Exporters will move to a Pro I set (replacing the old spread formation), White will also line up at receiver to take advantage of his versatility and speed.
RB Quin Collins is expected to be the lead back, while Emanuel Alvarado and Charles Darthard line up at WR. The offensive line has experience, as seniors Arthur Johnston, Bobby Miller and Dylan Petrick and juniors Andrew Brooks and Adrian Williams are the projected starters.
If Brazosport is to improve on its two-win total, then a defense that has nine starters returning must be better than the unit which allowed 37 points a contest. DE Carey White is the team's best defender., while cornerback Erasmo Silva is underrated. OLB Bracy McCoy (6-2, 210) is promising and could rival Carey White as the top stopper on the unit by season's end. Gary Bivens and Dajon King are a pair of sophomores that will provide much-needed speed in the secondary. Safety Darrell Woodard is solid.
Silva also doubles as the kicking specialist.
The Exporters' biggest flaw is playing in a district that has five teams ranked among TPI's top 12 schools in 4A in the area. Wins may not be the biggest indicator of improvement for them, but an experienced core of players could be the foundation for Welch to begin the road to respectability for Brazosport.