TPI 3A W. Texas Top 10: #1 Snyder

Snyder comes into the 2007 as TexasPrepInsider's number one ranked team in West Texas in Class 3A. Do the Tigers have what it takes to bring a title home to West Texas?

After a sensational 2006 season that ended in the Regional Semi-Finals with a close 26-20 loss to Vernon, the Snyder Tigers are poised to possibly eclipse their magical run of 2004 when they advanced all the way to the Class 3A State Semi-Finals. SHS returns an amazing 28 letterman along with getting fill ins from a 10-0 JV so not only will Snyder have talent but they'll have good depth which is unusual for a 3A school in West Texas.

Snyder's offense should be one of the best in the state as they bring back 9 starters including all-state RB Will Clay who posted over 1200 yards and 8 touchdowns he'll lead a potent backfield that includes District 3-3A MVP in QB Lance Day and FB Chase Arrendale who was district newcomer of the year as he posted 7 touchdowns rushing in the Tigers wishbone attack. Despite Clay getting a lot of accolades, make no mistake QB Lance Day is the straw the stirs the drink in the Tigers offense and as Day goes, the Tigers offense is sure to follow. The offensive line has good size, but nothing that jumps off the paper but they are technically sound and do a solid job.

On defense the Tigers bring back 6 starters, and the strength of SHS's 50 defense lies within their secondary that features All-State DB Ryan Claxton who had 6 INT's. Brent Bollinger is an excellent sidekick to Claxton as he earned all-area honors as he notched 4 INT's. Speedy Will Clay and Kaden Billingsley round out the Tigers DB's. Snyder's fortunes will likely hinge on the front seven, if the experience up front can mesh with some of the young guys moving up from JV then Snyder has a legit shot to go a long way in December.

Overall expect Snyder to be a top 10 type team in most pre-season polls, the Tigers on paper have everything an elite team needs; speed, playoff experience and depth. The Tigers also benefit from playing out in West Texas where the competition in 3A isn't nearly as rigorous as in other areas of the state. Snyder could easily advance to the state semi-finals with a possible matchup with Celina. Although its way too early to predict potential playoff matchups, Snyder is easily a team worth watching in 2007!


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