TPI: District 19-5A Preview

District 19-5A features teams from Spring Branch and Aldine ISD and there are plenty of high-caliber athletes in both school districts. It would appear that Houston Stratford may take the district title for the second year in a row. TexasPrepInsider takes a look at this Houston-area district in our annual free previews.

Projected Order of Finish (Division I ALL CAPS)

1. Stratford
2. ALDINE EISENHOWER 
3. Aldine
4. ALDINE NIMITZ
5. Houston Memorial
6. Aldine Macarthur
7. Spring Woods
8. Northbrook

District Outlook:
Stratford is the preseason front-runner, but Eisenhower, Aldine, and Nimitz are quite stacked in the skilled positions as well. The match ups between No. 2, 3, and 4 will be games you won't want to miss. Memorial, a team that is usually at the top of district lists, lost plenty athletes over the last two years so there is a question mark as to how successful the team will be. 

Team Capsules

STRATFORD SPARTANS 
2006 record: 10-2 overall, 7-0 in district
Outlook: Stratford is back to defend its district title in 2007. Five return and offensively the Spartans are in good hands with All-American quarterback Andrew Luck in the shotgun. Look for BJ Griffin to be the go-to playmaker. Defensively, the Spartans should be sufficient with Jimmy Burge, Terrance Lloyd, and Charlie Jackson. Stratford will likely win the crown again and possibly advance further than the area playoff round.

EISENHOWER EAGLES
2006 record: 3-7 overall, 3-4 in district
Outlook: Last season Eisenhower had plenty of skilled positions manned by underclassmen. After a year of experience, the Eagles are back and will likely see a lot more wins. Offensively, Kenneth Guiton, Curtis McGregor, and Greg Timmons will make the plays when called upon. On defense, Roderick Davis, Craig Loston, and Darius Willis are Eagles' top defenders. Erase last year's record out of your mind because this team will make a bold statement in 2007.

ALDINE MUSTANGS
2006 record: 6-5 overall, 5-2 in district
Outlook: Aldine is primed and ready for a strong showing in 2007. Returning top players like Darron Thomas, Otis Wiley, and Daniel Campbell, the Mustangs should not have a problem putting points on the board. Demitrius Dugar is a good defender who had two interceptions last season. Look for the Mustangs to chalk up a few more wins and advance further in the playoffs.

NIMITZ COUGARS
2006 record: 6-4 overall, 3-4 in district
Outlook: After missing postseason play for the last two season, the Cougars are back and focused on playing more than 10 games. Athlete Michael Thomas is a proven leader and will make the plays when his team needs it. Look for the Cougars in the playoffs.

MEMORIAL MUSTANGS
2006 record: 5-7 overall, 4-3 in district
Outlook: Memorial's undefeated district title streak (three years) ended last season after finishing 4-3. The strength lies in the defense as it has for many years. Safety Bo Aycock (leader) was key last year and was the Mustangs' leading tackler. The Mustangs will have the lofty task of knocking off some of the district powerhouses to end up in postseason play.

MACARTHUR GENERALS
2006 record: 5-6 overall, 5-2 in district
Outlook: The Generals lost plenty of skilled players who will be missed for the 2007 season. Athlete Isaac Lewis will be the likely go-to guy for big plays. This year may be tough for Macarthur as the team looks to rebuild.

SPRING WOODS TIGERS
2006 record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 in district
Outlook: The Tigers return nine and athlete Tramarcus Williams will be the likely playmaker. Greg Burks and Jerry Singleton lead the Tiger defense. With the personnel in place, the Tigers may see a few more wins than last year.

NORTHBROOK RAIDERS
2006 record: 2-8 overall, 0-7 in district
Outlook: The Raiders have built up some confidence since coach Craig Cripps took over a year ago and led the Raiders to their first wins in a few years. Eric Banks and Derrick Rainey are the Raiders' top players. With experience from last year, Northbrook will likely put up at least one more win than last season.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
DL Roderick Davis, Eisenhower
QB Andrew Luck, Stratford
DB Craig Loston, Eisenhower
QB Darron Thomas, Aldine
ATH Michael Thomas, Nimitz


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