Central Texas District Analysis: 26-4A

Thus far in 2007 New Braunfels has been as good as advertised while Clemens, who made the state semifinals last season but lost all but one total starter, is off to a 3-0 start and ranked in the Statewide Top 20. After these two elite teams, there seems to be some drop off of teams that have both underachieved, and overachieved this season.

Thus far in 2007 New Braunfels has been as good as advertised while Clemens, who made the state semifinals last season but lost all but one total starter, is off to a 3-0 start and ranked in the Statewide Top 20. After these two elite teams, there seems to be some drop off of teams that have both underachieved, and overachieved this season.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Steele
The Knights, in only their second year of varsity play, are off to a 3-0 start, equaling their win total form all of last season. They have defeated Austin Lanier 49-14, Harlandale 42-6, and knocked off 5A San Antonio Stevens by six at home.

BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT: Lehman
It was expected that the Lobos would improve in their second varsity season with everyone back from last season. They are 1-2 however, have been shutout twice, and their one win was a five-point victory over lowly Johnston.

BIGGEST UNKNOWN: Hays Consolidated
The Rebels will be a factor but how big of a factor remains the question. They have won both of their games, against Bastrop and Boerne, in relatively close fashion and their one loss was to a 5A state ranked school in Cedar Park. Like many of Coach Bob Shelton's teams of the past, they lack star power, but they are tough and find a way to win games.

PROJECTED DISTRICT CHAMPION: New Braunfels
The real test for the Unicorns will be in their district opener against Clemens. If they can get past the Buffaloes, then they have an excellent shot at an undefeated regular season.

BEST TEAM TO MISS THE POSTSEASON: Hays Consolidated
The Rebels will be in contention, but when it is all said and done, it will likely be New Braunfels Canyon (a solid team that has played a tough non –district schedule) that will get in the playoffs.

DISTRICT MVP: Ryan Perez, QB, New Braunfels
Right now Perez means more to his team than any other player in district means to their club. He is the Unicorns leading passes and rusher and provides big plays with both his arms and his feet. Clemens running back Charles Ross also deserves some serious consideration.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Greg Ferrara, Clemens
For the second year in a row, the Buffaloes lose a talented senior class only to reload and have themselves positioned as one of the best teams in the greater San Antonio area.

GAME OF THE YEAR: New Braunfels 30, Beeville Jones 27 (Week 2)
The Unicorns actually trailed 27-3 at halftime, but scored 27 points in the second half with Ryan Perez throwing two touchdown passes and running in a score from 50-yards out to help the cause.

JEFF'S THOUGHTS:
I think New Braunfels has the makings of a team that can make a deep run in Region IV and possibly get through the region and into the state semifinals, they are that good granted nothing happens to Perez. This week will tell just how good Clemens is if they can hang with the Unicorns at home. Steele is great story with their 3-0 start, but Canyon just has too much talent to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row.


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