2008 Team Insider: The Colony Cougars

Realignment is over. National signing day is over. It is time to officially kickoff the 2008 season. Other sites might copy and paste the news - we WRITE the news! The first DFW team insider will be free this season and it will feature The Colony Cougars! The Colony was a tiebreaker and a few breaks away from making the playoffs last season. How will they fare this year? Check it out on TPI!

The Colony had a breakout season last year. They almost made the playoffs - ending up in fourth place, but beat a couple of playoff teams. Coach Rudy Rangel has the extraordinary task of dealing with a situation where the fans can be detrimental to your success. He has accepted the job - done the best with the players and talent that he has - and has started to turn the corner. Realignment was not very kind to The Colony this year - as they will be paired with the Wichita Falls schools and the Denton schools. Denton Guyer has a talented freshman class and Rider may be one of the best teams in the state. Still, with four teams in the playoffs and the talent that is returning, it could be one of the best ever seasons for The Colony since Hebron opened and split the talent base.

When a team returns its top two offensive threats, they immediately get put on notice. Tony Peoples is a pretty good running back. He eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark last season and had one of the top five rushing seasons in 4A in the Metroplex. Bryce Perkins was a bit of an underrated quarterback, but he returns this season. The Colony has grown into a team that will play 7 on 7 quite a bit - so Perkins should get a lot more practice this year. Ethan Leichenger returns as a dual threat - tight end/full back. He can catch the ball out of the back field and run with the ball. The line looks pretty good this season led by Travis Honea. The line has some incoming juniors with good size in Jose Graciano and Josh Burkham.

Defensively, The Colony had a sophomore stud last season in Josh Morrison. As a sophomore, he earned all-district status. With two more years and an offseason of development - he could become a huge force in the district. Linebacker play is very important in the 4-2-5 scheme that The Colony uses - and the linebackers are quick but a bit undersized at 5'9. Several super sophs will be asked to fill in in the secondary for a generally undersized crew. Matt Dean and Austin Chatman are projected to start despite their lack of varsity experience. Only three defensive players tip the height scale at over 6 feet. This will be a team that is fast but not very big.

This season, The Colony will have several big games. I think the games against Lake Dallas and Little Elm will determine whether or not they make the playoffs. I would mark them no higher than fourth right now before the preseason - considering their small defense and mismatches against Old High, Rider and Denton Ryan. This year, though, for the first time ever, the playoffs are in-sight for The Colony. If they can duplicate what they have done the last couple of years - and play well against Little Elm and Lake Dallas - they can make some noise in a very top-heavy district.

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