2008 Team Preview: Crockett Bulldogs

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After back to back seasons of advancing to the area playoffs, Crockett is hoping 2008 results in the Bulldogs taking that next step and getting back to the elite level they were at back in the late 1990's. CHS the past two seasons however has been ushered out in blowout fashion by state powers in the fateful area round including a 56-19 shellacking at the hands of Liberty Hill in 2006 and last year bowing out 40-13 to Waco LaVega.

Crockett which stays in 20-3A will find the new district more inviting as the Bulldogs lose tough competition like Diboll, Carthage, Diboll and Rusk and they are joined by Athens, Palestine, Fairfield and Brownsboro among others.

New HC Paul Parsons brings back 8 starters and he's got plenty of offensive skill talent to work with. RB Tyler Tabor is the head of the class for the Bulldogs as the bruising back with breakaway speed has posted huge numbers the past two seasons. The Bulldogs who will be more active in seven on seven play will look to QB Jay Maxwell to exceed his solid stats in 2007, when he threw for 21 touchdowns and earned second team all 20-3A honors. The Bulldogs in their spread offense will feature speedster Napoleon Dennis at WR who was second team all 20-3A, keep an eye on Mark Gray who at 6'2 gives Maxwell a big target to throw to. Crockett features a solid offensive line with four players weighing over 270 pounds; their quickness against speedy pass rushers is a concern.

On the defensive side of the ball, the strength of the Bulldogs will lie with their two big time linebackers in Mark Leediker and Jagared Davis. Both players feature good size and big time speed, which enables the Bulldogs to be very versatile in their schemes as Davis and Leediker can both play in space, in a pinch look for Tabor to also be used on the defensive side of the ball as well. The defensive line has questions and their play is crucial in the ‘Dawgs 3-3-5 scheme. The Bulldogs have 2 sophomores who are expected to start, both Kwame James and Jonathon Wolfe have excellent talent but they are still sophomores.

Overall, look for the Bulldogs to have a better record than the past two seasons however the real test comes on September 26 when they visit Waco LaVega. That game will determine what level Crockett will be on this year. A win or even a close game puts Crockett in that Top 15 type tier but another blowout loss relegates the Bulldogs to second tier status and another likely two and done season.

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