An early look at Central Texas in 2008: 5A

At this point of the spring there are no in-depth looks at the depth charts, no coaches questionnares, but simply a best guess to predict who will win their respective 5A Central Texas district in 2008. TPI Central Texas expert Jeff Howe takes a quick, early look at who he likes in these Central Texas district races this fall.

District 12-5A
Temple
Copperas Cove
A&M Consolidated
Killeen Shoemaker
Bryan
Belton
Killeen Ellison
Harker Heights

Early Take: The Wildcats are back on the state scene and will stay there as long as Coach Bryce Monsen can have his quarterback turn around and successfully hand the ball to 2010 blue chip running back Lache Seastrunk. After all, had they beaten Pflugerville in the bi-district round last season it might have likely been Temple advancing to the state title game instead of the Panthers. I really want to see Cove's offense and what they will do to offset the loss of game breakers Troy Vital and Robert Griffin. If Shoemaker can find a quarterback to replace Andre Smith, their offense weapons like Dion Demers and Maurice Porter give them an attack that can get them to the postseason for the first time in school history.

District 16-5A
Round Rock Stony Point
Cedar Park
Leander
Round Rock Westwood
Georgetown
Round Rock
Round Rock McNeil
Cedar Park Vista Ridge

Early Take: The Tigers will be loaded in 2008 with the likes of Nyk McKissic and Glasco Martin returning on offense while Julian Dozier and Tevin Mims will anchor the defense. Cedar Park might have the second best team in terms of on-paper talent with Dedrick McKnight leading the way. Everyone else in the district has major question marks with the loss of key players, but Westwood's returning talent is better than most and if it comes down to which coach will likely get the most out of his unproven talent, I'll take Steve Gideon over just about anyone in the state.

District 25-5A
Austin Bowie
Austin Westlake
Pflugerville
Austin High
Austin Anderson
Pflugerville Connally
Bastrop
Austin Akins

Early Look: Bowie's big four on offense are back with Heath Hohmann, Matt Dodds, Philander Moore, and DeAndre Perry all returning from a team that went undefeated in the district last season. The is Bulldogs won with defense in 2007, but with that much firepower and the losses of players like Greg Kerr and Charles Holmes, Coach Jeff Ables might take a different approach to winning ball games this season and he has the talent to get it done. Westlake can never be counted out in the race and they will likely lean on Ryan Swope early in the season while they look for a quarterback to run the offense. Pflugerville loses a ton of talent from the state finalist team last year and It will be interesting to see how George Herrmann fills those holes with young players to go along with veterans like Alex Okafor. Anderson and Connally are the wild cards because they will both have talent, but it will be young talent.


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