2008 Centex District Preview: 16-5A

With Pflugerville gone and Vista Ridge in, the new 16-5A will now be exclusively for bragging rights in Williamson County. The playoff race should once again be as wild as ever with everyone seemigly chasing Round Rock Stony Point.

How They Rank:
1 – Round Rock Stony Point*
2 – Cedar Park
3 – Round Rock*
4 – Leander
5 – Round Rock Westwood
6 – Round Rock McNeil
7 – Cedar Park Vista Ridge
8 – Georgetown
Division I playoff teams denoted by (*)

Jeff's Take:
Stony Point got a taste of not just the playoffs for the first time ever, but a playoff victory and the great news for Tigers fans is that the nucleus of that team is back. With an offense led by quarterback Nyk McKissic and a pair of all-around weapons in Stephen Williams and Glasco Martin and a defense that features one of the state's best secondaries (with Julian Dozier, Kenny Browder, and Desmond Martin), there is no reason why the Tigers cannot go deeper in the playoffs in 2008. Cedar Park missed the postseason last year but the Timberwolves have plenty of talent with running back Dedrick McKnight on offense and linebacker Tanner Ester on defense. A switch to the 3-4 defense will likely make junior outside linebacker Holmes Onwukaife one of the region's top sack artists. Round Rock has done as good of a job as anyone in Central Texas over the last three years when it comes to reloading and the Dragons should have another solid squad this season. Leander has the district's top game day coach in Steve Gideon and they always seem to replenish their depth chart well year in and year out. Westwood has the talent to push for a playoff spot as the postseason berths will likely no be decided until the final whistles blow during Week 10. McNeil and Vista Ridge have plenty of talent to make some noise but the Mavericks are missing several key pieces from their 2007 teams (including Aaron Williams and Jake Fenske) while the Rangers make the move up from Class 4A.

Team on the Rise: Westwood
The Warriors are having success this summer with a trip to the 7 on 7 state tournament in College Station and they could very well carry that success over to the fall. Tyler Grabarkewitz put up some big numbers at quarterback last season and junior running back Princeton Collins is regarded as one of the state's top 2010 prospects. The defense has one of the area's best playmakers in linebacker Chase Griesbach and with that type of talent the Warriors will defiantly find themselves in playoff contention.

Team on the Decline: Georgetown
The Eagles had a golden opportunity to make the playoffs last season but ended up being the odd team out in the end and wound up on the outside looking in at the end of the regular season. Now head coach Phil Blue has to retool an offense that lost its best player with Morgan Mickan graduating and heading to Texas to play baseball while the defense also returns little experience from last season.

Best Non-District Game: Week 1, Temple at Cedar Park
If the Timberwolves are going to get a serious test early on when the Wildcats and their high powered rushing attack visit A.C. Bible Stadium.

Best District Game: Week 10, Cedar Park at Leander
Cedar Park as is typical with this district the loser of this game could go from first place to sitting at home the following week when the playoffs start. With Pflugerville and Leander having to settle for a non-district tilt after realignment this looks to be the district's best rivalry.

District MVP: Nyk McKissic, QB, Stony Point
Offensive MVP: Dedrick McKnight, RB/WR, Cedar Park
Defensive MVP: Chase Griesbach, LB, Westwood
Best Passer: Nyk McKissic, Stony Point
Best Runner: Princeton Collins, Westwood
Best Receiver: Glasco Martin, Stony Point
Best Offensive Lineman: Tim Dixon, Leander
Best Defensive Lineman: Tevin Mims, Stony Point
Best Linebacker: Chase Griesbach, Westwood
Best Defensive Back: Tyler Patmon, Vista Ridge
Best Special Teamer: Darren Thornhill, KR, Cedar Park

Best 2009 Offensive Prospect: Nyk McKissic, QB, Stony Point
Best 2009 Defensive Prospect: Tyler Patmon, CB, Vista Ridge
Best 2010 Offensive Prospect: Princeton Collins, RB, Westwood
Best 2010 Defensive Prospect: Holmes Onwukaife, DE/OLB, Cedar Park; Kurt Killens, LB, McNeil
Best 2011 Prospect: Stephen Williams, RB/WR, Stony Point

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