2008 San Antonio District Preview: 26-5A

This district lost a ton of talent from last season making the race for the district title and the four playoff spots a complete toss up. This San Antonio area district adds New Braunfels meaning the usual playoff suspects like Madison, Reagan, and Smithson Valley will not have it easy in league play.

How They Rank:
1 – San Antonio Reagan
2 – San Antonio Madison*
3 – New Braunfels
4 – San Antonio Roosevelt*
5 – Smithson Valley
6 – San Antonio MacArthur
7 – San Antonio Churchill
8 – San Antonio Lee
9 – San Antonio Johnson
Division I playoff teams denoted by (*)

Jeff's Take:
No matter who steps up, Reagan will not be able to replace the big play ability of Georgia Tech signee Marcus Wright, one of the top rushers the Alamo City has ever seen. Where Reagan can compensate is on defense because they have a stud player at all three levels with Spencer Nealy (end), Donald Harvey (linebacker), and LaQuince McCall (safety). Derrick Wallis will carry the brunt of the load on offense and the good news is that the dual threat signal caller is one of the top offensive returnees in the league. Madison did lose Devin Thomas to graduation, but they won several district games and all of their playoff games without him and have a lot of talent, especially with juniors Nate Askew and Kris Catlin. The biggest question facing the Mavericks is how they overcome the loss of the likes of Jason McLean and Mario Wiggins on defense. Andrew Green looks to be the star of this team as he will lead both from the secondary and at running back. New Braunfels lost several starters from their state semifinalist team and are dealing with the move up 5A. The Unicorns however might have the district's top defense thanks to Oklahoma bound linebacker Tom Wort, junior linebacker John Bordano, and do-it-all senior Ryan Grametbaur. Roosevelt has the most returning starters of anyone in the district with 13 from a team that went 5-5 last season. The big piece to the playoff puzzle for the Rough Riders is developing a supporting cast around superstar junior running back Brandon Armstrong. Smithson Valley won 11 games last season, but they have to reload across the board after losing a talented senior class to graduation.

Team on the Rise: Roosevelt
The Rough Riders missed the playoffs last season but finished with .500 record with a very young team. The catalyst was Armstrong, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore. Many of Roosevelt's top players are juniors so the best seems to be to come for the Rough Riders.

Team on the Decline: Smithson Valley
Tradition is on the side of Coach Larry Hill and the Rangers, but experience is not. Smithson Valley returns just to total starters from last season meaning that Hill and his staff will need to have their players develop quickly in time for what is again expected to be a tough district schedule.

Best Non-District Game: Week 1, Reagan at San Antonio Warren
With only two weeks of non-district games, this could very well determine the city's best team in 2008. Both teams are loaded on defense so if you like a physical, hard hitting game, this should be a real donnybrook.

Best District Game: Week 10, Reagan at Madison
If the predictions hold true then this regular season finale will be for the district title.

PRESEASON PLAYER SUPERLATIVES
District MVP: Derrick Wallis, QB/KR, Reagan
Offensive MVP: Brandon Armstrong, RB, Roosevelt
Defensive MVP: Tom Wort, LB, New Braunfels
Best Passer: Derrick Wallis, Reagan
Best Runner: Brandon Armstrong, Roosevelt
Best Receiver: Cody Matthews, Smithson Valley
Best Offensive Lineman: Marcus Stager, New Braunfels
Best Defensive Lineman: Spencer Nealy, Reagan
Best Linebacker: Tom Wort, New Braunfels
Best Defensive Back: Andrew Green, Madison
Best Special Teamer: Derrick Wallis, KR, Reagan

RECRUITING WATCH
Best 2009 Offensive Prospect: Tyler Chambers, TE, MacArthur
Best 2009 Defensive Prospect: Tom Wort, OLB, New Braunfels
Best 2010 Offensive Prospect: Brandon Armstrong, RB, Roosevelt
Best 2010 Defensive Prospect: Kris Catlin, OLB, Madison
Best 2011 Prospect: Aaron Green, RB, Madison


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