2008 Team Insiders: Aldine Nimitz Cougars

As the Aldine Nimitz football team gears up for the upcoming season, one would have to think that playoffs are one of their primary goals. It's been two years since the Cougars played 11 or more games. Do they have what it takes to get out of the new Texas 19-5A? TexasPrepInsider has the previews for all of your favorite teams.

After falling short of the playoffs for two straight years in a row, the Aldine Nimitz football team likely has their hearts set on postseason play in 2008. The Cougars (6-4 in 2007) will line up with eight (4 OFF, 4 DEF) returning starters and will be playing in the newly formed 19-5A playing schools in Humble ISD.

Leading the way for the Cougars offense will be quarterback Zerick Rollins. Despite only one start in 2007, Rollins generated over 600 yards of offense and three touchdowns. With him in the backfield the Cougars return running back Marion Grice, who led the team in rushing with 611 yards. Also look for Johnny Harris to get plenty of touches also. 

Rollins' primary target will likely be Kelvin Chatham (21 receptions), but LaMarquis King will also be in the rotation as a starter. The leader on the offensive line is guard Isiah White who is a returning starter. Center Randy Brigham moved over from defense and tackle Selwyn Sandoval returns after seeing plenty of action as a junior.

On the other side, the Cougars return two solid defensive ends in Sankietrek Wiggins and Danzale White. Wiggins led the team 63 tackles and six sacks while White had 54 tackles and eight sacks. In the secondary, Dexter Williams leads the way with 41 tackles, two interceptions, and 12 pass break-ups. 

Kicker Keith Cross is a three-year starter while Harris led the district last season in kickoff returns. The Cougars are set to scrimmage Clear Lake on August 22 at Thorne Stadium.

2008 SCHEDULE
Week 0: Elsik Location: Thorne Date: 8/30/08
Week 1: Clear Brook Location: CCISD Date: 9/4/08
Week 2: PA Memorial Location: Port Arthur Date: 9/12/08
Week 3: Open 
Week 4: College Park Location: Wood Forest Date: 9/26/08
Week 5: Aldine Location: Thorne Date: 10/3/0/08
Week 6: Atascocita Location: Thorne Date: 10/11/08
Week 7: Eisenhower Location: Thorne Date: 10/18/08
Week 8: Kingwood Location: Turner Date: 10/24/08
Week 9: Macarthur Location: Thorne Date: 10/31/08
Week 10: Humble Location: Turner Date: 11/7/08


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