It seems as if Lubbock High has turned into the red headed step-child of the Lubbock ISD. LHS still has enough enrollment to be 5A but the Westerners are simply outmanned with fewer feeder schools than their 5A rivals. In turn Lubbock has not made a trip to the postseason since 1975 and in the new 2-5A it's likely the Westerners won't get into the playoffs in 2008 despite improvement.
On offense Lubbock will lean on two way star Dvonic Freeman to lead the way, Freeman brings a strong running threat to the LHS offense. He's complimented by RB Kennon Shaw who was first team all 2-5A in 2007. The receivers are led by Nathan Slaughter and Matthew Hester, but the question is can Freeman keep defenses honest with his arm? The offensive line is anchored by Jose Alvarado and Phillip Rodriguez.
Lubbock returns seven starters on the defense and Freeman much like on offense leads the way. DE Jethro Washington is the player to keep an eye on up front as he is capable of bringing big time pressure off the edge, Tim Brown provides a solid second option. Depth is an issue for the Westerners.
Overall, Lubbock might be an improved squad but the new and improved 2-5A will be too much for them to overcome. However Coach Speck has done a good job of getting the talent level up and making LHS more competitive.