Alvarado makes the drop from 4A to 3A - and they go from one of the small 4A's to one of the big 3A's. With this drop, 9 starters return - but still, after a program has had so much conflict and up and down seasons, Alvarado might have a chance for a fair fight. Jeff Dixon could have the talent this year for a playoff run.
Thomas Head makes the offense go. At quarterback, he is very solid and very speedy although undersized. Broam Hart is the running back for the Indians. Tristian Fuentes and Jerome Brown step up at wide receiver. Coach Dixon worries about the offensive line practically graduating everyone. Bryan Puente, Dustin Johnson, Matt Cantrell and RJ King look to bring stability to the lines - but the depth won't be there this season.
The defense should be pretty salty this season. Brett Bridgewater anchors the defensive line. The linebackers will be good with Ethan Abney, Jaron Beam and Justin Bonham. The secondary is very experienced led by Ernest Alcala and Junior Ryan Lawler. The defense will make or break the team's playoff chances this season.
12-3A is a very interesting district with some 175 teams and some western Tarrant County teams. Alvardo will have a huge showdown with Crandall on Halloween night for the right to be in the playoffs. The good news for Alvarado is they should end their season on a high against Venus. They'll start off the season in a firestorm against 4A powerhouse Waco Midway. In fact, three of their five non-district games will be against Waco area teams. The Indians are not afraid to travel for competition this season.