2008 Team Insiders: Alief Taylor Lions

As the Alief Taylor football team gears up for another season, they will see a couple of new faces on the opposing sidelines as realignment has them in the newly formed District 18-5A. With 10 returning starters from last season, what can Lions fans expect? Check out TexasPrepInsider as we highlight your favorite teams in Texas with our previews.

Surely those involved with the Alief Taylor football team would like to see brighter days ahead. After finishing 3-7 last season, the Lions return 10 (4 OFF, 6 DEF) starters and will line up in a new district that features team from Spring Branch ISD along with Strake Jesuit Prep squad.

Taking the reins at the quarterback position will be athlete Rodney Owens. Though he may be better suited for wide receiver, the Lions will indeed use him under center after racking up over 700 yards as a runner, passer, and receiver. But look for newcomer Jordan Are' to get his feet wet this year and take a few snaps.

Joining Owens in the backfield will be Demarcus Dennis who is the leading returning rusher with 628 yards. Also look for Justin McPherson to get some touches at running back. At receiver the Lions have Fred Kennedy and Byron Johnson.

Defensively, Taylor has plenty of strength on the defensive front. A pair of defensive ends, Emerson Evans (7.5 sacks) and Jessie Dickson (6.5 sacks), will provide good pressure to opposing quarterbacks. At defensive tackle, De'Aires Cotton and Warren Webb are two returning starters who both have solid experience under their belts.

Linebackers Kelvin King and Ashford Evans-Brown will handle the run support while Alex Gordon and Bryce Givens lead in the secondary. 

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Week 1: Houston Jones, Location: Barnett
Week 2: Katy Mayde Creek, Location: Crump
Week 3: Open 
Week 4: Stratford, Location: Tully
Week 5: Alief Hastings, Location: Crump
Week 6: Spring Woods, Location: Tully
Week 7: Strake Jesuit, Location: Crump
Week 8: Houston Memorial, Location: Tully
Week 9: Northbrook, Location: Crump
Week 10: Alief Elsik, Location: Crump

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