2008 Team Insider: Tarkington Longhorns

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Tarkington Longhorns

For years the Longhorns of Tarkington have struggled on the gridiron, having just 3 winning seasons since 1990. Last year the struggles continued as Tarkington finished 0-10. Coach Walter Fortune does have lots of experience back for 2008 in 14 total returning starters and they will try to get the Longhorns in the playoff race this season. I'm thinking the Longhorns will break that 0-10 mark from a year ago.

Key Wins Last Year
None

Last Year's Scores
Hardin 39 Tarkington 0
Corrigan-Camden 28 Tarkington 0
Buna 42 Tarkington 7
Woodville 49 Tarkington 13
Madisonville 53 Tarkington 0
Shepherd 49 Tarkington 26
Splendora 49 Tarkington 21
Coldspring 59 Tarkington 18
Liberty 43 Tarkington 20
Cleveland 46 Tarkington 14

Offense

Tarkington returns 8 offensive starters from last year's team that averaged 12 points per game. Leading the offense will be QB Travis Hobbs. Two time all-district OL John Fortune returns and will be joined on the line by Dillon Mol, Jacob Thompson, Colton Pursewell and Lauren Hill. Leading the rushing game will be two-way star Brent Johnson who also starts at DB. Coach Fortune says" we'll be much more experienced this season compared to last year". The Long horns will have to stay healthy and if they can the experience they have back on Offense should get the Horns some wins this season.

Other Key Players
Justin Mullins (RB)

Defense

The Longhorns have 6 defensive starters back from a 2007 unit that allowed 46 points per game. The defensive line for Tarkington will be led by DE Justin Lawrence and DT Hunter Blain and DT Chris Alexander. Leading the charge at LB will be D.J. Milner. The returning guys on Defense will really have to show their experience this season after giving up so many points last year. Look for big plays this year from DB Brent Johnson, Johnson will have to take over where he left off last season. With some many starters back that played as youngsters last season i doubt the Horns will average giving up 46 points a game.

Other Key Players
None Listed

Tarkington opens the 2008 season in Week 0 with a road game at Huntington. The following week is their home opener against the Hardin Hornets. They then travel to Buna before closing non-district at home against Orangefield. The Longhorns will open 22-3A play on September 26 at Shepherd. Huffman enters the District as dropping down from 4A. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the Tarkington Longhorns……

Aug. 29 @ Huntington
Sept. 5 Hardin
Sept. 12 @ Buna
Sept. 19 Orangefield
Sept. 26 @ Shepherd*
Oct. 3 OPEN
Oct 10 Coldspring*
Oct. 17 @ Splendora*
Oct. 24 Cleveland*
Oct. 31 @ Liberty*
Nov. 7 Huffman*

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