2008 Team Insider: New Caney Eagles

It's back to the old days at New Caney as the Eagles line up this season in Texas 5A football. But, the New Caney football team returns 15 starters from last year's squad. Do the Eagles have what it takes to compete at this level of play? Check out TexasPrepInsider as we highlight your favorite teams in Texas with our previews.

It has been many years since the New Caney football team lined up in 5A competition. But after the U.I.L. did its last realignment, the Eagles are once again playing on Texas' highest level of gridiron play against Conroe teams along Interstate 45 and Lufkin.

With this tough district line up ahead, it does help that New Caney returns 15 (10 DEF, 5 OFF) starters from last year's squad. After finishing 2-8 in 4A play, coach Russell Roberts will likely look to his senior leadership to aid in the team's success.

The strength of the Eagles lies on the defense where they are nearly 100 percent from last year. Headlining the defense is linebacker Zac Barfield. Last season, Barfield had 117 tackles, two sacks, and an interception. Alongside Barfield will be Gary Kingcaid (74 tackles) and Ryan McCants (58 tackles, two sacks).

In the secondary, DJ Glass (one interception) and Chase Ferguson (two interceptions) lead the way.

Offensively, Cash Gilmer will take the snaps. Joining him in the backfield is a couple of running backs, Chad Jackson and Joey Sullivan. Jackson had 575 yards and three touchdowns while Sullivan rushed for 524 and six touchdowns.

On the receiving end, Christian Perez (17 receptions, 2 TDs) and Joey Hibner (23 receptions, 2 TDs) both have game-day experience. Kicker Matt Davis returns being 21 for 25 on PATs and five made field goals.

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