2008 District 3-4A Preview
Predicted Order of Finish
1. Canyon Randall
3. Amarillo Palo Duro
6. Amarillo Caprock
Outlook:Canyon Randall took the district by storm last year rolling through 3-4A. The Raiders are the heavy favorites to win the district but they'll get more competition from cross town rival and what should be an improved Amarillo Palo Duro bunch. Hereford leaving the loop hurts the balance a bit as well. Dumas made a surprising run to a second place finish but can the Demons repeat with the target on their backs??
Team by Team
Canyon Randall: With 24 letterman returning and 17 starters back the Raiders are poised to win another district championship but can they make an impact in the playoffs? 9 starters are back on the offensive side of the ball, but the losses are key. Blake Bonner's graduation removes nearly half of the total yards. QB Mark Glawe will lead the offense and at 6'4 and with a big arm he's got the potential to make an impact in the passing game. The offensive line has all five starters back which helps also. 8 starters are back on defense including DE Warren Maxwell who was first team all 3-4A and has the ability to disrupt. Speedy DB Tanner McWilliams is the top cover guy.
Canyon Eagles: Two years removed from a State Semi-Final appearance in Class 3A, Canyon now moves back to Class 4A. The Eagles don't have great depth across the board but their front line talent is solid. The top player is QB Spencer Church who threw for nearly 3300 yards and 36 touchdowns. RB Taylor Medrano leads the ground attack as he ran for 9 touchdowns and almost 600 yards, but the real firepower lies with a strong group of WR's Hunter Coffman and Chris Rhoten who combined for nearly 1400 yards and 16 touchdowns. Where Canyon struggles is on defense, they do have five starters back but is that enough to make a playoff push?
Amarillo Palo Duro Dons : Palo Duro struggled to an uncharacteristic 4-6 mark in 2007, however with 20 letterman back the Dons are posied for a much better 2008. PD has two excellent junior talents in QB Dartel Lewis and WR Braiden Winn. No one will be better athletically than the Dons but can they put it together?? Top players on defense included LB Tieren Fortson and DL Miguel Torres.
Dumas Dumas: The Demons had a tremendous 2007 where their offense simply overwhelmed teams. However QB Shayne Johnson has moved on but his toys are still in place. WR Eric Whitfield hauled in 9 touchdown receptions and Aaron Cortez and Aaron Heyd team up to give the Demons a nice trio. The running game and offensive line remains a question mark. Five starters are back on defense for Dumas and early on they may need to lead the way. LB Ricky Inthirath and LB Dillon Johnson both posted over 100 tackles.
Pampa Harvesters: Pampa's program is struggling right now, the Harvesters lack the athleticism they used to have and depth is a major issue. Only one starter is back on offense and the JV squad wasn't world beaters either so expect a rebuilding year from PHS. Madison Wilson and Heath Skinner gives the Harvesters two strong weapons at the WR slot but things will come down to how junior QB Alex Clendenning plays, he's 6'4 and has a big arm but he doesn't move well and that's a concern. Five starters do return on defense and that unit will be key to Pampa making a run at the playoffs. LB Ryan Funderberg and DB Jeremy Maxwell are to two players to keep an eye on.
Amarillo Caprock Longhorns: Second year Coach Seth Parr got Caprock into the win column but it was only one time. The Longhorns only bring back 17 letterman and that could spell trouble for CHS in a difficult district. RB Jamar Johnson could wind up being one of the better backs in Caprock history when he's done. The talent is improved at Caprock but it is young talent and it might be another year before they are going to push for a .500 record.
Players to Watch:
Spencer Church, QB Canyon
Eric Whitfield, WR Dumas
Dartel Lewis, QB Amarillo Palo Duro
Warren Maxwell, DE Canyon Randall
Ryan Funderberg, LB Pampa