2008 Team Insider: Kountze Lions

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Kountze Lions

The Kountze Lions were just 1 win away from making the playoffs last year. The Lions have been known for some time as the district doormats but that changed last season when they posted a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 district mark that included a win over district power East Chambers. The Lions look primed to make another playoff push in 2008 with the help of 16 total starters that return. The Lions have always been more of a Basketball School in the past but things are finally turning around for the Football Program.

Key Wins Last Year

East Chambers (14-13)

Last Year's Scores

Kountze 24 Tenaha 18

Kountze 31 Hull-Daisetta 14

Kountze 29 Evadale 6

West Hardin 15 Kountze 7

Kountze 15 Warren 14

Kountze 35 Anahuac 7

Buna 21 Kountze 14

Hardin 36 Kountze 22

Kountze 14 East Chambers 13

Kountze 18 Deweyville 15

Offense

Kountze returns 8 starters on offense from last year's team that averaged 21 points per game. TB Jared Howard will lead the rushing attack for the Lions after he put together a productive 2007 season. Last year Howard rushed for 676 yards on 125 carries with 7 touchdowns. The offensive line will be strong led by first team all-district OG Jack Garrett. Also helping out on the offensive line will be Deric Packett, Tanner Hughes, Cody Sunday and Justin Bates.

Other Key Players

Keith Gilmore (TE)

Zach Kemp (WR)

Defense

8 starters are also back on defense for Kountze. Last season the Lion D allowed 16 points per game. All-District honorable mention linebackers Steven Gerhard and Devon Wise are back and will be the defensive leaders. They will be joined by OLB Trey Walden. Another big key will be dual threat LB/RB Milton Williams. Williams was also a first team all-district player in 2007. The defensive line will be led by DE Josh Haynes.

Other Key Players

Aubrey Walker (DB)

Kountze opens the 2008 season with a Week 0 home match up with the Woodville Eagles. On September 5 the Lions travel to Bridge City to take on the Cardinals. They return home in Week 2 to face Evadale before closing out non-district play on September 19 at Hull-Daisetta. Kountze opens 23-2A play on September 26 at home against Warren. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the Kountze Lions……

Aug. 29 Woodville

Sept. 5 @ Bridge City

Sept. 12 Evadale

Sept. 19 @ Hull-Daisetta

Sept. 26 Warren*

Oct. 3 @ Buna*

Oct. 10 Deweyville*

Oct. 17 @ Hardin*

Oct. 24 Anahuac*

Oct. 31 @ East Chambers*

Nov. 7 OPEN


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