Predicted Order of Finish
Division 1 Teams in All Caps
1. FW Wyatt
2. FW EASTERN HILLS
3. FW Arlington Heights
4. FW South Hills
5. FW North Side
1. FW SOUTHWEST
2. FW Dunbar
3. FW Western Hills
4. FW Polytechnic
5. FW Trimble Tech
Outlook: Once again FWISD will employ a two zone system as each team will play four games within the zone that will count in the district standings. The top two teams in the zones will advance to the playoffs and will face off in a zone playoff for seeding. Overall, Southwest is the class of the district but Dunbar and Wyatt are close and nipping on Southwest's heels. Eastern Hills has some strong young talent and they might be a year away but simply making the playoffs this year would be big. Western Hills and Arlington Heights have talent but they also a year away from competing. Polytechnic made big strides last year but they are very young this year.
Team by Team
FW Wyatt Chaparrals: It seems that whenever Wyatt has a Criss coaching good things are bound to happen and the younger Criss lead the Chaps back to the postseason in 2007. Wyatt has seven starters back led by the versatile speedster Marcus Turner who was the 7-4A Offensive Player of the Year. A running back by trade Turner posted 1700 total yards and 12 touchdowns in just seven games in 2007, he'll likley play QB again this year as Coach Criss wants the ball in his hands as much as possible. WR Anthony Smith is the top target in the passing game with 5 touchdown catches and first team all 7-4A honors under his belt. Six starters are back for Wyatt led by DE Meyer Criss up front. Criss who topped 100 tackles leads the Chaps defense. LB Terence Swiney is back also after a first team all 7-4A season.
FW Eastern Hills Highlanders: Eastern Hills is in the second year of their new system and with some youth being served this year, things might be dicey early on but there is some major talent with that youth. Chris Gibson played JV quarterback as a freshman. The step up to varsity may be a big one but he had periods in 7 on 7 when he looked great and periods when it was just a little off. Roscoe Lee as a freshman won the track meet so as a running back, if he gets a little space - he could be gone. He may not have the size to handle 20 carries a game, though. The defense will have some studs on it. Dai'von McLucas was a great linebacker last season. Brian Watkins was great on the offensive line. The secondary has speed and returning talent with Damon Barrett and Everett Walker.
FW Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets: FW Arlington Heights has fallen on hard times as of late A new coaching staff comes in to last season's 5-4 record. Only 15 lettermen return and 5 returning starters from last year's team return. QB Mark Grace is a pretty solid quarterback, but he probably won't have the tools around him to do much. Adonnys Wright is the expected running back. He is a big bruising back capable of consistent yards. On defense Heights will be feisty and hard hitting, however they lack speed and athletes to be consistent.
FW South Hill Scorpions: After their first ever playoff appearance in 2006, South Hills was expected to fall back to the bottom of the 7-4A standing. Instead Coach Jerry Watson's squad, posted a 6-4 record and stayed in the hunt until Week 9 of the season. On offense look for South Hills to be potent in 2007, especially in the passing game with a pair of all-district WR's back in David Diaz and Lavon Lynch. Only three starters are back on defense so look for SHHS to struggle.
FW North Side Steers: To say North Side football has struggled in the past 25 years or so would be an understatement. In fact the Steers haven't gotten to the playoffs since 1979!! On the offensive side of the ball, North Side is counting on nine returning starters for improvement. The backfield should be solid with Martin Rodgriguez and junior Joel Rockmoore leading the way. On defense seven staters are back led by Bonilla in the secondary. Darin Ramirez and Michael Ortiz give the Steers two solid LB's to build around. The kicking game is in great shape as Jorge Martinez returns after earning first team all-state honors as a punter and he's an excellent FG kicker also.
FW Southwest Raiders: Just five short seasons ago, Southwest football was a joke in FWISD. The Raiders always had talent but they couldn't seem to get out of their own way, now SHS has won the district title 4 out of the past 5 years. No one is as talented as the Raiders on the offensive side of the ball with QB Jason Dillon who put up some huge numbers as a junior. The skill players are young but they have speed to burn. The Southwest defense for the most part was strong in 2007 and with seven returning starters expect them to be even better in 2008. LB Travis Burton leads the Raiders on defense after earning first team all 7-4A honors.
FW Dunbar Wildcats: This season could be the coming out party for Dunbar. They return 13 starters from last year's 5-6 record. The skill positions have the players, the lines are solid and the youth has been served. WR Darius White is a big time weapon and one of the top two sport prospects in the state as he's a good basketball player also, Dominique Sanders is an excellent speedy combo for White as QB Nicholas Rockwell has some toys at his disposal. The defense is solid as they have some big time speed, DB Rashad Favors leads the way.
FW Western Hills Cougars: Coach Mike Copeland came to West Fort Worth last year from Plano East and he faced the task of building the Western Hills program into a consistent winner after a yo-yo cycle the past 7 years. On the offensive side of the ball, Western Hills will lean heavily on versatile RB Rafael Sneed. Sneed who has great speed is not only a threat running the ball but he's one of the better receiving backs in DFW. Waysean Tucker will also be a factor in the backfield with his big time speed. Only four starters are back on defense and this is the number one concern for Coach Copeland's staff. At times WHHS was vulnerable on defense and the young players will need to step up if they want to compete for one of the top two spots in their zone.
FW Polytechnic Parrots: Coach Sedberry is in his second season at the helm in South Fort Worth and with a full year in the program Poly might not see quite the drop they would have seen in prior seasons. The Parrots will be speedy on the offensive side of the ball but depth is a major concern. WR Davion Thornton is back and after a second team all 7-4A season he'll be a major factor along with his brother Damion Thornton who will likley take over at QB after earning newcomer of the year honors. On defense, Poly has three starters back. DB Aaron McQuin leads the way and at 6'3 230 he's got Division 1 size and speed and can flat out hit. Poly might be one of the toughest jobs in the state and Marvin Sedberry, Jr. did a remarkable job getting Poly to three wins and making the competitive in most of their games.
FW Trimble Tech Bulldogs: It's been since 1989 since the Trimble Tech Bulldogs have advanced to the playoffs, that year was the sixth straight district title for TTHS and that signaled the end of an era. Since then the Bulldogs have struggled to get winning seasons and they have missed the postseason since then. On offense Tech returns 8 starters, headlined by sppeedy RB Trent Hunt. The sub 4.5 speedster earned second team all-district honors rushing for 733 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jarrot Medlock will pilot the offense after starting 8 games for Tech, Medlock isn't a threat to run the ball much but he's got a strong arm, but there are questions at WR. Tech has back six starters on the defensive side of the ball and the strength of that group will be in the secondary.
Players to Watch:
Jason Dillon, QB FW Southwest
Marcus Turner, QB FW Wyatt
Darius White, WR FW Dunbar
Rafael Sneed, RB FW Western Hills
Roscoe Lee, RB FW Eastern Hills
Rashad Favors, DB FW Dunbar