By Butch McReynolds
DICKINSON--Dickinson makes the move up from the class 4A ranks this year to district 24-5A where the Gators will go to war with the likes of Clear Lake, Galveston Ball, Brazoswood, Clear Creek and Clear Brook.
Of course, those same teams will have to be prepared to go to war with the Dickinson Gators also as Coach Warren Trahan's bunch returns 12 starters and 20 letter winners from last year's playoff bunch.
The Gators won't exactly be toothless this year on offense as star-studded senior quarterback Brody Trahan returns to lead the way. Trahan, a Baylor commit, was injured early in the season last year and gave way to sophomore Clay Honeycutt, who moved from wide receiver and did an admirable job of leading the Gators in to the playoffs.
With things hopefully back to normal now, Trahan, a talented 210-pounder who passed for almost 800 yards in his dad's wide open offense, returns to his quarterback spot and the swift Honeycutt returns to his wide out position.
Trahan will once again have seniors Josh Hone and Dan Hunter, along with the sure handed Honeycutt to spread the pigskin around to.
Perhaps the best news for Trahan, both the son and coach, is the return of talented senior offensive linemen Ivory Wade (a cat quick 300-pounder committed to Texas A&M) and Ed Preston, a talented 285 pounder being courted by several D1 schools, including Houston.
Running backs Darrell Riley and Corey Thomas return to help with the running game while newcomer Kenneth Mullins is expected to pay immediate dividends for the Gator squad.
Senior 220-pound defensive end Caleb Butler is expected to once again anchor the Gator defensive trenches with counterpart Danyel Hunter (230-pound junior) holding down the other side.
The Gators finished out 8-3 a year ago despite the loss of quarterback Trahan and still managed a playoff trip.
Dickinson is slated to crank up the 2008 campaign when it plays host to speedy Angleton on Aug. 29. The Gators are slated to travel over to Pasadena to play Dobie the following week before wrapping non-district play with Bay City at the Gator pit on Sept, 12, After an open week Dickinson gets its first taste of district 24-5A warfare when it plays host to Alvin.