Predicted Order of Finish
Division 1 Teams in All Caps
1. Dallas Madison
2. DALLAS ROOSEVELT
3. Lake Worth
4. River Oaks Castleberry
5. Carrollton Ranchview
6. Fort Worth Carter-Riverside
7. Fort Worth Diamond Hill
Outlook: This district is dubbed as the "Urban" 3A District with 2 DISD and 2 FWISD schools in the mix. Maybe Houston ISD should take a note when it comes to this district and let their six or seven 3A schools play at that level. Madison is the clear favorite in 11-3A this year as the Trojans have a ton back and they could be ranked among the area's best by season's end. Roosevelt and Lake Worth will both take steps back but they'll still have enough to hold off Castleberry and Ranchview. Diamond Hill and Carter-Riverside will be fighting it out for the right to stay out of last place.
Team by Team
Dallas Madison Trojans: While most thought it would be a long 2007 for the Madison Trojans, the Trojans themsevles had other ideas. In fact Madison posted a very respectable 5-5 mark before falling to West in a close game in the bi-district round of the playoffs. On the offensive side of the ball, Madison will be paced by a sensational ground game. 215 pound Reginald Pegram is the "thunder" in the Trojans backfield. Pegram ran for 763 yards and 5 touchdowns, while speedy Vernon Hunt gives the Trojans "lightning." With 4.4 speed, Hunt is also a threat in the passing game with 5 receiving touchdowns. Madison's defense is anchored up front by Steve Richard. Richard who is a major Division 1 recruit was a first team all 11-3A performer. Richard who at 6'5 is able to cause plenty of chaos up front is complimented by speedy LB LaDarrion Lucas who was second team all 11-3A.
Dallas Roosevelt Mustangs: 2007 was a breakout year for Dallas Roosevelt and despite the ending not being what they wanted to be in the State Quarter-Finals, the Mustangs had a wonderful season. Replacing 26 letterman at a school like Roosevelt will be a huge challenge for the RHS staff. The Mustangs will lean heavily on their loan returning starter in RB Kevin Booker who posted over 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns along with nearly 600 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Roosevelt has zero starters back on defense and will count on young players to step up.
Lake Worth Bullfrogs: Despite a 4-6 season, Lake Worth qualified to make the playoffs with some critical in district wins to end the season. The Bullfrogs have gotten comfortable as playoff regulars for Coach Percy Whitmire. Donovan Vees will lead the offense at quarterback. The squatting Bullfrog running attack will be led by Jay Kirshbaum and Chris Patino. When Lake Worth goes to the air Jason Lavy and Jon Huddleston will be the targets, the OL has questions as there's a lack of size there. The defensive skill players are pretty good, but the defensive line has some of the same questions as the offensive line. Brandon Burcie will lead the D-line. Linebackers will be okay with Greg Owens and Josh Migura.
River Oaks Castleberry Lions: Castleberry the past few years has been on the brink of making the playoffs but for whatever reason the Lions simply haven't been able to get over the hump. With 20 letterman returning the Lions should be able to make their best run to the playoffs in quite some time. On offense Castleberry returns 10 starters, which bodes well for success. In 2007, CHS averaged over 30 points per game. Castleberry has two very good WR's in Toby Lepard and Cammeron Sonnier.
Carrollton Ranchview Wolves: Carrollton Ranchview opened up four years ago with high hopes and expectations but those expectations have not materialized as the Wolves are still seeking their first winning season in school history. Ranchview who employs a spread offense, likes to run the ball and the Wolves should feature a strong backfield. Junior Dovian Ingram should see a bulk of the work this year after seeing a little time on the varsity as a sophomore. Jared Jones and Cartez James join Ingram to form a nice trio. On defense the Wolves bring back 7 starters, the top player up front is DE Caleb Weiss. Weiss who posted 8 sacks in 2007 was a second team all 11-3A performer. The strength of the defense will lie at the linebacker slot, as Undra Hendrix returns along with first team all-district performer Justin Hagood. DB Justin Henderson is an all-state candidate on defense.
Fort Worth Carter-Riverside Eagles: Carter Riverside is a team that gets to drop from a below average 4A district to an average 3A district. Will the disparity be enough? The team does return 14 starters so it will have some continuity. The strength of the offense will be the offensive line. All 5 starters return. The offensive line is not huge but they do work hard as a team. Jesus Lopez is the best player on the line going 6'2, 225. The quarterback is the best athlete on the team in Jonathan Davis. If the offensive line can get him a hole - he can take it to the house. Thomas Bejarano is a hard nosed full back that can get some tough yards. The best player on the defense is Jacob Saffold. In a district with good defensive linemen, he made all-district as a sophomore. The hard nosed fullback Thomas Bejarano is a natural fit playing both ways at linebacker.
Fort Worth Diamond Hill Eagles: Worth Diamond Hill had shown signs of progress the past couple of years but the Eagles took a step back in 2007 going 0-10. Five starters are back on each side of the ball as Diamond Hill seeks their first trip to the playoffs since 1954. On offense the Eagles will rely on RB Montre Washington who at 235 pounds can pack a punch. On defense, Diamond Hill will count on their paid of solid DB's in David McDougal and Chris Lira.
Players to Watch
Steve Richard, DL Dallas Madison
Vernon Hunt, RB Dallas Madison
Kevin Booker, RB Dallas Roosevelt
Toby Lepard, WR River Oaks Castleberry
Justin Henderson, DB Carrollton Ranchview