2008 District 12-3A Preview

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Predicted Order of Finish

Division 1 Teams in All Caps

1. Kaufman


3. Kennedale

4. Ferris

5. Crandall

6. Venus

Outlook: This far flung district in the southern portion of the area will be a fun district to watch as each of the top four teams in this district have a chance to win it. One pretty solid team will be home come playoff time. Kaufman gets the early nod with their combination of athletes and experience. Alvarado makes the drop from a brutal district in 4A and they should compete well after knocking heads with Everman, Aledo and Stephenville. Kennedale is the most talented team, but they are very young and they could be a year away. Ferris was a big surprise last year and they've got a lot of talent back but the district is now a lot tougher. Crandall is not a bad team but they are a notch below the first four and Venus; well they are Venus.

Team by Team

Kaufman Lions: Kaufman HC Todd York finally got things in the right direction with an 8-3 season and a District 13-3A championship in 2007. The playoffs didn't go quite as well as KHS was knocked out in bi-district by Canton. On offense Kaufman will be led by their backfield combo of Aryon Miles and Hippo Perea, both of whom were second team all 13-3A in 2007. Miles ran for nearly 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Austin McDaniel will take over at QB after throwing all of one pass in 2007. Kaufman should see improvement on defense with six starters returning. The defensive line will be strong with Brett Brewer and DE Ethan Martin leading the way, both players were first team all 13-3A.

Alvarado Indians: Alvarado makes the drop from 4A to 3A - and they go from one of the small 4A's to one of the big 3A's. With this drop, 9 starters return - but still, after a program has had so much conflict and up and down seasons, Alvarado might have a chance for a fair fight. Jeff Dixon could have the talent this year for a playoff run. Thomas Head makes the offense go. At quarterback, he is very solid and very speedy although undersized. Broam Hart is the running back for the Indians. Tristian Fuentes and Jerome Brown step up at wide receiver. Coach Dixon worries about the offensive line practically graduating everyone. The defense should be pretty salty this season. Brett Bridgewater anchors the defensive line. The linebackers will be good with Ethan Abney, Jaron Beam and Justin Bonham.

Kennedale Wildcats: Kennedale returns 10 starters from a 7-4 team last year - but considering they are a running based team (Wing-T) - the talent they have this year can really step up and shine - and offensively, this is a pretty good 3A team. QB is a question mark, but RB Aaron Wingfield is major playmaker. The offensive line will be young as well. There are lots of questions on defense but DE Steven Sanders is a beast up front, the secondary is young but athletic.

Ferris YellowJackets: The town with the famous Yellow Jacket water tower was one of the most pleasant surprises in DFW in 2007 posting a 7-4 record and advancing to the playoffs. HC Randy Barnes has great numbers for a 3A school and with 29 letterman and 15 starters back, FHS could not only make the playoffs but stick around for a while. On offense Ferris does things the "Old School" way as the Yellow Jackets run the veer. James Hopkins will take over at RB and with his breakaway speed he could develop into a major homerun threat. TE Jeremy Masterson is a sensational athlete on both sides of the ball, despite the fact Ferris doesn't throw it much Masterson had six touchdown catches. Ferris brings back seven starters on defense and this area will need to step up to beat good teams, DB Tevin Richards leads the way.

Crandall Pirates: Crandall was hit hard by graduation last year returning 11 starters from last year's 3-7 team. It was the first Crandall Pirate team that hadn't made the playoffs in 10 years. Crandall looks to get back into the playoff picture this season but might find a tough road in a newly revamped District 12-3A. Offensively, Chad Honeycutt is the expected quarterback. He is a bit undersized and can go out to wide receiver if another quarterback emerges. Jared Pellman will be the anticipated running back for the Pirates. Defensively, they will be very small up front on the defensive line. A lot of the linemen will be playing two ways which could wear them down at the end of the season. The linebacking corps is pretty solid, Desmond McCullar leads the secondary.

Venus Bulldogs: After a losing streak of nearly 30 games Venus busted out with two wins in 2007. The Bulldogs however will still fall well short of the playoffs as low numbers and being in a tough district will prevent VHS from being competitive in the district race. On offense Venus has four starters back, QB C.J. Dunham returns after starting 10 games in 2007. Dunham is not very big and his diminutive size is a concern, as he might not make it through the season in a tougher district.

Players to Watch

Ayron Miles, RB Kaufman

Aaron Wingfield, RB Kennedale

Steven Sanders, DE Kennedale

Thomas Head, QB Alvarado

Jeremy Masterson, TE/LB Ferris

Tevin Richards, DB Ferris

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