long afterwards, they went on to beat
that's when things exploded.
boards lit up, praising the team for their tenacity and hard play. Top-ten
lists were wildly shifted around to accommodate them.
it was the district play that shortened their season.
The Lions didn't fare nearly as well, suffering especially tough losses
against the Klein powerhouses.
coach Sonny Karas, whose 100th win with the team coincided with that dazzling
have to do a better job on finishing," Karas said. "We played
really well the first half of the season. We played well against some good
beat the ones we were supposed to beat, but not the ones that would get us into
said his team had a good summer, and that they were in good shape after hitting
the weight room. But to keep from
repeating last year's mistakes, Karas is, of course, looking to the team's
standouts – be they returners or fresh faces - to guide them down a different
he's also looking to two new-old faces to be the differentiators.
would be senior Josh Rowe, a FS sidelined all last season with an injury.
Karas describes him as being back "full-speed, 100 percent – one heck
of a football player." He'll
be lining up alongside another defensive player returning from injury:
senior DE Charles Dilworth.
will be joining a powerful and experienced Lion defense.
Two all-district picks, senior DB Darren Brantley and junior DT Donta Burnett, are returning. Karas said
LB and DI prospect Tahare Ray and DB Lynn Madumere, both seniors, were returning
from good offseasons, praising both for their talent and leadership.
Kenric McNeal – a DI prospect that showed great poise and athleticism during
the 2007 season – will return as starting quarterback.
The Lion offense will definitely miss WR Blake Farmer, a 2008 graduate.
But never fear: McNeal's
passes will still connect with very capable hands.
Another DI prospect, senior WR Dakota Dill, also partnered with McNeal
during the 2007 season for several highlight-reel plays.
He's back with senior RB Darel Haynes to help lead the Lions into the
experience will aide Spring, as many of their featured players were younger and
less experienced in the 2007 season. McNeal
had even been shifted over from WR, making his season – 1,434 yards passing,
411 yards running, 9 touchdowns - all the more remarkable.
said that he and his staff worked hard on driving the value of finishing
strong into his team, and with good results.
we can do that, not peak as early as we did last year," Karas explained.
"That's what we've been preaching for 12 months now."