On offense things will revolve around junior QB Josiah Monroe, last years District 25-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year accounted for over 2000 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns. RB Mark Jackson doesn't have breakaway speed but he's a solid runner and gives Bastrop an added dimension in the passing game as Jackson averaged 12 yards per catch, he'll be backed up by Mustafa Akbar. Auston Shipley will be the go to guy in the passing game after a second team all 25-5A junior season, the rest of the receiving corps will come from the JV where the young guys will be counted on to step up. On the offensive line the Bears have good size but again there is a lack of experience, Allah Hicks and Jose Lerma will be the top contributors.
Bastrop in 2009 will likely make their money on the defensive side of the ball as eight starters return. Grayson Hernandez leads the guys in the trenches, he posted 3 sacks and 9 tackles behind the line of scrimmage earning first team all 25-5A honors. Look for DE Bo Clark to also play a key role on both sides of the ball. The group of linebackers will be anchored by honorable mention all-district pick Kyle Meyers and Malik Miller who has a lot of potential. Bernard Blake is the team's top defensive player and a potential Division 1 prospect, and Mustafa Akbar will join Blake in the secondary.
Expect Bastrop despite the inexperience on offense to improve on last year's 2-8 mark. The experienced defense and another year in Coach Perry's system should equal another win or two this year but the Bears still don't have enough to move into the playoff mix.