2009 Team Insider: Diboll Lumberjacks

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Perennial playoff contender Diboll will face a bit of a rebuilding job in 2009 as the Lumberjacks graduated plenty of talent from last year's 8-3 squad. Diboll was soundly dismissed from the playoffs by Gilmer in the bi-district playoffs 54-0. With just 12 letterman left the Lumberjacks will count on several young players to step in and play large roles.

Diboll's strength will be up front with Justin Havard and TE Antonio Johnson, both are excellent blockers and Johnson is able to go and catch the ball as he was second team all-district. The backfield will be a strength with sophomore Terrance Taylor taking the bulk of the carries after seeing time as a freshman, Taylor has big time talent and could develop into a game breaker. Kamran McCollum joins Taylor to give the Lumberjacks a great one-two punch. QB Chris Bailey who played DB last year steps in and although he's got a lot of work to do throwing the ball, Bailey is a threat with his feet and will give defenses fits. Youth will be served for Diboll at WR as sophomore Eli Hernandez will be counted on quite a bit and senior Cody Stifle will add much needed experience. The offensive line although a strength will also see freshman Seth Johnson playing a key role.

The Lumberjacks defense returns just two starters, three are actually back but Chris Bailey has moved full time to offense. Antonio Johnson will be full time on the defensive side of the ball after seeing spot duty on defense. The strength will be at linebacker with Kamran McCollum and Chase Oliver leading the way, both are speedy and can bring the lumber. Lots of jobs to be won in the secondary with just Stiffle back with any experience but DHS typically has good athletes so I expect some young guys to step in and fill those roles.

District 18-3A won't be a cakewalk once again with the likes of defending state champion Carthage and Jasper in this loop. I expect Diboll to finish in the 5-5 or 6-4 range but next year look for some good things from the Lumberjacks as they'll return a bevy of key players.

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