TPI District 21-5A 2009 Outlook

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Predicted Order of Finish (Division I teams all CAPS) 
1. NORTH SHORE
2. Port Arthur Memorial
3. Beaumont Westbrook
4. BAYTOWN STERLING
5. Baytown Lee
6. Channelview

Quick 2008 recap (season finish)
Last season was a historic one as North Shore (9-1) shattered Texas high school records with a regular win streak to 78 wins. And still counting. Will the Mustangs continue this run through the regular season again? Who knows? But surely, they want to get past round two of the playoffs after falling to state runner up Fort Bend Hightower.

With that said, none of the 21-5A teams advanced past the area round as Westbrook (7-2) too care of Pasadena Memorial, 51-35, but lost to Dickinson by a narrow margin, 18-17. Sterling (6-4) fell to Pearland 39-15 while Port Arthur Memorial (3-6) lost to La Porte 56-28, both in bi-district. Baytown Lee (2-6) and Channelview (0-8) both had dismal season finishes. 

2009 Breakdown
Once again, the North Shore team is the big kids on the block as the Mustangs bring back eight starters. Of those starters, many of them are skilled players. One who is poised for a breakout year is running back Tracy Woods (5-11, 215). Last season, Woods had nearly 900 yards on the ground and 11 touchdowns. Look for him to break to 1,000-yard mark in 2009, especially with big man Trey Hopkins (6-3, 270) leading the way opening holes for him.

On the edge, speedster DeAndrew White (6-0, 185) will stretch the field out with his blazing 4.3 40-yard speed. Defensively, in the backfield, it does not get much better than Alton Demby (5-9, 175) and Larry Stephens (6-0, 180), who combined for seven interceptions last season. Demby is also a dangerous return specialist. 

For the moment, Memorial seems like a good one for the No. 2 spot. New coach on the scene usually brings about a new attitude and focus. And the cupboard was not bare as the Titan has 11 returning starters to work with. While Stedman Haynes will handle the quarterback situation, there are two wide outs who will make plenty of plays for him in K'Sean Wesley (6-0, 180) and Nate Davis (5-9, 160). Each of these guys had over 20 catches and 10 combined touchdowns. Linebacker Earl Hines is a player to watch on defense after racking up 100 tackles.

Westbrook returns only six starters, but the issue seems to be, where is the offensive production coming from as not many return to the fold. But the Bruins should still finish in the Top 3. The defense, led by linebacker Garrett Chapman (6-2, 200), should be stout after allowing only 17.3 points per game in 2008 and holding three opponents to less than two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Chance Nelson (5-10, 170) is the primary returning playmaker for the Sterling team despite being an underclassman. He and athlete Andre Corley (6-1, 175) will be the likely duo to make things happen. Four players return defensively with Shawn Collins (5-10, 170) as the top guy. Look for the Rangers to be stronger on defense after pitching one shutout, but giving up 27 points to their opponents.

Coach Marvin Sedberry Jr. is the new man at Baytown Lee after coach Dick Olin made the move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Sedberry has nine guys back to try and reverse the 2-6 finish from last year. Look for running back Dandrick Jackson (5-10, 180) and quarterback Jarrett Havins to make some noise after limited roles in 2008. 

Good thing that Channelview has 13 starters returning. A winless season should jump start the Falcons and get them fired up in 2009. Experienced guys like Chris Hawkins (6-2, 175) and Dominique Jefferson (6-0, 175) should help bring brighter days to this ball club.


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