District 15-5A 2009 Outlook

It's about that time again and Texas Prep Insider has got you covered. We have started our 2009 coverage of state's districts with this look inside one of Region II's wild races. Can Cy Creek run the tables again or will Cy Ridge, Langham Creek, Cy Woods rise to the challenge?

District 15-5A Overview:
Overview: Talent is once again pouring from this competitive district. Russell Shepard and Sam McGuffie led the past two Cy-Fair ISD recruiting classes, and quarterbacks, wideouts, cornerbacks, linemen and linebackers will get the collegiate look this fall.

In 2008, Cy Ridge, Cy Creek, first-year varsity Cy Woods and Langham Creek reached the postseason. Behind all-state QB Shepard, Cy Ridge reached the Division II regional semifinals before losing to Copperas Cove 55-48. Cy Creek advanced two games before falling to Klein Oak. Cy Woods made the most noise in Division I, getting to regional semifinals. And the Lobos fell to Division I regional champion Stony Point in bi-district.

Watch out for the CFISD specialty this year: high-scoring, competitive battles with scores more commonly seen in 6-man football. Nearly every team in this district can make noise on the gridiron. Expect the last team to score to win nearly everything.

For Cy Creek to win this race in perfect form as the Cougars did last year, they will have to defeat Langham Creek, Cy Ridge and Cy Woods in consecutive weeks beginning Sept. 26 at the Berry Center.

Key games to watch: Aug. 28 - Klein Oak @ Cy Creek, Pridgeon, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 - Cy Ridge @ Cy Creek, Berry Center, 6 p.m. Oct. 31 - Cy Woods @ Langham Creek, Berry Center, 6 p.m.

Predicted Order of Finish in District 15-5A (Division I in ALL CAPS):
1. Cy Creek
2. Cy Ridge
5. Cy Falls
6. Cy-Fair
7. Cy Springs
8. Jersey Village

Cy Creek
2008 Finish: 8-2, Division II area finalist

The Cougars averaged more than 40 points per game in 2008 and return 10 starters (5/5), including all-state WR/RB Brent Mitcham (5-9, 180). Mitcham had 54 catches for 1,024 yards and 8 TDs. Matched with returning junior RB Jermichael Selders (5-11, 170) and experienced OL Cameron Fleming (6-6, 270) and Archie Muniz (6-5, 240), Cy Creek will make a run at another district title with the Mitcham and Selders leading a fast offensive unit.
Defensively Creek will be solid with DL Will Hampton (6-3, 270, OLB Sam Sammons (6-1, 200), CB Kevin Billups and ILBs Kevin Vu, James Walter and more talent.

Cy Ridge
2008 Finish: 9-3, Division II regional semifinalist

Like many CFISD schools, the Rams return speed and talent. Cy Ridge may have the best team speed with WRs Kevin Johnson (6-1, 190) and Arick Jones (5-8, 170). The duo will provide the offensive burst until QB and RB replacements settle in.
Defensively the Rams are led by LB Zack Roberson (6-2, 200), FB Nick Shepard (5-9, 170), DL Robert Scarpati (6-3, 250) as Rams coach Gary Thiebaud returns 4/4 starters.

Langham Creek
2008 Finish: 3-7 bi-district finalist

With likely the premier QB in the district and 8/6 returning starters, Langham Creek will be in the hunt this fall. QB Will Bryant (2,415 yards, 21 TDs) and all-state WR Mitchell Juergens (56-917, 6 TDs) will be a dynamic scoring combination all fall.
WRs Garrett Juergens and Mitchell Juergens (both 5-11, 175) can light up a defense with the spread offense being added by coach Todd Thompson. If Bryant (6-0, 190) has adequate protection from OL Josh Stokes (6-1, 224), OL Justin Adami and others, he may make a run at district offensive MVP.
Thompson returns a healthy 8/6 starters. On defense LB Efrem Oliphant (6-2, 210) registered 121 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 INTs in 2008. He is matched with LB Kyle Goedeke (6-0, 215) who had 90 stops. The pair will lead a hard-hitting unit.

Cy Woods
2008 Finish: 8-3, Division II regional semifinalist

Perhaps the best initial varsity season in Texas football last season belongs to the Wildcats and coach David Jones. The Wildcats, however, will not be content this season with anything less than going three games deep in postseason action.
Despite returning 3/2 starters and 18 lettermen, this team has learned quick how to win. Again they have team speed and talent to rival Cy Woods' 2008 performance. LBs Brian Cobb, Dominique Robertson, DB Bryce Callahan (5-10, 175), OL Andrew Hall (6-3, 270) will provide the veteran leadership.
Junior QB Colton Huntsman (5-11, 180), who threw for 210 yards while running for 334 and 8 TDs in 2008, will aim passes for WR Weston Card (6-1, 185) and WR Jonathan Cross. Cross hard 6 TD catches and 556 reception yardage last year.

Cy Falls
2008 Finish: 3-6

With QB Jacob Poole (6-0, 190), junior RB/WR Pierre Lucas (5-9, 165) and WR Dean Johnson (5-11, 170) providing the production, The Golden Eagles will be competitive and improving in the next season.
Lucas made a mark as a sophomore, rushing for 536 yards and 6 TDs while making 23 receptions for 203 yards and 3 TDs. Cy Falls could challenge for a playoff spot if things fall in line early.

2008 Finish: 1-8

The Bobcats looked for answers in 2008 and found only one against Jersey Village. This fall Cy-Fair climbs back into the race for the playoffs. Led by Bobcat RB Tevin Champagne (5-11, 180), RB John Jacob (5-9, 165), QB Blake Reese (70-139–866, 3 TDs) and WR Jacob Koch, this squad has the tools to score. The question in 15-5A is always "Can you score enough?"
Champagne rushed for 1,036 yards and 12 TDs and plans to move to another gear this fall. The skill players here are proven already. They finished second in the championship bracket at the Texas 7-on-7 tournament in July. Champagne and Christian Cook finished as all-tournament selections.
Another plus for the Bobcats is sophomore RB John Jacob (5-9, 165), who Cy-Fair coach Ed Pustejovsky may be able to build a solid running game on.

Cy Springs
2008 Finish: 4-5

Panther QB Hunter Arter (1,371 yards, 7 TDs) will team with WR Sam Lowry to ignite the passing game. Arter also scored 6 TDs rushing. Cy Springs coach Roland Gonzalez returns 5/4 starters and 17 lettermen.
Among the top Panthers are DT Even Newland (6-2, 250), KR Charlie Hill (32.7 yard return average), LB Oscar Segura, DB Garrett Hopkins and DT Craig Kellerman.

Jersey Village
2008 Finish: 0-9

Falcon coach David Snokhous returns 28 lettermen and 4/5 starters in the hope of getting into the playoff race in 2009.
TE Ronell Lavigne (6-2, 225), DT LaDeric Curry (5-11, 235) and LB Steven Williams (6-1, 200) will lead the hungry squad. QBs Adam Llamas and Josh Jarman will compete for snaps, and sophomore ATH Victor Brown and RBs Jammel Alfred and Yuron Kenney playing key roles in the re-configured offense.

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