Predicted Order of Finish (Division I teams all CAPS)
2. Aldine Eisenhower
7. Aldine Macarthur
Quick 2008 recap (season finish)
Despite the Humble ISD decision to expand years back, both Atascocita (5-4) and Humble (7-3) both have the largest student body population. This could be the year for coach Dean Colbert and the Eagle squad to make some noise this post season. But to do this, they must get by an Eisenhower (7-3) that finds ways to win year in and year out.
Speaking on the Aldine district, there was some house cleaning that took place this past off-season and three of the four coaches have either retired or have moved on to other places. Coach Ray Evans at Eisenhower was the last man still standing in the district. With that said, and though this may be a risqué choice for the moment, but this is the year that Nimitz (3-6) will break out of the slump and make its way to postseason play. Now with that choice, it is easy to say that if the Cougars get caught slipping, Kingwood (4-5) could find its way to the No. 4 spot. Aldine (3-5) and Macarthur (0-8) have plenty of work ahead, but the Mustangs seem to show much more promise as the season nears.
With 14 returning starters for 2009, the district almost seems like it is Atascocita's to lose. There's no doubt that a number of yards offensively will be at the hands of athlete Kent Brooks (5-10, 200). With solid numbers on both sides of the ball, Brooks had just under 500 yards from the running back position. Look for him to bring a little more in 2009 to help the Eagles become a little more productive after they gained only 244 yards a game last year. On the ground, look for Jarvis Neal (5-8, 190) to have a breakout year.
Along with Brooks, Quentin Parks (6-3, 220) and Everett Pleasant (6-5, 200) are both big targets and should see plenty of touches. A.J. Pouncy (6-1, 195) and Brooks will hold down the secondary. Pouncy had four interceptions as a junior. There is no shortage of talented linebackers especially with Jacob George (5-9, 190) and Jeremy Coleman (6-1, 200) leading the way.
For the past two years, Eisenhower has had a major pipeline of talent, many of whom will make appearances in conferences like the Big 12, SEC, and Big 10 over the next couple of years. And though the well is not dry, it will be interesting to see how the Eagles reload after a big senior class just made its exit leaving 5 total starters for the Eagles. It's clear that defensively, the Eagles are in good hands, even more so when linebacker Cquilan Hubert (6-3, 230) leads the team. Hubert makes the plays when needed and finished with over 50 tackles (10 for loss), five sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown. Of course, it is the work from big man Jay Guy (6-1, 305) who makes it possible for the Eagle linebackers to be able to ball as Guy demands a double team on many occasions. Roaming the secondary is Allen Veazie (5-11, 175) and Fred Jackson (5-10, 185). Veazie had three interceptions, 45 tackles and a fumble returned for a touchdown.
James Jones (5-11, 180) is set to take over at quarterback and will have a solid target on Norman Darden (5-7, 150) returning.
Many know to never sleep on the perennial power Humble, which returns nine starters off a 7-3 team from last year. But like many schools in the city, Humble has yet to name a starting quarterback. No worries, the Wildcats can't really go wrong either way with Jacobe Green (5-11, 170) and Javelle Allen (6-1, 180). The two combined for just over 300 yards of offense last season. One thing is for certain, there will be a duo of capable wide receivers in Darius Tubbs (6-4, 205) and Xavier Maxwell (6-1, 180). Tubbs was the leading receiver last year with 34 catches and four touchdowns.
On defense, the team is led by one of the city's best in John Walker, who racked up 117 tackles and three sacks. With Walker, Shannon Nettles (6-2, 235) and LaQuintus Dowell (5-10, 195) all in the line up, that should be a boost to improve on a defense that gave up over 25 points a game last year.
New face, coach Robert Toomer takes over for David Suggs (now in Galveston) at Nimitz. Toomer has a team that keeps a stable of talent and 12 starters return for the first-year coach. Like always, Nimitz will look to run the ball and the Cougars keep more than a few ground gainers on retainer. Leading the way is 3-year starter Marion Grice (6-0, 200), who had over 350 yards and three touchdowns. Look for Grice to get back to the dominance he showed as a sophomore. Joining Grice is Marquis Abram (5-8, 175) and Josh Huff (5-10, 180), both of whom proved to be assets to the team. Look for these three to be the live wire needed to sow up the last playoff spot.
Very little returns (five starters) for the Kingwood team, but don't completely count the Mustangs out. Quarterback Greg Williamson got very few snaps last season, but did get some work done in the off-season. On defense, Robert Singletary will take over at linebacker after a season as a wide out. The Mustangs catered to the run last season so it will be interesting to see who will be the team's workhorse.
Lots of rebuilding to be done at Aldine, but coach Lionel Crawford Jr. is one who can make things happen (i.e. See North Forest, 2008). For some level of success to happen, guys like Dontae Williams (6-1, 205) and Wesley Vincent (5-10, 180) will need pace the offense. Williams had nearly 700 yards and eight touchdowns last season. On the defensive side, experienced players like defensive end Phillip Dean (6-3, 200) and linebacker Fred Simpson (5-11, 205) will need to lead the way in hopes of having better results than giving up nearly 30 points a game in 2008.
The Macarthur team returns 12 starters and will need district change to reverse last years disappointment. A player to keep a close eye on is Roger Nunnery (5-10, 200), who has been on varsity three years now and excelled each year.
District 19-5A 2009 Outlook
Predicted Order of Finish (Division I teams all CAPS)