District 22-3A 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. This free look highlights District 22-3A with the Cleveland Indians leading the way. Our snapshots are free, but stay tuned for more information on your favorite teams and players.

District 22-3A 2009 Overview
Predicted Order of Finish (Division I teams in all CAPS):
1. Cleveland
2. Coldspring-Oakhurst
4. Splendora
5. Liberty
6. Tarkington
7. Shepherd

2008 Season Recap (season finish):
The Cleveland Indians (10-1) continue to dominate this district, but the strength of Region III gave the Indians just two playoff games in 2008. They flattened Hardin-Jefferson 46-14 in bi-district before losing to Rockdale 17-8 in the area round of Division II playoffs. Coldspring (6-4) earned the second Division II playoff spot and second in the district with a 5-1 mark. But the Trojans suffered a 36-8 bi-district defeat to West Orange-Stark to end their season.

In Division I, the Hargrave Falcons (5-4) also fell in the first round to a quality foe when Silsbee won a close game 20-16. Non-playoff teams from 2008 included Liberty (2-6), Shepherd (0-8), Splendora (4-4) and Tarkington (2-7).

2009 Breakdown:
Unlike many districts, 22-3A is led by one team, Cleveland. The Indians are state ranked this fall as high as No. 10, right behind No. 9 WO-Stark. Others show Cleveland No. 17 and WO-Stark No. 4.

If the Indians improve any more, they could make a run to the quarterfinals. However, it's a wicked region to escape. LB/RB Marcus Mallet (6-1, 205) will lead Cleveland as a 2-way threat. TCU commit Mallet was an all-state linebacker and district MVP last season. Working with junior QB Chazz Carrington and RB Tyrell Franks, the Indians are expected control this league.

Coldspring-Oakhurst will rely on offensive spark plug QB Chad Allen (5-10, 175 to team with WR Ashton Perry (6-0, 200) for aerial superiority. Trojan RB Andrew Leigh (6-0, 170), who threw for 922 yards, will control the ground game behind OL Otis Washington (6-0, 339), Kevin Leach, Victor Alders and Shun Jones.

Huffman Hargrave returns 6/6 starters after lettering 27 last year. The Falcons will rely on a defensive push led by DL Kurtis Frazier (6-5, 220), LB Austin Potter, LB B.J. Rice, LB Cody Warren and DBs Joel Witwer and Desi Tchussen. Offensively QB Cole DeBerry and WR Casey Marin, as well as sophomore WR Mathis McClosky, will handle the offensive duties.

Splendora will also jump into the playoff race with talented skill positions filled. WR Travis Scherer (6-3, 180), HB Jack Addison, TB James Dotson, sophomore QB Jake Sweat will pump up the volume on the scoreboard.

Liberty returns all 16 players who lettered, including NG DeJonge Robinson (5-10, 210), OL Josh Sell (6-2, 295). The Panthers will have to fill gaps to join the playoff hopes of postseason regulars, and Shepherd and Tarkington are in the same boat.

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