SWJCFC Preview: Cisco JC

This is the second in a series of SWJCFC team previews by contributing writer, Mike Montfort. Head coach Kurt Nichols starts his 22nd year of coaching college football. Perhaps his Cisco JC team is beginning an upswing.


Cisco, Texas

Colors: Blue and White
Home Field: Chesley Field (5,000, Grass)
Head Coach: Kurt Nichols (5th year)
Assistant Coaches: Derick Atchley (DC/Strength); Scott Taylor (QB/RB/Assistant Head Coach); Trevor Rubly (DB); Mike Ruppe (OL); Paul Talbert (DL).
2005 Preseason Ranking: None
2004 Record: 2-7
2004 SWJCFC Record: 0-6 (Seventh Place)
Bowl Games: None
2004 National Ranking: None
Type of Offense: Spread, 4-wides
Type of Defense: 4-3

Returning Offensive Starters: Chauncey Campbell (5-8, 195, RB, Converse Judson); August Peters (6-3, 255, TE, Pleasanton); Aaron Turner (6-7, 360, LT, Virginia Beach, Va.); Henry Stamm (6-3, 290, RG, Seguin); Deveon McKinney (6-1, 315, C, Sherman); Nick Arangua (6-5, 310, OT, San Antonio MacArthur); Jacob Pritchard (6-4, 265, RT, Santa Anna); Kory Dowell (6-1, 185, WR, Stephenville); Tony Johnson (5-10, 185, WR, Groveton); Turtle Conner (5-9, 190, WR, Abilene); Bobby Iglesias (6-3, 210, WR, Killeen).

Returning Defensive Starters: Jonathon Batson (6-2, 180, FS, Converse Judson); Morgan Taylor (6-0, 185, CB, Clear Brook); Derek Suggs (6-1, 185, CB,. Hillsboro); Lionel Young (5-11, 175, CB, San Antonio Roosevelt); Cody Thompson (6-2, 235, MLB, Midland Lee); Torin Green (6-0, 195, WLB, Rosebud-Lott); Adrian Asberry (6-0, 295, DL, Fort Worth Eastern Hills); Darnell Barnes (6-0, 300, DL, San Antonio Roosevelt); Victor Tokumboh (6-1, 245, DE, Keller Fossil Ridge).

Top Freshman Transfer: Marcus Johnson (6-1, 185, QB, 4.4, Abilene / Tr-Oklahoma)

Top Freshman Recruits: Charles Huffman (5-10, 195, TB, Rice Consolidated); Cameron Jones (5-9, 180, TB, Palestine); Ryan McGuire (6-3, 205, QB, South Grand Prairie); Ryan Scott (6-4, 310, OL, West Point, Al.); Kevin Harvey (6-2, 310, OL, Lubbock Monterrey); Xavier Arkadie (6-3, 210, WR, Victoria Memorial); Alton Coleman (6-2, 190, WR, Corpus Christi Moody); Nigel Cooper (5-9, 180, WR, Palestine); Keyston Player (5-10, 185, SS, Houston Waltrip); Donavan Carroll (6-2, 230, SLB, South Grand Prairie); Homer Joiner (6-2, 245, DE, Edna); Ronald Brown (5-10, 195, LB, Palestine); D'Angelo Davis (6-1, 185, LB, Snyder); Chad Brown (5-11, 210, FB, Snyder); Quentin Brothers (FB, San Antonio East Central); Orlando Reyna (5-11, 202, FB, Wolfforth Frenship)

2005 Schedule

Aug 27 -- v. Blinn at Copperas Cove, 7 p.m.
Sept 3 -- v. Ranger at Eastland, 7 p.m.
Sept 10 -- Garden City, Ks., 7 p.m.
Sept 17 -- at Tyler*, 7 p.m.
Sept 24 -- TVCC*, 7 p.m.
Oct 1 -- at NEO A&M*, 2 p.m.
Oct 8 -- Open Date
Oct 15 -- Navarro*, 3 p.m.
Oct 22 -- at Blinn*, 3 p.m.
Oct 29 -- Kilgore*, 3 p.m.

* Denotes SWJCFC Games

NOTES: Nichols starts his 22nd year of coaching college football…Cisco is currently constructing a new $1 million fieldhouse and adding two practice fields…The Wranglers averaged 400 yards offensively the past three years and has been ranked among the top 10 NJCAA offenses 2 of the last three seasons…Marcus "Magic" Johnson, an Abilene High product who signed with Oklahoma, set 5A district single-season passing records his senior season. He was regarded by one scouting service as the seventh best athlete in the country and 17th best prospect regardless of position in Texas. Johnson, recruited as a WR for OU, led his 5A district in total offense (2233 yards) as a junior and quarterbacked Abilene to a 7-on-7 state championship final appearance in 2002.…Campbell was the SWJCFC's eighth-leading rusher last year with 491 yards after a Converse Judson HS career that produced 3770 yards against 5A competition….Dowell is the top returning WR in catches (16-178-3), while Conner is the reception yardage leader (15-231-2)…DE Tokumboh was fourth last year in sacks (6)…Top-tackling MLB Cody Thompson returns after finishing fifth in the SWJCFC with 87 tackles, but Nichols believes redshirt freshman WLB Torin Green may have been the team's most improved defensive player during spring 2005. Palestine freshman WR Nigel Cooper is the son of former UNLV and Arena Football League great Hunky Cooper -- a Palestine Westwood High School product who quarterbacked Navarro to the 1989 NJCAA Championship…RB Huffman was considered by some as Texas Class 3A's best back in 2004.

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