SWJCFC Preview: Trinity Valley

This is the sixth in a series of SWJCFC team previews by contributing writer, Mike Montfort. Could TVCC have scheduled a tougher opener than a road game versus powerhouse Butler? Attendees will get to see two of the nation's best defensive tackles in Butler's Paul Griffin and TVCC's Freddie Barnett. Cardinals head man, Mark Sartain, enters his third season at TVCC and conference coaches picked his team to finish 2nd in their pre-season poll.

Athens, Texas

Colors: Cardinal Red and White
Home Field: Bruce Field (5,500, Field Turf)
Head Coach: Mark Sartain (3rd Year)
Assistant Coaches: Nick Jones (OC); Corey Chancellor (DC); Bob Majeski (OL); Chris Gillert (WR); Cody Robinson (LB)
Preseason Ranking: NJCAA No. 15
2004 Record: 3-7
2004 SWJCFC Record: 2-4 (Tied for 4th)
Bowl Games: None
2004 National Ranking: None
Type of Offense: Multiple I
Type of Defense: Multiple 8-Man Front
Returning Lettermen: 32

Returning Offensive Starters: 8 Thomas Cook (6-1, 175, QB, Fort Worth South Hills); Thurman Blake (5-10, 245, FB, Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill); Anthony Carter (5-10, 225, TB, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.); Torey Degrate (6-1, 180, WR, Waco); Damien McCradic (5-9, 165,WR, Austin Reagan); Nick Rhodes (6-1, 190, WR, Brownwood); John Dodson (6-3, 300, OL, Round Rock); Chris Jones (6-6, 280, OL, Troup); Jason Price (6-3, 245, TE).

Returning Defensive Starters: 3 Freddie Barnett (6-1, 310, DT, Texarkana); Ric Palmer (5-10, 210, LB, Pittsburg); Lance Moss (6-0, 170, CB, North Crowley).

Returning All-Conference Starters: Torey Degrate (6-1, 180, WR., Waco); Freddie Barnett (6-2, 300, DT, Texarkana, Tx).

Top Transfers: Jamaal McCullar (6-2, 185, WR, Tr-Tulsa); Nevin McKenzie (6-2, 180, TB/FS, 4.5, San Antonio Jay / Tr-Kansas State).

Top Freshman Recruits: Wayne McKnight (5-10, 180, RB, Cedar Hill), Ben McMahan (6-1, 175, QB, Austin McCallum), Justin Washington (6-3, 300, OL, Port Arthur Memorial); Trevis Turner (6-8, 320, OL, DeSoto); Robert Boone (5-9, 170, WR, Allen); Jacob Bane (6-1, 215, LB, Rogers); James Tyson (6-2, 310, OL, Killeen); Chris Gilbert (6-4, 330, OL, Pauls Valley, Okla.); Mike Morgan (6-4, 330, OL, Austin LBJ); Silas Green (6-3, 235, DE, Alief Hastings) Brandon Frazier (6-1, 185, WR, Keller Fossil Ridge); Derrick Williams (6-1, 170, WR, Dallas South Oak Cliff); Dennis Beasley (5-10, 225, LB, Ennis); Zack Waggoner (6-1, 200, LB, Allen); Larry Owens (6-0, 325, LB, West Mesquite); Arseel Shakoor (6-1, 180, DB, Pflugerville Connally); Daniel Moore (6-4, 250, DL, Dallas South Oak Cliff); Daun Thompson (6-1, 290, DL, Hallsville); Dexter Beck (6-2, 225, DL, Waller).

2005 Schedule

Aug 27 -- at Butler County, Ks., 7 p.m.
Sept 3 -- Tyler, 7 p.m.
Sept 10 -- at Ranger, 3 p.m.
Sept 17 -- NEO A&M*, 7 p.m.
Sept 24 -- at Cisco,* 7 p.m.
Oct 1 -- Navarro*+, 3 p.m.
Oct 8 -- at Blinn*, 3 p.m.
Oct 15 -- Kilgore*, 3 p.m.
Oct 22 -- at Tyler*, 1 p.m.
Oct 29 -- Open Date

* Denotes SWJCFC Game

+ Denotes Homecoming

NOTES: Trinity Valley Community College will host and Sartain will chair conference football meetings the next two years…Sartain and his staff are busy moving into a new, 11,000-square foot football complex recently completed on the Athens campus. The facility includes an impressive weight room as well as spacious training, locker and classroom facilities. Coaches offices have been relocated to the new facility…Among nine returning starters are the SWJCFC's top two receivers in Damien McCradic (25-372-2) and Torey DeGrate (24-384-5), the top passing quarterback in Thomas Cook (123-255-1911-14), and the second-leading rusher in Anthony Carter (156-799-4)…Keep an eye on Waco University RB Eric Ransom…Recruiting emphasis focused on the OL and no less than a 12 candidates will arrive in camp on August 9. Among the most notable are D-I signees Trevis Turner (Colorado State) and Justin Washington (Houston). Joining those two is Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Player James Tyson of Killeen…Washington played in the Bayou Bowl against Louisiana HS stars at Baytown, and in the Oil Bowl against Oklahoma HS stars at Wichita Falls…Allen WR Robert Boone double-signed with Texas State after two-year receiving marks of 44-550-2…LB Jacob Bane played four varsity seasons at 2A Rogers, earned all-state honors three years, and played in the THSCA all-star game at San Antonio. Surprising for a player who, as a freshman, had been diagnosed with a ‘potentially fatal" subdural hematoma that caused severe headaches. Then, he kept pain a secret and popped pills five weeks before getting too sick. No seizures ever were suffered…WR Frazier caught 47-666-10 for Keller Fossil Ridge as the No. 2 receiver behind Texas A&M signee Howard Morrow.


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