Parchman's mostly all-freshman Wranglers quickly tore down those fences that tried to pen Cisco as a conference whippin' boy. With six consecutive victories to start the season and a meteoric rise to No. 5 in the NJCAA Football Poll, the former Midland Lee High School coach had all the Social Security he needed. Validation and more than a little respect was his.
This season, perspectives are different. An intact staff begins the second year of its program. About 70 players return from a 6-4 season. With almost 22 starters back, the Wranglers are ranked No. 2 in the SWJCFC coaches poll and No. 12 in the NJCAA preseason poll. Moreover, Cisco has new indoor workout and field house facilities, and artificial turf covers Chesley Field.
So the second-year coach began Thursday by speaking about his investments in Texas football memorabilia, especially two prized sets of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazines since 1960.
"You know in all those magazines, they find room for about a half-page on Texas junior colleges. I researched those pages through a lot of years, and I got tired of reading just one line about Cisco. The last sentence of the article always said that ‘Cisco hopes to improve on 1-8 this year. ’ Over and over. I had to check and see if I kept reading the same book. "
Now, after consecutive winning seasons, expectations are higher in West Texas.
"We’re trying to change all that," he said. "Our goal is to win consistently with good kids who go to school and act right….We're going to try to be better. We’ll see how it goes. We're having fun with it. "
Most everyone's returning, including pre-season All-Americas in tight end Coty Huber (6-5, 270), offensive lineman Ricky McNatt and Jacques Crawford, a first-team all-SWJCFC running back who will be converted to strong safety. Crawford's move is predicated upon an equal or better backfield candidate emerging from sophomore Chris Zamora and newcomers Dwayne Stewart (6-2, 210, Spring Westfield), Justise Campbell (5-9, 220, Euless Trinity), Jerrard Millsap (5-9, 180, Copperas Cove) and Jonathan Craig (5-11, 185, San Antonio MacArthur).
Starting quarterback Andrew Mellencamp will direct the offense behind a line that returns three starters. McNatt (6-1, 290) joins Isaac Chavez (6-6, 340) and Mike Hernandez (6-2, 290) up front. Newcomers Dmitri Lott and Aaron Wagner (6-5, 295, San Antonio Churchill), challenge freshmen Quincy Young (6-2, 285, Wichita Falls Rider), Tearrel Williams (6-8, 360, Dallas Skyline) and Mason Zinmeister (6-4, 300, Seguin) for starting slots.
Top wide receiver Dorian Williams (6-3, 180) again will try to stretch defenses down the seams along with letterman Brandon Girdy (5-9, 175) and freshmen C.J. Johnson (6-4, 220, Amarillo Tascosa) and John Webb (6-2, 180, Spring Westfield).
Three defensive line starters in Calvin Fance (6-2, 245), Steven Richardson (6-0, 275) and D.J. Williams (5-10, 300) are key components, along with linebackers Reggie Randle (6-0, 230), Jeremy Franklin (6-1, 220) and Dustin Estes (6-0, 235). Converted strong safety Kyle Smith (6-2, 205) moves to the strong side.
Crawford, a Memphis, Tenn. , product who originally signed with Texas Tech, is projected to join Cedric Robinson (5-9, 200), James Moore (5-11, 195) and spring standout Jordan Walker in the defensive backfield.
HEAD COACH: John Parchman
ASSISTANT COACHES: Scott Taylor (OC-RB), Trevor Rubly (WR), Andrew Brewster (OL), Evan Cardwell (DL), Nathan Larned (LB), Chris Hurd (DB)
2006 SEASON RECORD: 6-4
2006 SWJCFC RECORD: 3-3
POSITION IN STANDINGS: Three-way tie for 2nd Place
2006 BOWL APPEARANCE: None
KEY SOPHOMORES: QB Andrew Mellencamp, RB-DB Jacques Crawford, RB Chris Zamora, RB Chris Matthews, WR Dorian Williams, WR Brandon Girdy, WR Billy Harris, TE Coty Huber, OT Ricky McNatt, OL Isaac Chavez, OL Mike Hernandez, DL Calvin Fance, DL Steven Richardson, DL D.J. Williams, DL Rodney Flowers, DL Benny Johnson, DL McKinner Dixon, LB Reggie Randle, LB Jeremy Franklin, LB Dustin Estes, LB Kyle Smith. LB Cord Glenn, LB Sir’Ron Dewitt, DB Cedric Robinson, DB James Moore, DB Jordan Walker
FRESHMAN RECRUITS: Bryan Smith (6-4, 200, QB, Waco); Kevin Schmid (6-0, 190, QB, San Antonio MacArthur); Tate Smith (6-0, 190, QB, Odessa Permian); Cameron Wynn (6-1, 200, QB, Spring Westfield); Dwayne Stewart (6-2, 210, RB, Spring Westfield); Justise Campbell (5-9, 200, RB, Euless Trinity); Jerrard Millsap (5-9, 180, RB, Copperas Cove); Jonathan Craig (5-11, 185, RB, San Antonio MacArthur); C.J. Johnson (6-4, 220, WR, Amarillo Tascosa); John Webb (6-2, 180, WR, Spring Westfield); Chase Bellah (6-4, 195, WR, Merkel); Albert Liebowitz (5-10, 170, Arlington Bowie); Larry Bradford (6-4, 250, TE, Mesquite); Jermaine Fisher (5-10, 220, FB, Spring Westfield); Chris Freeman (5-10, 245, FB, Temple); Quincy Young (6-2, 280, OL, Wichita Falls Rider); Tearrel Williams (6-8, 360, OL, Dallas Skyline); Tyler Robinson (6-5, 300, OL, Wichita Falls Rider); Mason Zinmeister (6-4, 300, OL, Seguin); Shane Evans (6-3, 290, DL, Houston Forest Brook); Kevin Wilson (6-3, 285, DL, Hillsboro); Dimitris Herron (6-3, 275, DL, Austin); Cordarian Knight (6-2, 220, DL, Lewisville Hebron); Zeke Jackson (6-1, 215, LB, San Angelo Central); Sam Shepherd (6-2, 235, LB, Waco LaVega); T. J. Landon (6-2, 218, DB, Midland); Abraham Daily (6-1, 190, DB, A&M Consolidated); Anthony Forker (5-8, 180, DB Spring Westfield); Eric Thornton (6-3, 175, DB, San Antonio Sam Houston); Terrance Preston (6-0, 166, DB, Bryan); Travis McCloud (6-0, 168, DB/WR, Bryan); David Sanchez (6-3, 294, OL, Arlington Seguin); Desmine Blair (5-10, 175, DB, Arlington Bowie); Darius Fagan (6-0, 195, LB, Arlington Lamar); Andre Lampkin (5-9, 165, WR-DB, Hurst L.D. Bell); Ray Acord (FB, Kyle); Alan Davis (LB, Lawrenceville, Ga. ); Marcus Dimando (OL, San Antonio); Reginald Dotson (RB-DB, Houston); Melvin Green (DB, Pflugerville); Ezeikel Jackson (LB, San Angelo); Ammad Quigley (DB, Odessa); Jamaal Washington (DB, Mesquite).
2007 WRANGLER SCHEDULE
Aug 25……Independence, Ks. , 7 p.m.
Sept 7…….Air Force Academy JV, TBA
Sept 15……at Tyler *, 7 p.m.
Sept 22……Trinity Valley *, 7 p.m.
Sept 29……at NE Oklahoma A&M *, 7 p.m.
Oct 6……. .Arkansas Baptist College, 3 p.m.
Oct 13…….Navarro *, 3 p.m.
Oct 20…….at Blinn *, 3 p.m.
Oct 27…….Kilgore *, 3 p.m.