2008 High School Pigskin Preview - High School Football

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Denison Yellow Jackets




District:
9-4A


Last year:
4-6 (3-3)


Coach:
Cody White




Outlook:
The Yellow Jackets started nine sophomores last year, so they expect an experienced group coming back on both sides of the ball. With the district change and depth, Denison has a great chance to win the district.



2008 Preview: Denison Preview



Ardmore Tigers




District:
5A-2


Last year:
6-4


Coach:
Larry McBroom




Outlook:
Former Ada Coach Larry McBroom takes over the Tigers program. You can’t deny his success (7 state titles). It will be interesting to see how his brand of football is welcomed in Ardmore. If the Tigers start winning again, he will be a local hero.




2008 Preview: Ardmore Preview




Sherman Bearcats




District:
9-4A


Last year:
4-6 (2-4)


Coach:
Drew Young




Outlook:
The Bearcats are returning four starters on the offense and four on the defense as they enter the new district, including first-team all district running back the last two years Waymon James. Sherman should contend for one of the playoff spots in district 9-4A.



2008 Preview: Sherman Preview




Durant Lions




District:
5A-2


Last year:
7-3


Coach:
Byron Cordell




Outlook:
The Lions captured the 4th and final playoff spot in 2007. This year they want to get back to the post-season with a better seeding. Cordell will call on Max White to lead the offense after losing his brother, Bo White, to graduation.



2008 Preview: Durant Preview




Celina Bobcats




District:
9-3A


Last year:
16-0 (7-0) 2A Division II State Champion


Coach:
Butch Ford




Outlook:
With losses on both sides of the ball and a new quarterback, the defending DII State Champions will have a tough time repeating their wildly successful 2007 season. Of those returning, running backs Troy McCartney and Charley Waldrep should have a productive season after combining for 48 touchdowns last year.



2008 Preview: Celina Preview






Ada Cougars




District:
5-3A


Last year:
5-5


Coach:
Matt Weber




Outlook:
Matt Weber takes over as the head coach at Ada. Much like the McBroom family, the Weber family has football in the bloodlines. Weber will bring his father, Joe Weber, to help out in the rebuilding of the Cougars.



2008 Preview:Ada Preview



Gainesville Leopards




District:
9-3A


Last year:
1-9 (1-5)


Coach:
Ricky Lock




Outlook:
Coach Ricky Lock enters his first year at Gainesville after the team won only one game last year. The Panthers return a lot more skill players in 2008 that should help them climb in the rankings, including running back DeShawn Franklin and defensive back Dawson Royal.



2008 Preview: Gainesville Preview







Dickson Comets




District:
3A-2


Last year:
4-6


Coach:
Mitchell Crittenden




Outlook:
The Comets have a new coach as Mitchell Crittenden takes over in Dickson. The Comets set a school record for turnovers last season. Crittenden says if they can take care of the ball, they can push for a playoff spot.



2008 Preview: Dickson Preview



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Whitesboro Bearcats




District:
9-3A


Last year:
7-3 (4-3)


Coach:
Eddie Gill




Outlook:
The Bearcats are ranked in the middle of the 9-3A pack. This year should look much like last season. Their strength will be in their line with two all-district offensive linemen returning, Hayden Baillio and Kenny Powell, along with four other all-district players.



2008 Preview: Whitesboro Preview





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Lone Grove Longhorns




District:
3A-2


Last year:
1-9


Coach:
Kenny Ridley




Outlook:
Kenny Ridley enters his 3rd season at Lone Grove. The Longhorns were a playoff team two years ago, but fell on hard times in 2007. Lone Grove looks to bounce back after a 1-9 campaign.



2008 Preview: Lone Grove Preview





Anna Coyotes




District:
10-3A


Last year:
2-8 (2-3)


Coach:
Chris Dodd




Outlook:
The Coyotes are in for another tough season even though they are returning seven starters on offense and eight starters on defense. The experience on both sides of the ball should help Anna out, but it may not be enough to make an impact in District 10-3A.



2008 Preview: Anna Preview



Madill Wildcats




District:
3A-2


Last year:
5-5


Coach:
Kerry Roberts




Outlook:
Madill will turn to Kerry Roberts to lead the Wildcats football team in 2008. He served as an assistant on Brad O’Steen’s staff before his departure. Madill looks to improve on a .500 season. They finished 5th in an 8 team district last year.



2008 Preview: Madill Preview




Bonham Purple Warriors




District:
10-3A


Last year:
0-10 (0-7)


Coach:
John Hall




Outlook:
The Warriors have no where to go but up, and it looks like they will improve this year. It is their second year in a new system and a good off-season has tremendously improved their strength.



2008 Preview: Bonham Preview





Hugo Buffaloes




District:
: 3A-4


Last year:
3-7


Coach:
Tommy Cummings




Outlook:
After a long coaching search, Hugo will be under the direction of their former principal, Tommy Cummings. He takes over a team that hopes to contend for the playoff spot in 3A-4.



2008 Preview: Hugo Preview




North Lamar Panthers




District:
10-3A


Last year:
3-7 (1-4)


Coach:
Tommy Felty




Outlook:
The drop in district should help the Panthers compete for that top spot. There is plenty of depth and experience with 24 returning lettermen.

2008 Preview: North Lamar Preview






Atoka Wampus Cats




District:
2A-4


Last year:
0-10


Coach:
Forrest Mazey




Outlook:
After a disappointing 0-10 season, hopes are high in Atoka. Forrest Mazey enters his 3rd season at the helm, and has several starters returning. Atoka could be a sleeper in 2A-4.



2008 Preview: Atoka Preview




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Paris Wildcats




District:
10-3A


Last year:
3-7 (0-5)


Coach:
Travis Smith




Outlook:
After losing every game in the district last year, the Wildcats have dropped down to 10-3A where they are now in contention for first place. The team has a great balance between offense and defense with quarterback Quinn Rollerson and linebacker McKinnley Burkett.



2008 Preview: Paris Preview




Coalgate Wildcats




District:
2A-4


Last year:
3-7


Coach:
Frank Howard




Outlook:
The Wildcats have their 4th head coach in 4 years. Frank Howard takes over a team that won just three games, but they were the 3 that mattered. Coalgate made the playoffs with a 3-7 record and hope to improve on their 2007 campaign.




2008 Preview: Coalgate Preview



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Van Alystne Panthers




District:
10-3A


Last year:
2-8 (1-6)


Coach:
Brian Polk




Outlook:
The Panthers are in the middle of the pack this year with the addition of the 4A schools dropping down. Of the returning 12 starters, quarterback Jake Willingham who recorded 14 touchdowns and linebacker Raul Biscarro who racked up 78 tackles last year should help the Panthers improve this year.




2008 Preview: Van Alstyne Preview




Davis Wolves




District:
2A-4


Last year:
8-2


Coach:
Jody Weber




Outlook:
The Davis Wolves won the district champioship in 2007. They have their sights set on that same goal in ’08. Jody Weber returns a veteran team that knows how to win.



2008 Preview:Davis Preview




Callisburg Wildcats




District:
10-2A


Last year:
6-4 (4-3)


Coach:
Jerry Bomar




Outlook:
The Wildcats return 14 letterman this year. Coach Jerry Bomar also returns five all-district players from both the offense and defense. Their experience, size and strength should all be assets to the Wildcats in 2008.



2008 Preview:Callisburg Preview




Kingston Redskins




District:
2A-4


Last year:
5-5


Coach:
Jeremy Atwood




Outlook:
The Redskins just missed out on the playoffs in 2007, finishing 5-5 on the year, and 3-4 in district. After making the playoffs in 2006, the Redskins are anxious to return this year.



2008 Preview: Kingston Preview



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Pottsboro Cardinals




District:
10-2A


Last year:
8-3 (6-1) D1 Bi-District Finalist


Coach:
Matt Poe




Outlook:
Last year, Coach Poe led the Cardinals to the playoffs, ending a five-year absence. Look for them to repeat and improve their success this year as they return 22 lettermen.



2008 Preview:Pottsboro Preview




Marietta Indians




District:
2A-4


Last year:
2-8


Coach:
DeWayne Taylor




Outlook:
DeWayne Taylor returns as the head coach at Marietta, taking over for Graham Snelding. The Indians were just 2-8 last year, but should be an improved squad this season.




2008 Preview: Marietta Preview




S& S Rams




District:
10-2A


Last year:
4-6 (3-4)


Coach:
Ashby Porter




Outlook:
Coach Ashby Porter replaced Billy Edwards as head coach of the Rams. S&S will need their returning 14 starters to step up even more this year to keep from coming in last place in district 10-2A.



2008 Preview: S&S Preview



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Plainview Indians




District:
2A-4


Last year:
10-0


Coach:
Corey Cole




Outlook:
The Plainview Indians had a break through season last year, making it all the way to the state semifinals. It was a record setting season for a very talented team. QB Brandon Allen returns to lead the Plainview attack in 2008.



2008 Preview: Plainview Preview



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Valley View Eagles




District:
10-2A


Last year:
10-2 (5-0) Class-A D1 Regional


Coach:
Terry Felderhoff




Outlook:
The Eagles move up from 1-A this year after their successful 2007 season, but also lost 10 starters to graduation. With all the changes, including a new coach, Terry Felderhoff, 2008 may be a rebuilding year for Valley View.



2008 Preview: Valley View Preview



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Sulphur Bulldogs




District:
2A-4


Last year:
7-3


Coach:
Jim Dixon




Outlook:
The Sulphur Bulldogs are moving down in classification from 3A to 2A. The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they reached the playoffs. Jim Dixon expects his team to be in the post-season again, despite moving into a tough district with Davis and Plainview.



2008 Preview: Sulphur Preview




Bells Panthers




District:
11-2A


Last year:
1-9 (0-7)


Coach:
Charles Boles





Outlook:
The Panthers are in for another tough year if they want to improve on last year’s record. Bells will have to overcome youth and adjust to a coaching change as Charles Boles takes over the program.



2008 Preview: Bells Preview



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Tishomingo Indians




District:
2A-4


Last year:
7-3


Coach:
Mark Patterson




Outlook:
Mark Patterson did one of the best coaching jobs in the area last year, guiding his Tishomingo team to a 6-1 district record. The only loss came to Davis. The schedule will be tougher this year, with Plainview and Sulphur joining the mix, but the Indians figure to be a playoff contender again.



2008 Preview: Tishomingo Preview




Gunter Tigers




District:
11-2A


Last year:
12-1 (7-0) 2A DII Regional Semifinalist


Coach:
Jake Fieszel




Outlook:
Gunter’s challenge will be to make up for the loss of a huge senior class if they plan on repeating last year’s district sweep. The Tigers return only three starters on the defense and none on the offense. Their only all-district players left from 2007 are strong safety Brad Cross and running back Jordan Foster.



2008 Preview: Gunter Preview




Healdton Bulldogs




District:
1A-3


Last year:
6-4


Coach:
Reade Box




Outlook:
The Bulldogs just missed the playoffs in 2007, finishing 4-4 in district play. This year, there’s a new coach. Reade Box takes over in Healdton as they prepare to get back to the post-season expectations they have in Bulldog country.



2008 Preview:Healdton Preview



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Howe Bulldogs




District:
11-2A


Last year:
3-7 (1-6)


Coach:
Stony Coffman




Outlook:
The Bulldogs should be more competitive as they return 12 letterman in Coach Coffman’s second year as head coach. Quarterback Braden Crab is back and healthy from a knee injury last season to help lead the Bulldogs.



2008 Preview: Howe Preview




Ringling Blue Devils




District:
1A-3


Last year:
10-0


Coach:
Tracy Gandy




Outlook:
The Ringling Blue Devils return from another high successful season including a district championship. Expectations are that the Blue Devils will repeat in ’08. Tracy Gandy always has his team ready to play on Friday nights.



2008 Preview: Ringling Preview



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Leonard Tigers




District:
11-2A


Last year:
1-9 (1-4)


Coach:
Shane Fletcher




Outlook:
Coach Fletcher has 13 lettermen returning for the 2008 season. Among those returning are a lot of skill players and a bigger offensive line. Leonard will have to work hard to stay in the middle of the district.


2008 Preview: Leonard Preview




Velma-Alma Comets




District:
1A-3


Last year:
9-1


Coach:
Greg Gothard




Outlook:
Velma-Alma is always in the hunt for a district and state championship. That won’t change this year. The Comets are geared up for another big playoff run in a tough district.




2008 Preview: Velma-Alma Preview



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Melissa Cardinals




District:
11-2A


Last year:
9-4 (4-1) DII Region Semifinalist


Coach:
Ronny Williams




Outlook:
The Cardinals are looking to knock off Gunter as the district champions this year with 17 returning lettermen. Quarterback Zach Williams and linebacker Jacob Self should help Melissa to continue building a winning tradition in 2008.





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Wilson Eagles




District:
1A-4


Last year:
1-9


Coach:
Bob Richmond




Outlook:
Wilson struggled to a 1-9 season a year ago. The Eagles are a very young team with only two seniors. It could be tough sledding in a very strong district, but Wilson has some talented young players as they prepare for the future.



2008 Preview: Wilson Preview




Tom Bean Tomcats




District:
11-2A


Last year:
: 2-8 (2-5)


Coach:
Tal Sanders




Outlook:
The Tomcats are in their second year in Coach Sanders system, so the team should be both quicker and stronger. They will be another team in the middle of district 11-2A.



2008 Preview: Tom Bean Preview




Caddo Bruins




District:
B-2


Last year:
7-3


Coach:
Randy Hittsman




Outlook:
Caddo enters the 2008 season expecting to compete for a playoff spot in B-2. Randy Hittsman leads the charge for the Bruins.



2008 Preview: Caddo Preview



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Whitewright Tigers




District:
11-A


Last year:
6-5 (5-2) DII Bi-District


Coach:
Dale Trompler




Outlook:
The Tigers have to reload this season to have the same success as last year. The 13 returning letterman are expected to pick up the slack if Whitewright expects to get to playoffs.




2008 Preview: Whitewright Preview




Fox Foxes




District:
B-2


Last year:
10-0


Coach:
Jimmy Dushane




Outlook:
The Foxes are always a threat to go all the way. Their playoff run prematurely ended last season in the 1st round, which gives Fox all the motivation they need for ’08.



2008 Preview: Fox Preview




Blue Ridge Tigers




District:
13-A


Last year:
0-10 (0-7)


Coach:
Kevin Wiggins




Outlook:
The Tigers are still rebuilding from their personnel loss in 2006 as they drop down to 1A. The nine returning starters will have work hard to keep Blue Ridge from dropping to the bottom of the district.



2008 Preview: Blue Ridge Preview





Collinsville Pirates




District:
13-A


Last year:
8-4 (4-1) DII Area Finalist


Coach:
Danny David




Outlook:
Coach David is counting on team speed and senior leadership as 13 lettermen return to the Pirates team. On offense, quarterback Mitch Lawdermilk has the potential for a 2,000-yard season with running back Ethan Willams to score the touchdowns. On the defensive side, defensive linemen Matt Weaver should be a top player after earning 82 tackles last season..



2008 Preview: Collinsville Preview



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Lindsay Knights




District:
13-A


Last year:
15-6 (3-2) DII Bi-District Finalist


Coach:
Cody Bounds




Outlook:
Despite losing a good senior class, the Knights should be competing for the district championship. They will need to fill the many holes in skill positions, but Lindsay’s three all-district players, WR/DB Ross Jones, DL Jeremy Perry and OL Casey Shauf, should keep the Knights on top.



2008 Preview: Lindsay Preview



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Muenster Hornets




District:
13-A


Last year:
3-7


Coach:
Allen Cross




Outlook:
Coach Allen Cross will inherit a Hornets team that returns all of it’s top starters. If they can adjust to the coaching change, their experienced lettermen should help Muenster earn a playoff spot.



2008 Preview: Muenster Preview




Honey Grove Warriors




District:
11-2A


Last year:
5-5


Coach:
James Fuller




Outlook:
Honey Grove suffered a lot of injuries in 2007 that forced freshmen onto the field. This year they think that experience will benefit them greatly in a new district.



2008 Preview: Honey Grove Preview