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District 9-2A Division I capsules

By Gabriel D. Brooks gbrooks@news-journal.com
Aug. 20, 2011 at 9 p.m.


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District 9-2A Division I

Projected order of finish (playoff teams in bold)

<ol> <li>Tatum</li> <li>Jefferson</li> <li>White Oak</li> <li>New Diana</li> <li>Harmony</li> <li>Sabine</li> </ol> <h3>TATUM</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Eagles</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Andy Evans</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - 76-18, seven seasons; 147-47 overall</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 12-1, Class 2A Division I Region III finalist</li> <li><strong>2010 9-2A DI</strong> - 5-0, district champion</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - Multiple</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - Numbers</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - QB Jalen Overstreet, Sr., 6-3, 211 (1,600 passing yards, 15 TDs; 500 rushing yards, 12 TDs) ... LB Kiano Lucas, Jr., 6-0, 190 (60 tackles) ... TE Daven Reese, Sr., 6-2, 205 (20 catches, 250 yards) ... WR Nate Pickett, Sr., 6-3, 200 (15 catches, 175 yards) ... DE LaDerrion Johnson, Sr., 6-1, 200 (65 tackles) ... LB Davian Hopkins, Sr., 5-10, 200 ... OL Larance Hale, Sr., 6-1, 270 ... DE Caleb Mobley, Sr., 6-0, 250 ... LB Darion Brooks, Jr., 6-2, 205 ... RB Shaquille Johnson, Jr., 5-5, 155 ... OL Darius Whiting, Jr., 6-0, 235 ... OL Eric Davis, Sr., 5-11, 245 ... WR Jordan Noel, Sr., 6-0, 200 ... OL Josh Ward, Sr., 6-0, 220 ... NG Trey Jackson, Sr., 5-9, 200 ... OL Rick Hyde, Sr., 5-11, 290 ... LB Vance Clark, Sr., 6-0, 200 ... WR J.T. Garrett, Sr., 5-10, 150 ... WR Toby Henderson, Jr., 5-11, 160 ... DL Tristan Duren, Jr., 6-3, 250 ... K Samuel Zapata (7-for-8 PATs).</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - athletes everywhere. This doesn't really have to be explained. Tatum, Daingerfield, Gilmer, Carthage, Henderson, Tenaha ... these are so-called "small-school programs" that repeatedly reload and produce big-school talent. This year is no different. Overstreet is one of the top returning players in 2A and already holds offers from Baylor, Michigan, Missouri and Texas Tech. Lucas, Hopkins and Brooks could give the Eagles quite a linebacking corps.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - experience. Tatum lost eight starters on each side of the ball, so even if the younger group of new Eagles is ready to step in, it might take a little while for them to acclimate themselves to the varsity level, especially with five 3A schools on the non-district schedule.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - Despite the youth, don't be surprised if Tatum battles for the Region III championship, and perhaps more.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... @ Diboll</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... vs. Gilmer</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... vs. Atlanta</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... vs. Pittsburg</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... @ Bullard</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... @ Harmony*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... @ Sabine*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... vs. New Diana*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... @ Jefferson*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... vs. White Oak*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Tatum is 38-5 in its last three seasons at the 2A level.

<h3>JEFFERSON</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Bulldogs</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Jerry Bennett</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - First season (147-62-5 in previous stint from 1982-2000); 168-80-5 overall</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 5-6, Class 2A Division I Region III bi-district finalist</li> <li>2010 9-2A DI - 3-2, third place</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - Multiple</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - Multiple</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - DL Dennis Wilson, Sr., 5-11, 265 (43 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery) ... QB Bailey Fratangelo, Sr., 6-2, 170 (28-for-77, 572 passing yards, 5 TDs, 6 INTs; 383 rushing yards) ... DE Eric Obregon, Sr., 6-3, 180 (2 forced fumbles) ... OL Zack Powell, Sr., 5-11, 225 ... DE/P Josh Eppler, Jr., 6-1, 240 (17 punts, 37.0 average) ... S Ky'Erick Warren, Jr., 6-0, 170 (54 tackles, 1 INT) ... OLB Sadarius Figures, Jr., 6-1, 190 ... RB Deion Williams, Jr., 5-8, 170 (125 carries, 860 yards, 4 TDs; 3 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD) ... OLB DeVonte Singleton, Jr., 6-0, 160 ... RB Chris Smith, Soph., 6-1, 170 ... K Lane House (2-for-4 FGs, 12-for-15 PATs).</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - the running game. Williams had a breakout year as a sophomore and should have enough line experience in front of him to have a big junior campaign.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - the defense. Wilson, Figures and Warren give the Bulldogs veterans at each level of the defense, but they must help Jefferson improve on the 33.8 points per game the Dogs allowed in 2010.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - Bennett, who won a state title with Jefferson in 1986, is back after reviving Linden-Kildare's program. A playoff berth should be in store, but a deep postseason run may not be in the cards yet.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... @ Pittsburg</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... @ Mount Vernon</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... vs. Paul Pewitt</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... vs. West Rusk</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... @ Pleasant Grove</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... vs. Sabine*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... vs. White Oak*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... @ Harmony*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... vs. Tatum*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... @ New Diana*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Bennett was Jefferson's head coach from 1982 through 2000 before joining his brother, Phil, at SMU. Phil Bennett, who was SMU's head coach at that time, is now Baylor's defensive coordinator. The Bennett brothers are Marshall natives.

<h3>WHITE OAK</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Roughnecks</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Gerry Stanford</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - First season</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 7-4, Class 2A Division I Region III bi-district finalist</li> <li><strong>2010 9-2A DI</strong> - 4-1, second place</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - N/A</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - N/A</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - TE Isaac Avery, Sr., 6-3, 245 ... OG Logan Frazier, Sr., 6-1, 185 ... LB Matt Terrell, Sr., 5-11, 155 ... DL Jeffrey Davis, Jr., 5-11, 220 ... LB Hayden Hughes, Sr., 5-9, 175 ... LB Austin Ferguson, Sr., 5-11, 190 ... FB Hunter Owens, Jr., 5-9, 170 ... QB Ian Story, Jr., 5-11, 155.</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - the linebackers. Terrell and Hughes are back to form the backbone of the Roughnecks' defense, which welcomes six starters back from last season.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - the offense. White Oak has only two starters back on that side of the ball, in addition to a new coach. Chances are high for some early offensive growing pains.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - Based on its success in 2A competition since dropping down from 3A a couple of realignments ago, White Oak is expected to claim a playoff berth, although with a new staff and nine new offensive starters, it won't be as easy as it was the past couple of years under Tracy Blankenship.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... @ Frankston</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... @ West Rusk</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... vs. Spring Hill</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... vs. Redwater</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... @ Elysian Fields</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... vs. New Diana*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... @ Jefferson*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... vs. Sabine*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... vs. Harmony*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... @ Tatum*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Blankenship was 40-45 at White Oak in eight seasons, including a 22-11 mark with three playoff apperances in three 2A seasons.

<h3>NEW DIANA</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Eagles</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Roger Adams</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - 16-14, three seasons; 61-45 overall</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 5-5</li> <li><strong>2010 9-2A DI</strong> - 2-3, fourth place</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - Wing T</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - 4-5-2</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - RB D.D. Hill, Jr., 5-9, 155 ... RB/LB Edmond Jones, Jr., 5-11, 184 ... RB/OLB Garrett Barton, Soph., 5-8, 164 ... RB/LB Brandon Wesley, Soph., 5-8, 192 ... QB Ryan Brightwell, Sr., 5-9, 160 ... OL/LB Taylor Ligon, Sr., 5-8, 199 ... OL Chad McDonald, Sr., 6-2, 273 ... LB Caleb Garrett, Jr., 5-7, 158 ... DL Marco Newsome, Jr., 6-0, 215 ... OL Riley Matthews, Sr., 6-3, 315.</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - line play. Adams will have multiple large line veterans back in McDonald, Newsome and Matthews, which should help the Eagles in their quest for their first playoff berth since 2007.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - slowing high-powered offenses. New Diana allowed a not-so-bad 27.7 points per game in 2010, but yielded at least 47 points in three district games. Granted, those games were against White Oak, Tatum and Jefferson, the district's playoff representatives, but the Eagles need to find a way to hold those offenses, especially White Oak and Jefferson, to lower point totals in hopes of pulling off upsets.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - With a rebuilding White Oak squad and a Jefferson program in the first year of a new coach, New Diana could have its best shot at a playoff berth in the Adams era, though the consensus puts the Eagles at No. 4 in the district entering the season.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... vs. Ore City</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... vs. Elysian Fields</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... @ West Rusk</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... vs. Malakoff</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... @ Winnsboro</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... @ White Oak*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... vs. Harmony*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... @ Tatum*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... @ Sabine*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... vs. Jefferson*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Former two-way standout Terry McDaniel enters his junior season at Texas Tech. He played in three games as a sophomore after six games, including four starts, as a freshman before a knee injury cut his season short. McDaniel is now 6-6, 328 pounds.

<h3>HARMONY</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Eagles</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Tim Russell</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - 25-18, four seasons (2001-03, 2010); 35-48 overall</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 1-9</li> <li><strong>2010 9-2A DI</strong> - 1-4, fifth place</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - Multiple I</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - 4-2-5</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - TE Charlie Moler, Sr., 6-2, 200 ... OL Austin Anderson, Sr., 6-2, 245 ... QB/K Wesley Schoon, Sr., 5-10, 175 (85-for-181, 1,135 yards, 6 TDs, 10 INTs; 2-for-2 FGs, 24-for-26 PATs) ... TE/DT Dylan Weatherby, Sr., 6-3, 260 ... LB Justin Miller, Sr., 5-11, 220 ... DL Travis Laastad, Sr., 6-3, 225 ... WR Lucas Askew, Jr., 6-6, 225 (7 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD) ... DB Reid Rendon, Jr., 5-6, 160 (53 tackles) ... LB Levi Thompson, Soph., 6-0, 195 ... RB Matt Hosea, Sr., 6-0, 175 (93 carries, 380 yards, 1 TD) ... ATH Alan Peralta, Jr., 5-11, 175 (2 INTs) ... CB Daven Murphree, Jr., 6-1, 175 ... RB Aaron Keith, Soph., 6-1, 195 ... DL Casey Whittemore, Sr., 6-0, 225 ... OL Chase Ferguson, Sr., 6-2, 280 ... WR Kamron Ward, Sr., 6-4, 170 ... DB Tim McCoy, Soph., 5-10, 170 ... DB Brandon Glenn, Sr., 5-9, 155.</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - experience. Harmony has 15 starters back for the second season of Russell's second tenure with the Eagles.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - the offense. Harmony scored a paltry 13.6 points per game in 2010, including being held to single digits in six games.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - Harmony has veterans back at the skill spots and some size on the line, but getting a playoff berth will be a tall order.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... vs. Elysian Fields (Hallsville)</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... @ Ore City</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... vs. Union Grove</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... @ Harleton</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... vs. Quitman</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... vs. Tatum*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... @ New Diana*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... vs. Jefferson*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... @ White Oak*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... vs. Sabine*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Last year's 1-9 mark was only the second time Harmony was under .500 in the past 13 seasons.

<h3>SABINE</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Mascot</strong> - Cardinals</li> <li><strong>Head coach</strong> - Jerry Baker</li> <li><strong>Coach's record</strong> - 7-23, three seasons; 25-34-1 overall</li> <li><strong>2010 finish</strong> - 2-8</li> <li><strong>2010 9-2A DI</strong> - 0-5, sixth place</li> <li><strong>Offense</strong> - Wing T</li> <li><strong>Defense</strong> - 50</li> <li><strong>Notables</strong> - LB Cody Dodson, 6-0, 200 ... RB Bryan Chumley, Jr., 5-10, 180 (200 carries, 1,000 yards, 14 TDs) ... RB Isaac Hicks, Sr., 5-10, 155 ... CB Keegan Moyers, Sr., 5-9, 140 ... WB Nico Borrego, Jr., 5-10, 155 ... RB Qwaylen Chumley, Soph., 5-10, 185.</li> <li><strong>You can count on</strong> - the running game. Bryan Chumley had a breakout sophomore campaign and is Sabine's go-to option on offense.</li> <li><strong>Jury's still out on</strong> - taking the pressure off the running game. As good as Bryan Chumley was, he couldn't do it all offensively. The Cardinals averaged only 14.4 points per game last season and were held to two scores or less six times.</li> <li><strong>2011 Outlook</strong> - Sabine's outlook is similar to Harmony's, although the Cardinals have only three offensive starters back compared to Harmony's eight. The Cards will have to find ways other than Bryan Chumley to get the ball in the end zone. Sabine is a long shot for the postseason.</li> </ul>

<strong>2011 Schedule</strong>

<ul> <li><strong>Aug. 26</strong> ... vs. Malakoff</li> <li><strong>Sept. 2</strong> ... vs. Troup</li> <li><strong>Sept. 9</strong> ... @ Emory Rains</li> <li><strong>Sept. 16</strong> ... @ Ore City</li> <li><strong>Sept. 23</strong> ... @ Overton</li> <li><strong>Sept. 30</strong> ... BYE</li> <li><strong>Oct. 7</strong> ... @ Jefferson*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 14</strong> ... vs. Tatum*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 21</strong> ... @ White Oak*</li> <li><strong>Oct. 28</strong> ... vs. New Diana*</li> <li><strong>Nov. 4</strong> ... @ Harmony*</li> </ul>

Did you know? Sabine hasn't been to the playoffs since 1985.

<em>* - denotes District 9-2A Division I game; all games 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted</em>

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