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Stallard: Update on our preseason Dream Team

By Jack Stallard
Oct. 10, 2013 at 11 p.m.


With five weeks remaining in the regular season, it's a good time to look back at the annual ETvarsity.com Preseason Dream and see how our picks are doing.

I'll do the offensive skill folks this week.

Whitehouse quarterback Pat Mahomes leads East Texas with 1,962 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and one interception.

Receivers KeKe Coutee of Lufkin, Tee Goree of Carthage, K.D. Cannon of Mount Pleasant and Dorian Leonard of Longview have combined for 136 catches and 34 touchdowns, and running backs Tevin Pipkin of Carthage, JaMycal Hasty of Longview and Kris Boyd of Gilmer are all on a pace for more than 1,200 yards. Hasty leads that trio with 774 yards and seven touchdowns. Boyd has 621 yards and four scores, and Pipkin has rushed for 608 yards and six touchdowns.

<strong>Next week:</strong> The defense.

This week's <em>GAME I'D PAY TO SEE IF I HAD TO PAY TO SEE GAMES: White Oak at Tatum</em>.

Big surprise, huh?

The winner of this one shouldn't order up district championship rings just yet, but either the Roughnecks or Eagles will clear a big hurdle toward becoming the team to beat in 9-2A.

Some have been quick to label this as a game pitting White Oak's high-powered offense against Tatum's shutdown defense, and it could very well turn out that way.

But don't dismiss White Oak's defense or Tatum's offense.

The Roughnecks are averaging 39.4 points per game on offense, but White Oak has allowed just 27 points (5.4 per game) and have given up a touchdown or less in four of five outings.

Tatum's defense has scored more points (18) than it has allowed (13) this season. In fact, the Eagles have the same number of interceptions (13) as points allowed. Ten of those thefts have come from Klifton Willis, who picked off three passes two weeks ago against Center and added two more last week in a win over Diboll.

The Eagles are scoring 34.6 points per game.

This one could come down to special teams, but either way look for another close game and don't be surprised if it goes to the final minute like in last year's 28-21 Tatum win.

<strong>WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED</strong>

Check www.etvarsity.com early and often tonight for our scoreboard, and at around 11:15 you can start looking for game stories. You can also follow us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/etvarsity" target="_blank">@etvarsity</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/lnjsports" target="_blank">@lnjsports</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hayden_h" target="_blank">@hayden_h</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/brandonosports" target="_blank">@BrandonOSports</a>.

We don't stop there.

On Sunday, look for our Friday Flashback page for our list of Primetime Players as well as updated standings for 13 East Texas districts, late game wraps and a by-the-numbers look at several area games.

Tuesday, we'll name our ETvarsity.com offensive and defensive Players of the Week.

If you want to join the fun, visit etvarsity.com at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday for The Zone Live, where your trusty scribbler along with staff writers Brandon Ogden and Hayden Henry will discuss that week's top games.

Feel free to Tweet us your questions during the broadcast @lnjsports, @hayden_h or @BrandonOSports.

If you want to email questions prior to the broadcast, use the email below.

<strong>FROM ET TO THE NFL</strong>

Lufkin's Dez Bryant entered the National Football League with high expectations. After a couple of mediocre seasons tarnished by some offseason issues, Bryant has become one of the league's elite players.

Bryant, drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys (24th pick overall) in 2010, caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago. Through five games in 2013, Bryant has 29 grabs for 423 yards and six touchdowns.

In three-plus seasons, the ex-Oklahoma State standout has 229 catches for 3,294 yards and 33 touchdowns.

<em>(Email: jstallard@news-journal.com; follow on Twitter @lnjsports).</em>

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