Tenaha looks like the overwhelming favorite, but Overton returns most if its starters and could make a run at the top spot. Tenaha QB C.J. Horn is beast, coming off a year where he threw for 3,386 yards and 43 touchdowns. The Tigers’ offense will be tough to catch.
Timpson, Wortham and Grapeland could fight for the final playoff spots.
- LAST SEASON — 4-6 (1-4)
- RETURNING STARTERS — 5 offensive, 4 defensive
- COACH CHRIS TOBOLA — 7-13 at Wortham
All-time: 573-340-9 since 1920
Playoff history: 7-22-1 in 24 trips, most recently 2012; 0 state championships
Base offense: Spread, Wing-T
Base defense: 27
Outlook: Wortham bounced out to a nice start in 2016, winning three of its first four games. But the Bulldogs won only once thereafter, and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
In head coach Chris Tobola’s third season at Wortham, he’ll rely on senior RB Stephon Ester, who will look for holes behind a rugged line led by Logan Salisbury, Dylan Martin and Hunter Turner. OL Demarcus Ballard is another promising prospect, at 6-5, 240.
WR Braxton Whaley is one of the top targets in the passing game, while LB Dalton Sandlin and CB Ryan Mao will key the defensive effort.
9/1 Itasca 7:00
9/8 at Cayuga 7:30
9/15 Rosebud-Lott 7:00
9/22 Dawson 7:00
9/29 at Granger 7:30
10/13 Timpson 7:00*
10/20 at Tenaha 7:00*
10/27 Mount Enterprise 7:00*
11/3 Grapeland 7:00*
11/10 at Overton 7:00*