Reicher Catholic Cougars
- LAST SEASON — 9-4 (5-0)
- RETURNING STARTERS — 5 offensive, 6 defensive
- COACH JOHN RYAN — 9-4 at Reicher
Playoff history: 31-20 in 36 trips, most recently 2016; 9 state titles (1958, ’62, ’63, ’74, ’75, 2004, ’07, ’08, ‘09
Base offense: Multiple spread
Base defense: 4-2-5, 3-4
Outlook: John Ryan delivered a tremendous debut season for Reicher as he led the Cougars to a 9-4 record and a berth in the TAPPS Division III state semifinals.
The Cougars anticipate another strong season as five offensive and six defensive starters return.
“The senior class we have this year has been a great one for four years,” Ryan said. “We also have some good players coming up and we hope to go a little farther.”
Bradley Bass will be a major player on both sides of the ball at running back and outside linebacker. Both Bass and John Victor Aynesworth recorded more than 140 tackles last season.
Bryce Dorton and Ely Ferris will be counted on heavily at receiver and defensive end. Noah Plsek and Chance Boettcher will lead the offensive line.
The Cougars' secondary will be young but Ryan has a lot of confidence in Damion Wilson, Brandon Ramirez, Matt Torres and Major Gonzales.
“I feel like our defensive speed will be a strength,” Ryan said. “Both Dorton and Ferris are speedy pass rushers who can create quite a bit of havoc.”
9/1 at Meridian 7:30
9/8 Moody 7:30
9/15 at Bosqueville 7:30
9/22 Bremond 7:30
9/29 at Tolar 7:30
10/13 Central Texas Christian 7:30*
10/20 Marble Falls Faith 7:30*
10/27 at Brazos Christian 7:30*
11/3 at St. Joseph 7:30*
11/10 Texas School for the Deaf 7:30*
Parkview Christian Pacers
- LAST SEASON — 8-4
- RETURNING STARTERS — 5 offensive, 5 defensive
- COACH BRYCE FRAZIER — 8-4 at Parkview
All-time: Not available
Playoff history: 2 11-man state titles
Returning: 10 lettermen, 5 offensive, 5 defensive starters
Base offense: Spread
Base defense: 4-2
Outlook: Few people have a deeper understanding of Parkview football history than coach Bryce Frazier.
Frazier’s father, Tommy, was the offensive coordinator for the Pacers’ 1996 state championship team when they played 11-man football. So when Bryce Frazier led the Pacers to their first winning season since 2004 last year, he was glad to get the program back on track.
“My goal coming in was to get the program back to winning and making it a normal thing,” Bryce Frazier said. “We’re really expecting good things this year.”
The Pacers were young last season with four freshmen starting on each side of the ball but they still finished 8-4 in six-man competition.
Ian Guerrero is back at quarterback after passing for 2,500 yards and rushing for 400 last season. He’ll throw to Midway transfer Braden Arp and returning starter Brandon Landers.
Jeremiah Thomas and Valiant Thomas will both be counted on at running back and linebacker. Hayden Skains is back at safety and Timmy Skains is a strong pass rusher on the defensive line.
9/2 Oglesby 6:30
9/8 Watauga Harvest 7:30
9/15 at Vanguard 6:00
9/22 Bynum 7:30
9/29 at Buckholts 7:30
10/6 SA Sunnybrook 7:30*
10/13 Temple Holy Trinity 7:30
10/20 Paris Trinity 7:00*
10/27 at Lockhart Gospel Lighthouse 7:30*
11/3 at Methodist
Live Oak Classical Falcons
- LAST SEASON — 10-3 (4-0)
- RETURNING STARTERS — 4 offensive, 4 defensive
- COACH JORDAN BARKER — 81-17 at Live Oak
All-time: 81-17 since 2009
Playoff history: 15-4 in 7 trips, most recently 2016, 3 state championships (2011, 2013, 2016)
Base offense: Balanced
Base defense: Basic
Outlook: Live Oak continued its dominance last season as it won its third state championship in six years, taking down New Braunfels Christian, 64-30, in the TAPPS Six-Man Division II title game.
The Falcons expect to make another run for the title behind an accomplished group of skill players.
Quarterback Matt Bailey possesses a strong arm and is accurate. Chase Hill can also pass the ball but coach Jordan Barker will try to spread his talents across the field.
Cole Jahrmarkt will be counted on as a linebacker and tight end while Mark Smith should catch a lot of passes from his wide receiver spot.
“We lost four good seniors but we’ve got a lot of good ones coming back,” Barker said. “Matt Bailey is as true of a quarterback as we’ve had. We’ll try to sneak Chase Hill all over the field. He can throw and run the ball.”
9/2 vs New Braunfels Christian (at Bryan Allen Academy) 5:00
9/15 at Methodist Children’s Home 7:30
9/22 at Weatherford Christian 7:30*
9/29 at Calvert 7:30
10/6 at Blum 7:30
10/13 Austin Veritas 7:30
10/20 Irving Faustina 7:30*
10/27 at Westlake Acad. 7:30
11/4 North Central Texas 6:00*
11/10 Temple Holy Trinity 7:30*
- LAST SEASON — 4-8
- RETURNING STARTERS — 10 offensive, 11 defensive
- COACH CHARLES MCCULLOUGH — 4-8 at Texas Wind
All-time record: 6-16 since 2015
Playoff history: 1-1 in 1 trip, most recently 2016; 0 state championships
Offense: Spread, option
Outlook: Now in his second year as Texas Wind’s head coach, Charles McCullough believes his players will be more comfortable and have a better grasp of the system after last year’s 4-8 finish.
“In my first year as head coach we put in a new offense and defense and found out what the kids can and can’t do,” McCullough said. “We’re clicking a lot more now.”
Composed of home school students and other players from schools that don’t have football programs, Texas Wind is certainly unique. McCullough likes the talent he has on board.
The offense will feature Isaac Shaw, who switched to quarterback after playing wide receiver last season. Tanner Ledford is a running back and linebacker who will bring speed to the attack.
Johnny Escoto plays receiver and slot back and is also a threat passing the ball.
The defense will be built around the talents of linebackers Adam Smith, Ledford and Carson Kaddatz. Kaddatz tore his ACL toward the end of last season but has come back quicker and more physical.
9/1 St. Joseph 7:30
9/8 Cedar Hill Newman 7:30
9/15 at Somerville 7:30
9/22 Dallas HSAA
Blue Homeschool 7:30
9/29 at Cedar Hill DasCHE Homeschool 7:00
10/6 Conroe Northside Homeschool 7:30
10/20 at Irving Highlands 7:30
- LAST SEASON — 11-2 (3-0)
- RETURNING STARTERS — 2 offensive, 4 defensive
- COACH ZACH SEIFERT — 30-25 at Vanguard
All-time: 31-33 since 2011
Playoff history: 2-3 in 3 trips, most recently 2016; No state championships
Returning: 10 lettermen; 2 offensive, 3 starters
Base offense: Multiple
Base defense: Multiple
Outlook: Because TAPPS allows football teams to begin practicing a week before the UIL kickoff, the Vikings are particularly itching to get started.
And why wouldn’t they be? Vanguard has made steady progress as a program over the past six years, and it resulted in a better breakthrough than a pregame sign crafted by the art class. The Vikings went a school-record 11-2 in 2016, which included the program’s first playoff victory and a trip to the TAPPS Six-Man Division I state semifinals.
“That experience is huge, because now those kids know what it takes to get there,” Vanguard coach Zach Seifert said.
The Vikings have some holes to plug, after graduating standouts like Thomas Alcorn, Evan Hickok and Evan Mastin. But they’re not without the pluggers, either.
QB Kobe Thomas is a slick athlete who “can make the throws that need to be made,” Seifert said. Three-year starter RB/DB Logan Borg should see an increased workload in his carries, and he’ll be spelled by RB/DB Kaden Herbert, who like Borg gained all-district recognition in 2016. TE Jackson Davis gives Thomas a big, physical target to seek out in the passing game.
Defensively, DE Andy Cox (75 tackles, 14 sacks) is a “menace,” the kind of disruptive force that can almost single-handedly neutralize an opponent’s momentum. Seifert is also buoyed by several additions from the basketball team, including WR/DBs Carter Boehm and Elijah Wade.
Vanguard will again compete in District 3, along with Austin Hill Country Christian, Round Rock Christian Academy and Round Rock Concordia High School.
9/1 vs Methodist Children’s Home (at Parkview) 7:00
9/8 Giddings State 7:30
9/15 Parkview Christian 6:00
9/22 at Temple Holy Trinity 7:00
9/29 at May 7:00
10/6 Watauga Harvest 7:30
10/14 Hou. Emery-Weiner 3:00
10/27 RR Christian 7:30*
11/3 Hill Country Christian 7:30*
11/10 at Concordia 7:30*
Methodist Children's Home Bulldogs
- LAST SEASON — 7-4 (3-1)
- RETURNING STARTERS — 3 offensive, 4 defensive
- COACH MATT RODGERS — 39-19 at MCH
Outlook: Methodist Children’s Home has thrived in each season under head coach Matt Rodgers, posting a 13-1 record in 2013 and reaching state championship games in 2015.
The Bulldogs look to keep the winning trend going and will count on several players to do just that. Veteran Julio Mulero-Delgado needs to lead Rodgers’ squad on both sides of the ball.
Xavier Biggs, Dantavion Bonner, Damonte Walker and Sir Dautrel Bible will all play a major role on the field this season for the Bulldogs.
9/1 vs Vanguard (at Parkview) 7:00
9/8 at Richland Springs 7:30
9/15 Live Oak Classical 7:30
9/22 at FW Nazarene 7:30
9/29 Oakwood 7:30
10/6 McKinney Cornerstone 7:30*
10/13 at Dallas Inspired Vision 7:00*
10/20 at Dallas Academy 7:30*
10/27 Wylie Preparatory 7:30*
11/3 Parkview Christian 7:30