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District 5-5A football season preview

8/18/2011
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com

DISTRICT 5-5A

  • Cedar Hill (8-4, 6-1), lost in DII area. Coach: Joey McGuire.

  • Duncanville (8-4, 6-1), lost in DI area. Coach: Jeff Dicus.

  • Grand Prairie (2-8, 0-7). Coach: Gary Bartel.

  • Mansfield (8-3, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Jeff Hulme.

  • Mansfield Legacy (1-9, 1-6). Coach: Chris Melson.

  • Mansfield Timberview (3-7, 3-4). Coach: Mark Walker.

  • Midlothian (5-5, 3-4). Coach: Lee Wiginton.

  • South Grand Prairie (6-5, 4-3), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Brent Whitson.

THE BIG QUESTION: Will the district title again be decided in the Week 10 Cedar Hill-Duncanville game?

Last season, Cedar Hill staged a fourth-quarter rally to edge Duncanville, 35-31, and both teams finished with 6-1 district records.

Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire’s plan is to use two quarterbacks, last year’s varsity backup Andre Anderson and Damion Hobbs off the junior varsity.

Duncanville must rebuild its defense after graduating all but two starters. Junior Cordray Love moves from cornerback to free safety and tackle Jamaal Fears lends experience up front.

The Longhorns and Panthers graduated significant skill players including their respective quarterbacks, giving hope for potential contenders South Grand Prairie and Mansfield.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

OG Aderius Epps, QB/WR Andre Anderson, DE David Harris, LB Steven Taylor, Cedar Hill; WR Jeff Thomas, WR/DB Malcolm McKenney, RB Aaron Piper, Duncanville; WR Devante Lacy, Grand Prairie; DE Hassan Ridgeway, QB Jerod Evans, WR Gary Davis, Mansfield; LB Montreal Jett, QB DeCarlos Humphrey, Mansfield Legacy; QB Charles Taylor, DE Rene Lawson, Mansfield Timberview; LB Slater Gravens, QB Bryce Murphy, Midlothian, QB Jared Johnson, DB Abraham Hall, South Grand Prairie.

DID YOU KNOW?

Brent Whitson, fresh from an overhaul of the program at Richardson High, is South Grand Prairie’s fifth head coach in the school’s 43-year history. ... In Lee Wiginton’s debut season as head coach at Midlothian last year, the Panthers’ win total of five was four more than they had in their final season in Class 4A the previous year. ... Mansfield defensive end Hassan Ridgeway, a Texas commit, is hard to miss at 6-5 and 240 pounds, but Tigers opponents will try to do just that. … Cedar Hill has won or shared district titles in five of its last six season. ... Duncanville running back Aaron Piper averaged nine yards every time he touched the ball as a sophomore last season.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Cedar Hill

  2. Duncanville

  3. South Grand Prairie

  4. Mansfield