4A No. 3: Highland Park can ace chemistry test

ESPNDallas.com gets ready for the start of the high school football season by unveiling its preseason rankings, one spot at a time:


2010 Record: 12-1

Predicted 2011 regular-season record: 10-0

ESPN Dallas spring ranking: No. 3

Division I commits: OT Tanner Stone (Duke)

Why they’re here: Highland Park returns a triple-threat attack on offense in WR Dalton Stogner, RB Preston Miller and QB Brady Burgin after a playoff run that was cut short by Mesquite Poteet in 2010.

The chemistry between the three is easily recognized, and Burgin can make an arsenal of throws that key off the skill sets of the other two.

Former HP quarterback Jake Howeth said Burgin had worked hard last season and this offseason to step into a leadership role and build a connection with all of his receivers.

Part of that included being active in a summer conditioning program that had this year’s squad in amazing shape before fall practice even started, coach Randy Allen said.

Holes to fill: Allen was quick to say his defense had the most questions going into the season, but that unit had the upper hand in the team's first scrimmage.

Even if the defense needs a few games to develop -- which isn't likely -- the offense should put enough points on the board to make up for it.

Key game: at Wylie, Oct. 7