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Sunday, August 22, 2010
District 9-5A football season preview

By Travis L. Brown

DISTRICT 9-5A
Skyline
Dallas Skyline reloads after going unbeaten in district play last season and reaching the regional semifinals.
THE BIG QUESTION: Will offensive question marks prevent Lake Highlands from keeping up with Skyline?

Nothing slows down preseason preparations like a quarterback controversy, and Lake Highlands is faced with one to the highest degree.

After losing Rickey Zorn, coach Scott Smith is faced with choosing between Trent Jones and Michael Ketchmark, both sophomores. Smith said both of his potential starters took varsity snaps last season, so experience is not as much of a concern.

However, to throw a wrench in things, both quarterbacks were ineffective in their scrimmage Friday against South Garland, unable to start any momentum on offense. Jones was able to move the chains a few times with his feet, scrambling out of the pocket and running the option.

The hole at quarterback will provide a better opportunity for returning running back Desmond Roland to shine.

On the other hand, Skyline’s new quarterback, sophomore Devante Kincade, was sharp in Friday night's scrimmage against North Garland, laying the ball in the arms of his speedy receivers on vertical routes three times, one for a touchdown. North Garland head coach James Farris said he believed Kincade was ready to make big plays this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Skyline linebacker Anthony Wallace is ESPNDallas.com’s No. 4 prospect in the area and No. 150 on ESPNU’s Top 150 prospects. … Lake Highlands running back Desmond Roland is not only a threat on the ground, but through the air, tallying 1,240 yards receiving last season. … Berkner quarterback Aric Stock threw for 1151 yards and rushed for 752 yards last season. … Berkner wide receiver Spencer Edmonds had 17 receptions for 410 yards in 2009.

DID YOU KNOW?

Skyline is traveling to Florida next week to take on Glades Central High School. The Raiders will turn around and play another Florida school, St. Thomas Aquinas, at Cowboys Stadium the next week. St. Thomas Aquinas is ranked No. 23 on the ESPN Rise FAB 50.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Dallas Skyline
  2. Dallas Jesuit
  3. Dallas Lake Highlands
  4. Richardson Berkner