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Monday, August 23, 2010
District 11-4A football season preview

By Jeff Andrews

DISTRICT 11-4A

THE BIG QUESTION: Can a young Dallas Carter team reload quickly enough to compete in 2010?

With a storied program that regularly produces NFL players, the Carter Cowboys never lack talent, but with few experienced seniors, the team will have to rely on young talent in 2010.

Returning just five starters, Carter has to find a new QB among candidates Jordan Jackson and Eddie Parrish and fill crucial holes along the offensive line.

The youth movement could open the door for rivals Dallas South Oak Cliff and Dallas Kimball to compete for the 11-4A title, keeping Carter from winning the district crown for the first time since dropping to 4A two years ago.

South Oak Cliff has the best shot at unseating Carter as it returns the bulk the team that went 9-3 in 2009 and continues to blossom under head coach Kendall Miller.

While Kimball is coming off a dismal 3-6 season plagued with off-the-field issues, key players return for new head coach Carlton Nelson, who looks to get the Knights back in the playoffs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Oak Cliff QB Semaj Riley and RB Barron Perry comprise what may be the best backfield in the district. … Kimball DT Isiah Norton is committed to Baylor. … North Dallas RB Geremy Alridge returns after rushing for 1,062 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009.

DID YOU KNOW?

After playing powerhouses Garland, Dallas Skyline and Tyler Lee in nondistrict over the past few years, Kimball has toned down its nondistrict schedule in 2010, playing Dallas Bryan Adams, Dallas Madison and Dallas Lincoln. … Josh Ragsdale is the new head coach at Adamson after serving as defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. … Dallas Molina drops down from 5A in 2010.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. South Oak Cliff
  2. Carter
  3. Kimball
  4. Pinkston