Monday, August 22, 2011
District 9-5A football season preview
By Travis L. Brown
Richardson Berkner (4-6, 3-4). Coach: Jim Ledford
Dallas Jesuit (6-5, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Brandon Hickman
Dallas Lake Highlands (7-4, 6-1), lost in DII bi-district. Coach Scott Smith
Richardson (7-4, 4-3), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Brian Chandler
Dallas Samuell (3-7, 1-6). Coach: Steve Pierce
Dallas Skyline (9-3, 7-0), lost in DI area. Coach: Reginald Samples
Dallas Sunset (1-9, 0-7). Coach: Dennis McAdams
Dallas W. T. White (4-6, 2-5). Coach: Eric Ezar
THE BIG QUESTION: Can Jesuit challenge Skyline for the district title?
Receiver Jake Oliver is a weapon for Dallas Jesuit, but the Rangers need to find a new quarterback to get him the ball.
Dallas Jesuit enters the 2011 season with a new stadium, a new coach, the returning district offensive player of the year and the best shot at giving Dallas Skyline a run at the district championship.
But is that enough?
Jesuit still must find a starting quarterback, between Jake Brezette and Brian Buell, to feed WR Jake Oliver, 2010 offensive player of the year for District 9-5A. While they keep the same offense, the Rangers are switching to a 4-2-5 defense to combat the spread offenses most of the district runs.
Skyline boasts one of the most talented rosters in the area and should have no problem with the rest of District 9-5A.
If all the pieces fall together neatly for Jesuit, the Oct. 7 game against Skyline could be circled as the district championship game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
DB Trey Caldwell, DL De’Shon Purtue, Berkner; WR Jake Oliver, DT Akuda Esin, RB Christian Franz, Jesuit; WR Devonte Sunwenghan, QB Michael Ketchmark, Lake Highlands; RB Derrick Jackson, RB Devante Branch, RB Cameron Booty, Richardson; DT Darian Allen, RB Devontrae Smith, Samuell; LB Peter Jenkins, WR Thomas Johnson, QB Devonte Kincade, Skyline; LB Simon Ochoa, Sunset; ATH Donald Snow, W.T. White.
DID YOU KNOW?
After head coach Brent Whitson left for South Grand Prairie, Richardson looked within district 9-5A for his replacement, hiring former Lake Highlands offensive coordinator Brian Chandler. … After running a two-quarterback system for part of 2010, Lake Highlands head coach Scott Smith has settled on Michael Ketchmark as the starter. ... Berkner fell just short of the playoffs in 2010 for just the second time in eight years.