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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
District 11-4A football season preview

By Jeff Andrews


DISTRICT 11-4A
THE BIG QUESTION: Will the Kimball’s bout with South Oak Cliff on Sept. 30 decide the 11-4A title?

After strong showings in 2010, Kimball and South Oak Cliff are the favorites to win District 11-4A. And in a district without much depth, upsets will be few and far between.

That places a huge emphasis on Kimball and South Oak Cliff’s game Sept. 30 at Sprague Stadium.

After missing the playoffs in 2009, Kimball stormed back into the postseason behind its class of 2013, a loaded group that shouldn’t have any problem getting Kimball back into the playoffs as juniors.

South Oak Cliff regularly produces some of the best athletes in the area. This year's batch includes a workhorse running back in Paul Franklin and six returning starters on defense, making the Golden Bears a threat yet again.

The one wild card in the district may be Carter. The storied Cowboys return 11 starters from a young team that rebounded from a rough start to finish third in the district in 2010.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB Qwaii Clark, QB Frank Mata, QB Keith Jackson, Adamson; QB Eddie Parrish, RB Jordan Griffin, DE Courtney Arnick, Carter; DE Andre Carter, QB Traveon Thibodeaux, RB Teriyon Gipson, Kimball; QB Miguel Ortiga, RB Shaquille Jones, WR Jacob Sandoval, Molina; WR Devonte Green, QB Roland Hyder, LB Trevon Roy, Pinkston; RB Kaillion Hughey, RB Dontrail Russell, WR Ashton Rosebud, Seagoville; RB Paul Franklin, WR Corey Callicut, QB Jevon Valentine, South Oak Cliff; WR Sean Miles, QB Jesse Garcia, RB John Jones, North Dallas.

DID YOU KNOW?

Only two of the teams that made the playoffs in 2009 made it in 2010 -- South Oak Cliff and Carter. … Scott Jackson steps in as head coach of Carter for the departed Allen Wilson. … Kimball DT Justin Manning is the younger brother of former Kimball standout DeMarcus Granger. The junior will likely be highly recruited in 2013.

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