High School: Fort Worth ISD

District 6-4A football season preview

August, 17, 2011
8/17/11
12:01
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DISTRICT 6-4A
  • Fort Worth Arlington Heights (10-1, 9-0), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Ged Kates.
  • Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (4-6, 4-5). Coach: James Jeffries.
  • Fort Worth Dunbar (3-7, 3-6). Coach: Todd Lawson.
  • Fort Worth Eastern Hills (5-5, 5-4). Coach: Michael Prewitt.
  • Fort Worth North Side (0-10, 0-9). Coach Andy Mills.
  • Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt (6-5, 6-3), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Zachary Criss.
  • Fort Worth South Hills (3-7, 2-7). Coach: J.J. Resendez.
  • Fort Worth Southwest (8-4, 7-2), lost in DII area. Coach: Lanny Trammell.
  • Fort Worth Trimble Tech (1-9, 1-8). Coach: David Poggensee.
  • Fort Worth Western Hills (8-3, 8-1), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: John Naylor.
THE BIG QUESTION: Are the Fort Worth ISD schools closing the gap after years of playoff futility?

Signs seem to indicate football fortunes are on the upswing in Cowtown.

For instance, Southwest’s 38-37 bi-district win over Springtown in 2010 gave the Fort Worth ISD its second playoff victory in as many seasons.

More encouragement was provided by Arlington Heights. After a 10-0 regular season in 2010, Heights took Fort Worth Boswell to the wire before being eliminated, 52-49, in a bi-district game.

It was Heights in 2009 that snapped a seven-year string of first-round playoff knockouts for Fort Worth ISD teams with a win over Arlington Seguin.

Southwest and Heights should be solid again this season. Throw Dunbar, Western Hills and O.D. Wyatt into the mix, and the nine-week battle for the 6-4A title should be very entertaining.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Omar Valadez, LB Nate Guidry, LB Alex Faoro, Arlington Heights; DE Ryan Watkins, WR Jordan Moore, Carter-Riverside; WR/DB Anthony Lampkin, WR/DB Alex Johnson, Dunbar; WR Elijah Johnson, RB Shabravus Howard, Eastern Hills; RB Elias Medina, North Side; WR Deon Daniels, WR Ladell Marshall, O.D. Wyatt; Antwan Bradshaw, South Hills; QB Wesley Harris, RB Trey Colbert, FS Phillip Boyd, Southwest; DB Melvin Harper, Trimble Tech; OL Kenny Johnson, WR Mavrik Molina, Western Hills.

DID YOU KNOW?

Arlington Heights became the second Fort Worth ISD school to reach 10 wins in a season in seven years and the first since Southwest went 10-1 in 2007. ... The lone head coaching change in 6-4A this season is at North Side, where Andy Mills takes over a program that failed to win a game in 2010. ... With 10 members, District 6 has the most of any 4A district in the state. Two others (Districts 15 and 32) have nine schools. ... Dunbar’s Anthony Lampkin intercepted six passes last season. ... As a sophomore last season, Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris was named the district’s Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 1,570 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushing for 1,133 yards and 13 scores. ... Heights quarterback Omar Valdez threw for 2,400 yards and 30 scores in 2010.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Arlington Heights
  2. Southwest
  3. Western Hills
  4. O.D. Wyatt

District 6-4A football season preview

August, 19, 2010
8/19/10
5:11
PM CT
DISTRICT 6-4A

  • Fort Worth Arlington Heights (9-3, 5-0 in 7-4A) lost in DI area. Coach: Ged Kates
  • Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (4-6, 3-3 in 11-3A). Coach: Jim Jeffries
  • Fort Worth Dunbar (7-4, 4-1 in 7-4A) lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Todd Lawson
  • Fort Worth Eastern Hills (4-7, 4-1 in 7-4A) lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Michael Prewitt
  • Fort Worth North Side (3-7, 1-4 in 7-4A.) Coach: Chris Killian
  • Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt (4-6, 2-3 in 7-4A.) Coach: Zachary Criss
  • Fort Worth South Hills (0-9, 0-5 in 7-4A.) Coach: J.J. Resendez
  • Fort Worth Southwest (2-8, 1-4 in 7-4A.) Coach: Lanny Trammell
  • Fort Worth Trimble Tech (8-2, 3-2 in 7-4A.) Coach: David Poggensee
  • Fort Worth Western Hills (3-7, 3-2 in 7-4A.) Coach: John Naylor
THE BIG QUESTION: Which teams are best prepared for a marathon nine-game district schedule?

[+] EnlargeMarquis Jackson
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comReceiver Marquis Jackson helped Arlington Heights pick up a rare playoff victory for the Fort Worth ISD last season.
The 10-member district, composed of schools in the Fort Worth ISD, is the largest Class 4A football district in the state.

Each team in 6-4A will play nine district games this season. That means each is allowed only one nondistrict tuneup game before district play begins.

Most teams in the state play at least three nondistrict games before the start of district play. So it figures there will be less time for experimentation.

Schools with a large number of returning starters are likely to have the advantage. That should bode well for Arlington Heights and Western Hills with 13 and 16 returning starters, respectively.

The team with the fewest returning starters is Trimble Tech with four.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR Marquis Jackson, DL Jake Knowles, Arlington Heights; QB Jalen Moore, Carter-Riverside; DB Torrin Webb, WR Darrin Jackson, Dunbar; QB Chris Gibson, WR Roscoe Lee, Eastern Hills; DL Eduardo Lopez, North Side; DB Tymajdrick Jackson, QB/DB Dante Gentry, O.D. Wyatt; WR Danny Ramos, South Hills; DB Adony Pierre, Southwest; DB Jordan Brown, TE Jordan Gray, Trimble Tech; DB Shaquille Powell, DB Shawn Hughes, Western Hills.

DID YOU KNOW?

Arlington Heights’ bi-district win over Arlington Seguin last season was the first playoff victory for the Fort Worth ISD in eight seasons.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Arlington Heights
  2. Dunbar
  3. Western Hills
  4. Eastern Hills

Multiple Fort Worth ISD signees

February, 4, 2010
2/04/10
11:40
AM CT
Fort Worth ISD and surrounding schools had 29 players sign college letters of intent.

Arlington Heights
Chelsea Mocia - Texas A&M (Golf)

Dunbar
Ashley Collier - Texas A&M (Track)
Rashod Favors - Oklahoma (Football)
Darius White - Texas (Football)
Dominique Sanders - University of Houston (Football)
Damion Taylor - Kilgore Junior College (Football)

Eastern Hills
Daylon Guy - Arkansas-Little Rock (Basketball)

Paschal
Micayla Brown - Midwestern State (Soccer)
Latricia Lovings - TCU (Basketball)
Tyler Nurdin - Texas State(Baseball)
Robert Perry- NM Military (Golf)

Polytechnic
Duran Hollis - Iowa State (Football)
Damion Thornton - Kilgore Junior College (Football)

Southwest
Tyler Ervine - Dallas Baptist (Baseball)
Jonathan Boone - Southern Nazarene (Football)

Trimble Tech
Ty McKinney - Trinity Valley (Football)

L.D. Bell
TE Epeli Fiefia - Cisco Jr. College
OL Steven Latu - Cisco Jr. College
DL Kadeem Cotton - Cisco Jr. College
OL Jared Barker - Trinity Valley

Richland
CB Isaac Umesi - Missouri State
S Marcus Polanco - Southwest Oklahoma State University
NT Jordan Yon - Southern Nazarene

Colleyville Heritage
OL Mac Stipe - Drake University
TE/FB Tyler Moon - Arkansas Tech Universtiy
OL Clint Mitchell - Cisco Junior College
LB Steele Burroughs - Cisco Junior College

Northwest
QB Taylor Barnhill - UNLV
LB Anthony Chiofalo - Southwest Oklahoma State University

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