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Zone 2017: 11-6A preview

By staff
Aug. 27, 2017 at 4 a.m.

LONGVIEW'S JAYLIN BROWN

LONGVIEW

Mascot: Lobos

Coach: John King (14th season, 139-34)

2016 result: 8-3, 6A, DII bi-district

Returning starters/lettermen: 12/40

Lettermen lost: 30

Offense: Pro I

Offensive notables: TE Jaylin Brown, Sr., 6-3, 215 … RB Jessie Anderson, Jr., 5-11, 225 … OL Gavin Roberts, Jr., 5-11, 285 … WR Kamden Perry, Jr., 5-11, 165 … QB A’Darius Carter, Sr., 6-3, 200 … QB Jordan Lawson, Sr., 5-9, 170 … OL Marcus Williams … WR Kendle Johnson … WR Jacob Johnson … P/K Chris Kessler

Defense: 4-2-5

Defensive notables: DL Ke’Andre Mauldin, Sr., 6-0, 200 … S Jephaniah Lister, Jr., 5-9, 165 … DB Roshodrick Harmon, Sr., 6-0, 170 … DL D’Marjai Dearion … DL Montavian Reed … DL JC Blakemore … DB Jalen Carr … S Kyle Johnson … LB Tyler Wilder

2017 outlook: Longview battled to a share of the district championship in the return to the state’s largest classification in 2016 but fell in the opening round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. That loss left a sting for 12 returning starters and 40 returning lettermen entering the 2017 season. A bulk of that experience comes on the defensive side of the ball, particularly on the line with Dearion (7 TFL, 4 sacks), Blakemore (13 TFL, 3 sacks), Reed (6 TFL, 2 sacks) and Mauldin, who emerged as a two-way standout with six TFL, two sacks, one interception as well as a touchdown catch at tight end. The defensive line has a lot of depth which should keep the Lobos fresh up front. In the secondary, Johnson (7 TFL) and Harmon return as three-year starters and are joined by rising senior Carr, who turned in a strong spring and summer for the Lobos. Lister, who turned heads as a sophomore up top, returns as a leader on the Mean Green defense. The competition is still high at linebacker with Wilder, Kevion Bush and Javontae Writt. Offensively, the Lobos will break in a new offensive line for the most part with junior Roberts as the lone returner. Williams (6-6, 258) had a productive summer, picking up five Division I offers, including Baylor, Houston and SMU, along the way. He’ll be joined by fellow junior Marcus Harry. Longview will also break in a new quarterback for the third-straight season. Seniors Carter and Lawson saw limited time as backups in 2016 and split time throughout the spring and 7-on-7 season. Both possess their own intangibles to lead the Lobo offense. Sophomore Haynes King will also be in the mix at quarterback. Whoever lands the starting role will benefit from Brown, who hauled in 15 passes, including nine touchdowns, at tight end a year ago. Senior Kendle Johnson emerged as a top target over the offseason and the junior duo of Perry and Jacob Johnson will give the Lobos plenty of options out wide. A staple of Lobo football, junior Anderson (351 yards, 4 TDs) will be the feature back and bring his bruising style of running to the Lobo backfield, which will include Jaquan Edwards, Paul Hutchins and Jason Roundtree. The Lobo special teams unit is solid with the return of Kessler, who notched 37 touchbacks, a 53-for-56 PAT mark and 9-for-12 field goal with a long of 43 yards. In recent years, it has been the Lobo offense that has been the measuring stick for the defense. That script is flipped this season with the defense leading the way as the offense puts together the pieces to avenge an early exit a year ago.

Did you know: Longview’s Week 2 game with Marshall at Lobo Stadium will be a part of the Great American Rivalry Series … Longview has six home games this season but will travel on key dates against Mesquite Horn (Sept. 22), Rockwall (Oct. 6) and John Tyler (Oct. 27) … 63 percent of Longview’s 2016 total tackles, 14-of-19 sacks and 59-of-77 tackles for loss came from underclassmen a year ago.

NORTH MESQUITE

Mascot: Stallions

Coach: Mike Robinson (11th season, 49-55; 96-77 overall)

2016 result: 4-6

Returning starters/lettermen: 10/28

Lettermen lost: 28

Offense: Spread

Offensive notables: WR Azavesha Daniyan, Sr., 6-1, 190 … WR Jarmarzeyea Arvie, Sr., 5-6, 160 … RB Juwuan Clark, Jr., 5-11, 175 … OL Mark Sanchez, Jr., 6-0, 265 … OL Errin Davis, Sr., 6-1, 245 … WR Lamaryea Brown, Sr., 6-2, 175 … QB Alex Vigil … OL Legene Brooks

Defense: 4-3

Defensive notables: DE/LB Dyron Turner, Sr., 6-0, 200 … DB Keyvien Johnson, Sr., 5-11, 170 … LB Anthony Bolton, Sr., 6-0, 205 … LB/DE Kevion Curry, Jr., 6-0, 185 … DB Terrius Younger … DL Jalen Delance

2017 outlook: North Mesquite showed their ability to put up some points this past season, averaging over 38 points per game. The Stallions, however, allowed an average of 42 points per game. QB Vigil (459 yards, 4 TDs) started in two games in 2016 and has a stable of receivers in Daniyan (25 ypc, 5 TDs), Arvie (587 yards, 5 TDs) and newcomer Brown to pick from. Clark returns in the backfield after rushing for 471 yards and four scores as a sophomore and the Stallions have experienced up front in Brookes and Davis. Defensively, with five returning starters, led by DL Turner (78 tackles, 10 TFL, 6 sacks), the secondary will be young with some experience to help balance the Stallions out.

Did you know: Delance, who Robinson projects will be a prospect, is the younger brother of Jean Delance, a Texas Longhorn offensive lineman.

TYLER LEE

Mascot: Red Raiders

Coach: Kurt Traylor (1st season)

2016 result: 2-8

Returning starters/lettermen: 13/19

Lettermen lost: 20

Offense: Spread

Offensive notables: QB Chance Amie, Sr., 6-4, 215 … RB Ladarius Wickware, Jr., 6-1, 185 … RB Jordan Printers, Jr., 5-10, 190 … OL Beaux Limmer, Jr., 6-4, 250 … OL Nathan Kuehn, Jr., 6-1, 245 … TE Jamal Ligon, Soph., 6-1, 240

Defense: 3-4

Defensive notables: DB Rhett Parker, Sr., 5-11, 185 … DL Nathan Niedrauer, Sr., 6-0, 240 … LB Printers … LB Lanthony Simmons, Sr., 6-1, 210 … DL Ligon … DB Marquis Gray … DB Matt Taylor … DL David Antunez … LB Tre’Veon McGill

2017 outlook: A day after the Red Raiders’ spring game, former Lee coach Clayton George announced his resignation after one season in Tyler. That opened the door for longtime Gilmer assistant Traylor, who was named head coach in early June. Traylor hit the ground running with the Red Raiders and has plenty of traction with standout quarterback Amie (1,556 passing, 1,260 rushing, 27 total TDs) as well as RB Wickware, who turned in a 1,000-yard debut sophomore season. Scoring wasn’t an issue in 2016 for the Red Raiders, who averaged 34 points per game and lost several close games down the stretch. The Red Raider defense benefits from several returning starters (8) and, overall, Lee will benefit from Traylor’s systematic approach that served the Buckeyes well for years.

Did you know: Amie is a Houston commit … Traylor is Lee’s fourth head coach since 2010

JOHN TYLER

Mascot: Lions

Coach: Ricklan Holmes (5th season, 51-14)

2016 result: 11-2, 6A, DII regional quarterfinals

Returning starters/lettermen: 16/28

Offense: Multiple Spread

Offensive notables: RB Cameron Grant, Jr., 5-9, 170 … WR Michael Washington, Sr., 5-8, 170 … WR KeAndre Street, Jr., 6-4, 190 … ATH Devlen Woods, Jr., 5-9, 160 … OL Trejon Blake, Sr., 5-11, 255 … OL Chance Billington, Jr., 6-4, 272

Defense: 3-4/4-3

Defensive notables: LB Martrevious Allison, Sr., 6-2, 215 … DL DeKalen Goodson, Sr., 6-3, 220 … DL Tabias Marshall, Sr., 6-1, 230 … DL Greg Guerrero, Sr., 6-1, 225 … S Tyus Grayson, Sr., 5-9, 160 … CB Nick Thompson, Sr., 6-2, 185

2017 outlook: John Tyler returns a host of playmakers on both sides of the ball from a team that went three rounds deep a year ago. Grant (1,000 total yards, 14 TDs) turned in a breakout sophomore season and will see his workload increase this season. With 16 returning starters, the Lions are tasked with replacing QB Bryson Smith (Houston) and his 4,500-yard-plus season. Whoever takes the quarterback spot, will benefit from having Street (555 yards, 6 TDs) and Washington (785 yards, 8 TDs) out wide. Defense is where the Lions will be the strongest. Allison (118 tackles, 2 TFL. 2 sacks, 3 INT, 2 FF), a three-year starter, and Goodson (70 tackles, 9 TFL, 11 sacks) highlight a stout defensive front and a front seven for Cujo that will be a force for opposing offenses. A lot of pieces are in place and, when the Lions fill a few more spots, John Tyler will be in the hunt, no doubt.

Did you know: Goodson is a Houston commit and Allison has pledged to SMU

MESQUITE

Mascot: Skeeters

Coach: Jeff Fleener (1st season)

2016 result: 3-7

Returning starters/lettermen: 10/40

Lettermen lost: 32

Offense: Spread

Offensive notables: QB Jonathan Garza, Sr., 5-8, 167 … WR Carlos Aguilar, Sr., 5-9, 165 … OL Brendan Cherry, Sr., 6-1, 265 … OL Colby Maddux, Sr., 6-1, 260 … WR Devin Davis, Jr., 6-3, 176 … WR LeRoyce Seals, Jr., 5-8, 156 … RB LaDarius Turner, Soph., 5-11, 175

Defense: 3-4

Defensive notables: DB Kadarryus Hartfield, Sr., 5-11, 186 … LB Jacob-Lewis Pich, Sr., 509, 192 … DB Chris Price, Sr., 5-10, 170 … LB De’veyon Smith, Sr., 5-10, 221 … DB Chris Boger, Jr., 6-0, 168 … DB Chris Henry, Jr., 5-11, 173 … DB Eric Wills, Jr., 5-7, 142

2017 outlook: With five starters back each way, a new coach and some upcoming talent, Mesquite is looking to right the ship after three-straight seasons of missing the playoffs. Garza (1,060 yards, 10 TDs; 4 rushing TDs) saw spot time at quarterback last season and has top target Aguilar (356 yards, 6 TDs) back. Fleener says Turner, as well as Ja’Darion Smith, both sophomores, have a chance to play a role in the Skeeters’ offense this season. In the secondary, Hartfield leads the way and Boger and Wills are expected to see an increase in production this season.

Did you know: Fleener was the defensive coordinator at Allen for three seasons before taking over at San Antonio Brandeis.

ROCKWALL HEATH

Mascot: Hawks

Coach: Mickey Moss (10th season, 71-33; 171-92 overall)

2016 result: 5-5

Returning starters/lettermen: 17/29

Lettermen lost: 20

Offense: Single Wing

Offensive notables: ATH Tyus Fort, Sr., 5-10, 160 … OL Michael Denson, Sr., 6-5, 255 … OL Hayden Fichtel, Sr., 6-3, 290 … OL Gabe Collins, Jr., 6-5, 335 … ATH Jonathan Crist, Jr., 5-9, 170 … ATH Casey Curtain, Soph., 6-3, 185 … HB Cooper Luff … RB McCallister

Defense: 3-4

Defensive notables: CB Tanner McCallister, Sr., 6-0, 185 … LB Desmon Williams, Sr., 6-1, 245 … ATH Fort … ATH Kendell Jimerson, Sr., 5-10, 165 … DL Collins … DL Joshua Jackson … LB Dawson Miller

2017 outlook: Heath went straight to the single wing this offense and averaged over 300 rushing yards per game. That style returns in 2017 as does 17 starters, a number of who will see action both ways. McCallister is a top prospect who had 650 rushing yards and eight scores. He also had 55 tackles, one pick and three forced fumbles. Moss credits a strong and experienced senior class that will pave the way in a physical league with a physical style of play.

Did you know: Rockwall-Heath attempted 25 pass attempts the entire 2016 season.

ROCKWALL

Mascot: Yellowjackets

Coach: Rodney Webb (4th season, 34-17; 116-64)

2016 result: 6-6, 6A, DI area

Returning starters/lettermen: 14/32

Lettermen lost: 34

Offense: Multiple

Offensive notables: WR/K Cole Talley, Sr., 6-0, 190 … WR Cameron Crayton, Sr., 6-3, 180 … WR Jaxon Smith, Soph., 6-0, 180 … OL Kevin Smith … RB Jacob Rather … OL Robert Scruggs

Defense: 3-4

Defensive notables: LB Korrey Barron, Sr., 5-11, 220 … LB Alston Orji, Sr., 6-2, 225 … LB Blake Barron, Sr., 6-1, 220 … CB Triston Anderson, Sr., 6-1, 180 … S Anfernee Orji, Jr., 6-1, 205 … DL Dailon Oates, Jr., 6-3, 295 … S Drew Gladney … DL Justin Childers … CB Abbas Bell

2017 outlook: Rockwall graduated quite a bit on the offensive side of the ball but with position changes, a few transfers and young talent coming, time will be a big factor on the offense. In the meantime, the Yellowjacket defense is absolutely loaded. Webb has high praise for LB Korrey Barron (74 tackles, 18 TFL, 8 sacks), a three-year starter, as well as Alston and Anfernee Orji, both of whom have garnered nationwide attention. Alston had 75 tackles, eight for loss, at linebacker and younger brother Anfernee had a team-best 96 tackles as a sophomore. This, combined with experience up front, will give the Yellowjacket offense, known for its explosiveness and knack for peaking at the right time, plenty of opportunities to mold into a formidable unit.

Did you know: Alston Orji is a Vanderbilt commit while younger brother Anfernee holds seven offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Arkansas … Rockwall’s non-district schedule includes Highland Park, Rowlett and Southlake Carroll

MESQUITE HORN

Mascot: Jaguars

Coach: Mike Overton (5th season, 32-15; 100-59)

2016 result: 6-5, 6A, DI, bi-district

Returning starters/lettermen: 8/23

Lettermen lost: 33

Offense: Spread Gun

Offensive notables: WR Maureese Wren, Sr., 6-3, 215 … QB Jermaine Givens, Jr., 5-11, 175 … RB Esaias Taylor, Jr., 5-11, 195 … RB Wayland Thompson … OL Carlos DeLaRosa … WR Davonye Jones … OL Jose Salazar … OL James Alvarez

Defense: Multiple

Defensive notables: S Bee Jay Williamson, Sr., 6-1, 175 … CB Brodrick Calhoun, Sr., 5-10, 165 … DL Raylon Linvel, Sr., 6-0, 275 … LB Michael Richmond, Sr., 5-9, 190 … S Larry Donnell, Jr., 5-11, 170 … CB Oric Walker … LB Cameron Schmitz

2017 outlook: Horn’s foundation is set with a lot of experience on the offensive line and the Jaguars have several skill players back on the offensive side of the ball, including QB Givens, who passed for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns in spot starts as a junior. Wren (129 yards, 3 TDs) is a big target and Overton is excited about the return of Jones, a speedster who missed his junior season with injury. Thompson returns after a year at Dallas Christian and will find a spot on offense. Defensively, Williamson (48 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 FF) and Calhoun highlight the secondary and Richmond (66 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks) is the Jaguars’ top returner.

Did you know: Horn has a Week 2 date at the Cotton Bowl with Dallas Skyline before visiting Cedar Hill

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