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Everything you need to know from the bleachers this season! Gridiron Preview 2014 is a first look at our local high school football teams.

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  • Page 2 Gridiron Preview 2014 Week of August 25, 2014

  • Week of August 25, 2014 Gridiron Preview 2014 Page 3

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  • When I moved to Texas in 1998, it was barelywithin my first month at Hendrick Middle School inPlano that I first learned about the allure of highschool football.

    Just a seventh-grader at the time, I remembermy coaches touting this grandiose vision of what itwould one day mean for any of us to suit up and playfor Plano East.

    At the time, I had no idea what any of thatmeant. Understand that I had just moved from thenortheast and high school football in New Hampshireisnt exactly well, comparable to Texas.

    It wouldnt be until a couple years later that Ifirst saw East and Plano Senior square off at ClarkStadium. To simply catch a glimpse of the exuber-ance teeming from every row of bleachers and thegroundswell of support for both schools it all madesense.

    In Texas, football is religion. Players, coaches andfans alike eat, sleep and breathe the sport year-round, and as the 2014 season draws near, consider

    what youre about to read just one more necessity tohelp satiate that appetite for the high school gridiron.

    Last year, Star Local Media debuted an all-mar-ket football tab designed to inform readers of every-thing worth knowing in preparation for their favoriteschools upcoming season.

    As you peruse through this tab, youll notice ournew layout and the depth and insight on all theteams featured. Inside, readers will find everythingfrom team and district previews, to player spotlightsand schedules for the 2014 season.

    And what a compelling year its shaping up tobe. Allen vies for a third consecutive state title, thefirst on-field effects of the UILs biennial realignmentwill come to light and from a sheer talent standpoint,the national spotlight will shine bright on the Metro-plex over these next few months.

    All that and more is chronicled throughout thistab, which previews 41 schools across 14 districtsand six different athletic classifications.

    This is merely the beginning as well.

    Throughout the season, Star Local Media will beon the scene every Friday night, with plenty Thurs-days and even a few Saturdays sprinkled in for goodmeasure.

    Dont believe me? Log onto starlocalmedia.comand follow our crew of sports reporters. They willkeep you informed with up-to-minute news and cov-erage for everything sports-related in your respectivecommunities.

    In addition to week-to-week game coverage, wewill provide previews, columns, player and team fea-tures, college commitment stories, a litany of photogalleries and of course, the Pick-It Line.

    Our 14 community newspapers and website,starlocalmedia.com, will serve as the vehicles for allthis content. However, for the time being, I hope youenjoy reading our second-ever all-market football tab,because theres only more content and coverage tocome in the months ahead.

    MATT WELCH,Executive Sports Editor

    Page 4 Gridiron Preview 2014 Week of August 25, 2014

    Facts and figures, reviews and previews basically everything you need to know about this season

  • Week of August 25, 2014 Gridiron Preview 2014 Page 5

    >> A LOOK INSIDE>>06 DISTRICT 6-6A

    >> 08 ALLEN EAGLES >> 10 FLOWER MOUND JAGUARS>> 11 FLOWER MOUND MARCUS

    MARAUDERS>> 12 HEBRON HAWKS >> 14 LEWISVILLE FARMERS>> 15 McKINNEY BOYD BRONCOS>> 16 PLANO EAST PANTHERS>> 17 PLANO SENIOR WILDCATS>> 18 PLANO WEST WOLVES

    >>41 DISTRICT 10-5A>> 42 LOVEJOY LEOPARDS>> 43 McKINNEY LIONS>> 44 McKINNEY NORTH BULLDOGS>> 46 PROSPER EAGLES

    >>47 DISTRICT 11-5A>> 48 CARROLLTON CREEKVIEW MUSTANGS>> 49 CARROLLTON NEWMAN SMITH

    TROJANS

    >>50 DISTRICT 12-5A>> 51 MESQUITE POTEET PIRATES>> 52 WEST MESQUITE WRANGLERS

    >>53 DISTRICT 6-4A>> 54 ARGYLE EAGLES

    >>55 DISTRICT 3-4A>> 56 CELINA BOBCATS

    >>57 DISTRICT 6-3A>> 58 SUNNYVALE RAIDERS

    >>59 TAPPS I-1>> 60 ARGYLE LIBERTY CHRISTIAN

    WARRIORS>> 61 JOHN PAUL II CARDINALS>> 62 PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN

    ACADEMY LIONS

    >>19 DISTRICT 7-6A>> 20 COPPELL COWBOYS

    >>21 DISTRICT 10-6A>> 23 MESQUITE SKEETERS >> 24 MESQUITE HORN JAGUARS >> 25 NORTH MESQUITE STALLIONS

    >>26 DISTRICT 11-6A>> 27 ROWLETT EAGLES

    >>28 DISTRICT 6-5A>> 29 LAKE DALLAS FALCONS

    >>30 DISTRICT 9-5A>> 32 FRISCO RACCOONS>> 33 FRISCO CENTENNIAL TITANS>> 34 FRISCO HERITAGE COYOTES>> 35 FRISCO INDEPENDENCE KNIGHTS >> 36 FRISCO LIBERTY REDHAWKS>> 37 FRISCO LONE STAR RANGERS>> 38 FRISCO WAKELAND WOLVERINES>> 39 LITTLE ELM LOBOS>> 40 THE COLONY COUGARS

    Jerry Acuff Kellie Anfosso OladipoAwowale Dan Brown Craig Engle Manny Flores Neil Fonville Kenny Green Glenn Gunn Don Henderson

    Kelsey Kruzich Scott Luedke James Martin Brad McClendon Lisa Owens Rog Pachuta Troy Roland Teo Salinas Todd Steitle Don Sparks

    >> CONTACT US Mike Miller, Publisher

    Gina Aldaz, Executive Editor972-398-4295galdaz@starlocalmedia.com

    Matt Welch, Sports Editor972-398-4268mwelch@starlocalmedia.com

    Kevin Haezebroeck, Advertising Director972-398-4471khaezebroeck@starlocalmedia.com

    Peter Ackling, Sales Manager972-398-4203packling@starlocalmedia.comGridiron Preview 2014 is published annu-ally by Star Local Media, 624 Krona Dr Ste170, Plano, TX 75074-8304. The entire con-tents of Gridiron Preview 2014 Copyright2014 by Star Local Media. No portion maybe reproduced in whole or in part by anymeans without the express written permis-sion of Star Local Media. Additional copiesare available for purchase by contactingcustomer service at 972-424-9504.

    >> ON THE COVER Ronald Jones, McKinney North:Mark Martin; Soso Jamabo, PlanoWest: Troy Roland; Chason Virgil,West Mesquite: Glenn Gunn; KylerMurray, Allen: Neil Fonville

    >> CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

    Ethan Grantegrant@starlocalmedia.com, @DowntownEG Devin Hassondhasson@starlocalmedia.com, @DevinHasson Phil Hausmannphausmann@starlocalmedia.com, @PhilsHaus Chris ODell codell@starlocalmedia.com, @cODellSCN Justin Thomasjthomas@starlocalmedia.com, @JThomasSCN Matt Welchmwelch@starlocalmedia.com, @MWelchSCN

    >> CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • Page 6 Gridiron Preview 2014 Week of August 25, 2014

    This 6,600-pound gorilla figures to garnerplenty of attention over these next two years.

    Not only does District 6-6A house a totalof 14 football state championships, it featuresnine schools with enrollments of more than3,000 students. The largest of the schoolsdoubles as the one best suited to tack on titlenumber 15 for 6-6A, as Allen sets its sights ona rare chance to win three consecutive cham-pionships in the states highest classification.

    A ninth consecutive district title wouldntbe a bad addendum for Allen either. Thereprojects to be no shortage of competitionkeen of knocking the Eagles from their perch,including presumptive contenders Plano Sen-ior, McKinney Boyd and Hebron.

    The Wildcats and Broncos each returnrunning backs (Brandon Stephens andDedrick Scrivens, respectively) that garneredall-district superlatives last year, while theHawks have the ammo to hang with anybodyin 6-6A up front.

    The remainder of Lewisville ISD is eying abounce-back campaign after down years forFlower Mound, Lewisville and Flower MoundMarcus, while the Marauders and Plano Eastwill each break in new head coaches in GerryStanford and Joey McCullough, respectively.

    And lest we forget playoff contenderPlano West, which features arguably the na-tions most talented running back in seniorSoso Jamabo.

    >> ALLEN EAGLES >> FLOWER MOUND JAGUARS >> FLOWER MOUND MARCUS MARAUDERS >> HEBRON HAWKS >> LEWISVILLE FARMERS>> McKINNEY BOYD BRONCOS >> PLANO EAST PANTHERS >> PLANO SENIOR WILDCATS >> PLANO WEST WOLVES

    >> PREVIEW: DISTRICT 6-6A

    >>THE TOP FIVE: WHICH GAMES TO WATCH THIS YEAR

    >>ALLEN AT BOYD(SEPT. 12) The Eagles dont exactlybegin district play in the shallow end ofthe pool. The 6-6A opener for bothteams deals a young Allen defense oneof its toughest tasks of the regular sea-son: slowing down Boyd running backDedrick Scrivens. Up front, the Eaglestalented offensive line will have itshands full with Boyds duo of Kiel Simasand Ramon Readus. Allen will obviouslyhave its say too, but this is a compellingdistrict opener for both teams.

    >>PLANO AT ALLEN(SEPT. 18) District 6-6A might not exactlybe the Big 12 when it comes to offense, butthis is a matchup with shootout potential.One week after the Eagles challenge Boyd,theyre dealt what could be a more potentWildcats offense. Plano quarterbackBrooks Panhans and running back BrandonStephens should enjoy a bit more successagainst Allens defense this year and withPlano breaking in several new faces in itsdefense, Kyler Murray and Co. will come toClark Stadium ready to feast.

    >>EAST AT WEST(SEPT. 19) This game comes at an inter-esting time for both teams. West willhave two weeks of preparation for Eastthanks to a bye in Week 3, while the Pan-thers will enjoy its open week followingthis matchup. Neither team will be in theproverbial meat of their schedule yetand a win here could go a long way. His-torically, for five of the past six years, theteam that wins this matchup has fin-ished higher in the district standings too not a bad omen for playoff hopes.

    >>MARCUS AT FLO