FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Baytown Lee Ganders
In 2020, they reached the playoffs for the first time since 2009 – a huge accomplishment. They followed that up last season going 7-3 and just barely missing the playoffs. Now, what can they do this year having to replace quite a few big-time pieces – including Trudell Berry (Vanderbilt) – on both sides of the ball?
The Ganders do return second-team, all-district offensive lineman Keven Ortiz to lead the line. On defense, first-team, all-district outside linebacker Josh Huerta is back along with second- team, inside linebacker Harold Gibson, who is a four- year starter for the Ganders.
At quarterback expect LeVay Duncan Jr. to be slinging the rock and can let it fly. Some of his targets will include Josiah Joseph in the slot and Huerta, who will also flip to receiver at times. Ehret Calloway will be a nice big target as well, while Dominic Medina and Carlos Zamarripa hold it down up front. Watch for Wanyae Barnes and Denzel Taylor to come rumbling out of the backfield as well.
Defensively, Taylor will play some free safety for the Ganders along with Nelson, while Gibson holds it down at linebacker.