VYPE Football 2020 Preview: District 24-6A
Welcome to the 2020 football season. What a weird offseason it was for everyone. There was not a summer camp circuit for player to go showcase their talents at. In-person recruiting came to a screeching halt and the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected everyone.
VYPE PRESEASON AWARDS
Most Valuable Player
Quinn Bowen, Clear Falls
Donovan Green, Dickinson
Keith Cooper, Dickinson
Breakout Player of the Year
Max Williams, Clear Falls
FEBRUARY'S REALIGNMENT BROUGHT A CLEAN SWAP TO DISTRICT 24-6A. ALVIN, WHICH FINISHED 0-6 IN THE DISTRICT EACH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS, IS NOW IN 23-6A. THE NEW FACE IN 24-6A IS BRAZOSWOOD, WHICH WAS 0-7 AND 1-6, RESPECTIVELY, EACH OF THE LAST TWO YEARS IN 23-6A. SO, THE OL' SWITCHAROO WON'T HAVE MUCH OF AN EFFECT AT THE TOP OF THE DISTRICT AS DICKINSON AND CLEAR SPRINGS REMAIN THE CLASS OF THE LEAGUE. CLEAR SPRINGS WON DISTRICT IN 2018. DICKINSON WON IT LAST SEASON. THIS YEAR FIGURES TO BE ANOTHER HEATED RACE FOR THE TOP BETWEEN THE TWO.
CLEAR SPRINGS CHARGERS
After winning district in 2018, Clear Springs went 6-1 in 24-6A in 2019, losing the crown to Dickinson. But the Chargers have more than enough to get back to the top, as 15 starters (six offense, nine defense) return from last year's 6-5 team. Clear Springs is inexperienced and young on the offensive line, but the defensive line figures to be dominant with senior Christian Cardenas (40 total tackles, 4 sacks) and Zaelyn Smith (30 total tackles, 3 sacks). Junior S Michael McBride (64 total tackles, 2 INTs) ignites the secondary.
Offensively, senior QB Luke Sampson takes over for the graduated Garrett Rooker. Sampson (265 yards, two touchdowns) was impressive in his limited time under center last season. He will have plenty of quality support in senior RB Ky Woods (1,027 yards, 16 TDs) and senior WR Kaleb Hymes (693 yards, 10 TDs).
Dickinson hopes to defend its 24-6A title, however, only six starters return (four offense, two defense). Coach
John Snelson said the key to success will be the offense dictating games. Offensively, the Gators will be led by junior TE Donovan Green (615 yards, 5 TDs), a four-star recruit and one of the top tight ends in the nation. Either Marlon Allen or Graham Ledbetter will take over for graduated star Mike Welch at quarterback.
Up front, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Canon Boone and 6-foot-4, 255-pound PJ Williams will pave lanes for the Gators' vaunted ground game, which has three productive backs in Ausaru Allah, Reggie Sanders and Donovan Bradley. They combined for 1,319 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Defensively, the marquee talents are 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior DE/ LB Keith Cooper (55 total tackles, 4 sacks, INT) and senior OLB Kyron Smith (38 total tackles, INT).
CLEAR FALLS KNIGHTS
Clear Falls snapped a five-year playoff drought last season and stands a good shot to make it consecutive postseason
appearances. Last season was just the program's second playoff appearance. Twelve starters return from the 7-4 club—six on each side of the ball. Offensive skill is the strength of Clear Falls, which averaged 42.8 points per game last season. Senior Quinn Bowen (859 rushing yards, 17 TDs; 490 receiving yards, 3 TDs) is a matchup nightmare and the catalyst behind Clear Falls' no-spread offense. Junior WR Luke Vidal amassed 468 yards and five TDs. Senior Pierson Morelli moves from running back to quarterback.
Defensively, the Knights are led by junior DB Tristan Zarella (3 INTs) and junior LB Kannon Garza (60 total tackles). Keep an eye on another versatile playmaker in 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore WR/DB Max Williams. Clear Falls will be relying on more sophomores from a 10-0 freshman team, like OLB Corey Kelly, OLB Eric Tusac and RB David Smith.
CLEAR CREEK WILDCATS
The Wildcats return 11 starters (six offense, five defense) from last year's 4-7 team. Clear Creek overcame a 2-4
start to make the postseason, snapping a two-year playoff drought. Clear Creek will be paced by its ground game, ignited by senior Rayfield Conley (1,091 yards, 14 TDs) and junior Jeremiah Crum (1,025 total yards, 9 total TDs). The quarterback spot will be a competition between junior Cody Raboin and sophomore Dante Frederick. LB Daqari Tuckson and DB Kaleb Matthews are the defensive leaders.
CLEAR LAKE FALCONS
Only nine starters return from last year's 3-7 Falcons team, but six of those are on defense. That side of the ball figures to be Clear Lake's identity, specifically the defensive backfield. The Falcons have some premier defensive talent, sparked by Houston-commit Mark Wilson, who averaged six tackles per game with five pass deflections. He will be supported in the defensive backfield by Eric Hunter and Julian Humphrey, two other players who are highly recruited. The offense is young. Quarterback is up for grabs between junior Tyler Durst (491 yards passing, 1 TD, 192 yards rushing, four TDs) and Guilano Villalpando. The veteran of the offense is senior Alex Williams, a three-year starter up front.
CLEAR BROOK WOLVERINES
Clear Brook made the biggest move of the district during the offseason, hiring former Duncanville defensive coordinator John Towles as its head coach. Towles has quite a rebuilding job on his hands for a program that has only reached the playoffs four times since 2008. Experience will be key this season, as 17 players saw reps as starters last year, nine on offense and seven on defense. Towles has some offensive focal points in junior QB Colby McCallister (1,294 yards, 14 TDs) and junior RB Trent Lacy (483 yards, 6 TDs). Behind seniors Daevien Williams (44 total tackles) and Cameron Brown, who also plays linebacker, the secondary has some bright spots. Senior DE Kam'rin Devault is a talented edge rusher. The Wolverines have a trio of sophomores with terrific potential in Zyon Little, Jaylen Price and Michael Lewis, all of whom are versatile playmakers.
CLUTE BRAZOSWOOD BUCCANEERS
Brazoswood has its work cut out if it is to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Twelve starters return from
last year's 0-10 team, five on offense and seven on defense. Senior Cameron Whipple is the Bucs' primary offensive playmaker. Whipple, who has primarily been a cornerback in his high school career, averaged 8.4 tackles per game to go with a sack, interception and fumble recovery. Senior CJ Toy and junior Trace Thompson saw most of the reps at quarterback last season. While the offense has its share of unknowns, defense could be something to take note of, particularly the front in senior end Kaleb Manning (67 tackles) and junior end Vontroy Malone (64 tackles, four sacks).