This district is talented! Well, when you have two teams that played for state titles a year ago, one winning it all, that will result in a top heavy district like 21-6A. North Shore is one of the best in the state and should be again this year, while West Brook has to replace some players but will still contend. These two teams have so much Division I talent on them when they play against each other it 's going to be a lot of fun!
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VYPE Preseason Rankings
Beaumont West Brook
(Bold Denotes Playoff Teams)
VYPE Preseason Awards
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Zach Evans, North Shore
OFFENSIVE MVP Dematrius Davis, North Shore
DEFENSIVE MVP Jay Bell, Beaumont West Brook
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR Alton Lott, Channelview
SLEEPER TEAM La Porte
North Shore Mustangs
Jon Kay guided the "Beasts of the East" to the program's second state crown in the previous three seasons in 2018 with a perfect 16-0 mark and an unforgettable win against Duncanville. But now the page has turned to the next season. But what is coming back is impressive. Dematrius Davis is back at quarterback for his junior season. Davis passed for 3,373 yards and 43 touchdowns, while his top target Shadrach Banks reeled in 60 grabs for 1,299 yards and 17 touchdowns. Zach Evans returns to anchor the backfield as the top recruit of the 2020 class. Evans rushed for 1,793 yards and 29 scores a year ago. The list goes on and on, including Alabama-commit Damieon George and the new additions of Jaeden Roberts and Edzavier Deblaw on the offensive line and Arkansas pledge John Gentry joining Evans in the backfield. Defensively, Kansas State-commit Jojo Wilson and Utah State-commit Upton Stout will hold down the secondary, while Miami commit Corey Flagg Jr. will anchor at linebacker.
Beaumont West Brook Bruins
West Brook reached the final game of the year and fell to Longview in an instant classic. The Bruins are back but will have to replace dual-threat quarterback La'Ravien Elia, who had 280 total yards (136 rushing, 144 passing) in the title game. Third-year coach Eric Peevey will look for Troy Yowman to take over his spot. Yowman went 4-0 as a starter last season and has a cannon of an arm, which can be a good and bad thing at times. His top target will be Thad Johnson (1,200 yards receiving). Others to watch on offense include running back Jakobi Holland (676 yards rushing), who Peevey thinks will have a breakout year. Offensive lineman Fred Jones started at center and left tackle a year ago to anchor the line. On defense, first-team, alldistrict selection Jay Bell will anchor the line along with second-teamer Markel Clark, who had 12 sacks a year ago. Peevey believes seniors Dekyrie Richard, Natea Coleman and super-sophomore Bryce Anderson could make names for themselves in the secondary. Other key returners for West Brook include linebackers Cole Maloy and Desmond Jackson.
Channelview has punched its ticket to the big dance in three of the last four seasons. Expect the Falcons to be back there again. Averion Hurts enters his 14th season leading the program and will lean on second-team, all-district back Alton Lott to lead the offense. Lott rushed for 1,017 yards and eight scores a year ago and returns as the leading rusher in District 21-6A. Another key piece to the offense will be receiver Trevon Chandler. Making room for Lott up front will be first team, all-district lineman Paula Vaipulu. Defensively, the Falcons will be led by free safety Zion Webb, cornerback Isaiah Hamilton, linebacker Albert Garcia and defensive end Caleb Molina.
C.E. King Panthers
For the first time since being propelled into the UIL's highest classification in 2016, C.E. King made the playoffs last year. The Panthers are gaining steam on the east side, including opening its brand-new stadium for the 2019 season. Derek Fitzhenry enters his third season at the helm and has some big spots to fill, especially in the backfield. Rodrick Crummedy (1,523 yards, 15 TDs) and Ulysses Bentley (SMU-signee with 1,211 yards, 17 TDs) are both gone to graduation. So, who fills in their shoes? Look towards first-team, all-district running back Malique Harris and second-teamer Jeremy Gonzales. Also, back on offense will be Van Wells at tight end. Those are the three lone starters back on offense, but the good thing for the Panthers is six starters are back on defense. Included in that group is national free safety recruit Bryson Washington. Washington is a five-star recruit and an all-state selection. Also, back is DI defensive ends Jessie Evans and Jason Watson. Other key returners on defense include cornerback Josiah Ruano and linebacker Tyler Scyrus.
La Porte Bulldogs
La Porte was just on the outside looking in last season for the final playoff spot in District 21-6A. With what the Bulldogs have coming back, La Porte could potentially contend for it. La Porte, who is now under the direction of first-time coach Anthony Renfro from Clear Springs, brings back some key pieces including quarterback River Thompson. Last season, Thompson passed for 1,047 yards and five scores. He will have to take better care of the football in 2019 after throwing 11 interceptions in 2018. Other key returners include wide receivers Elijah George, Nathan Davila and tight end/defensive end Albert Regis, who was named the District 21-6A Sophomore of the Year. Also, back is linebackers Jordan Morales and Eric Bright and defensive lineman Agave Flores.
Deer Park Deer
Deer Park has a lot to replace off a team that just missed the playoffs last year. Broc Weidner is gone to graduation, so the Deer will have to find someone to replace his 1,176 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air. Marcus Molina will be a player to watch as he comes back after recording 437 receiving yards and five scores and 496 yards on the ground and six scores. The biggest improvement for Deer Park heading into 2019 will have to come on the defensive side of the ball after ranking last in the district, giving up 445.7 yards and 39.9 points per game.
Beaumont United Timberwolves
Beaumont United is a very intriguing program heading into this season, considering this is the second year since this school formed with students from Beaumont Ozen and Beaumont Central. The Timberwolves will have to get creative on offense this year after averaging a district-worst 191.7 yards per game. The good thing for United was that it boasted the third-best defensive unit behind North Shore and West Brook. Devin Hunt will be one to watch on offense after having 301 yards receiving and three scores last year. Another key returner includes Dezmond Spencer, who can do some damage in the kick return game.
Baytown Sterling Rangers
Finally, Baytown Sterling will be looking to notch a win inside district play this season. The Rangers will have to find a replacement for graduated running back Calvin Hill, who rushed for 987 yards and 10 scores a year ago. Players to watch this season include athlete EJ Hawkins (400 yards rushing, 200 yards passing, 170 yards receiving) and Tayvion Haggerty on defense. Jacob Landry at quarterback could be a surprise of the year in this district. Other players to watch include KJ Watch, Amari Jackson, Trinity Olive, Shawn Jackson and Micah Campbell. The Rangers will have to be "All Hands On Deck" – which is their season motto – with big pieces to replace.