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Fort Bend Marshall Football
This district is Marshall's to lose. The Buffalos have too much power and punch on both sides of the ball and are legitimate contenders for a state championship.
Coach James Williams once against boasts a team that is fast, athletic and deep in playmaking.
If that's the case, come November, Marshall could be downright monstrous. Galena Park and Willowridge are likely good bets for the postseason, while fourth place could be interesting between Sterling, Madison and possibly Sharpstown.
Austin will be no pushover either.
PRESEASON RANKINGFort Bend MarshallGalena ParkFort Bend WillowridgeHouston SterlingHouston MadisonHouston SharpstownHouston AustinHouston NorthsideHouston Waltrip(Bold Denotes Playoffs)
PRESEASON AWARDSMost Valuable Player: Chris Marshall, Fort Bend MarshallOffensive MVP: Amarion Kelly, Galena ParkDefensive MVP: Isaac Covarrubias, Galena ParkBreakout Player of the Year: Jakoby Banks, Fort Bend MarshallSleeper Team: Houston Madison
Fort Bend Marshall Buffalos
Coach James Williams said the offensive and defensive lines are the strength of a team that returns 13 starters from a 12-1 Regional Semifinalist.
Offensively, Marshall will need to work in a new quarterback. It could be versatile junior Jakoby Banks, who was the backup last year. He will have plenty of weapons around him in senior 6-foot-4, 185-pound WR Chris Marshall, who caught 44 balls for 1,008 yards and 17 TDs in his first year of playing football.
There's also senior RB Aaron McGowen (687 yards, 13 TDs), junior RB Jy'Adrian Wortham (546 yards, 9 TDs) and senior RB Rundrick Dudley (658 rushing yards, 17 TDs). The O-line is led by senior Christian Williams and junior Anthony Chatman.
Defensively, the Mavs have senior playmakers all over the backfield in Kansas-commit Jacobe Chester (23 tackles, 2 INTs), Adari Haulcy (20 tackles, 7 INTs) and Chris Stephens (20 tackles, INT). Senior 6-foot-5, 240-pound DE Zachary Chapman (34 tackles, 3.5 sacks) is a force up front.
Keep an eye on impressive newcomers in junior OL Jaron Wallace, senior OL Demetrius Charles, sophomore DT Koryn Randalls and sophomore RB Jarrod Howard. "This can be a special team," Williams said.
Galena Park Yellow Jackets
Galena Park returns 14 starters from an 8-3 Bi-District playoff finalist in what was a nice second season at the helm for coach Spiro Amarantos.
The versatile Amarion Kelly is the Jackets' rock. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior rushed for 837 yards and 15 TDs, played almost every skill position offensively and could also see time on defense and special teams this year.
Senior RB Jose Barrientos (620 yards, 8 TDs) is a nice change-of-pace back as an inside runner, an ideal complement to Kelly's explosiveness and speed. The front seven is impressive behind 6-foot-1, 240-pound senior DE Isaac Covarrubias (56 tackles, 6 sacks), 6-foot-1, 250-pound senior DE Leo Garcia (54 tackles, 3 sacks), 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior DE Tim Marshall (44 tackles, 4 sacks) and 5-foot-9, 220-pound senior LB Ray Quintanilla (44 tackles, 12 tackles for loss).
Fort Bend Willowridge Eagles
The Eagles had a fine 2020 season, going 7-3 and earning a playoff berth, but they return only six starters and 15 lettermen. Largely for that reason, coach Ramon Chinyoung will be dependent upon a potent sophomore duo in 5-foot-10, 150-pound WR Marquis Hayes (11 catches, 99 yards, TD) and playmaking 5-foot-9, 150-pound RB/DB Travis Willis.
Senior RB Javin Chatman (423 yards, 3 TDs) and 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore TE Quinton Iles are also key cogs to an offense that could prove to be fairly potent.
Defensively, a rebuilding unit will be led by junior LB Tulio Nunez (68 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 INTs), who had a dominant campaign as a sophomore, and junior DB Kaleb Williams (38 tackles). But they will need others to step up around them if Willowridge expects to remain in playoff contention.
Houston Sterling Raiders
Sterling is hopeful for a fourth straight playoff appearance. The Raiders return 11 starters from a 5-5 Bi-District playoff finalist, but a lack of depth and decreasing numbers in the program are concerns.
The offensive line is strong behind 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior LaQuincy Steamer and 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior Jamaal Hickman. Junior RB Cameron Patterson (309 yards, 4 TDs) could be in for a breakout year, and senior WR Herman Daniels had four of his nine receptions last year go for touchdowns.
Senior DB Jeremiah Miller and junior 6-foot, 175-pound DB Jeremiah Malbroue are the core of a talented secondary, but the defensive front seven has question marks.
Houston Madison Marlins
It's been a rough few years for Madison, with seven total wins over the last three seasons. The Marlins are hoping this is the year they return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Madison returns 18 starters from a 3-6 team.
Coach Shawn Narcisse has a plethora of versatile playmakers at his disposal, led by senior QB/WR Damon Jones Jr. (827 passing yards, 8 TDs; 617 rushing yards, 6 TDs), junior RB Chase Devaughn (278 rushing yards, 214 receiving yards, 7 total TDs) and junior WR/DB JaCorian Hail (407 receiving yards, 4 TDs).
Hail, who had four interceptions last season, is also a key component on defense, where he pairs with senior 6-foot-1, 285-pound DL Maurion Williams- Jack (45 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6 sacks) to pose a formidable duo.
Houston Sharpstown Apollos
The good news is Sharpstown snapped a 21-game losing streak last season that dated back to 2017. The bad news is the Apollos had just that one win to show for all of last year. Better, however, is that 17 starters return, including senior WR/DB Kashala Kapyamba (143 receiving yards, 3 TDs; 64 tackles, 3 INTs) and senior WR Jaqwailin Williams (299 yards, 2 TDs). Senior 6-foot-1, 255-pound WR/DL Fechal Kouldiati is another two-way playmaker. He had 59 yards and a touchdown on four catches to go with 45 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, five sacks, three fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries. Senior RB Luckyboy Collins (173 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and junior DL Vo Thien (36 tackles, 9 sacks) are also players to keep an eye on.
Houston Austin Mustangs
Austin went 4-4 last season and, because of COVID-19 protocols, did not play non-district games. Still, the Mustangs finished just short of qualifying for the playoffs, a considerably impressive feat. Twelve starters are back, seven on defense.
The offense is ignited by senior WR Dashawn Gagnon and 6-foot-2, 265-pound senior OL Xavier McDonald, but there are questions in almost every other area of the unit.
Defensively, Austin can be competitive behind 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior DL Walter Ward (22 tackles, 4 sacks) and 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior LB Nickolas Wiser (21 tackles).
Houston Nothside Panthers
Northside returns eight starters from a 2-7 team and is looking to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2018. The Panthers graduated much of their offensive firepower. Senior RB/LB Khamani Hayes is the team's primary offensive threat, and he'll have veteran stalwarts up front in 5-foot-10, 275-pound senior guard Jontae Winn and 6-foot-1, 255-pounder Pablo Hernandez. Junior 6-foot-2, 194-pound TE/ DL Jacob Yarbrough provides stability for a rebuilding defense. Most of Northside's players are playing both ways due to a lack of overall numbers in the program. Health is the No. 1 priority for the Panthers.
Houston Waltrip Rams
Waltrip brings back 14 starters from a 1-8 team. Leading the way are senior RB Kahlen Sam (656 yards, 6 TDs) and senior 6-foot-1, 221-pound RB/LB Joseph Amaya (31 tackles).
Sam is the Rams' top returning offensive performer. Amaya led Waltrip in tackles last season. Senior QB Maximus Cuevas is expected to direct the offense.
Senior Joe Gonzales is a defensive standout, and linemen Matthew Pico (5-10, 300) and Emmanuel Ceballos (5-11, 240) steady things up front on both sides of the ball. Sophomore DB Earlvon Bennett could be in for a breakout season.
Galena Park's Raymond Quintanilla, Isack Barboza, Amarion Kelly, Bryan E. Chavarria, Timothy Marshall and Jose Barrientos
Goose Creek Memorial Football
Port Arthur Memorial ran through 9-5A, Division I last year, and the Titans will be just as loaded and experience as they go into 2021.
But the battle for playoff spots 2-4 figures to be intense, as Beaumont United, Goose Creek Memorial, La Porte, Baytown Lee, and Friendswood all have legitimate postseason aspirations.
It should be a fun season in the district, and maybe someone can throw a wrench in Memorial's hopes for a repeat.
PRESEASON RANKINGPort Arthur MemorialBeaumont UnitedGoose Creek MemorialLa PorteBaytown LeeFriendswoodBaytown SterlingGalveston Ball(Bold Denotes Playoffs)
PRESEASON AWARDSMost Valuable Player: Jah'mar Sanders, Port Arthur MemorialOffensive MVP: Adrian Hayward, Port Arthur MemorialDefensive MVP: Chandler Rivers, Beaumont UnitedBreakout Player of the Year: Mason Duke, Goose Creek MemorialSleeper Team: Baytown Lee
The Titans are the reigning undefeated district champs, and they could easily go back-to-back.
Memorial returns 14 starters from a 9-1 Bi-District finalist, including electric dual-threat quarterback Jah'mar Sanders. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior threw for 2,057 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,163 yards and 20 touchdowns as he made 2020 his own personal highlight reel.
Along with senior 5-foot-11, 285-pound RB Adrian Hayward (323 rushing yards, 3 TDs; 462 receiving yards, 2 TDs), that's a potent 1-2 punch for the Titans. The defense is led by senior 6-foot-3, 225-pound DE Christian Thomas (12 sacks) and senior 6-foot, 175-pound CB Jaylon Guilbeau (40 tackles, 4 INTs).
The secondary has more intriguing prospects in 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior Jelani Chevalier and 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore Daevon Iles.
In just their third varsity season, the Timberwolves made the playoffs. The good news is seven defensive starters are back. The bad news is only three offensive starters return.
But United has versatility, athleticism and speed on offense in junior ATH Johnathan Martin (143 rushing yards, 2 TDs; 76 receiving yards), who likely assumes the QB1 role this year; senior WR Sir Zollocofer (460 receiving yards, 3 TDs); and junior 6-foot- 3, 185-pound WR Jacori Smith-Jackson.
Senior Chandler Rivers (230 rushing yards, TD; 380 receiving yards, 3 TDs; 42 total tackles, 4 INTs) is United's do-it-all, stat-stuffing Duke-commit who can play anywhere and everywhere on the field. Senior DL Treyvon Mims and senior DE DeCarlos Anderson steady things up front for the Wolves' defense.
Last season was an impressive one for the Patriots as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2013, going 6-4. Third-year head coach Shannon Carter has this program going in the right direction. Nine starters return, including only four on defense.
The offensive line is in good shape behind 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior Riley Banks and 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior Ethan Dyson, who pave the way and clear the pocket for 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior Mason Duke (520 passing yards, 5 TDs), who has a strong arm.
Duke's top targets will be 6-foot, 175-pound junior WR Ben Gaston (215 yards, 2 TDs) and the versatile Avery Thomas. Also, watch for TE Jayson Gipson as a potential target.
Defensively, the Pats will lean on senior LB Josiah Rice (43 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 INTs), CB/FS Auriel Hector and LB David Pierre.
Twelve starters return from a 5-4 team, and the Bulldogs could be looking at a nice 2021 season. Former Crosby defensive coordinator Jackson Tarr takes over as head coach and will have plenty to work with. Seven starters return on offense.
Junior RBs Kobie Garrett (323 yards, 5 TDs) and Dayshaun Wooley form a talented backfield. The offensive line has four stalwarts in 6-foot-4, 295-pound senior Zane Hayman, 6-foot, 248-pound senior Zeke Tribble, 6-foot-5 junior Holden Decker and Dominic Martinez.
The QB1 role is a three-man race, though juniors Tristan Spears and Jhamaud Jackson saw time under center last season as backups.
Defensively, senior DB Justin Kay led the team in tackles the last two years and recorded 92 last season.
Last season was a memorable one for the Ganders, as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Eleven starters return, including seven on defense.
Offensively, a lot of Lee's production graduated, but there is still talent in the cupboard. Senior 6-foot-2, 185-pound WR/DB Trudell Berry (450 receiving yards, 8 TDs), a Marshall-commit returns. RB Daqorwyn Robertson and senior 6-foot-1, 320-pound OL Omar Nieto are the veteran leaders offensively, but question marks are all over the place around them, including QB.
The Ganders are in better shape defensively, thanks to more experience, and rely on senior 6-foot-2, 279-pound DL Marcus Johnson (36 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks), junior MLB Harold Gibson (36 tackles), DB Javonte Leday (59 tackles) and Berry (4 INTs). Berry will play on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.
Seven starters return from a 3-6 team. Offensively, the line is the strength behind 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior David Goolsby, 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior Daniel Goolsby and 6-foot-6, 270-pound senior Trent Ferguson. They will be key as 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior Matthew Dupuis takes over the reins as starting quarterback.
The defense is led by senior 6-foot-3, 235-pound DE Matthew Reyes, who excels up front alongside senior DL Jared Yawn. Junior 6-foot-5, 220-pounder Braylan Shelby is a leader on both sides of the ball as a receiver and linebacker.
Watch out for Seth Spruiell on both sides of the ball as well at WR/DB.
Defense will have to steady the ship for Sterling, as nine of 13 starters return on that side of the ball.
The offense will have holes outside of receiver and quarterback as Maddox Wilkinson (488 receiving yards, 3 TDs) and senior Gavin Hebert provide playmaking targets for 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore signal-caller Bryson Elmore.
Defense, though, is where Sterling shines. The secondary is potent thanks to 6-foot, 170-pound senior Reece Sylvester (67 tackles, 4 INTs), a Rice-commit, and senior Ashton Williams (25 tackles, 2 INTs).
Senior 6-foot-2, 245-pound DL Noah Lister (49 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks) is the rock up front for the Rangers.
Eight starters return from a 1-8 team, including five on defense. Senior 5-foot-9, 185-pound LB Keadrian Johnson is aggressive, quick and smart on the field. Along with senior DB Byron Sweeny, they provide the core of the defense.
Offensively, 6-foot-1, 140-pound junior quarterback Seth Williams is ready for his first year as the full-time starter. Three-year starter Mich'le Joseph (6-foot-3, 270) is the leader of the offensive line.
Senior 6-foot-2, 170-pounder Joseph Cianfrini is a three-year varsity veteran who plays receiver and kicker.