5 Texas Panhandle contenders for Jerry World
The Wildcats have carried the torch as one of the state’s top programs since the turn of the century. Last season, Canadian came a touchdown away from stunning heavy favorite, Newton, and winning a fifth state title since 2007. The Wildcats are reloaded with 13 starters primed to make another run.
The Tigers enter the season on a 15-game win streak after bringing home the school’s first state championship in school history last season. The question is, does McLean have enough firepower to make another run at AT&T Stadium. The Tigers lose some key pieces to graduation
However, they do return Class 1A Player of the Year in Ben Crockett. If the 6-foot-1, 220 pound truck can repeat last year’s historic season, and have help around him, the Tigers have a chance at a repeat.
Nobody is riding momentum entering the 2019 season like the Tascosa Rebels. Fresh off a history making run to the Class 6A DII state semifinals, coach Ken Plunk and his staff have built the Rebels into a strong program that can contend at the big boy level. Quarterback Joseph Plunk is back to run the flexbone, and Tascosa is stacked in the backfield.
Veteran coach Wade Williams shocked the community when he retired last April. So enter new head coach, Greg Proffitt from Goldthwaite, who inherits a team that did lose a big senior class. The good news for Proffitt, is the Skyrockets bring back 6-foot-5 tight end/ defensive end John Michael Holcomb, not to mention a host of players that have grown up in Wellington tradition.
The Panthers are chomping at the bit to get the season going after falling to New Deal in the Class 2A Division I state quarterfinals last year. Head coach Dane Ashley has built a program and though graduation saw key losses, Panhandle has the offensive firepower and a stout defense to make noise in a wide open Region I.
Expectation surrounds head coach Terry Felderhoff’s team in 2019 thanks to a history making playoff push that led the Greyhounds to the school’s first ever Class 2A Division II state title game a year ago. Gruver lost a very talented senior class but returns 4-star recruit Jalin Conyers.
White Deer Bucks
Hunter Warminski and John Perriman are two of the more two unheralded Six-man players in Texas. The Bucks are expected to push McLean in 1A Region I. The first meeting is more than likely for the District 1-1A DI crown on Oct. 25..